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A new design for the 2016 Kia Sorento means bigger and better. (Photo by Rita Cook)

A new design for the 2016 Kia Sorento means bigger and better

Bigger, bolder and happier all around, the 2016 Kia Sorento fills a lot of needs in the five to seven-passenger SUV midsize crossover market. Even better, the Sorento has been redesigned for 2016 with a number of competitors like the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Santa Fe having to do a double take to keep up. Published August 23, 2015

2015 Lexus RC350 (Photo by Rita Cook)

2015 Lexus RC350 is entry-level luxury

Brand new for 2015, the Lexus RC 350 is actually based on the Lexus IS sedan model and is a two-door, sporty, and very sexy, coupe with a V6 engine and a luxurious interior. Published August 14, 2015

2015 Toyota Tacoma

2015 Toyota Tacoma gets ride of regular cab body

What has happened to the Toyota Tacoma's regular cab body style? Well, in 2015 it is not available anymore. Instead, it's just the extended cab/Access Cab version as well as the crew cab/Double Cab option. Published August 5, 2015

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is set at a low price in subcompact crossover market (Courtesy of Mazda).

2016 Mazda CX-3 set at a low price in subcompact crossover market

The Mazda folks announced this week the very reasonable price tag for the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, which will start at $19,960. Even better, this latest evolution of Mazda's signature KODO design comes embodied in a crossover that is available with premium, class-exclusive features and class-leading fuel economy. Published July 19, 2015

The 2015 Volvo XC60 goes the extra mile. (Photo by Rita Cook) **FILE**

The 2015 Volvo XC60 goes the extra mile

As I continue my summer sojourn in France this month, the Volvo folks allowed me to take the 2015 Volvo XC60 out for a few weeks in order to discover the French countryside. For the consumer looking for the perfect compact luxury crossover, new additions mean that the Volvo brand has even more charm. This coupled with an all around best in show and you'd be hard pressed to find a better vehicle for the road. Published July 5, 2015

Only 311 new Lotus 3-Elevens wlll be made in 2016 (Lotus Media Site).

Only 311 new Lotus 3-Elevens will be made in 2016

For the car buyer who wants to add not just a little pizzazz, but just about the biggest bang to be made, the all new Lotus 3-Eleven might be the ticket. A few facts from the folks at Lotus include that production will be limited to just 311 vehicles and this vehicle will have the quickest production of any Lotus road car ever. Published June 28, 2015

2015 Nissan Qashqai (Photo by Rita Cook)

Nissan skews a bit differently in Europe with the 2015 Nissan Qashqai

Spending the last month in Europe, it has made me take notice of the difference in the cars we have here in the United States and those driven on the other side -- across the pond. A few weeks ago, the Nissan folks put me in a 2015 Nissan Qashqai while I was driving in Paris. Published June 21, 2015

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop (Photo by Guilluame de Vaudrey)

The 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop offers four doors holding five passengers

I took the fun little 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop Hatchback for a spin during the holidays this year on a road trip to New Orleans and the Cooper more than outshined. With quick acceleration and a tight ride most Mini Cooper fans adore this little car and so did I. It's easy handling and I felt a real confidence since it rained the entire time I drove the eight plus hours to my destination. Published June 7, 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 (Photo by Rita Cook)

New design adds even more luxury to the 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Into its seventh year since being introduced, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a high-end luxury option that won't break the bank either. However, the Hyundai folks also decided to offer buyers a redesign this year meaning a total redesign with all the missing elements from years past added. Published May 31, 2015

2015 Nissan Pathfinder (Photo by Rita Cook)

Safety additions and standard tweaks for the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder offers a variety of standout qualities for the consumer looking for the perfect midsize seven-passenger crossover vehicle. Inside the cabin is charming with style and comfort and for driving the fuel economy also gets high marks. Published May 25, 2015

2015 Infiniti QX60 (Infiniti.com)

Plenty of breathing room in the luxurious 2015 Infiniti QX60

Reasons to like the Infiniti brand are many. Reasons to become particularly attached to the 2015 Infiniti QX60 begins with the fact that for large families this vehicle is not only spacious and comfortable, but even for a SUV seating seven, it also radiates luxury. Published May 19, 2015

2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet (Photo by Rita Cook)

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E series fits the needs of any driver anytime

In my ongoing quest for the ultimate luxury driving experience this week, it's the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class that takes center stage. I had the 2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet to play with for a week. This one definitely exemplifies what an elegant piece of metal should look like and feel like. It's of the midsize luxury distinction and there is so much to choose from in the E series it's hard to know where to begin. Published May 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar XJL (Jaguar Press Photos)

A refined ride with old world luxury on the 2015 Jaguar XJ and XJL

I can never wait to get behind the wheel of a Jaguar, any Jaguar because over the years I have learned that a Jaguar just tends to drive itself. All I have to do is sit back and look good. When they picked it up from me after one week of my driving the 2015 Jaguar XJL I had some serious separation anxiety. Published April 26, 2015

2015 Nissan Murano (Photo courtesy of Rita Cook)

Meet the redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano

There was nowhere better to test out the all new 2015 Nissan Murano than in Northern California, where the Nissan folks introduced a sexy redesigned model that includes not only a new interior, but an overall sleeker styling and better gas mileage too. Published April 17, 2015

2015 Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge finds itself on the brink of cool

On a recent trip to Arizona to try out the all-new, fully-redesigned, cooler than cool 2015 Ford Edge, I found a number of things to my liking on this midsize crossover including updated technology, easy handling and a handsome design. Published April 5, 2015

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Honda CR-V sets high bar

If you are looking for better fuel economy in this class, look no further than the 2015 Honda CR-V, which has been improved for better fuel efficiency as well as a number of additional tweaks like more cargo and passenger space and a more advanced engine. Published March 23, 2015

The 2016 Volvo XC 90 (Photo by Guillaume de Vaudrey)

2016 Volvo XC 90 offers ultimate luxury

Recently, the Volvo folks introduced the new 2016 Volvo XC90 and with all its new styling and comfort this one is going to be one of the top choices in the SUV market. Published March 7, 2015