2012 Toyota Prius

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer In case you haven?t looked recently or noticed the difference in the swarms of Prii (that?s the official Toyota plural of Prius, as determined by a vote of Prius fans) on the roads, there are now four different versions of the popular Toyota hybrid. ?When you put it all down…

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2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

An ingenious solution to distracted driving. Believe it or not, I am a big proponent of simple, cheap cars. Yes I do own a Range Rover but I did just sell my 1969 FIAT 850 Spider. And few cars get simpler than that thing. It had a water-cooled 903cc inline four-cylinder engine producing something like…

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2012 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 T/X Baja Series

?Toyota?s Tacoma 4×4 TRD TX-Baja Series: A Hard core Off-Roader?? Toyota claims that their Tacoma is the best-selling compact pickup truck in North America, and has been since 2005. Some manufacturers have scaled dramatically back or have even abandoned the compact pickup market segment, while Toyota continues to forge ahead, adding greater value and new…

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback

?Harley-Davidson?s FLD Dyna Switchback: A Mini-bagger – or not? Let?s say that you?re currently riding a Harley Sportster model, and feel the need to move up to something a little bigger in a cruiser or touring genre, but have some issues with things like size, power, price and image. Both the Softail and Dyna Harley…

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2012 Jaguar XKR Convertible

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The word ?iconic? has been bantered about a lot recently, and we think if any one car deserves that title it is the Jaguar XK. ?From the roots of the car that defined the ?sports car?, the Jaguar XKE, the new XK brings new levels of style and performance to…

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Test Drive: 2012 Honda Crosstour

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We were surprised when Honda introduced the Crosstour in the fall of 2009.? It?s not the kind of car we would expect from a company that tends to play it safe and conservative.? Sure they needed a large vehicle to compete with crossovers like Toyota?s Venza, Ford?s Flex and several…

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First Ride: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

By Barbara Schaffer Oahu, Hawaii ? My husband, Bill, and I have one of the greatest jobs in the world.? The pay?s not great, but we get to drive the newest, the best and the most fun cars being manufactured today.? In addition to getting two new vehicles each week to test drive, we get…

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Test Ride: 2012 Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim

?Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim delivers bare essentials? Old-school Bobber styling sheds? excess Lately, the Motor Company hasn?t come up with any radical or totally new innovations from the mechanical department or the design studio. The practice has been rather to draw on the past and to offer new takes on nostalgic ideas. The 2012 Harley-Davidson…

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Test Drive: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV

?2012 Toyota RAV4 EV joins forces with Tesla? Toyota has stepped outside its box, joining forces in a unique collaboration with Tesla Motor Corporation in sharing technology rather than exclusive development in house – particularly battery technology. This association was inspired by Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. The development project resulting…

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Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-350 Coupe

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When we get a fun car, and have a little extra time, the first thing that comes to mind is a road trip.? Knowing the new small Mercedes-Benz C-350?coupe was on tap for us, we thought; why not take it somewhere metaphorically familiar ? Leavenworth. The little central Washington town,…

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