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Stop shopping, be happy | Welcome to the all-Mazda garage

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We’ve driven and tested hundreds of cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles over the years, and we’re often asked what we’d buy. It’s not an easy question to answer, and it depends on the segment, and whether we’re talking wants vs. needs, styling vs. substance, and new vs. used vs. […]

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2016 Kia Sorento | New 2.0L Turbo takes the cake

Last week, Kia launched two all-new versions of its Sorento crossover utility vehicle in the beautiful, scenic Lake Tahoe. The 2016 Kia Sorento gets a full-body makeover with offerings for every type of buyer in the mid-size CUV segment, including the price points that will attract consumers at each trim level. Overview The new Sorento […]

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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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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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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 GT

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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2014 Civic Coupe

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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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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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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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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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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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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