2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Test Drive

“2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport AWD” A Compact Luxury Hybrid Crossover OVERVIEW Lexus has added a compact luxury hybrid crossover to its already diverse SUV lineup in the form of the 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport. Yes folks, there’s yet another acronym to add to the vehicle inventory. The UX moniker stands for…

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2019 Kia Niro EV EX Premium Test Drive

“2019 Kia Niro EV EX Premium” Kia’s Next Evolution in Electrification OVERVIEW The Kia Niro was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and appeared on the scene as a 2017 production model. The Kia Niro debuted as an all-new, compact, near midsize, urban crossover hybrid that served up a bold, athletic crossover design, combined…

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

“2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited” The Quintessential Minivan OVERVIEW The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a minivan that seats 7 or 8, and is engineered to deliver class-leading ride quality and handling characteristics along with reduced noise, vibration and harshness. FCA US lays claim to 115 significant minivan innovations. Chrysler was the pioneer of the…

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye “Choose Your Poison Level“ The Dodge Challenger first entered the American muscle car scene nearly fifty years ago, evolving continually and progressively into what has become a legendary status symbol or icon since the first 1970 model appeared. The Challenger was originally available as either a 2-door hardtop or…

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T S Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Automotive demand seems to require that all car manufacturers produce SUVs or crossovers and lately that demand has grown to include a three-row SUV. Volkswagen had two very good two-row SUVs: a compact Tiguan and the luxurious Touareg. Unfortunately, the Touareg wasn’t ringing the VW cash register enough and they…

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2019 Ford F-150 Lariat Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer For the umpteenth time (actually 42 years) the Ford F- Series was the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. While that’s almost become a ho-hum statement it’s an impressive accomplishment that shows Ford’s obsession with making their trucks better and better to maintain their appeal competitors are working hard to knock…

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Test Drive

“2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible” The Hottest Camaro Yet Comes Two Ways Looking for an alternative to the ZL1 Corvette? Name your poison – a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in either Coupe or Convertible form. Both are powered by the same energy source as the ZL1 Vette – a big honkin’ V-8. Unlike the Dodge Challenger,…

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2019 BMW M850i Convertible

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Eagle, Idaho – A recent BMW online newsletter we received suggested a road trip in a BMW, and by coincidence we were testing BMW’s first-ever M850i convertible. It was a perfect time for a short road trip. We would have preferred to try the newsletter’s suggested European delivery program, but…

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2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD Test Drive

“2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD” Top of the Line, 3-Row, 7-Passenger SUV Mazda’s CX-9 made its world debut back in 2006, and has since been recognized as one of the best SUV / Crossover / Minivan / Station Wagons in its class since. It reigns today as the senior member of Mazda’s versatile SUV lineup….

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2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible Test Drive

“2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible” The Ultimate Drop-Top Bimmer The iconic BMW 8-Series has returned following a 20-year hiatus. It launched initially with the all-new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive 2+2 Coupe – a quintessential GT, signifying a new chapter in the luxury sports coupe’s history of incredible performance, breathtaking design and the latest in technology….

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