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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.

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport – Road tested

SEATTLE — Toyota’s largest family hauler, the Sequoia, is bigger and more loaded than ever. This 2019 model year continues on the legacy of what has made the Sequoia a favorite for those seeking a full-sized SUV. Tipping the scales are nearly 6,000 pounds, the 2019 Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which ...

Driven: 2019 Lexus RC-F 10th Anniversary Edition

NAPA, CALIFORNIA — There’s something about driving a naturally aspirated, high-revving V8 engine that brings a smile to any car-lover’s face. In an era that’s dominated by forced-injection engines, the RC-F’s glorious V8 reminds us of why we love to drive. The RC-F is now ten years old and to put an exclamation point on ...

Driven: 2020 Hyundai Veloster N | Performance car of the year?

SAN FRANCISCO — So many questions. Why can we put a man on the moon back in 1969 yet can’t seem to begin to comprehend why some drivers camp the left lane. Or why any automaker would design a car that only has three passenger doors. That’s right, the Hyundai Veloster is a 3-door car ...

KIAs 2020 KIA Telluride SX AWD is a home run

SAN FRANCISCO — From an auto editor’s perspective, it has been nothing short of remarkable to see how KIA has evolved over the last decade. Going from a brand known for cheap, unreliable vehicles to a far more premium brand has been a slow but steady road for KIA. Not since the release of the ...

The 2019 Mercedes AMG GT 53 offers world class looks and performance

SAN FRANCISCO — Fans of German cars have long known that AMG has been synonymous with high-performance Mercedes vehicles for decades. This 2020 AMG GT 53 combines Mercedes refinement with several AMG modifications to make it a very luxurious, performance-driven 4-door. While this 4-door version is billed as a “coupe” – it’s a nod to ...

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade offers tremendous value in a 7-passenger SUV

SEATTLE — Proving to be one of the most successful import brands, Hyundai has made a bold entry into the midsize SUV market with its new Palisade. Easily one of the most handsome SUVs out, the Palisade has a lot going for it in several key areas. Hyundai lovers now have a very premium third-row ...

Driven: 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

SEATTLE — Perhaps the old saying of, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”; could easily apply to the latest MDX from Acura. The 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid is carrying the same design language we’ve seen in the MDX for the past couple of years. For years now, it has been the best-selling 3rd row ...

Record setting – Watch a Bugatti Chiron break 300 miles per hour

SEATTLE — Even though production versions of the Bugatti Chiron have a speed limiter set to 261 miles per hour, we’ve wondered what it was fully capable of. Packing a mind-blistering 1,479 horsepower, certainly it could go faster? Sure, but not quite capable of cracking the 300mph mark. To do that, Bugatti pulled out a ...

Internet influencer and motivational speaker, Jay Shetty, exposed for plagiarism

SEATTLE — Perhaps you’ve heard of Jay Shetty. The self-described “motivational speaker”, “influencer” and “storyteller” – who seemed to pop-up out of nowhere. An overnight sensation, Jay’s video content went viral, raking billions of views.  This, thanks mostly to Facebook and the “Watch” section it rolled out a while back. Facebook doubled-down on Jay’s motivational ...

The 2020 KIA Soul X-Line offers value, style and a spacious interior

SEATTLE — The Soul continues to be a top-seller for KIA and it’s easy to understand why. It’s affordable, chocked full of features, has a quirky enough look and is fun to drive. For the last several years, those looking for a more affordable crossover-type vehicle have turned to the Soul. For 2020, KIA has ...

The 2019 Lexus UX 200 F-Sport offers style, comfort and convenience

SEATTLE — There’s no doubt that the compact SUV market is one of the hottest in the auto industry. The 2019 Lexus UX 200 F-Sport Premium is a strong contender in this highly competitive segment. Continuing on with the hallmark Lexus spindle grille, the UX 200 has a nice combination of sharp lines with enough ...

Jackson Mississippi: The new culinary darling child of the south awaits you

SEATTLE — Jackson Mississippi; home of the blues, was on the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s and is now a culinary destination. Perhaps the best word to come up with that describes its rise in the culinary world is, diversity. Over the course of the last decade or so, Jackson has ...

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser: A long pedigree of off-road capability

SEATTLE — Every so often, there comes a vehicle with such a loyal fan base that it enjoys a tremendously long lifespan. The Land Cruiser from Toyota is such a vehicle. Having been in production since the early 1950s, few vehicles in history have been so revered by its fans. The pedigree in which it ...

Mazda’s 2019 CX-5 with a new engine, is better than ever

SEATTLE — The CX-5 continues to be an important vehicle for Mazda and the 2019 model shows no signs of that changing. It’s easily one of the best compact crossover SUVs around as it offers great styling, excellent comfort and class-leading interior design. More power: The big news for 2019 are the new Signature and ...

Volvo hits a jackpot with its 2019 S60 T6 R-Design sports sedan

SEATTLE — To say that the Volvo 2019 S60 T6 R-Design is cut from its own cloth does not only understate things, it’s a testament to Volvo’s unique design language. There’s always something refreshing when an automaker carves its own path when it comes to design, powertrain as well as look and feel. While many ...

Fiat Abarth: Some of the most fun driving cars you’ve never heard of

SEATTLE — Fiat. You’ve heard of them, no doubt. That seemingly, quirky, Italian automaker who just happens to be one of the largest automakers in the world. Sure, there are those of us who have throwback memories to the likes of their X1/9 back in the 70s and early 80s or even their original 124 ...