Author: Matthew Keegan

Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.
 9 Comments on A Trio of Cadillac Crossovers
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A Trio of Cadillac Crossovers

Updated March 8, 2019, to reflect XT6 pricing. Cadillac crossovers will soon number three. Three Cadillac Crossovers Cadillac read the…

 11 Comments on Compact Luxury Crossover: Cadillac XT4
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Compact Luxury Crossover: Cadillac XT4

Late to the SUV game, Cadillac has been playing catch up since. Sure, its flagship Escalade was one of the…

 10 Comments on At a Glance: 2020 Ford Explorer
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At a Glance: 2020 Ford Explorer

What’s old or time-honored is new again. The 2020 Ford Explorer is the latest version of Ford’s most popular SUV,…

 2 Comments on Longer Range Nissan Leaf Debuts at CES
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Longer Range Nissan Leaf Debuts at CES

Enhanced Leaf model extends vehicle range. The Nissan Leaf remains the world’s most popular electric vehicle, but the number of…

 7 Comments on Going Rogue in Nissan’s Popular Crossover
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Going Rogue in Nissan’s Popular Crossover

Note: Moving forward, Auto Trends will give our recommendation of the trim and packages we think you should consider when…

 3 Comments on It’s a Wrap: 2018 in Review
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It’s a Wrap: 2018 in Review

Happy New Year to you and yours! The ending of one year and the start of another should give us…

 6 Comments on The Fifth-Generation Subaru Forester Remains a Strong Contender
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The Fifth-Generation Subaru Forester Remains a Strong Contender

When you offer a very successful product, how do you make improvements as you ready the next-generation model? Very carefully,…

 6 Comments on Where Luxury Meets Performance:
Audi SQ5 SUV
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Where Luxury Meets Performance:
Audi SQ5 SUV

It isn’t too often that I get a performance vehicle, but when one arrives, I rub my hands in delicious…

 6 Comments on The All-New Toyota Avalon Hybrid Combines Luxury With Efficiency
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The All-New Toyota Avalon Hybrid Combines Luxury With Efficiency

Toyota launches the latest generation Avalon Hybrid sedan. The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a large, five-passenger front-wheel-drive sedan that’s…

 9 Comments on Generation Four: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Generation Four: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai’s midsize SUV is all-new for 2019. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is all-new and now represents a two-row midsize…

 2 Comments on Handsome Wagon: 2019 Volvo V60
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Handsome Wagon: 2019 Volvo V60

The V60 is all new and handsomely designed at that. Just as some manufacturers are distancing themselves from cars, Volvo…

 6 Comments on Book Review: Mustang by Design
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Book Review: Mustang by Design

Nearly everyone knows something about the Ford Mustang, the iconic sports coupe that’s been part of American automotive lore for…

 7 Comments on New and Improved! 2019 Infiniti QX50
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New and Improved! 2019 Infiniti QX50

Whatever became of the Infiniti QX50, Nissan’s luxury brand’s sporty, compact SUV? After a 10-year run under various naming conventions,…

 22 Comments on Highlights of a 2019 Toyota C-HR
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Highlights of a 2019 Toyota C-HR

The C-HR brings it to the small crossover segment, but in a different way. We like crossovers and are buying…

 4 Comments on Return of the First-Generation Ford Bronco
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Return of the First-Generation Ford Bronco

An Illinois manufacturer is bringing back the original Ford Bronco in small numbers. If you’re a fan of the Ford…

 6 Comments on 2014-2018 Jaguar F-Type Buyer’s Guide
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2014-2018 Jaguar F-Type Buyer’s Guide

You won’t find Jaguar calling the F-Type a tribute or spiritual successor model of the Jaguar E-Type, but in many…

 12 Comments on Family Efficiency: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
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Family Efficiency: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The only plug-in hybrid minivan. The once dominate minivan segment continues to shrink as consumers embrace crossovers. In reality, the…

 4 Comments on Polestar Powered: 2019 Volvo S60
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Polestar Powered: 2019 Volvo S60

Fast times in a Polestar sedan. Electrification is now a significant part of what Volvo is all about. Indeed, the…

 9 Comments on Small Nissan Crossover SUVs:
Kicks, Rogue Sport and Rogue
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Small Nissan Crossover SUVs:
Kicks, Rogue Sport and Rogue

Three small crossovers give Nissan a leg up among its competitors. Small Nissan Crossovers In 2007, Nissan didn’t have a…

 10 Comments on Like a Rock: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
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Like a Rock: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Introducing the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado. Fresh on the heels of celebrating 100 years of truck building, Chevrolet has a new…

 12 Comments on New and Improved: 2019 Acura RDX
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New and Improved: 2019 Acura RDX

Acura releases the third-generation RDX. Acura doesn’t have the model depth and breadth of Audi, BMW, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz, but…

 13 Comments on A Cut Above: 2019 Mazda CX-9
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A Cut Above: 2019 Mazda CX-9

Taking a ride with Mazda’s largest crossover utility vehicle. Mazda threw a monkey wrench into the midsize three-row utility vehicle…

 1 Comment on These Car Models May Soon Get the Axe
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These Car Models May Soon Get the Axe

Sharply declining sales may spell the end for several car models. The U.S. automotive market, indeed the entire global market…

 3 Comments on How to Save Money on Car Insurance
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How to Save Money on Car Insurance

Your car insurance costs may be on the rise with several factors possibly contributing to that increase. For example, a…

 2 Comments on The Luxurious and Capable
2019 Infiniti QX80
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The Luxurious and Capable
2019 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti’s largest model combines power with luxury. The QX80 is the largest of four Infiniti utility vehicles. Large, luxury sport…

 8 Comments on Compact Value: 2019 Kia Forte Sedan
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Compact Value: 2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Kia rolls out its third-generation Forte. Compact cars and all car models, in general, have seen an unprecedented drop in…

 6 Comments on Raise the Stakes: 2019 Genesis G70
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Raise the Stakes: 2019 Genesis G70

With the G70, Genesis now has a trio of luxury sedans to consider. Things are getting serious at Genesis Motors….

 3 Comments on 7 Facts About the Volkswagen Beetle
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7 Facts About the Volkswagen Beetle

You would be hard-pressed to find another vehicle with a model name as well known or as even as old…

 2 Comments on Fuel Types and Your Car
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Fuel Types and Your Car

Have you been to a service station lately? Unless you are part of the small cohort of electric vehicle devotees,…

 15 Comments on SUV Zenith: 2019 Subaru Ascent
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SUV Zenith: 2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s Ascent is this brand’s largest SUV. The 2019 Subaru Ascent fills a hole in this automaker’s product line, by…