Using Waze Smartly and Safely

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love using Waze! Hopefully, by the end of this piece, you will become a Waze believer, too. What is Waze? Waze is more than your typical navigation app. Has your GPS ever alerted you of police speed traps (not that we would ever speed) or […]

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Look 3: Steering the Sorento - Comfort is key when test driving a new SUV in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. Layers allow the most flexibility to adjust your temperature as the day warms up and cools down.

How to pack for a press trip in Lake Tahoe

It’s very exciting to get an invite to the lovely, scenic Lake Tahoe, California. But after the moment of bliss passed, and I had a chance to read the instructions provided by Kia, who would be hosting me, I thought, “What am I going to wear?!” The Challenge: 72 hours including travel There may be contact […]

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2015 Honda CR-V | Does a small utility vehicle get much better than this?

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributor | @bobgritzinger For the 2013 model year, Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4 shed its utilitarian, entry-ute appearance for a more stylish and aerodynamic wrapper and a much more pleasant and comfortable interior. Judging by a recent drive of a 2014 RAV4 XLE, we’d say “mission accomplished.” We certainly don’t miss that unique RAV4 […]

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Considering electric | Is the Nissan LEAF right for me?

A recent life change has me pondering the adventure of an electric vehicle. What was this massive shift in my world? I went from taking public transportation every day (bus to the metro) to walking a quarter-mile to work. I know, I realize this is an anomaly and completely unfair to those of you with treacherous […]

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Cheap gas fuels uptick in travel | AAA Thanksgiving Forecast

This Thanksgiving, more than 46 million Americans will traverse the country to spend time with their families and friends. According to the AAA 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast, that’s the highest number of travelers since 2007. And while many will fly to their destinations, the vast majority (actually, more than 89 percent) of travelers will choose the automobile as their […]

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First Drive | 2015 Kia Soul EV and Sedona minivan

Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to attend Kia’s national media introduction of the new, all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV and Sedona in sunny Dana Point, California. Views were breathtaking at the beautiful St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, where we were accommodated (did I mention there was a private beach?). The first night in […]

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Infiniti QX70S | the X6 antithesis women will drive

We’re not sure about you, but we aren’t exactly fans of the BMW X6. Don’t get us wrong, it’s an upscale SUV from a fan favorite. But in reality, it’s a fast, pricey, slightly more aerodynamic Pontiac Aztek. Somehow, BMW miraculously can put its badge on any nonsense these days and automatically create a new segment in the industry. […]

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Be Car Chic celebrates five years

Today is a big day for Be Car Chic as we celebrate five years of sharing automotive perspectives and influencing online conversation about our industry. In 2009, I launched Be Car Chic out of my passion for the auto industry. Having worked at the dealership level in college, spent time advocating on behalf of car dealers and […]

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Summer Shakedown | 2014 Jeep Cherokee Tested

BY Bob Gritzinger | Contributor | @bobgritzinger With the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep (and by extension, parent Chrysler) finally has a competitive entry in the market’s hottest segment, small crossover vehicles. Jeep’s all-new Cherokee hits the sweet spot between the brand’s rough-and-ready military-grade hardware like the Wrangler (and the cute but overbuilt Liberty), and the underwhelming front-wheel-drive-based […]

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A spin in the all-electric BMW i3

Racing is in my blood so I never thought I’d see the day that I actually liked an electric car so much I’d add it to my “to-own” list. Of course, BMW would make me fall in love with the i3. I found the hatchback’s styling strange at first, but it quickly grew on me. […]

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2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Driven | Top-Down Perfection

By Bob Gritzinger | Contributor | @bobgritzinger There are cars, and then there are Jaguars. And then there is the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, a car truly deserving of all the accolades showered upon it since it was introduced in hatchback coupe and convertible form in the past year. The spiritual successor in both form and […]

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The economical Toyota Corolla ECO

Toyota is known for its fuel efficient vehicles. The 2014 Toyota Corolla LE ECO comes with a newly overhauled design that bumps this common compact up a few notches in the attractiveness department. The version we got had Evergreen Mica paint and a saddle brown fabric interior – an interesting combination for a vehicle not […]

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2015 Mustang coupe|First drive in Ford’s newest pony

BY Bob Gritzinger, Contributor | @bobgritzinger Before introducing the 2015 Mustang, Ford did a great job of reminding us of the iconic pony car’s glorious 50-year history, showing off a collection at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles that included a Mustang from each of the car’s five generations since its introduction in 1964. And then […]

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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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2015 Acura TLX

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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