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Kia Sorento: one fine family hauler

       To the casual observer, not much has changed on the 2014 Kia Sorento. But look again. More than 80 percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either new or significantly redesigned, according to Kia. Among the revisions: a new chassis, V6 engine and a redesigned interior.

Mazda6: not content to just sit and look pretty

It’s easy to be swayed by a pretty face in a new car showroom. Even if buyers know that a car’s true beauty is more than skin deep, style has a greater impact than they realize. However, build a car with great performance to match its stunning looks and, most likely, you’ll have a hit on your hands.

Jeep Cherokee: a true off-road crossover

I was at the base of a rocky, mud-covered hill, sitting behind the wheel of a Jeep. Riding shotgun was Jim Morrison, Jeep’s director of marketing, who assured me that this rig could make it up the 35-degree slope in front of us.

Just in time for Halloween: rides that have died

 It happens every year, just in time for Halloween. As the new model year dawns, various automobiles pass away – fondly remembered or ridiculed and reviled. And so, we present the vehicles whose time have come and gone, passing into the great beyond for the 2014 model year.   Acura ZDX 2010-2013 

Charles Barker gives back through charity

Earlier this month, I broke the story that Tesla had been cleared to sell cars directly to consumers in Virginia rather than through car dealers.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: luxury for the rest of us

What if Gucci, Prada or Louis Vuitton suddenly and unexpectedly produced its own designer knockoffs, ones that sold for more than 50 percent less than the majority of their lines?  Well, if you’re an automaker, say, Mercedes-Benz, then the product might be called the 2014 CLA-Class, an all-new model and market for the brand in the United States.

The road to self-driving cars will be a long one

As the microprocessor has invaded automobiles, engineers have used them to create safety features that protect drivers from poor judgment.

2014 Ford Mustang is one prize pony

 Summer’s gone. The nights are cooler, a reminder that the good times you had this summer are just memories, ready to be replaced by different ones.

From start, other muscle helped mold the Mustang

Mark this date on your calendar: April 17, 2014. That's the day that: the Ford Mustang turns 50 years old. Knowing this, Ford is creating a new version of its legendary pony car. Of course, what the 2015 Mustang will be like is Detroit’s best-kept secret, just like when it first appeared.

Carelessness boosts rate of accidents in our region

It's offical. According to the ninth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” Hampton has the lowest rate of car collisions in Virginia.

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