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Is the pricey Cadillac ELR viable?

The Cadillac ELR is undeniably beautiful. It undeniably turns heads every time it rolls through city streets. It is also undeniably overpriced for what is truly a glorified, two-door Chevy Volt. Don’t get us wrong – we had the ELR at the same time as another vehicle on loan, and we picked the ELR 9 out of 10 times wheels were needed. […]

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Honda’s Civic Coupe makes you young again

Want to feel like a teenager again? Take a spin in the refreshed 2014 Honda Civic Coupe and you’ll be thrown back into the days you and your friends first felt the freedom of driving. It’s amazing how a car that has changed so much can still give you a serious case of nostalgia. But […]

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Is fully automated driving coming soon? Toyota says no.

BY Chase Adams, Contributor | @ChaseAdamsCars Cars that drive themselves have been science fiction for a long, long time. However, the next time you buy a new car, you might be able to give most of the control to a computer. This is possible with new technologies that are now a reality, technologies that are […]

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Bridge Model: 2015 Acura TLX

BY Bob Gritzinger, Contributor | @bobgritzinger OK, so the center rear seat isn’t too comfortable, and taller folks may want to stay out of the back seat altogether. But that’s all we can find not to like when it comes to Acura’s all-new 2015 TLX sedan. We put the premium sports sedan through its paces […]

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First Drive: 2015 Kia Sorento SXL

Summertime is meant for road trips. In July, I traveled home to North Carolina to visit with my parents. The nearly seven-hour drive is a good way to decompress, and it’s equally good for getting to know a vehicle in real world conditions. Thankfully, Kia didn’t mind me putting an extra 1,000 miles on its brand-new […]

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Driver’s Ed Courses May Not Be Enough for New Drivers

Some parents may be relieved at the fact that their teenager passed their Driver’s Education course. But what they don’t know, is that said Driver’s Ed courses do not make their teen an all-around safe driver. As the infographic below highlights, Driver’s Ed courses don’t educate students about tire safety. Twelve percent of 2.2 million […]

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DC Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Last week, Cadillac invited local automotive journalists to drive its brand-new ATS Coupe from Georgetown, DC to Middleburg, VA and back. Many in our group were openly bashful about pushing the capable ATS to its limits given the article our colleague had published just one day earlier. But nevertheless, we ventured out to the beautiful roads in the Virginia […]

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Hyundai Genesis 5.0L is no wannabe luxury sport sedan

In April, we joined dozens of other media to test out the new-for-2015 Hyundai Genesis. Our test drives included the 3.8L V6 and the 5.0L V8. We may have preferred the extra performance from the V8, but the six-cylinder is certainly a very capable and worthy contender. Hyundai executives openly admitted the company has its sights set […]

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Measuring Tread Depth. Photo provided by Whitney Gonzalez.

Two Things You Need to Check Before Your Next Drive

So, you’ve heard over and over that you need to check the pressure and tread on your car’s tires regularly. But do you have any idea how to do so correctly? First, let’s talk tire pressure: There are countless benefits to having properly-inflated tires, including safety, increased tire lifespan and better fuel economy. What more […]

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Interview with Be Car Chic Editor Melanie Batenchuk-Green Living Guy

Green Living Guy interview with Melanie Batenchuk

We met Green Living Guy’s head honcho, Seth Leitman, at the Porsche Panamera Plug-in drive last fall. He was kind enough to do a profile interview on editor, Melanie Batenchuk, and her opinion on green cars like the newly electrified Panamera. Here’s a brief excerpt, but we encourage you to check out the full interview on […]

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2014 Hyundai Accent: Petite, peppy and perfect for your teen driver

Looking for the right car for your teenage driver? Look no further than the affordable Hyundai Accent – a fun and functional hatchback with high fuel economy, an unbeatable warranty, and leading safety ratings. We were pleasantly surprised with the ease of enjoying the 2014 Hyundai Accent SE, a quaint hatchback that’s low on options […]

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Jessi, Bogi and Cristy Lee on the "All Girls Garage" Set. Photo provided by Whitney Gonzalez

Behind the Scenes at Velocity’s ‘All Girls Garage’ Studio

Here at Be Car Chic, we’re all about making our readers – especially women – feel confident in their ability to care for their cars. I love the idea of promoting other women who share our love for the automotive industry. When I attended the Michelin “Women and Tires” event in March, I had the […]

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Talking Tesla Model III and electric vehicles with Bill Press

I made my first appearance in studio with The Bill Press Show this morning to talk one of Bill’s and my favorite subjects – cars! Bill enjoys hearing about the latest in advanced technology vehicles, so we chatted about the recently announced Tesla Model III – a smaller, more affordable Model S that is supposed to come in […]

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The Fray concert with the Buick Regal GS at #GMSummerSeries

We had a great time checking out the #GMSummerSeries with Drive the District on Wednesday night. General Motors invited Be Car Chic to enjoy The Fray at local venue, Wolf Trap National Park. BCC editor, Melanie Batenchuk, brought along Mr. Car Chic plus two friends / bonafide car gals – Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Farleigh Wolfe. The […]

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These dads up the ante on Toyota’s #SwaggerWagon

You may recall the last time Toyota launched its Sienna minivan using the #SwaggerWagon nickname paired with ridiculous raps from parents. This time, Toyota teamed up with creative dads to showcase the new 2015 Toyota Sienna through the company’s first-ever online vehicle launch. Check out each of their videos below. Which is your favorite? Created […]

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Driven: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE with Touring

Be Car Chic Ranks the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC with Touring  (1 = worst; 5 = best)  Our hopes that the Outlander SE would disprove our recent theory that Mitsubishi’s heyday is long gone have not come to fruition. The Outlander, while nicer than the Sport model, still lacks refinement and the realization that […]

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Now that the Atlantic Hurricane Season is well underway, and you are (hopefully) all stocked up with flashlights, batteries and nonperishables, we wanted to share a few tips to prepare you for safe driving in the rainy weather the season promises. Use Your Headlights Illuminating your headlights during inclement weather not only improves your visibility, […]

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Jean Jennings of Motor City Masters on truTV

Q&A with Jean Jennings of Motor City Masters on truTV

A few weeks ago, I had the fortune of watching the premiere episode of Motor City Masters in the company one of the show’s judges, Jean Jennings of ‘Jean Knows Cars’ fame. It was a delight to celebrate her accomplishments in the automotive community by gathering around a big-screen TV and cranking up the sound […]

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This map shows the current eVgo Freedom Stations in the DC metropolitan area as of June 2014.

NRG eVgo Network’s updated stations map for DC

NRG eVgo has been expanding its Freedom Station presence in the D.C. metropolitan area. We recently got a copy of their latest EV charging station and wanted to share. As electric vehicles gain popularity in our region, we want to keep you apprised of where you can juice up that LEAF, i3, or Tesla in […]

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Made in Montgomery: 2015 Hyundai Sonata anything but average

Hyundai invited Be Car Chic to be among the first 100 journalists to experience the new 2015 Sonata. We ventured to Montgomery, Alabama to meet the latest from the Korean manufacturer in the midst of a bustling year of new product introductions for the company. Montgomery is rich in history in many aspects, and one recent […]

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