Archive for March, 2016

Mar
23
2017 Kia Cadenza

2017 Kia Cadenza

2016 new York Auto ShowKia pulled the wraps off an all-new second-generation of its upscale large sedan at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The 2017 Kia Cadenza boasts a long list of incremental improvements and fresh exterior styling.

Mar
23
2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 NIssan GT-R

2016 new York Auto ShowLike the level of the ocean, the horsepower rating of Nissan’s exotic GT-R just keeps rising.

When introduced for 2009, the 3.8-liter turbo V6 in Nissan’s “Giant Killer” GT-R sports car put out a thoroughly impressive 480 horsepower. Yet every year or few, that figure would go up a bit. 

Mar
23
2017 Prius Plug-in

2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

2016 new York Auto ShowWhen Toyota introduced a redesigned Prius hybrid for 2016, its former Plug-in line mate was conspicuous by its absence. Press-preview inquiries about the omission were met with the usual, “We can’t talk about future products” spiel.

Mar
23
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2016 new York Auto ShowMazda rolled out a “retractable-fastback” version of its popular two-seat sports car in conjunction with the 2016 New York Auto Show. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF (for Retractable Fastback) has a retractable hardtop roof with a targa-top configuration, meaning the rear roof pillars stay upright when the center roof panel is retracted. This diminishes the open-air feel somewhat, but allows for a bit more security and styling flair.

Mar
23
Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2016 new York Auto ShowHyundai chases the benchmark Toyota Prius hybrid with the Ioniq, revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.

Prius has long been a mantle piece of the green-car crowd, often outselling all its competitors combined. And for a few years prior to the car’s 2016 redesign, the Prius also offered an even thriftier (though far less popular) plug-in version, which is due to return. Even if that happens, Ioniq will match the Prius and do it one better, adding an all-electric variant to the mix.

Mar
23
2017 Buick Encore

2017 Buick Encore

2016 new York Auto Show It went virtually untouched for the first three years of its life, but at the New York Auto Show, Buick unveiled a freshened 2017 Encore sporting a more refined look and some updated features.

Mar
22
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Consumer Guide First Spin Just a few short months ago, Chrysler took the wraps off its long-anticipated all-new minivan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show… and revived a dormant name from its recent past in the process. Gone is the Town & Country moniker; Chrysler is calling its redesigned minivan Pacifica, a name last used on Chrysler’s not-very-popular midsize crossover SUV that was sold from 2004 to 2008.

Mar
21
2001 Oldsmobile Bravada

2001 Oldsmobile Bravada

I recent penned a blog post regarding five vehicles I never see on the road anymore—vehicles that have seemingly vanished. Here I would like to share five vehicles that I somehow can’t avoid seeing, even though they are all long out of production.

Mar
18
2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Fitted with an extensive list of high-tech safety features, the tested 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT came in at $30,490 including destination.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Car

Dates tested: 2/29/2016 – 3/07/2016

Miles Driven: 297

Fuel Used: 12.4 gallons

Mar
18
1983 Chevrolet Celebrity, Cars You Never See Anymore

1983 Chevrolet Celebrity

It strikes me that the five cars listed here are a little like Pia Zadora. How, you may ask, is any vehicle like Pia Zadora? I’m glad you asked.