Jim Hamel

I am now the editor for one of High Gear Media's newest and most exciting sites called "InsiderCarReviews.com." I road test brand new vehicles each week so these are truly in depth, experiential reviews for you the consumer. I can also really tell you about all the dirty details you pick up when you really "live" with a new car for a week. Check it out!

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Enters Model Year With New Engines, Styling and Plenty of Room for Seven
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Enters Model Year With New Engines, Styling and Plenty of Room for Seven

The first generation Hyundai Santa Fe was among the first crossovers on the North American market and its weird "fish mouth" style front grille always reminded you that if it wasn't at least from another country it was quite possibly from another planet. It is amazing that just a few short years...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
The 2010 Kia Rondo May Be the Smartest Family Car Buy You Ever Make

When you are one of the heads of a large household it can be extremely difficult to make sure all the mouths are fed and all the ends are met. With the introduction of more children into your life you often find that trips to the beauty salon and tailored designer suits go out the window. And that...Read More»

2010 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Steering Wheel
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 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»

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 Honda Fit Sport
2010 Honda Fit: Inexpensive to Buy and to Own

There have been so many superlatives written about the Honda Fit, it's hard to come up with something else nice to say about it that hasn't been said. Yes, you know it is a wonder of efficient packaging, gets great fuel economy and is easily the most fun to drive vehicle in its segment. Yes, the...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»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Is the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi the Affordable Performance Sedan You Have Been Waiting For?

Although you might mistakenly assume that the new Suzuki Kizashi is just another plain as oatmeal family sedan from a Japanese auto manufacturer, this is no rehash of the Accord playbook from two generations ago. In designing the Kizashi sedan Suzuki has come up with an entirely new kind of...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
A Look At Five Of The Best Midsize 2010 Family Sedans

Media pundits have long claimed that the middle class is disappearing in America but judging by the number of midsize family sedans (the middle-class vehicle of choice) competing for market share in this country, perhaps that isn't really true. At least let's hope not because we live in a truly...Read More»

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