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2015 VW Tiguan SE 4Motion with Appearance

The folks at Volkswagen have been pumping out successful SUV’s since the early 2000’s. Now that they have a major American presence, including a factory in Tennessee and North American headquarters in Virginia, VW is honing in on what Americans want — compact sport utility vehicles. Meet the Tiguan, a CUV borne of the words […]

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC | Driven in style

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC not only looks good, it feels good. This sporty compact ute by the German automaker adds a lot of personality to its historically corporate-looking lineup. This is definitely a different kind of vehicle for the brand, but one that is sure to be a solid follow up to the affordable […]

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Life’s a Beach | Road tripping with the 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

The GMC Yukon Denali XL is a beast of a vehicle, yet somehow, it is refined enough to make you forget you’re driving a haus of a truck. Ours came in a beautiful brown metallic, which read like more of a muted plum to us. Its uniqueness contrasted well with the striking front LED lights […]

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Will You Help? Unique Opportunity for Be Car Chic in Germany

“I vote for @Becarchic’s Whitney Ramirez (@WhitneyRamirezg) to #Come2Germany” We have a neat opportunity here at Be Car Chic! Our contributor and eurocar lover Whitney Ramirez is in the running to become a social media ambassador for the German National Tourist Board. It’s a dream of Whitney’s to visit Germany, especially the BMW Welt! As […]

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2016 Kia Sedona SX Limited | Swanky, seating for the whole fam

Let me be clear. I am definitely not the authority on minivans because, well, I don’t have any youngins to cart around (you may want to check with real-life moms and dads who can better attest to the top family-haulers). BUT I must say that Kia’s Sedona is pretty baller. Yeah, I just called a […]

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Practical fun | 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT 5-Door

Hyundai’s flagship compact brought zero disappointment during our week-long test drive with it. The Elantra has been a top performer for the Korean brand for years, and its five-door GT packs practicality and punchiness into a compact, affordable package. The total package Hovering slightly below $26,000, our 2016 Elantra GT 5-door came fully stocked with […]

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Running with the Ram | 1500 EcoDiesel proves its real-world worth

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor A big percentage of the pickup truck-owning American populace rarely needs the kind of capability their vehicle has to offer. But for those who do–the ones who regularly carry heavy or unwieldy loads or tow campers or boat trailers–there’s probably not a better choice on the planet right now […]

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2016 Hyundai Tucson First Drive | DINKs, busy families and empty-nesters wanted

We traveled to middle America to put Hyundai’s newest compact crossover through the paces, taking to the wide-open roads between Minneapolis and Wisconsin to test the 2016 Tucson on a variety of road conditions, including smooth-as-glass asphalt, bumpy pot-hole laden city streets and dirt roads with mud puddles big enough to perform a disappearing act. […]

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Sporting Intentions | 2016 Nissan Maxima First Drive

By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor Nissan would like potential buyers to think of the new 2016 Maxima as a sports car that just happens to sport four doors. Make no mistake: Though its heritage, styling, performance and “4-Door Sports Car” marketing give the impression of a smaller, sportier car, the eighth-generation Maxima is a […]

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Challenging stereotypes | 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT review

I’ve always had a thing for Challengers. It’s my favorite retro muscle car. I was excited to learn whether the 2015 Dodge Challenger is worthy of the title.

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How I Drive | Profile of Subaru’s Andrew Ganz

It isn’t uncommon for a professional in the automotive industry to have worn many different hats throughout their career. This is also true for this week’s “How I Drive” guest Andrew Ganz. Although working full-time as Press Fleet & Motorsports PR Manager for Subaru of America, he has also been a freelance automotive journalist, photographer, […]

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#FordTrends is innovating the automotive future

By NICOLE WAKELIN | Guest Contributor This year’s annual #FordTrends conference moved from Detroit to Ford Motor Company’s new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. Along with that move comes a focus on looking not at where cars are today and what Ford has already done, but at where they will be in […]

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How I Drive | Profile of SheBuysCars’ Fadra Nally

Former corporette Fadra Nally has found her passion in writing and blogs for a living. In addition to her personal lifestyle blog, Fadra is also the Director of Content Strategy for SheBuyCars. Check out her driving profile below! How I Drive | Fadra Nally Location: Eldersburg, MD Daily Driver: 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid in Blizzard […]

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A teen’s perspective | BMW Teen Driving School

BY Peter St. Amand, Guest Teen Driver Contributor Hi. I’m Peter–a 17-year-old teenager who has a year or two of driving experience under my belt. I consider myself to be a pretty good driver; thankfully, I have never had a life-threatening accident–a moment where my life flashes before me. But as a novice driver there […]

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#DrivingIsBelieving | BMW Ultimate Driving Experience at FedEx Field

BY William W. Hopper, Guest Contributor | @wwhopper We recently participated in the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience (UDE) at FedEx Field just outside of Washington, DC, where the German brand’s emphasis on driving its vehicles outshone its desire to get attendees to purchase one of their machines (well, initially). It’s true – Driving IS Believing […]

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How I Drive | Profile of transportation guru Cathy Gillen

Have you met Cathy Gillen? This boutique PR agency founder is a highway and transportation advocate and activist. Her agency, The Gillen Group, now in its tenth year has worked with transportation safety clients such as AAA, the National Safety Council and AARP. With an entire career in safety, are you wondering what Cathy’s driving […]

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Pop by Local Motors pop-up in Crystal City this summer

The car company that encourages customers to co-build their vehicles, has opened what they’re calling a “Mobifactory” just outside Washington, DC for the summer season. Thanks to an insider tip from a new car-obsessed friend, we checked out the grand opening of the Local Motors #CoCreationNation station in Crystal City (a sub-city within Arlington, Va. […]

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How I Drive | Profile of WWH Communications’ William West Hopper

This week’s How I Drive interviewee hails from DC, owns an automotive marketing company and also owns an interior design installation company. I’m talking about William West Hopper. William works closely with Be Car Chic editor Melanie as fellow members of WAPA (Washington Automotive Press Association). Let’s check out William’s DC driving style! How I […]

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New Honda Pilot ready for take off

BY RON SESSIONS, Contributing Editor These days, minivan-avoiders far outnumber minivan-lovers. The “soccer team on board” sticker in the rear window can be a scary thing. And even though Honda has in the Odyssey perhaps the best minivan on the market, America’s top-selling multi-purpose vehicle last year was the 5-passenger CR-V crossover SUV. There apparently […]

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2015 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport Driven

If you’re the boss or you simply want to feel like one, you’ve got to get into a Lexus LS 460. In classic Lexus fashion, the LS 460 is elegant and turns heads as it glides along the road. From the inside out, the Lexus LS 460 is a superior embodiment of luxury.

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