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2016

Road tested: 2016 Audi S7

SAN FRANCISCO — October, 13, 2016 — You’re an urban professional with discretionary income that has the desire for a sport sedan that performs and drives as good as it looks. The kind of car that when you step on the gas, you get nearly instant gratification – not only in a straight line but around ...

Road tested: 2016 Lexus RC-F

SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2016 —  With its RC-F, Lexus offers potent 2-door fun that competes head to head with BMWs M4 and the Audi RS5. While it clearly has some differences, the performance aspect of this car can’t be ignored. Powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 with 467 horsies under the hood ...

Road Tested: 2016 Lexus IS350 F-Sport

SAN FRANCISCO — July 28, 2016 — The mid-priced, compact sport sedan market is as heated as ever and among one of the finer sedans in this segment is the latest Lexus IS350. With competition from Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Mercedes, the engineers at Lexus need to be on their toes more so than ...

Road tested: 2016 KIA Optima SX-L

SACRAMENTO — May 14, 2016 — Like many auto journalists, I’ve been a fan of what KIA has done over the past 5 years or so to not only turn around its brand identity but also churn out head-turning autos. Out of all of the sedans, the Optima – since its redesign nearly 5 years ...

Road Tested: 2016 Acura MDX AWD

SEATTLE — April 22, 2016 —For the 2016 model year, Acura looks to pretty much stay with the status quo on its latest MDX SUV and that’d a safe bet. For years now, the MDX has been one of the better mid-sized luxury SUVs going and this current iteration of it has been bestowed a ...

Road tested: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

SEATTLE, March 7, 2016 —I admit it, I have a soft-spot for Mazda. Will that skew my report here? Perhaps a tad but it should be just fine. Why the soft spot for them? Well, they’re the only Japanese automaker that still cares about the driving experience and that is exemplified by their continued stance ...

Road tested: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

SEATTLE, February 24, 2016 — Old things become anew again. That old colloquialism is truer than ever when it comes to Mazda’s latest iteration of the Miata series of cars. Having built a loyal fan base over the years for those who love to drive slow cars, fast, Mazda’s doing a great job refining this ...

Road tested: 2016 KIA Sorento SXL AWD

SEATTLE, February 12, 2016 — KIA has seen a great deal of success over these past few short years in regards to brand equity and new customers. It’s forged ahead in many areas that have done a lot of good things to its brand perception – this new 2016 Sorento helps bolster those efforts. With ...

Road Tested: 2016 Honda Civic Touring

SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 – There was a time over the past few years when it seemed as if Honda was losing its edge over the competition, namely the Korean auto makers. Some of these competitors offered better warranties, styling, technology and– in some cases – better fuel economy. With its 2016 Civic, Honda has, ...

Are New Year’s resolutions still going strong?

SAN DIEGO, Jan.12, 2016 —Millions of Americans have made and begun acting upon New Year’s resolutions for 2016. John C. Norcross at the University of Scranton estimates that 25 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are abandoned within the first seven days. It is believed that 40 to 50 percent of the entire U.S. population ...

Hangover 911: which hangover cures work when you’re hurting?

SAN DIEGO, December 30, 2015 – Let’s face it, it’s easy to overdo it on the booze New Year’s Eve even if you don’t consume alcohol regularly. Who among us hasn’t intended to have a simple champagne toast as a traditional part of the festivities, but end up tossing back a lot more than a ...

It’s time to bury the Jeb Bush campaign

The Bush campaign rolled out a new slogan today, "Jeb Can Fix It", but the electorate and media are already dancing on his grave. Don't R.I.P. Jeb!, just go away.