Flash Drive: 2013 Chevy Volt

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2013 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Sedan Engine: Electric motor 149-hp, 273-lb/ft plus 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gas engine, 84-hp, 92-lb-ft Transmission: CVT automatic, Front Wheel Drive EPA Ratings: 98-mpg electric (38 mile range)/37-mpg gasoline only Base Price: $39,145 As Tested: $43,375 … read more

Flash Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI-SE 4-door sedan Engine: 2.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I4, 140 hp, 236 lb/ft Transmission: 6-speed automatic, front wheel drive EPA Ratings: 30-mpg city/40-mpg highway Base Price: $19,995 As Tested: $25,995 Performance: Excellent ride and handling Lots … 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


Mini Cooper

And Now, For Something Patriotic…

Fresh from recording all 205 National Anthems to be played at this summer’s games, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with MINI for one more performance. All stand please for conductor Gareth Newman and the London 2012 Limited Edition MINI’s unique tribute … read more

American Suzuki files for bankruptcy protection

From the Associated Press American Suzuki Motor Corp. on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it will cease selling automobiles in the U.S. as part of a plan to restructure its business.American Suzuki Motor Corp. on Monday filed for Chapter … read more

Flash Drive — 2012 Mini Countryman a capable, fun ride

By Bruce Caldwell Model Tested: 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 Engine:1-6-liter turbocharged dohc I-4, 181 hp, 177 lb/ft Transmission:6-speed manual, all-wheel drive EPA Ratings: 25-mpg city 31-mpg highway Base Price: $27,050 As Tested: $35,500 Performance: A sports car that can go off-roading … read more

More Recalls — Honda (Again) and Dodge

Honda has announced it is recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire. The problem involves around 268,000 vehicles. Honda said rain or other liquids could … read more

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