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New Jeep Cherokee is a trailblazer

Consider me converted. I still prefer the styling when it’s paired with the Trailhawk trim level, but Jeep’s new Cherokee has finally won me over. The Trailhawk package really brings out the ‘VehiCROSS’ in this new Jeep, and I was a big fan of Isuzu’s funky ute back in the day. It all started when Jeep revealed [...]

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2014 Hyundai Equus brings ‘Ultimate’ luxury for under $70,000

Hyundai guarantees ‘Ultimate’ luxury for less Hyundai continues to break barriers in the luxury sedan market with its refreshed Equus sedan. Powered by a 5.0L V8 and 429 horsepower, the Equus is the sleek, athletic stallion that its name suggests. In the land of luxury a la carte, Hyundai brings us a fresh of breath air [...]

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Cadillac’s 2014 CTS sedan is one sexy people hauler

Cadillac has been wooing me over the last couple of years – from the ATS, to the Escalade Hybrid, to the all-new CTS sedan. Their design and performance teams have heard the people’s cry and have risen to the challenge, producing a series of legitimate German-car fighters. The 2014 CTS is no exception. This car [...]

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Desert Dream: AMG experience with Mercedes-Benz

There are few comparisons to getting in one of your favorite sports cars and going 135 mph around a dusty race track, propelled by 622 horses. As automotive writers and enthusiasts, I think it’s fair to say that these are our favorite times. Driving high-end sports cars is, in a way, a reward for our [...]

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Gateway to Luxury: Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and CLA45 AMG

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and CLA45 AMG Review and Test Drive BY Owen Bergwall | Green Car and Technology Contributor German Luxury and Performance for $30,000 | A Rocket Version for $50,000 Here in Washington D.C., we have our fair share of Mercedes-Benz owners and drivers. One might say that the only thing more common than [...]

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Road trip to Asheville, NC with the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

The Challenge: Proving “Green” in an Escalade I have driven some good-sized SUVs in my day, but, after nearly a decade of metropolitan living, I admit that even I have found it difficult to believe that we need to drive utility vehicles as super-sized and overstuffed as the furniture we cram into our houses. And [...]

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Stylish 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets better fuel economy, new battery technology

BY Owen Bergwall, Green Car & Technology Contributor Hyundai recently gave Be Car Chic the opportunity to drive its 2013 Sonata Hybrid along the beautiful back-country roads of Charlottesville, Va. The weather was picture perfect. I had a fully-optioned Sonata complete with the scenic panoramic sunroof. I didn’t see Monticello on the trip, but I [...]

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Using Cellcontrol to curb distracted driving, a first-hand account

BY Michael Secrist | @m_secrist on Twitter I will be perfectly honest with you; I am guilty of distracted driving. I like being accessible at all times, and I’ve texted while driving. For this reason I did not like using Cellcontrol. I hated it in fact, but I hated it for all the right reasons. With its [...]

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi SE Plug-in Hybrid Road Test and Review

BY Owen Bergwall, Green Car & Technology Contributor What new sedan looks like an Aston Martin, can handle a 10-20 mile commute without burning any gasoline, and then comfortably waft you and three friends 600 miles to the mountains for skiing and back? The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid is the answer. Ford recently handed [...]

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Cadillac’s award-winning ATS: Does it make the cut?

On the heels of the announcement of the Cadillac ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year, I had the opportunity to drive one for a week. This was, admittedly, my first time with a Cadillac for any real period of time. I was curious to find out if the car measured up to [...]

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2014 S-Class interior preview: Mercedes-Benz brings ultimate luxury to all four passengers

No longer is the Mercedes-Benz flagship sedan just for the driver. The 2014 S-Class interior will blow your mind and anyone riding in this über luxurious four-door with you. Be Car Chic got a sneak peek at the 2014 S-Class interior and the images prove that this car takes refinement to a whole new level. [...]

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2012 Chevy Cruze Eco Long-Term Test: Dealership to 4,000 Miles

BY Owen Bergwall, Green Car & Technology Contributor Owning a Chevy Cruze Eco…with a manual! I’m a resident of Washington, D.C. I ride my bike to work and take the metro most days. I drive a few times a week at most, and need a car for the freedom to see family in Philadelphia and [...]

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2013 Toyota RAV4: World’s first crossover sheds rear wheel, cuteness factor

Imagine driving through the desert on a solitary dirt road with your favorite 90′s music blaring through the speakers and a fun friend in the passenger seat. It’s not your typical scenario, but that was the scene in and around Scottsdale, Arizona as Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds.com and I put Toyota’s brand-new RAV4 through the [...]

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Mazda packs technology into mid-size CX-9 utility

Last week, Mazda hosted D.C.-area journalists at a luncheon to learn about its all-new CX-9, recently unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Tetsu Nakazawa, CX-9 vehicle line manager, was on-hand to tell us what’s new with Mazda’s flagship vehicle. We ate some grub, heard all about the new product and then headed outside [...]

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2013 Ford Fusion a delightful Accord alternative

Earlier this month, I toted around in the 2013 Ford Fusion (today named Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show) for a weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by its style and smoothness. Upon its reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, I had been impressed by the bold overhaul [...]

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2013 Toyota Avalon gets top-to-bottom makeover

Not every day does one have the opportunity to whisk along the beautiful countryside of Napa, Calif. in a brand-new car before it hits dealership showrooms. But that’s exactly what Toyota recently asked a group of auto journalists, including yours truly, to do. So, I obligingly packed my bags and traveled to wine country to [...]

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Monthly Car Review: 2012 BMW 328i sedan

BY Angie Fisher | autoweek.com Summary: We put the 2012 BMW 328i sedan to the test as a sport sedan and family hauler.  What is it? Enthusiasts consider the BMW 3-series the benchmark for sport sedans — it is fun and engaging every time you climb behind the wheel, and still delivers a practical package [...]

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Monthly Car Review: 2013 Nissan Altima sedan

BY Dale Jewett | autoweek.com Summary: Nissan’s best-selling car gets more comfortable, fuel-efficient with a redesign What is it? The Altima sedan is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, and is the automaker’s entry in the highly competitive midsized car segment. Last year the Altima came close to knocking off the Toyota Camry as the best-selling car in [...]

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Monthly Car Review: 2012 Mazda 3 i Touring

BY Sherrice Gilsbach |  autoweek.com Summary: Available as either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, the Mazda 3 is a small car that offers great fuel economy and fun design at a fair price. What is it? The Mazda 3 replaced the Mazda Protégé for the 2004 model year. The second generation debuted in 2010. Mazda [...]

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Enthusiasts can’t wait to drive Ford’s 2013 Focus ST

Ford is in the midst of launching its first global performance car, the 2013 Focus ST. This sporty compact comes packed with Recaro seats to hug your butt, custom stitching and fabric insets to match the Tangerine Scream exterior, and a short gearbox to keep that smile on your face while weaving through traffic. I [...]

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