Month: July 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9
 11 Comments on Premium SUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature
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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…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
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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…

2016 Toyota Prius Four
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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…

2016 Nissan Titan XD
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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…

 0 Comment on Fiat Chrysler Considering New Models for Ram Brand
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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…

 6 Comments on New 2017 Ford Super Duty Lifts the Bar
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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…

 5 Comments on TriPrius: 2016 Toyota Prius
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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…

 0 Comment on TransUnion: Longer Term Auto Loans Increase Odds of Default
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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…

2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport.
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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…

 2 Comments on Ford: All-New 3.5-Liter, V-6 Engine Offers Significant Power Boost
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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…

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible
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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,…

 1 Comment on 2017 Subaru BRZ: Charting the Changes
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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…

 6 Comments on Refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Takes a Bow
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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,…

 3 Comments on US Auto Trends: First Half 2016
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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…

 4 Comments on Are Pull-Ahead Lease Offers a Good Deal?
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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….

2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 4x4
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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…

 8 Comments on Baseball, Apple Pie, and the Toyota Camry?
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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…

 1 Comment on Grim Stop Driving Warning for Select Honda Owners
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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…