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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 SE

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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Melanie Batenchuk on The Bill Press Show

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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Mitsubishi Outlander SE

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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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport

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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How’s the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited stack up?

Be Car Chic Ranks the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited (1 = worst; 5 = best)  We recently tested the new Santa Fe Limited and we really liked it overall. Read the nitty gritty details in our full review here. Do you have any feedback on this sport utility from Hyundai to add? Overall Ranking: […]

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Road trip to Charlottesville with the Santa Fe Limited

Sometimes a car gal just needs to get away. Last weekend, I met up with my best friend of nearly 20 years for a girls’ getaway in Charlottesville, Virginia. I haven’t spent much time in C’ville (that’s what they call it) in my nearly 10 years as as Virginian, so I was excited to explore […]

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Marci Fisher, Vehicle Line Director of the 2015 Ford Mustang

We All Think Women Are Amazing

BY Chase Adams | Contributor It comes as no surprise to me that 66% of the entire world, men and women alike, think the world would be a better place if men thought more like women. It also doesn’t surprise me that the land of old glory thinks even more highly of women, with 73% […]

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In car illustration of Adaptive Cruise Control

Technology Spotlight: Adaptive Cruise Control

BY Chase Adams | Contributor Most new cars today come equipped with Cruise Control, which was introduced decades ago as a way to reduce highway fatigue. Set the speed and forget it. Perfect for hours of highway driving. Over the last decade a number of cars have offered Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which further reduces […]

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Ford announced today plans to back it's popular Edge CUV for 2015 at its annual Ford Trends Conference in Michigan.

Ford Goes Further With All-New 2015 Edge

BY Chase Adams | Contributor Ford announced its all-new 2015 Edge mid-size crossover. You’d be forgiven for forgetting the current Edge, which is bookended by the excellent Escape and Explorer CUVs in Ford’s lineup, but no longer. The new Edge has unforgettable styling and impressive technology to compete for the mid-size crossover buyer’s hard earned […]

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Set of Michelin Tires

As you may have heard, we are giving away a set of Michelin tires to one lucky participant in honor of our “Distraction Free Friday” campaign. We’d love to hear your thoughts on distraction-free driving. Read more about the giveaway, here. Good luck! Enter using the form below. Your last chance to enter is June […]

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