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2016 Toyota Prius 4 Touring – First Look and Review

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Since its launch in 1994, the Toyota Prius has been the standard bearer for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. It’s also been <yawn> somewhat boring to drive.
Fast forward to 2016: With the introduction of the fourth generation of the car (a contest was held to determine what the plural form of the model name would be: it’s Prii), Toyota is adding a new dimension: fun.
Perhaps the world has come around but the …

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD – Review and Road Test

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While Mazda’s cars may no longer go “mmmmm,” the independent automaker certainly does.
The CX-5 crossover, first introduced as a 2013 model, certainly does its part. While the launch model was on the slow side, that was rectified for 2014 with the addition of a 2.5-liter four banger that develops 184 horsepower.
We spent a week with the CX-5 and put it through its paces in a mixture of city and highway …

2016 Cadillac Escalade Review and Fall Foliage Drive

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With fall foliage in the northeastern United States at peak color, it was time to take in the display and one of the best seats in the house for this task are in the front of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade.
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Escalade is flashy and glamorous, as well as rather large. It’s the car’s massive size that makes for a better viewing platform for the …

Ford Sync 3 – Review and Test Report


Ford, which was one of the first automakers to introduce a full infotainment system with its Microsoft Windows-based Sync in 2007, is putting a BlackBerry into your car, starting with some 2016 models.
The original Sync system was designed to support Bluetooth-mobile phones and MP3 players using a combination of voice commands in addition to steering wheel and radio controls. Support for sending and receiving text messages – they were read …

2015 Kia Soul EV+ Electric Vehicle – Review and Test Drive

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The Kia Soul EV sneaks up on you, quite literally. Like other electric vehicles, it moves quietly. Indeed, there’s something to be said about the strong but silent type, and that description fits the Kia to a T.
The Soul EV is extremely quiet as it glides by, and there’s a distinct lack of powertrain noise or engine vibration when behind the wheel. With an 81.4kW AC synchronous permanent magnet motor developing …

The Future of Diesel in America: Has Volkswagen Finally Done What GM Couldn’t?


It was 1981 in America, and diesel was in its heyday. Sales of diesel-powered automobiles that year reached 520,788 (out of roughly 6.5 million), and 60% of those came from General Motors. These included the General’s biggest sedans, the Cadillac Fleetwood and Sedan de Ville, the Buick Electra and LeSabre, and the Oldsmobile 98 and 88.
Buyers, shell shocked from the oil crises of the 1970s, were putting up with the …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Test Report

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“Hey Siri!”
“Yes, Jonathan?”
“I’m sorry I called you a bitch so many times. Truly sorry.”
“There’s no need for that.”
Over the past week, I actually started to like Siri. Although she still refuses to tell me which planes are overhead – something she was fond of doing back in the day – her manners, while we drove around for a week in a Cadillac CTS, were impeccable.
The Cadillac boulevard cruiser is one …