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2013 Honda AccordTo say that I’m a longtime Honda Accord fan is an understatement. I’ve been driving them since they first landed on American soil.

I attended the first domestic press introduction as a representative of HOT ROD Magazine. Why I was invited baffled me, but I figured the publisher was trolling for advertising revenue. Being the junior staffer (a mere child with still brown hair) the task landed on my assignment sheet. read more »

 
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2013 Ford FusionMy first impression of the 2013 Ford Fusion was that it looked like the love child of an Aston Martin and an Audi. Sporting a wide, horizontal grille that’s blatantly reminiscent of when Ford owned Aston Martin, while the sleek wraparound headlamps and roofline that flows smoothly into the high deck lid have Audi written all over them. read more »

 
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2013 Chevrolet TraverseChevrolet has an extensive lineup of SUVs and trucks with a just-right size vehicle for almost every need. A standout in the larger mid-size crossover SUV category is the Traverse. The Traverse is noticeably smaller outside than a Suburban or Tahoe, but surprisingly spacious inside. The Traverse is available in either an eight-passenger or a seven-passenger (second row buckets) configuration. read more »

 
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2014 Ford ExplorerThere’s a reason the Ford Explorer is — in my view at least — one the best seven-passenger sport-utility vehicles (SUV) currently available. It combines the family friendliness of a minivan, serious towing and off-road capabilities, in one very attractive package. We’ve driven both the 2013 and 2014 versions of the Explorer, both locally and in South Florida, and will attempt to capture the essence of both in this review. read more »

 
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2014 Kia ForteAs the compact car segment has expanded to the point of dominating the U.S. market, manufacturers are increasingly reconfiguring their offerings to deliver levels of style, luxury, safety and technology unimagined in this segment. Kia is no exception, which is why its 2014 Forte was totally redesigned, and not just refreshed. Originally launched as a four-door sedan, a 5-Door hatchback will join the lineup very shortly (anticipated debut is late summer). read more »

 
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2013 Hyundai Santa FeThe name is the same, but the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is all new. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the third iteration of the company’s hugely successful mid-size crossover SUV.

There are actually two Santa Fe models, which is a little confusing. We drove the “big” Santa Fe Limited, which has three rows of seating and is powered by a 3.3-liter V6. The four-cylinder-powered Santa Fe Sport is 8.5-inches shorter, so it only accommodates two rows of seats. The Sport rides on a wheelbase that’s 3.9-inches shorter and total passenger space is almost 40 cubic feet less. read more »

 
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2013 Buick EnclaveWhile owning a Buick in China is a status symbol akin to owning an E-Class or better Mercedes in America, and in spite of the average age of a Buick buyer declining from 64 to 57, General Motors’ (GM) still has its competitive hands full. Its Buick Enclave dominates the prestigious three-row luxury crossover segment against strong competition from the likes of Audi, Acura, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and even Lincoln, by offering an extremely attractive package of luxury, value and three-row flexibility. read more »

 
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2013 Ford C-Max EnergiFord’s new C-Max Energi is a stylish take on fuel efficiency in a compact package. It’s Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius plug-in and the Chevy Volt. The C-Max is also available as a traditional hybrid without the ability to run solely on electric power. Both models have their merits, but as residents of a hilly neighborhood, we’d pick the considerably less expensive C-Max Hybrid over the Energi. If we lived in Pancake, Kansas, or commuted from one end of the Bonneville (Utah) Salt Flats to the other, the Energi would win. read more »

 
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2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeThe 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee was Chrysler LLC — or the “new” Chrysler’s — first “all-new” vehicle following its government-managed bankruptcy and acquisition by Italy’s Fiat. It rolled on an all-new architecture shared with Mercedes-Benz’s M-Class SUV — a legacy of its former ownership by Daimler — and powered by an all-new world-class V6. It was good looking, upgraded inside and out, and was quite frankly, a pleasant surprise that sold very well, contributing handsomely to Chrysler’s newfound profitability. read more »

 
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