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Car Review: Toyota’s RAV 4

Car Review:  Toyota’s RAV 4 Toyota’s RAV4 for 2015 is a stalwart. The small crossover is one of the earliest entrants in the field that has turned into one of the largest segments in the automotive industry. The current rendition that we test drove is in its third year and our 2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE had some characteristics that were worth noting. When we opened the door we were struck with the quality of the ...

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Car Review: 2015 – Dodge Durango

  Car Review: 2015 - Dodge Durango We drove a 2015 Dodge Durango here from Detroit and navigated around the Windy City for about 10 days. There was some apprehension, not with the Durango but with fuel consumption. Our tester was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI and immediately the price of gasoline during a 10 day-stay came to mind. After all, this HEMI made 360 horsepower, 390 pound-feet of torque and ...

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R   By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist The high-powered, low volume 2015 Volkswagen Golf R could play a big role in getting the German automaker’s U.S. sales back on the good foot. That would mean more VWs rolling out of showroom doors. Here’s the deal: the VW Golf recently was named car of the year by two very prestigious organizations. Now the Volkswagen Golf R helps to fill o ...

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CAR REVIEW – 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD

  CAR REVIEW - 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD GMC’s 2015 Sierra 2500HD is a serious truck. We had the Denali Crew Cab 4X4 trim model and found that the hulking full-size pickup had enough oomph to handle most jobs that an individual or small crew might come upon. Our test vehicle was powered by a 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel engine capable of operating on biodiesel fuel. It generated 397 horsepower and 765 pound-f ...

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Car Review: 2016 Kia Sorento

Car Review: 2016 Kia Sorento By Frank S. Washington/NNPA Columnist Although it should be sunny by the time you read this, we ran into real world conditions while here to test drive the new 2016 Kia Sorento. Wind gusts were up to 50 mph and sometimes more; precipitation varied between rain and sleet and a bunch of snow was expected that night. We felt some relief when we were told that Kia had brought all-wh ...

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Car Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Car Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Cadillac has got something. Its two-seat version of the ATS sedan was slick, fun to drive and it had plenty of style. We test drove the 2015 ATS Coupe 3.6L RWD Premium. That translated into a 2+2 coupe with a 3.2-liter V6 that made 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain was quick, responsive t ...

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Car Review – Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Car Review - Lexus GS 350 F Sport After more than a week, it felt like we drove the Lexus GS 350 F Sport sedan through every one of the 600 square miles that comprise this city. And we only found a few irks to complain about. Actually, we drove the Lexus GS 350 F Sport to New Orleans and back here. After 10 days and almost 1,000 miles, we came away with a healthy respect for the road worthiness of the midsi ...

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CAR REVIEW: 2015 Mazda CX-5

CAR REVIEW: 2015 Mazda CX-5 Mazda gets little respect – and the Japanese automaker should get more. When the CX-5 crossover first came on the market, it was warmly accepted. It was spacious, functional and smartly styled. And over the years it has gotten even better but automakers with much larger advertising and marketing budgets have gotten all the attention for their compact utility vehicles while the CX ...

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Car Review – Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac ATS Coupe   Cadillac has got something. Its two-seat version of the ATS sedan was slick, fun to drive and it had plenty of style. We test drove the 2015 ATS Coupe 3.6L RWD Premium. That translated into a 2+2 coupe with a 3.2-liter V6 that made 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain was quick, responsive to driver i ...

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CAR REVIEW: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

CAR REVIEW: 2015 Lincoln Navigator For a while there, it seemed like the Lincoln Navigator was headed to the trash heap. That’s how long it took the brand to fashion a new generation of the first luxury full-size sport utility. But for 2015, Lincoln has managed to mesh new and traditional in a very appealing package. Sheet metal design is important but luxury is conveyed in the interior of any vehicle and L ...

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