• 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

    2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Although the new Mustang is just that – all new – it is unmistakably a Mustang. But it is contemporarily styled inside and out. The hood is still long and the rear end remains more of a stump than a rump. Our 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible was lower and it had a wider stance with wider fenders and track. In other words, it was firmly planted on the … [Read More...]

  • 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Where to begin, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C was just that different. This Italian made pocket rocket is the first of a slew of Alfa Romeos headed to this market. And if the 4C is any indication, then there is a new player in the luxury performance game and the engineers from Modena, Italy, are to be taken seriously. Our test car was small, real small. It was … [Read More...]

  • Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

    2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

    By Dan Scanlan - MyCarData.com When it comes to Mercedes-Benz, any car with an “S” in its name is special — and usually fast. In 1955, a Mercedes-Benz 300SLR won the 1,000-mile Mille Miglia with Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson on board — I saw Moss driving it at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance! And in the past few decades, the S-Class sedan was Mercedes-Benz’s flagship … [Read More...]

  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

    2016 Chevrolet Malibu

    By Ken Chester, Jr. ,  Motor News Media It seems that throughout time, the Chevrolet Malibu has always been the “go-to” in the automaker’s line-up when consumers looking to buy a solid, reliable, economical and roomy four-door sedan. For the 2016 model year, the automaker has upped the ante with an all-new Malibu. This completely reimagined sedan is all-new from the ground up. The 2016 … [Read More...]

  • Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today - and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima's iconic "4-Door Sports Car" positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.

    2016 Nissan Maxima

    By Frank S. Washington PLYMOUTH, MI, -- You've got to give Nissan credit. The automaker has always been a little bit different; intrepid when it comes to going places where no others dare. This time the variance involved its flagship sedan, the Maxima, and how the company has incorporated its new futuristic design language into the car. In a phrase, you’re either going to love or loathe the … [Read More...]

  • MY2015 GLA45 AMG.

    Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4MATIC

    Written by Lyndon Conrad Bell If you shop this car on the Mercedes-Benz USA Website, you’ll find the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4MATIC model is listed under SUVs & Wagons. Then, when you click the dropdown menu, you’ll see it listed as the GLA45 AMG SUV. This is straight-out subterfuge. The GLA45 AMG is about as much a sport utility vehicle as Kanye is likely to remain seated at an awards … [Read More...]

  • 2015 Lexus RC F

    2015 Lexus RC-F coupe

    By Mary Chapman I am not a fan of amusement park rides, particularly when they are machines that go fast and whip you around like your great-grandma's butter churner. Not my idea of fun. Call it a case of cognitive dissonance, then, 'cause I love me some fast cars, particularly those as wild and rollicky as Lexus' RC-F monster. The barely street-legal adaptation of the nascent RC coupe, the … [Read More...]

  • 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

    2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T RWD

    By Mary M. Chapman  Because I came of age in a different era, I've been trying, for more years than I'd rather admit, to get used to the "new" Cadillacs. See, Daddy was a Cadillac man, and every two years or so, in the '60s and '70s, he'd buy a new Eldo or Deville, to go with our requisite van or wagon, of course. That vaunted Cadillac crest? It may as well have been our family's crest So, … [Read More...]

  • 2015 Dodge Durango R/T Blacktop

    2015 Dodge Durango R/T Blacktop AWD

     By Frank S. Washington CHICAGO – We drove a 2015 Dodge Durango here from Detroit and navigated around the Windy City for about 10 days. There was some apprehension, not with the Durango but with fuel consumption. Our tester was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI and immediately the price of gasoline during a 10 day-stay came to mind. After all, this HEMI made 360 horsepower, 390 pound-feet of … [Read More...]

  • 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude

    2015 Jeep Renegade

    by Frank S. Washington SAN JOSE, Calif., -- The 2015 Jeep Renegade is an integral part of the globalization of the brand’s industrial foot print. That means Jeep is in search of more sales, a lot more sales. The small sport utility that is assembled in Europe by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the U.S. market will eventually be produced in Brazil and China. The Renegade’s new platform is … [Read More...]


    2016 Toyota Tacoma


    Tweet by Frank S. Washington SEATTLE – If there is one bright spot in Toyota’s excursion into the light truck market, it has got to be the Toyota Tacoma. The 2016 edition of the Toyota Tacoma is the 10th generation of the pickup; it controls 50 percent of the compact pickup truck market and it…
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    2016 Toyota Scion iA

    Tweet By Mary Chapman Grand Rapids, Mich. – Purely from perusing the spec sheet, I couldn’t get a feel for whether I’d be tossing hosannas or brickbats at the new Scion iA. At length, my instincts proved to be down-the-middle right, but with a definite bend toward the former. Constructed on a Mazda platform, this…
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    2016 Nissan GT-R

    Tweet by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The 2016 Nissan GT-R was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Yes, the car looked great. The 2+2 GT-R had a severely sloping roof, huge quad exhaust pipes, four LED headlights, four ringed taillights, a fixed wing on the trunk, muscular wheel wells and aero blades on the fenders’…
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    2015 Lexus IS350

    Tweet By Mary Chapman The Lexus IS series of entry-level luxe cars was originally sold in Japan under the Toyota Altezza nameplate, altezza being Italian for “highness.” I was thinking about that, which made me think of operas and plays, which reminded me that some upscale sport sedans I’ve experienced are, shall we say, off…
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