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.
 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.
 11 Comments on Excellent Value Proposition: 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
 4 Comments on Drop Top Fun: 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
 10 Comments on Substantial Luxe: 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 4×4
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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…

 4 Comments on GM Seeks to Breath New Life Into the Cadillac ATS
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GM Seeks to Breath New Life Into the Cadillac ATS

Cadillac’s BMW beater has fizzled. Nearly four years have come and gone and the Cadillac ATS has failed to meet…

 0 Comment on Lincoln Brand Expands its Concierge Services
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Lincoln Brand Expands its Concierge Services

Pickup and delivery service goes brand-wide for 2017. The Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln brand is exploring new ways to win…

Chevrolet Malibu
 1 Comment on Low-Income Drivers Penalized by Auto Insurers
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Low-Income Drivers Penalized by Auto Insurers

Americans resoundingly reject non-driving characteristics in determining auto insurance rates. If you’re a low-income American, chances are you’re paying plenty…

2016 Infiniti QX50.
 8 Comments on Sport Luxury SUV: Infiniti QX50
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Sport Luxury SUV: Infiniti QX50

Muscular, luxury SUV brings performance to the compact range. When was the last time you found a crossover utility vehicle…

Avanti
 2 Comments on Summer Daze: Tips for Keeping Your Car Running During Hot Weather
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Summer Daze: Tips for Keeping Your Car Running During Hot Weather

Temperature extremes can wreak havoc on your car, increasing the likelihood of a problem leading to a breakdown. Indeed, sub-zero…

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
 15 Comments on Performance + Efficiency = 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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Performance + Efficiency = 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A modest price premium makes hybrid ownership a solid value proposition. The Toyota RAV4 is a popular compact SUV in…

 1 Comment on How to Get Rid of a Pricey Car Loan Without Ruining Your Credit
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How to Get Rid of a Pricey Car Loan Without Ruining Your Credit

What to do with that expensive car note. When you purchased the car you thought you could afford the monthly…

 0 Comment on Jeep Patriot, Compass Gain a Temporary Reprieve
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Jeep Patriot, Compass Gain a Temporary Reprieve

Two compact Jeeps will be replaced by one new model in 2017. The Jeep brand’s two smallest models slotted above…

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.
 18 Comments on Ford Explorer Platinum Offers Lincoln Touches
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Ford Explorer Platinum Offers Lincoln Touches

Ford’s three-row midsize crossover delivers off-road capabilities. Ford’s strength in utility vehicles is evident as nearly every model it offers…

 7 Comments on 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Makes 48 MPG
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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Makes 48 MPG

Among midsize sedans, the Accord Hybrid is the most efficient of all models. The Honda Accord Hybrid is back and…

2016 Lincoln MKX.
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Lincoln MKX: Masseuse on the Go

Four utility vehicles drive the Lincoln brand, including the all-new MKX. napa-roadside-assistance-kit If the standout feature for an SUV is…

 2 Comments on Cue the Music: Cadillac Escalade is Tops in New Vehicle Satisfaction
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Cue the Music: Cadillac Escalade is Tops in New Vehicle Satisfaction

AutoPacific announces the results of its latest vehicle satisfaction award. Purchase a new car and vehicle satisfaction should come with…

 2 Comments on US Bound: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²
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US Bound: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²

Beastly M-B G550 set for US introduction early next year. There are only a few rugged SUVs left on the…

 7 Comments on Ford Fusion V6 Sport Targets German Luxury Buyers
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Ford Fusion V6 Sport Targets German Luxury Buyers

Most powerful V-6 engine in the midsize segment. The “Lincoln Motor Company” may be Ford’s premium brand, but when it…

 3 Comments on New Arrival: Fiat 124 Spider
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New Arrival: Fiat 124 Spider

All-new roadster adds pizzazz to the Fiat brand. Fiat’s reintroduction to the US market has been met with a tepid…

 2 Comments on Buick Envision Debuts With No Fanfare
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Buick Envision Debuts With No Fanfare

The made-in-China Envision is now on sale in North America. The Buick Envision has arrived, the third crossover in this…