Tag: 2014

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2014 Lexus GX460

Model Tested: 2014 Lexus GX460 Luxury Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 301 horsepower 329 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission four-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 15/City—20/Highway—17/Combined Base Price: $60,715 As Tested: $62,770 Performance: Very solid, confidence-inspiring chassis Smooth, reasonably powerful V-8 Rear air suspension with auto load … read more

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2014 Ford Fiesta

Model Tested: 2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback  Engine: 1.0-liter I-3 Turbo Ecoboost, 123 horsepower 125 lb-ft torque  Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission front-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 32/City—45/Highway—37/Combined Base Price: $16,080 As Tested: $18,585  Performance: Surprisingly peppy performance from such a small engine Smooth 5-speed manual … read more

2014 BMW 4 Series Coup

2014 BMW 4 Series Replaces 3 Series Coupes

Without going into detail, I’ll openly confess to not being a big BMW fan after being treated very shabbily by BMW Northwest when my wife’s 5-Series needed repairs. Because of that, I rarely write about BMW’s because I’m not always as objective I … read more

2014 Toyota Tundra Crewmax

2014 Toyota Tundra Crewmax: Trucking Limo Style

The 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax pickup is big — American big. I grew up with the concept that Japanese pickups were small, Spartan, mini-trucks that were best for commuting and occasional light-duty hauling. That’s no longer the case as both Toyota and Nissan … read more

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

New 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Becomes a Unibody Crossover — Again

The term “Crossover SUV” has become standard nomenclature throughout the automotive industry, without a clear definition of what, exactly, makes up such a vehicle. The line between crossovers and “real” SUVs has become so blurred it’s hard for the average consumer to know … read more

2014 Lexus GS 450h

2014 Lexus GS 450h — Hybrid Luxury

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, has built its stellar reputation on refined luxury and reliability. But when paired with the first-rate driving dynamics of rear-wheel drive and handsome styling, it’s a winning combination. However, for the environmentally-minded Lexus has taken it to the next … read more

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid: One Sporty, Luxurious, Fuel Efficient Touring Car

Just as the jelly-bean shaped Ford Taurus redefined basic sedan design upon its debut in 1985, the Ford Fusion has redefined the midsize family sedan. The Fusion comes with three basic powerplant configurations — the standard gas engine, a Gas/Electric Hybrid, and a … read more

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