2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: Sports Car SUV

By Bruce Caldwell The Jeep image has always been one of ruggedness. The brand is so synonymous with off road performance that people unfamiliar with a particular SUV’s identity are most apt to call it “a Jeep type vehicle.” Jeep’s stellar reputation was … read more

All-new 2014 Avalon signals a new direction for Toyota

By Lary Coppola Decreeing that Toyota, “…will build no more boring cars,” the company’s recently ascended President and CEO Akio Toyoda has called upon his employees to design and build cars with renewed passion and enthusiasm. And nowhere is that spirit more evident … read more

Flash Drive

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Model Tested: 2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD LTZ Engine: 3.6-liter V6, 288-horsepower 270 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 16-mpg city/ 23-mpg highway Base Price: $42,575 As Tested: $46,200 Performance: Trailer towing transmission mode 5,200 pound towing capacity 500-mile cruising range StabiliTrak … read more

Flash Drive: 2013 KIA Sportage

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2013 KIA Sportage SX AWD Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 260 hp, 269 lb/ft Transmission: 6-speed automatic, All Wheel Drive, Locking Center Differential EPA Ratings: 20-mpg city/25-mpg highway Base Price: $28,400 As Tested: $32,400 Performance: Peppy turbocharged engine combined … read more

Flash Drive: 2013 KIA Optima

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2013 KIA Optima SX Limited Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 274 hp, 269 lb/ft Transmission: 6-speed automatic, Front Wheel Drive EPA Ratings: 22-mpg city/34-mpg highway Base Price: $26,800 As Tested: $35,470 Performance: Turbocharged 4-cylinder has V6 power True sports … read more

Flash Drive: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT 4-Door Hatchback Engine: 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, 148 hp, 131 lb/ft Transmission: 6-speed Automatic, Front Wheel Drive EPA Ratings: 27-mpg city/37-mpg highway Base Price: $19,395 As Tested: $23,015 Performance: Acceleration is adequate, but not exciting … read more

2013 Infiniti JX — new entry in luxury crossover SUV market

By Lary Coppola 2013 Infiniti JXThe 2013 Infiniti JX is a totally new mid-luxury crossover sport-utility vehicle from Nissan’s luxury division. Larger than the five-seat Infiniti FX, but smaller and significantly cheaper than the eight-seat, top-of-the-line QX56, it boasts three-row seating, a base … read more

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