New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
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These attributes make 2018 Kia Rio EX 5 Door an exceptional hatchback experience

Last week after spending a week in Hyundai’s outstanding 2018 Santa Fe Sport, sister brand’s 2018 Kia Rio was delivered for drive review. I felt a bit ego deflated until I drove Kia Rio, it’s fun! What makes Rio a top value in a segment dominated by $25,000 compact hatchbacks?
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody: All About That Grip

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is reaching dealerships around the country and while some people online insist that the wider tires can’t make any real difference, more than a thousand miles in the gorgeous Octane Red Mopar muscle car above proves otherwise – as this car offers far better traction than the “normal” Hellcat Challenger.
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2017 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali Horse Show Review: The Big Diesel Barely Breaks a Sweat

The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali might be a luxury pickup, but it is still capable of serving as a great work truck and to test the capabilities, I put the loaded ¾-ton pickup through the paces of a weekend-long horse show – allowing me to experience the plush GMC while hauling, towing and providing a comfortable ride home after long days at the show grounds.
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Lexus GX 460 SUV presents rare V8 powered mega SUV drive and ride experience

As V8 engine power becomes as rare as full benefit long term high paying jobs, Lexus holds out for yet another year with the 3-row body on frame Lexus GX 460, a rare V8 powered mega SUV drive and ride experience. Is there a place for this well refined beast on the streets of America?
2017 Elantra Limited

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Review: Year-End Pricing Makes for a Great Bargain

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and while it is a great choice for the money at its normal pricing, the current year-end discounts on 2017 models makes the Elantra Limited an incredible bargain – with prices dipping below $20,000 for this loaded package.
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2018 Honda Accord 'Bests' Sedan Segment in Comfort and Turbo Performance

Last week I got behind the wheel of Honda’s latest and greatest Accord advent, and drove it to triple digits. Epic! That’s an understatement. 2018 Honda Accord "bests" the midsize near-premium sedan segment in comfort and turbo performance, and much more. This is the best Accord ever produced.
2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible: The Greatest Base Mustang in the Making

I recently spent a week driving the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible with the manual transmission and having spent time driving lots of “base model” muscle cars/pony cars from Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, I believe that this turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will help make the 2018 EcoBoost Mustang the greatest entry level American performance car.
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2017 Ford Flex Review: Great Driving Dynamics Meet Big SUV Space

Most people who are shopping for a new 7-passenger vehicle look to the minivan or large sport utility vehicle segments, but the 2017 Ford Flex provides an awesome alternative to either of those other options – providing greater driving dynamics and more fun-to-drive factor than other 7-passenger vehicles.
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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec takes ‘Precision Crafted Performance’ mainstream

For 2018 Acura engineering presents the TLX A-Spec trim package. It’s visually captivating, and brings more than a bit of hard edged attitude to an already exceptionally well constructed executive 4-door sedan. As to drive performance, I say mild, only because TLX A-Spec, in top trim claims a modest 290 horsepower with a price point approaching $46,000.

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