Reviews

All-new 2013 Avalon moves Toyota in a new direction

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 Subaru Impreza

By Bruce Caldwell     Model Tested: 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Limited 4dr Sedan       Engine: 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder, 148 hp, 145 lb/ft       Transmission: CVT automatic, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive       EPA Ratings: 27-mpg city/36-mpg highway … read more

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

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