Auto Reviews

From a heated steering wheel to power outlets, panoramic sunroof to AWD, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate offers a lot for a very driveable SUV.
It’s always fascinating to look at the variety of vehicles that motorists select to drive based on their personal tastes, needs, and budgets. Here we look at three very usable vehicles that likely appeal to different consumer segments.      The refreshed 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate, the...
The Jaguar F-Pace, the first SUV for the automaker, was a double winner in the World Car of the Year awards.
World Car awards. “The Road to World Car” journey ended with a double win for Jaguar F-Pace as it was honored with the 2017 World Car Design of the Year award, as well as the overall 2017 World Car of the Year honors in New York. The process for winning the prestigious awards began in Paris, Sept....
The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription offers everything desired in a luxury sedan.
Abundant technology and safety features, as well as amazing handling characteristics, made our test drive of the all-new 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription a pleasant driving experience. The T6 Inscription is the top of four offerings (two T5 are FWD, and two T6 are AWD models). All are powered by a...
The 2018 Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD medium-duty truck is being added to the GM lineup of commercial trucks.
New Chevy truck. Chevrolet has announced the expansion of its medium-duty truck lineup with the 2018 Low Cab Forward 6500XD Class 6 model. The dock-height truck, equipped with a 5.2-L turbo-diesel engine and Allison six-speed automatic transmission, will be available by the end of the year. Front...
The 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring is a lot of car for a competitive price.
With a multitude of new features and improvements, the 2017 Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring (the top of three models) was not only a fun sedan to drive, it had a classy interior and handled well with its retuned suspension. New on the Mazda3 compact are front and rear fascias, electronic parking brake...
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse had its best-ever overall sales in February, and its best retail sales since 2011.
Sales slump? While light vehicle sales in the U.S. were generally sluggish in January, February picked up for GM and Nissan, both up for the month, and Mercedes-Benz had its best-ever February sales, up almost 7 percent. Ford, Toyota, and FCA US all had positive truck and SUV sales, but a decline...
The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring shown here on Stevens Pass in Washington State during wintery road conditions.
We’ve been fans of Subarus for a long time, as have American consumers. As of Feb. 1, Subaru posted 62 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month sales growth in the U.S., and in January the company set a record for sales (6.8 percent over 2016), and it was the best-ever month for sales of...
Team Ryan Millen and the Toyota Rally RAV4 offroad racer, will compete in three rally series in 2017.
Toyota racing. Team Ryan Millen and the Toyota Rally RAV4 will be involved in even more racing this year than their successful 2016 season. Along with new navigator and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino, the team will compete in the newly formed American Rally Association (ARA) series, as well as select...
The Concept-i from Toyota has a space-age design and features advanced artificial intelligence to assist drivers.
A record breaker. When all the dust settled and the final counts were tabulated, U.S. vehicle sales for 2016 totaled 17.55 million, breaking 2015 sales by .04 percent. As noted in our previous column, truck and SUV sales were the sales leaders as sedans in general were sluggish sellers. For Toyota...
The 2017 Subaru Outback, popular amongst skiers, hikers, off-roaders, and other outdoor enthusiasts, continues to be a top seller for the automaker.
Sales review. As 2016 closed out, U.S. light-duty vehicle sales were on track for more than 17 million units sold. In general, YTD sales indicated that pickup trucks and SUVs/crossovers were up, while most car sales in all four categories (small, midsize, large, and luxury) were down. Minivan sales...

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