Anne Proffit

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2011 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: Quick Drive
2011 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: Quick Drive

It's received accolades as the North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, and it still doesn't fit the definition of what a "car" should be. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt front-wheel-drive hatchback is both an electric, or plug-in, car and a gas-powered car. Sounds like a personality...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS: Quick Drive

All images: Anne Proffit Every time Hyundai redesigns its small Elantra front-wheel-drive four-door sedan, the machine gets more and more impressive. The 2011 redesign is no different, giving the Elantra the looks of its larger Sonata sibling and the guts to keep up with other compact sedans in the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door Auto GLS PZEV Open Doors
2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS: Quick Drive

All images by Anne Proffit Hyundai's smaller crossover, the handsome Tucson was redesigned in 2010 and needed few if any upgrades for the 2011 sales season. Based on a unibody design, the Tucson is very car-like in its responses and very easy to drive and enjoy. After spending a week with a 2011...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 4-door Sedan Auto i Sport Angular Front Exterior View
2011 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring: Quick Drive

All photos: Anne Proffit Driving the 2011 Mazda3 five-door Grand Touring was like visiting a favorite friend, as I once was owned by a Protege5, the car that started Mazda down the road to building great, hot little hatches. The 2011 Mazda3 hatch is all grown up, compared to my 2003 model. It has a...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD EX-L: Quick Drive

All Photos: Anne Proffit I've been a fan of Honda vehicles since the first Civic appeared back when most of you weren't even born. It was small, light, agile and filled with attitude - something that continued to be the hallmark of all Honda vehicles for its first quarter-century or so in the...Read More»

2011 Dodge Nitro 2WD 4-door Heat Side Exterior View
2011 Dodge Nitro: High on Image

Quite frankly, I find the 2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 4X4 a polarizing machine. I don't know whether I like it or hate it. Sometimes it's both, all at once. The Nitro Shock 4X4 is, essentially, the top of the line for this model, and is priced accordingly, topping out at $32,905 from $28,995...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS. © 2011 Anne Proffit
2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS Sets A High Bar

All photos: Anne Proffit This was not my first encounter with Suzuki's Kizashi four-door, front-wheel-drive sedan and I surely hope it's not the last time I get to drive one of these truly fun cars. Suzuki has managed to make its competitors look somewhat less dashing and to-the-minute than...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima. © 2011 Anne Proffit
2011 Kia Optima EX GDI: A World Class Sedan

All images: © 2011 Anne Proffit Driving a new car for 1200 miles in a week and a half can definitely tell the driver if the machine is naughty or nice. I'm here to report that the 2011 Kia Optima EX GDI (alphabet soup to be explained below) is one of the nicest mid-size front-wheel-drive...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Rocks My World

All Photos: Anne Proffit General Motors scored a profit for the first time in, well, a long time this past fiscal year. Helped by a Federal bailout that GM is repaying quickly, the company is on the upswing thanks to some exceptional products from its remaining product lines: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota Electronics Found Not Guilty

There has been a great revelation today concerning the massive investigation into Toyota Motor Co.’s safety problems that occurred with such regularity throughout 2010. The Federal government’s Transportation Department, which has been looking into first-hand accounts of sudden...Read More»

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