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Test Driven: 2010 BMW 328i Sedan
Test Driven: 2010 BMW 328i Sedan

You can really tell a lot about the depth and breadth of quality in an automobile by testing the most basic model. If that version impresses without the benefit of all the optional "ooh-aah" gizmos and high powered engines then there can be little doubt left in your mind that it is a great car...Read More»

2010 BMW M3 GTS
Watch for COPS Method of Defensive Driving (part 2)

In Part 1 of this series on defensive driving I introduced you to my Watch for COPS method.  Not only is it the best way to avoid a ticket, its also the correct way to remain alert and avoid an accident.   Now, I'd like to discuss proper mirrors.A proper mirror seems kind of obvious, doesnt it?...Read More»

Jost Capito
Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 4)

In Part 3 of our series on getting your car in shape to sell, I covered how to value your car using the Kelley Blue Book guide.  If your car is in any condition other than excellent, you have some work to do to bring it up one or two notches.  Doing so could bring you hundreds, even thousands...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
His and Her Review: 2010 Kia Forte

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle Her and His perspectives. Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
His and Her Review 2010 Lexus HS 250 Hybrid

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle Her and His perspectives. Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door Sedan CVT GTS Angular Front Exterior View
Week-Long Test Drive: The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Is A Car For The Whole Family

In life sometimes it is the little surprises that really count. Like when a car you really dont expect knocks the socks off of you. A vehicle with such a capability should truly be respected and revered because not only can it turn your commute into a pleasure and family hauling duties into a joy...Read More»

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Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 3)

If you have been following along in the series, you now know that preparing your car for selling is a big part of actual being able to sell it.  New car sales are down, but used car sales are up.  However, the competition is fierce, so you need to put on your game face and learn to think like a...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-9: Reviewed, Call All Aboard?

2010 Mazda CX-9:  A Model Intermodal During the postwar years, the ubiquitous three-row station wagon roamed highways ferrying families, boats, and campers.  Those machines are extinct; a new breed of crossovers has taken their place.  One is the all-wheel-drive Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring, which...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
The 2010 VW Passat Comes Only One Way: Fully Loaded

At first glance you might look at the $27,195 MSRP for the 2010 VW Passat and suffer from a bit of sticker shock. But then you will notice something. This car isn't just well equipped it comes with most any toy you can imagine all as standard equipment (barring navigation). VW has even been nice...Read More»

2010 Kia Optima
The 2010 Kia Optima Sedan: With Camry Sales Sliding Can Kia Make a Move in the Family Segment?

Although the advertised base price for the 2010 Kia Optima is only $17,995 that is only for the manual transmission base model which is no doubt "impossible" to find on dealer lots. And who wants a manual transmission when you are looking for comfortable, spacious and fuel efficient family...Read More»

2009 Infinit G37 Convertible
One Week Test Drive: the 2010 Infiniti G37 Folding Hardtop Convertible

Although it may seem like it sometimes when perusing reviews in the automotive press, not everything relating to cars is about passenger space, cargo volume or how many Starbucks venti frappucinos your cup holder can safely store. Sometimes the most important aspect of an automobile is the manner...Read More»

2002 BMW X5-Series 4.6is
BMW X5 VS. Lexus RX300: 100K Mile Rematch

We added an X5 to the fleet of silver SUVs in our driveway this past week. As a 2002 model with 120,000 on the odometer, it does not show its age. The silver paint is still well preserved and the black leather and dark poplar trim show nary a sign of wear and tear. It came from a loving home, with...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Side Exterior View
2010 Taurus SHO- No No-Doze For the Sleeper

                               The 2010 snuck up on me. The driving ambassador from the Ford contingent asked what I wanted to drive. Nothing looked very exciting. "Whatever you got."             He motioned toward the four-door sedan at the curb. I really...Read More»

2010 Acura TSX 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Grille
2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS AWD: does it compare to more expensive German sport sedans?

When I found out I would be getting a Suzuki Kizashi for the week, I didnt know if it was going to be a car or some new kind of sushi. Kizashi actually means "something great is coming" and is pronounced "Key-ZAH-shee". And it is not something to eat but is Suzuki's all-new sedan, which made its...Read More»

2010 Toyota Venza Tested: A Dune Buggy?

Dune Buggy? Toyota didn't become a major carmaker building only one model. Instead, it offers a cornucopia of autos and trucks. The Venza, based on Toyotas Camry/Avalon sedan architecture--the foundation for its Highlander SUV--is a Kabuki-faced, fastback crossover with lowered roof and big...Read More»

2010 Ford Focus: Parting Shots

The aging 2010 Ford Focus, freshened for 2008, has more sizzle and fewer models than before--unfortunately the useful wagon, practical hatchback and high-performance SVT versions have been jettisoned. The result isn't picture perfect.  Some good things remain.  It rides decently, sips fuel...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Buying a Car? Here's Some Sales Advice

If you've decided to make the leap back into the car market new or used, it really doesn't matter there are a few things to be aware of when you walk through the door. You would think they are simple to think about and at a more rational time of your life you probably do think of them rationally...Read More»

2009 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Front Exterior View
Imports Take 09 Sales Title From Domestics After Long Uphill Battle

An interesting thing happened during 2009, Asian carmakers outsold the domestic automakers in the United States for the first time. The gap wasn't huge, about 3.5 percent, but it was significant because it represents a reversal of fortunes for the countries surviving domestic manufacturers, General...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Build Experience
When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

My wife and I were having dinner with some friends the other night, and they asked me for some advice on their aging car.  It's approaching 150k miles and starting to cost them more to maintain it every year. Oh, and "I hate it," he said. "How long should we keep it?", they wondered.  They...Read More»

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