2018 Mazda6 Signature – Drive Report

DSC_2362 New for 2018 on the Mazda6 is the power we’ve been wanting plus more comfort and refinement. The 6 is now offered in an expanded model range with a 250-HP turbo 2.5-L available on the upper trim levels. A new front grille and headlights on the outside and more plushness on the inside add more.

Niceties like ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system now standard make for more luxury.

Read a bit more right here.

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2018 Kia Stinger – Drive Review

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Kia has ventured into new territory with the introduction of its all-new, very bold 5-passenger sportback sedan, the Stinger. The Stinger is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history and is in the space typically occupied by European automakers.

The Stinger is based on Kia’s GT Concept that was first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. I recently had a second chance to drive it, this one over the course of a week

Read more on this update right here.

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2018 Honda Accord – Drive Review

The entirely new 2018 Honda Accord was named the 2018 North American Car of the Year. For 2018, the Accord is completely redesigned from the ground-up. It has a longer wheelbase but is a touch shorter overall, as well as being lower and wider. The body structure is lighter and more rigid and there’s an advanced new chassis design. There’s two new 4-cylinder engines and the first ever 10-speed automatic in a front-drive car.

Read more right here.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Drive Review

Toyota has been a leader in hybrid development as well as in bringing new variations of SUVs to the market. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the original compact SUVs that came to market about twenty years ago. Now, today, many other carmakers have followed their lead and offer compact SUVs.

There is more about hybrids than reduced fuel consumption. Hybrid powertrains can also deliver more power compared to the equivalent more traditional gasoline engine vehicle.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a viable candidate for city-living families needing versatility and wanting low fuel consumption. Read more here.

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2018 Nissan Kicks – First Drive

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The entirely new 2018 Nissan Kicks is aimed at younger, city-living buyers. Of note is the value story with the Kicks priced to start at $17,990.

Also noteworthy is that all Kicks have Automatic Emergency Braking as standard as well as Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor are available on higher trim levels.

The Kicks is, in my view, a great vehicle for a high school age new driver.

Read more details right here.

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2018 Ford Expedition – Drive Report

DSC_1979Summer travel season is here and if you’re planning the family vacation or just a weekend road trip the 2018 Ford Expedition will give you comfort for the family and space for all their stuff.

The Expedition is plenty big and also plenty fuel efficient, considering its size. Perhaps you’ve got your boat in tow. It can handle that too.

Read more on the big news on the big and all-new 2018 Ford Expedition right here.

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2018 Ford EcoSport – Drive Review

Fun, capable and connected, the all-new Ford EcoSport can be customized with 10 available colors, six interior choices and ambient lighting options. EcoSport’s five-passenger interior features available SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus there’s an available eight-inch voice activated touch screen.

A 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop is standard with six-speed automatic transmission; available 2.0-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop is packaged with all-wheel drive.

Prices start around $20,000.

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