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2014 Ford Escape: a crossover vehicle worth escaping in

Let’s face it, when you have a family, you want to grab fun wherever you can find it. So, when choosing a crossover SUV, many of us would prefer a backwoods bruiser to a shopping mall cruiser even if, realistically, the latter will suffice. This is why the 2014 Escape is a great place to start.

Choose the car less traveled

Does it seem to you that everyone owns a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima? Maybe it’s time to test drive a car that others ignore. It’s not that these overlooked cars and trucks aren’t good. As a matter of fact, they’re all quite good, and they offer attributes that deserve more attention.

Fallen short: They fell short of success of BMW 3 Series

 The BMW 3 Series. It is the compact premium sports sedan against which all others are measured. Even today, decades after it was first launched, every major automaker uses it as a benchmark in the class.

$60,000+ for a Kia? Yep. And it’s worth it.

Newport Beach, Calif. At a recent vehicle reveal, in what could only be called an understatement, Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America’s vice-president for product planning, said, “we think that this vehicle is really going to shock the market.”  There’s little doubt of that. 

Old man winter is taking your gas money

If you're obsessive about fuel economy, then you might have noticed that over the past couple months your car or truck’s fuel consumption has increased. Blame the polar vortex.

Life-saving V2V system could come standard, but not cheap

In early February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication for cars and light-duty trucks. NHTSA says that by allowing V2V, vehicles could exchange basic data, such as speed and position.

Diesel cars have a reputation as sluggish, sooty monsters. But this one’s a different beast.

 If Americans think of diesel engines at all, they remember the unreliable, gutless Oldsmobile diesel engine of the late 1970s and 1980s. Or they think of the diesels from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, which had their loyalists, many of them former owners.

Seven features your next car or truck may not have

The next time you test drive a new car, you might be in for a shock. ¶ While you would expect a place to stash your stogie or a slot to slip in your copy of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” you’re in for a surprise. Most likely, that new car won’t accommodate you. ¶

Mazda3: grab one before the rush

If the 2014 Mazda3 wore a Honda or Toyota badge, there would be a waiting list to buy one. But since it wears a Mazda badge, it’s ignored by myopic car buyers used to buying other brands. Too bad; they don’t know what they’re missing.

Mercedes-Benz | "E" is for enticing

PORTLAND, OREGON
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is like a classic gray suit. It's a safe, conservative choice that looks good no matter where you travel.

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