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Stories by Duane_Pemberton

Duane Pemberton is a lifestyle writer and CDNs Auto Editor. Pemberton loves anything that helps bring people together which is why he writes about food, wine, cars, and travel.

2021 Ford Ranger TREMOR – is it almost a RAPTOR?

By Lauren Fix and Duane Pemberton Ford’s Ranger was reborn a couple of years ago and is now better than ever. The new Ranger Tremor Off-Road is a Supercrew cab pick-up that comes with standard 4×4 and goes beyond the FX4 Off-Road package. Powertrain: Powering this truck is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that’s good ...

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring | Economy, style and power

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix Chattanooga, TN — The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring is essentially a carry-over from last year’s model. The only changes an 8-inch touch screen for its infotainment system, and has native support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a reason why the Accord continues to be a great ...

2021 Hyundai Veloster N | The most fun you can have under $35k

Chattanooga, TN — The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N provides the most fun driving experience you can buy for under $35k. There, I said it and I’ll stick by that statement after spending a week in one for a week on the roads in eastern Tennessee. Is it silly-looking? Yes. What’s up with that third door ...

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy is a best of class 3-row SUV in many ways

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix   Chattanooga, TN — With the 2021 model year, Hyundai has introduced a new top trim level called Calligraphy for its Palisade SUV. So what are the changes and features in this new trim? Glad you asked. You’ll find a blackened grill, quilted leather door panel inserts and 20-inch ...

2021 Cadillac XT4 Luxury Edition | A compelling SUV

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix Buffalo, NY — The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is here in a few trim levels but does it live up to the Cadillac brand that evokes thoughts of utmost quality? It’s the brand that General Motors will spare no expense in developing and producing. We only have a few minor ...

Hyundai’s 2021 Elantra offers new, bold looks and a ton of tech

SEATTLE — The entry-level sedan market is as important as ever. With cars like the Honda Civic having had such dominance in this segment, it’s driven Hyundai to keep increasing the quality and value of its Elantra. Hyundai has done an all-new redesign for the 2021 model year and you can see how this new ...

Volkswagen’s 2021 Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line is a worthy competitor

SEATTLE — The Volkswagen Tiguan has enjoyed great success in the compact SUV market and the 2021 Tiguan SEL Premium R-LIne looks to continue that pattern. It has classy styling, a great deal of cargo capacity, and is only one of two compact SUVs to offer a third row. Under the hood: All of the ...

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible – the ultimate GT car?

SEATTLE — Top down, wind in the hair, sunset blazing and the sweet symphony that comes from a naturally aspirated V8 exhaust note. For the 2021 model year, Lexus has finally given us a drop-top grand touring car. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it fast? Quick but not fast. Why does it cost so much ...

Road Tested: 2021 Genesis GV80 AWD Prestige has style in spades

SEATTLE — Every now and then, there’s a vehicle that sparks a keen interest from auto journalists, everywhere. The Genesis GV80 is one of those. The reason? Simple. It’s the first luxury SUV released under the Genesis moniker and is clearly aimed at taking on the competition, especially those from Germany. From a first glance, ...

The 2021 Lexus GX 460: Dated tech with good style and gnarly off-road prowess

Since Toyota announced the end of its infamous Land Cruiser, die-hard off-roaders should be checking out the Lexus GX 460 as a viable solution. It’s really the only SUV left in the Lexus line-up that’s built for off-roading and has some great aftermarket solutions to really kick it up a notch. In fact, over the ...

Road Tested: 2021 Lexus RX 350L

With its 2021 RX 350L – Lexus looks to continue its dominance in the luxury crossover SUV segment. For 2021, the entire RX line-up gets an updated interior color scheme called glazed caramel and there’s a new Black Line Special Edition for the F-Sport models as well. There are new standard safety features for 2021 ...

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-line is the 4-door fun you crave

SEATTLE — What’s a company to do when it has what is already a great mid-sized sedan on its hands? You slap more power into it and make it sportier. That’s exactly what Hyundai has done with this new, Sonata N-Line. Named after Hyundai’s Namyang proving ground in South Korea, the N-Line is Hyundai’s sport’s ...

CDN Road Tested: 2021 VW Atlas SEL Premium

SEATTLE — Thanks to an updated grill and front-end, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL looks better than ever. The look helps the Atlas not only appear more modern but a much more better-looking vehicle overall. It still has the same great storage capacity and for the most part is unchanged inside. Powertrain: Our Atlas SEL ...

KIA’s 2021 Seltos LX and SX Turbo offer tons of bang for the buck

SEATTLE — Over the last ten years, we’ve seen KIA do a complete makeover of its brand, vehicles, and quality. Its current lineup represents some of the best car values anywhere and its latest Seltos looks to continue that. A slight step above the boxy KIA Soul, the Seltos is a sub-compact SUV that’s packed ...

Road Tested: 2021 Corolla Hybrid LE – Low price, high economy

SEATTLE — When a Prius just won’t do, there’s the Corolla Hybrid LE. It’s bigger, better looking than a Prius and still gets a whopping 52 miles per gallon. It has very edgy looks and flair to keep it interesting for a younger generation of buyers with the sensibility of great fuel economy for older ...

We take the 2020 Lexus ES 300h on the open road

SEATTLE — There’s no doubt that the ES 300 has been an extremely successful car for Lexus. It has been a top seller for decades. It’s a luxury midsize sedan that not only offers plenty of creature comforts but does so with a hybrid drivetrain in this ES 300h model. This 2020 model continues to ...