• 2017 Genesis G90

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Consumers will decide whether Hyundai has bitten off more than it can chew. In the wake of its success in the market here, the Korean automaker decided to break off its top of the line Genesis model and move it farther upscale creating a new luxury brand in the process. There are pitfalls galore in this decision. In effect, Hyundai has to generate name … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Audi R8 — An awesome package

    By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman - MyCarData.com The new Audi 2017 R8 draws considerable attention just sitting in the parking lot even though the "fully redesigned" R8 looks very much like its predecessor, which dramatically appeared in 2008. The wedge-shaped design is so compelling, so much larger than life when you get up-close, that we think it would have been a nearly impossible task for … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Volvo Cross Country 60 Series

    by Frank S. Washington VAIL, Colo., -- The program was billed as Volvo’s Drive-E Experience. It was a sort of out with the old in with the new – as in engines. The Swedish automaker used the introduction of the 2017 model year to debut the installation of Drive-E engines into its 60 Series Cross Country nameplates. In other words, the 2016 model year was the last to see the venerable T5, … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Kia Cadenza

    by Frank S. Washington MIDDLEBURG, Va., – Kia reminds us of the tale about the hare and the tortoise, with the Korean automaker in the role of the latter. It methodically keeps putting one foot in front of the other until it arrives at the target. When Kia first came to the U.S. market in 1994, it finished dead last in the country’s most prominent Initial Quality Survey. This year the automaker … [Read More...]

  • Subaru Impreza — All-wheel drive fun on a budget

    By Kelly Foss - MyCarData.com Subaru has successfully built a loyal customer following over the years. Their highly rated vehicles are known for their inclement weather off-road capabilities and their reliability. The Impreza compact sedan was recently got a major refresh and offers a broad array of choices, . So how does the Impreza compare with the pillars of the compact sedan world, the … [Read More...]

  • 2016 Buick Cascada

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – ‘Yep, that’s a Buick,” was said more than once during our week-long test-drive of the Cascada. That’s because it is a very stylish car and more important the Cascada is a 2+2 convertible. The 2016 Buick Cascada is the first ragtop in the brand’s lineup in 25 years. And no, the Cascada is not a hardtop convertible; it is a fully automatic soft top that will … [Read More...]

  • 2016 Lexus CT 200h

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The 2016 Lexus CT 200h is a great car but it is a tough sell. This Lexus is a hybrid. It was powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine coupled with a 650 volt electric motor/generator. Combined, the propulsion unit makes 134 horsepower. The gasoline engine made 105 lb. ft. of torque. It had a second electric motor that acted as a starter and a generator … [Read More...]

  • 2017 GMC Acadia, Elegant & Refined Versatility

    By Ken Chester Jr., --  Motor News Media GMC has introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia – a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment, designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies. The new Acadia offers more-efficient powertrains, while continuing to offer three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, … [Read More...]

  • 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E

    by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Volvo has begun to revamp its product line. The Swedish automaker introduced an all new XC90 last year and showed off a brand new S90 at the beginning of this year. But while it debuts the new, it must keep the old up to date and interesting. That is exactly what Volvo has done with one of its best-selling models, the XC60. In a nutshell, this midsized … [Read More...]

  • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

    by Frank S. Washington CARLSBAD, Calif., -- The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was a two seat convertible or in the proper automotive lexicon it was a roadster. It was small, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight, and it had a turbocharged four cylinder engine. That 1.4-liter engine made 160 horsepower or 164 horsepower, depending on the trim line, and it made 184 pound-feet of torque. The Spider 124 could be … [Read More...]

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    2017 Lexus ES 300h

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    Tweet by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The saying that simplicity is a fine line between elegance and plainness came to mind as we test drove the 2017 Lexus ES 300h. It was simple, straightforward and pragmatic. Perhaps that’s why it is a bellwether of the Lexus lineup. Yes, the car does have the brand’s spindle…
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    19

    2018 Chevrolet Equinox SUV, Perfect Balance

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    Tweet  By Ken Chester Jr.,  Motor News Media Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.   “We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan…
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    15

    2017 Chicago Auto Show

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    Tweet by Frank S. Washington CHICAGO – You can get jaded walking around three or four or more auto shows every year. But occasionally you see something special. In this case it was the 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. A couple of years ago, Dodge staked out its brand identification: power and performance at…
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    2017 Genesis G90

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    Tweet by Frank S. Washington DETROIT – Consumers will decide whether Hyundai has bitten off more than it can chew. In the wake of its success in the market here, the Korean automaker decided to break off its top of the line Genesis model and move it farther upscale creating a new luxury brand in…
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