James Hamel, Editor

James initially started working as a Service Advisor for Ford Dealerships so he could hone his technical knowledge before embarking on his automotive journalism career. After seeing Ford through the Firestone tire recall he moved on to Automotive.com where he did both writing and layout work for sites like Truckinweb.com and Offroad.com.


Top Five New Car Bargains
Top Five New Car Bargains

If you are like most people you probably think the only good automotive deals come from the used car section of an auto dealership. With new car prices generally so astronomical, who on earth can afford to choose a car from the showroom where the cars are shinier and the salespeople don’t wear...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Top Safety Picks Among the Best 2010 Compact Cars

Compact, fuel efficient cars are becoming more and more relevant to new car shoppers than ever before. First we have the burden of future economic uncertainty, constantly wavering gas prices and the ever appealing lure of just downsizing your life. And if you buy the right model they can be a lot...Read More»

2011 Mustang GT 5.0
Best Affordable Sporty Cars for a Midlife Crisis in the middle of a Recession

As many people (primarily men) approach the middle of their lives a strange phenomenon occurs. They may start exercising more, using Rogaine again and they may be overtaken by an insane urge to buy a ridiculously expensive new sports car. Usually a red or black one. But do you really have to buy a...Read More»

Weeklong Roadtest: Is the 2010 Honda Accord EX Family Sedan for You?

Once you have driven a fair number of family sedans as a road tester you really begin to be able to hone in on the subtle nuances which separate the average models from the truly legendary. So when you are asked to test drive an icon like the 2010 Honda Accord EX sedan, the natural journalistic...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD 4-door 1500 LT Angular Front Exterior View
The 2010 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid May be a Large SUV but it Feels “Just Right”

When you first imagine it, the concept of a full size 4-wheel drive SUV-hybrid just makes no logical sense at all to your brain. Why would anyone think that adding a hybrid powertrain to a long, wide and heavy SUV and think it would improve fuel economy? Quite unimpressively in the days of 50 mile...Read More»

2010 Nissan Rogue
Weeklong Road Test: The Practical yet Visually Exuberant 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom Edition

Let’s just get this clear right off the bat. The 2010 Nissan Rogue offers more features, power and space than most small family SUVs on the market today. But instead of paying thousand more than you would ever want to for this capable commuter/family hauler, a well equipped Rogue S model still...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan Wars: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE vs. 2010 Honda Odyssey EX

This week we here at FamilyCarGuide.com are driving a pre-production Toyota Sienna SE minivan which, in a semi-altered homage to the film Get Shorty, has been hailed by many as the "sports car of minivans." Come on now, a minivan? Well, Toyota hit the Sienna SE minivan so far out of the park that...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander SE
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander V-6 Versus 2010 Toyota RAV4 V-6

In all reality the four cylinder versions of these well engineered, agile "cute-utes" (or small SUVs if you prefer) are probably the far more rational models to choose not necessarily because of their fuel economy but more for their lower sticker prices. For instance, four cylinder versions of the...Read More»

BraunAbility Ramp Van
BraunAbility Wheelchair Vans Help Disabled People With Daily Life

If you’ve ever had a really bad case of the flu, broken your leg or been in any way incapacitated in your life you realize that the only thing you really want is to feel “normal” again. The same is true of any person living with a disability that requires they be in a wheelchair. One of the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Top Five SUVs that Cost Less than $25,000

Sometimes in life you find that while your responsibilities are growing, your income isn’t expanding at the same rate. For instance, the arrival of a new baby or the process of buying a home or budget cutbacks at work can all eat into your liquid assets. So what do you do if that baby you are...Read More»

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