Bargain Hatch: 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

Heated seats, power accessories and a CVT. Survey Nissan’s product line and you will find multiple models priced from under $20,000. That price point is important for some consumers, especially people who simply do not want to pay anywhere near the current $31,200 average price for a new car. Five … Read more

Hauled It: 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van

Nissan NV200

Driving the little van that could. Cars, trucks, utility vehicles and vans have come and gone, but there has been nothing quite like the 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo Van that was a recent weekly driver. For one thing, the compact Nissan was the first model supplied by a manufacturer’s commercial … Read more

2014 Audi A6: Surprised by Four

Midsize luxury sedan packs in the amenities. I may have to rethink my long-held position against placing four-cylinder engines in larger cars. Especially after spending a week with the 2014 Audi A6 Quattro Tiptronic edition. 2014 Audi A6 The midsize A6 is not the largest sedan in the Audi fleet … Read more

7 Facts About the Nissan NV200 Taxi

Those big yellow Ford Crown Victoria sedans plying the streets of major cities and picking up passengers will soon become a thing of the past. For one, Ford no longer makes the Crown Victoria. For another, taxi fleets are looking for more efficient vehicles to get the job done. Enter … Read more

Green Machine: 2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback

Smallest Ford is big on value and fun. ===MPG figures updated June 12, 2014 per the Ford Motor Company.=== In 2008, before the US economy nosedived and the American car manufacturing industry nearly folded, the Ford Motor Company announced its One Ford plan. That plan offered a blueprint for sustainability … Read more

Gone Green: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Its not easy being green. Five Subaru models have come and gone from my driveway, weekly loaners that ranged from the very good to the outstanding. Subaru’s consistent quality, dependability, and reliability has not been lost on me nor on the many new and returning buyers who continue to drive … Read more

2013 Kia Rio Overview

2013 Kia Rio

Smallest Kia gets a new design. The smallest model in the Kia line up is its subcompact Rio, a vehicle that is sold in sedan and hatchback configurations. Kia markets the Rio and Rio 5-door models separately, but unlike earlier models the only difference between these two is its body … Read more

Honda Introduces 4 Cylinder Engine to Crosstour

Five passenger hatchback gets fuel efficient engine. TORRANCE, Calif. Honda announced on Wednesday that it is making available a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine for two-wheel-drive versions of its Crosstour crossover. This 16-valve engine will be paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and is expected to help the 2012 Honda Crosstour achieve … Read more

Ford Edge Will Get First I4 EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, which was introduced last summer in the Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus, and Lincoln MKT, will soon expand to other vehicle lines. That original 3.5-liter V6 engine represents the first of a family of direct injection, turbocharged engines, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine up next. The smaller … Read more