Month: July 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9

Premium SUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Flagship CX-9 turns heads, stirs hearts. Three-row, midsize SUVs are popular models, taking over largely where minivans left off. The…

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

Class Act: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Town & Country is gone, replaced by the all-new Pacifica minivan. The Chrysler minivan is back. Not that…

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2016 Toyota Prius Four

Driving Green With the All-New 2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota’s popular Prius is all-new, more efficient, and offers improved handling. Needing no introduction, the Toyota Prius is the world’s…

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2016 Nissan Titan XD

Second Look: 2016 Nissan Titan XD

A diesel-driven Titan XD Crew Cab 4×4 in SL garb visits the Auto Trends drive. Oftentimes, it is the second…

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Fiat Chrysler Considering New Models for Ram Brand

At least two new models are under consideration. Take a quick look at the Ram brand and you’ll see four…

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New 2017 Ford Super Duty Lifts the Bar

Payload, towing, and engine performance levels take a hike. The Ford Super Duty is the heavy duty version of the…

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TriPrius: 2016 Toyota Prius

This week, one of my fleet vehicles is none other than a 2016 Toyota Prius Four. Unlike the other vehicles…

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TransUnion: Longer Term Auto Loans Increase Odds of Default

Consumer credit reporting agency sees increased risk of default on some loans. Easy credit has hurt consumers before and the…

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport.

Excellent Value Proposition: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport

A pleasantly appointed family car can be had for about $25K. US car sales broke an all-time record in 2015…

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Ford: All-New 3.5-Liter, V-6 Engine Offers Significant Power Boost

Best-in-class performance from Ford’s largest EcoBoost engine. The Ford Motor Company continues to provide reasons for customers to consider its…

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2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible

Drop Top Fun: 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible

Drop the top in this handsome little British people mover. The Mini Cooper now includes a convertible, available in standard,…

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2017 Subaru BRZ: Charting the Changes

Subaru’s sport coupe receives design enhancements inside and out. Introduced in 2013, the Subaru BRZ brings rear-wheel drive excitement to…

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Refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Takes a Bow

Nissan’s seven-seat, midsize utility vehicle receives a significant overhaul. Nissan’s three-row Pathfinder crossover utility vehicle was fully redesigned in 2013,…

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US Auto Trends: First Half 2016

Is the US automotive market at its peak? The dust has settled following June’s US auto sales manufacturer reports, giving…

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Are Pull-Ahead Lease Offers a Good Deal?

Getting out of a lease early the no-cost way. 2016 Toyota Tacoma The call came out of the blue: “Mr….

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2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 4x4

Substantial Luxe: 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 4×4

Less bling, more substance for the grandest of all Cadillacs. The Cadillac Escalade is as large as the notoriety that…

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Baseball, Apple Pie, and the Toyota Camry?

Two surveys show very different American-made vehicle winners. The US automakers have traditionally held up the red, white, and blue…

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Grim Stop Driving Warning for Select Honda Owners

Approximately 8.9 million total air bags have been repaired. Millions of defective air bags have been repaired as part of…

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