On the Road With the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Imagine the frustration at GM when the feedback trickling in for the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was lukewarm at best. Six years after releasing a stunningly improved and widely acclaimed midsize sedan, the next generation model was faulted by some critics for its exterior styling, its uninspiring dashboard layout and … Read more

Hybrid Lexus CT 200h Receives Nip/Tuck for 2014

Lexus does not offer diesel engines in the US, instead it follows a hybrid strategy to provides a family of five fuel efficient models ranging from its base CT Hybrid up to its $120,060 LS Hybrid. 2014 Lexus CT 200h The CT Hybrid (CT 200h) five-door hatchback has received a freshened look … Read more

About the 2014 Kia Sportage

Kia’s compact SUV receives an update. The Kia Sportage is a compact sport utility vehicle, a five-passenger front- or all-wheel drive model. The original Sportage made its debut in 1995 and the third generation model was introduced in 2010. Kia sells its smallest SUV in LX, EX and SX trim … Read more

Subaru Legacy Delivers Quality and Reliability

The 2014 Subaru Legacy will likely not win many beauty pageants. However, its “looks” deficiency might not disappoint fans who are accustomed to driving a midsize sedan that is well built, reliable and safe. Indeed, like all other Subaru models, the Legacy routinely achieves top safety recognition, in part for its standard … Read more

About the 2014 Hyundai Tucson

New base engine powers Hyundai’s compact SUV. Introduced in 2005, the Hyundai Tucson plunged the Korean automaker right into the middle of the very competitive small crossover utility vehicle segment. The Toyota RAV4, Honda’s CR-V and the Ford Escape were segment stalwarts, but the Tucson quickly found room by offering numerous convenience … Read more

Acura ILX Hybrid Takes a Bow

Acura is hoping that its sub-$30,000 price for a premium hybrid sedan will be enough to entice environmentally conscious buyers to check out its latest product. The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid is out, a vehicle that is priced just $2,000 above the standard gas-powered sedan. It is a model that … Read more

Like a Rock: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Following successive weeks driving the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado full-size pick up trucks, I can tell you that there is no difference between these two models. What I can tell you is that the Sierra Crew Cab with its 5.3-liter V-8 beats the Silverado Double Cab with its 4.3-liter … Read more

About the 2014 Honda CR-V

Few models define the compact sport utility market as well as the Honda CR-V. Certainly, the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape have their place, but the CR-V may offer the best combination of fuel efficiency, value and safety of any model on the market. The 2014 Honda CR-V is priced … Read more

First Drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Be forewarned: if you have yet to see the all-new Toyota Corolla you may be in for a surprise. Or two. Or more. The Corolla is Toyota’s top-selling model after the Camry, a compact sedan that rolled out stateside in summer 1968. More than 40 million Corollas have been built … Read more

From Serbia With Love: 2014 Fiat 500L

Fiat’s return to the US market in 2011 came by way of its smallest model, the 2012 Fiat 500 hatchback. This mini car line also includes a convertible and a performance Abarth edition, giving Fiat the most model choices in its segment. The segment is a small one and includes … Read more

The 5 Flavors of the 2014 Toyota Tundra

I bet you never thought of a pickup truck in terms of flavors, am I right? Then again, with each full-size truck manufacturer offering variants on the big truck theme, it is often the sub-models or special editions that attracts customers to a particular truck. Several of these flavors were … Read more

Off Roading With the 2014 Toyota 4Runner

It was an opportunity too good to pass up. Fly in to Atlanta, get whisked away to a luxuriant resort some 75 minutes north of the city, and then take in a ride and drive event for the third generation Toyota Tundra. Also making an appearance was the Toyota 4Runner, … Read more

About the 2014 Volkswagen Passat

The current Volkswagen Passat, introduced in 2012, is far different from previous models. Now in its fourth generation, this midsize five-passenger front-wheel drive sedan was designed for the American market exclusively. Built at Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the 2014 Volkswagen Passat offers a variety of engine choices including … Read more

About the BMW 4 Series Coupe

The BMW 3 Series has long been the benchmark compact luxury car by which all other competitors are judged. Its also a complete line too with coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon and hatchback models built. Beginning in 2014, however, the coupe and convertible models are being pulled out and given a … Read more

About the 2014 Chevrolet SS

The Chevrolet SS is imported from Australia, a five-passenger rear-wheel-drive sport sedan powered by a big V-8 engine. This model represents Chevrolet’s first performance sedan since 1996, joining the Corvette and Camaro in Chevy’s performance arsenal. Pricing for the new model begins at $44,470; the Chevrolet SS is sold in … Read more

Strike a Chord With the 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Small cars offering very good value, ample interior room and excellent gas mileage may very well drive the auto industry in the coming years. Not so much in profits, but in helping car manufacturers maintain and expand market share. The thinking here is that if you like a certain entry-level … Read more

2014 Acura MDX Specifications & Overview

Acura MDX The Acura MDX is a seven-passenger midsize luxury crossover sport utility vehicle. It is sold in front- and all-wheel drive configurations and is priced from $42,990. Introduced in 2001, the 2014 Acura MDX begins the third generation for this model. Model Highlights The MDX features the brand’s “jewel eye” look … Read more

A Small-Displacement Diesel for the 2014 Ram 1500

It has been more than a decade since light-duty pickup truck buyers have had access to diesel engines. GM, Ford and Chrysler offer diesel engines for their respective heavy-duty lines, but not for the standard full-size pickup trucks that most people buy. But, that is about to change as the … Read more

Cadillac CTS Pricing: Going Up

The General Motors Company has been repetitively telling us that the third generation Cadillac CTS would cost more as the new sedan grows in luxury and proportions to take on Europe’s finest models. Indeed, the new model is five inches longer, but 244 pounds lighter than the 2013 edition. With … Read more

Now Introducing the 2014 Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has been introduced, the latest iteration of the world’s best-selling model. The five-passenger front-wheel drive Corolla is now entering its 11th generation and will appear in Toyota showrooms this fall. Introduced in 1966 in Japan, the Corolla showed up in the United States two years later … Read more

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Decidedly Unboring

The latest iteration on the Chevrolet Impala theme. What were GM designers thinking when they crafted the 2014 Chevrolet Impala? Well, they must have looked at various models that have worn the Impala name down through the years and decided that there was only one way for the new design … Read more

Quick Work: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The current generation Chevrolet Malibu made its debut early in the 2013 model year, but was immediately panned for its modest-at-best styling update. Critics also complained about its limited rear legroom, setting GM management on a course for a quick update of this five-passenger midsize sedan. A revised sedan was … Read more

GMC Sierra Denali Moves Atop the Performance Heap

This June, General Motors will release the 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado, the newest generation of its large pickup truck lines. The trucks have been receiving a lot of attention during the run up for the release, representing perhaps one of the most important new products this year for … Read more

Hot SUV: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Updated May 25, 2013, to reflect correct towing limit. Do you know your SUV history? No, not that Jeep and Land Rover got the segment going beginning in the 1940s, rather than souped-up SUVs are uncommon, especially a factory-built model. After all, SUVs are bulky, creaky, and just plain uncool, … Read more

At The Rock With the 2014 Lexus IS

Posing with a red 2014 Lexus IS at The Rock. Once in a while an automotive event really moves the “way cool” needle. The “Lexus Education Event” currently taking place at race tracks around the country is one such opportunity, giving drivers a schooling in all things 2014 Lexus IS. … Read more