Posts Tagged automotive

Keeping Pace: the 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Compact SUVs have come a long way since their introduction more than two decades ago. Once considered utilitarian runabouts with better fuel economy and drivability than the larger models they were based upon, “sport-cutes” have carved out a huge market niche for themselves. To keep pace, automakers

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Sporty practicality in the 2019 BMW X4 M40i

Advanced technology, sporty performance, luxury refinement – these are but some of the rules in the automotive market segment BMW occupies. The Bavarians push the standard even further with the 2019 BMW X4. First impressions My M40i M Performance tester in Famenco Red Metallic hit all the

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2019 Kia Niro

Automakers the world over are racing to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards while also producing vehicles large enough to appeal to the North American buying public. These contradictory goals have led to the creation of new vehicle categories. Perhaps the most prevalent of these is

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An economy brand evolves: the Kia Stinger GT-Line

Korean carmakers, long known as makers of economy cars, are hard at work shaking that image. Hyundai spun off the Genesis model into its own high-end brand. Stealing a page from the Tesla playbook, Genesis welcomes shoppers in high-end mall showrooms. For its part, Kia has not

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Sleek luxury cruising in the 2019 Lexus ES 350

Few brands in any consumer category can feature a consistent look across all of its products that set those products apart from the crowd. Lexus is one of those few. From the futuristic luxury of each vehicle exterior to the luxury that awaits inside, each model in

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

If SUVs have been getting more popular as they grow smaller, could the same be said for hatchbacks that grow larger? When it comes to looks and practical roominess, the line between these vehicle types are so blurred they might as well not exist. That vague space

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The Sleek SUV: the 2019 Mazda CX-9

Driving with teammates to a hockey game, one of them gestured out the window and pointed out how SUVs rule the road. I couldn’t disagree. The visual evidence was overwhelming. Fortunately, some automakers do what they can to style their larger vehicles to make them look sleeker

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The zippy 2019 Toyota 86 GT

Sometimes you just want to drive a car that seems to place your butt at the same height as the pedals, where the instruments are just below your eye-level, where the road is so close to your eyes each driving sensation gets visually amplified. If you’re in

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The luxury cruiser lives: the 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited

Given the SUV craze that has manifested itself on North American roads, it’s refreshing to see automakers up their game in the luxury cruising sedan market as Toyota has with the 2019 Avalon. First impressions Long, low-slung and lovely were the words that came to mind when

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Competitive luxury in the 2019 Acura RDX

When a vehicle offers luxury, comfort and performance, you seem to find reasons to run more errands and take short road trips. That was the case during my six days with the 2019 Acura RDX Platinum Elite. First impressions More than one onlooker commented on this SUV’s

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