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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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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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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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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a Mitsubishi. I learned to drive on a Mitsubishi. My mom had a 1995 Diamante wagon in hunter green. It was a great car and I thought it was pretty cool at the time because it seemed to be ahead of its time. (It had steering wheel […]

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Kia delivers luxury for less with its sub-$20k Soul

What better way to venture to outer space like Kia’s fan favorite hamsters than in a Solar yellow Soul? I enjoyed the Soul much more than I expected to. After trying out the 2013 model, I was left disappointed by what visions of grandeur I had formed in my head about this car. But not […]

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2014 Mazda 3: Great design, but I still want the turbo

Last summer, I spent a week tooling around (quite swiftly, if i may add) in the 2013 Mazda Speed3 five-door. It was a beautifully designed car…and quick. At that time, I confessed that I would have picked it over my Honda Civic Si had it been available back in 2007. I was excited about the […]

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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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Swoopy lines and futuristic design accompany the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | Photo credit: Owen Bergwall

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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