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2017 VW Passat Sel Premium Survies SEL

Volkswagen has discontinued the SEL Passat but has retained the SEL Premium trim for 2017 with a suite of standard driver safety aids, nicely outfitted interior and a responsive direct-injection 3.6-liter engine. (There is also a 1.8-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder). After disappointing sales for several years, the front-wheel drive Passat has been gaining year over year […]

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Volvo Launches Semi-Autonomous S90 Sedan for 2017

Volvo touts its all-new S90 premium mid-size sedan as the first vehicle marketed in the U.S. with standard semi-autonomous driving technology — options not needed.  Replacing the S80 in the Volvo line-up, the S90 is a beautifully designed vehicle and a top contender in any beauty contest with similarly equipped and more costly German made […]

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Hyundai Boosts Muscle for 2017 Elantra Sport Edition

The Elantra compact sedan has been Hyundai’s best-selling vehicle in the past but before this year’s 2017 Sport edition, a lack of engine muscle has always been a sore point with many buyers. The entire Elantra line-up has been redesigned for 2017 and the Sport is now armed with a 1.6-liter turbo-charged engine that can […]

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Kia Adds More Powerful Engine to 2017 Kia Soul

Kia has previously described its boxy Kia Soul small station wagon an “urban passenger vehicle.” Now comes the reasonably priced 2017 Kia Soul ! (meaning Exclaim) equipped with a more powerful engine making it a comfortable long-distance interstate traveler with decent acceleration. Improvements make Exclaim best of the Soul breed with excellent gas mileage, a […]

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Honda’s Top-Selling Honda CR-V Improves for 2017

Honda’s CR-V doesn’t plan to relinquish it’s throne as the best-selling compact SUV in the U.S. – a position it has held since it was launched in 1997 with sales now totaling four million nationwide.  For 2017, Honda has upped the ante against tough competition with a more powerful, fuel-efficient fifth-generation, all-new makeover that boasts […]

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Kia’s 2017 Cadenza Sings a Beautifully Visual Song

Kia believed it had the precisely apt description when it launched its 2014 midsize sedan as the Cadenza, which the dictionary describes as an exceptionally brilliant piece of solo music in a concerto.  The all-new, second-generation 2017 Kia Cadenza fits that description with a beautiful simple and sleek profile — so much so that the […]

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2017 Genesis Becomes Hyundai’s Luxury Brand

As one of the world’s top automakers, Hyundai wanted its own luxury brand and this year 2017 placed its two Genesis sedans — G80 and G90 – into their own upscale category. Like Lexus to Toyota, Acura to Honda, Audi to Volkswagen and Infiniti to Nissan, 2017 Genesis models no longer bear the Hyundai nameplate […]

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2017 Lexus IS 300 Competitive Compact Sports Sedan

Launched only last year, the Lexus IS 300 compact luxury sedan was the automaker’s way to provide shoppers a choice between the less powerful turbo-charged IS 200t and the more powerful IS 350 — all performance boasting four-door sport sedans. A feisty, fun to drive, well-handling all-wheel (rear-wheel drive is available) drive with subdued good […]

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