• 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – When Toyota folded its Scion brand it folded several of its cars into the Toyota fold. That’s a lot of folds but to put it simply there is now a 2017 Corolla iM. It was a compact five-door hatchback powered by a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine that made 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. There is a six-speed manual but our engine was mated to a … [Read More...]

  • 2018 Lexus LS 500

    by Frank S. Washington SAN FRANCISCO – Lexus has come full circle. In 1989, the automaker chose this city for the world debut of the LS 400, its first luxury sedan. Over the years, the brand has grown in terms of models offered, it has introduced hybrids and it has become the industry benchmark for quality and service. Still, Lexus cars were void of personality. The Lexus flagship was so … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Whoa! That was our first impression of the 2017 Lexus IS 350. This IS really felt like a luxury sports sedan. It was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that made 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. We had the rear-wheel-drive version of the sedan, thus, it was mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. We thought the car handled pretty well … [Read More...]

  • 2018 Volvo V90, S90, XC60

    by Frank S. Washington DENVER – When Volvo picked us up at the airport I and my riding partner climbed into the back seats of what turned out to be a 2018 XC90 Excellence. It was the most luxurious utility vehicle I had ever been in. There were heated and cooled rear seats that massaged the tired traveler. What’s more, they were eight way power seats. I and my ride partner were separated by … [Read More...]

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe — A stunner

    By Dan Scanlan - MyCarData.com Call it AMG Lite, or maybe an S-Class Coupe that shrunk in the rain. No matter how you slice it, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-400 Coupe is a supple, sensuous stunner that had lots of people saying one word when they saw it – “ Beautiful!” And with a gently snarling turbocharged V-6 powering all four wheels when needed, it offers a fairly quick flight into the world of … [Read More...]

  • 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Elegant Functionality

    By Ken Chester Jr., -- Motor News Media The new 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake returns Jaguar to the premium wagon segment with a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer. Available user-friendly features and technologies make the Sportbrake the perfect companion for customers with active lifestyles. With a design that retains the … [Read More...]

  • 2018 Toyota Camry

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The redo of the Toyota Camry is a big deal. This car has been the best-selling midsize sedan in the U.S. for 15 straight years. It has attained benchmark status and now it begins a new life cycle with the introduction of the 8th generation. Toyota’s product development cycle demanded that its best-selling car, a midsized sedan, be restyled in the middle of … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    by Frank S. Washington NASHVILLE, TN – Right-sizing is a euphemism for downsizing or subtraction. But the way Nissan uses it means addition. That’s the best way to characterize the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. What the automaker has done is add a subset to its Rogue crossover which recently became the brand’s best-selling model. What’s more it is the fourth best-selling model in the U.S. behind … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG — Just enough AMG

    By Dan Scanlan - MyCarData.com AMG — a legendary trio of letters that says the model of Mercedes-Benz it’s attached to was massaged to be a finely-tuned German muscle car. Founded in 1967 in Affalterbach by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erghard Melcher, it was a stand-alone tuning and racing company until it fully folded into M-B in 2006, and now goes by the name of Mercedes-AMG. On one hand, … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Jeep Compass

    by Frank S. Washington SAN ANTONIO – With the update of the 2017 Jeep Compass, now on sale, every Jeep has been remodeled. That is an indication that Jeep has no intention of resting on its laurels after seven consecutive years of sales growth. In 2010 the brand sold 400,000 copies, last year it sold 1.4 million. In Jeep-talk, the 2017 Compass leans towards the Grand Cherokee side of the … [Read More...]

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    Buick Encore Sport Touring – AWD

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    Tweet by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – From the start of our test drive of the 2017 Buick Encore crossover, we were surprised. It looked short and stubby and that suggested that its ride would be bumpy. It wasn’t. The ride was smooth, the vehicle rolled over the bumps in the road without the hop…
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    2018 Mercedes C43 convertible — Fresh-air thrills

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    Tweet By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman – MyCarData.com In our current automotive world dominated by crossover SUVs and pickup trucks, true four-place convertibles are becoming obsolete. A majority of open air rides are small sports cars that are primarily designed for two. But not at Mercedes-Benz, which builds virtually every possible configuration of every…
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    2017 Toyota Yaris iA

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    Tweet by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – You wouldn’t think that there is much to say about a car that costs $16,815. But the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA was so nice that we actually forget that its price was less than $20K. We’ll keep this simple. The Toyota Yaris iA had a 1.5 liter direct…
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    Holy Guacamole! — 2018 Mercedes AMG GLA45

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    Tweet By Casey Williams – MyCarData.com So, yeah, this be-winged and be-dazzled Mercedes arrived a few days ago — in Kryptonite Green Metallic paint. All I could shout was, “Holy Guacamole!” Which, is the polite way of saying, “Super shiz, Batman, what in Gotham is that?” Well, as it turns out, that is the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLA45.…
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