Posts in category "Car du Jour"

Photo gallery: 2015 Porsche Panamera S

Photo gallery: 2015 Porsche Panamera S
I recently had the chance to drive the new 2015 Porsche Panamera S, and I have to admit it kind of changed my perspective on a Porsche that isn’t a compact sports car. I had initially pooh-pooh’d the idea that the Cayenne or Panamera were “real” Porsche’s. But I’ve done an about face. Porsche has... Read more »

2015 Mazda3: Great car for anyone who lives in the city

2015 Mazda3: Great car for anyone who lives in the city
The Mazda3 is a perennial favorite, and the 2015 model is no different. Because of it’s utilitarian hatchback and excellent city fuel economy (29 mpg!), it’s one of those cars that makes a lot of sense to own in Chicago. It’s easy to park, easy to maneuver, and a heck of a lot of fun... Read more »

Photo Gallery: 2015 Acura TLX

Photo Gallery: 2015 Acura TLX
I recently had the chance to test drive the all-new 2015 Acura TLX, and all I have to say is: It’s pretty awesome. What I like most: For just under $45K, you can get a really well-equipped midsize sedan with all the luxury and safety amenities you could want. Oh, and all-wheel drive. Bet that’s looking... Read more »
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Auto Matters: New automotive channel launched

Auto Matters: New automotive channel launched
So, you may have noticed I’ve been a bit distracted lately. Sorry about that. I recently took a job with Sinclair Broadcast Group as its automotive editor, and I’ve been working behind the scenes to launch a new automotive section for their TV-affiliate websites. We’ve currently rolled the “Auto Matters” section out to 19 of the affiliate websites,... Read more »

2015 Audi A3 photo gallery

I recently had the chance to get a sneak peak of the 2015 Audi A3 out in California, and I have to say, I really liked it. This compact sedan replaces the outgoing hatchback version of the A3 — but not to worry: Both a sportback and cabrio version will be available this fall. What... Read more »

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great
I have got to stop driving hybrids in the winter. The cold weather never affords me with optimal conditions, and then I get disappointed when my fuel economy is 10 mpg less than what EPA estimates it should be. I had the 2014 Ford Fusion for a full week test when the weather was still... Read more »
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Picture navigation in the 2015 Audi A3

Picture navigation in the 2015 Audi A3
OK, I’ve found my new favorite feature in a car: Picture navigation in the 2015 Audi A3. When I first heard this term, I assumed it meant that someone could send me a photo of a building, and then I could upload it into the navigation system, and the car would direct me to that... Read more »

First look at the 2015 Hyundai Genesis: @GirlInTheTrunk makes a cameo with MotoManTV

First look at the 2015 Hyundai Genesis: @GirlInTheTrunk makes a cameo with MotoManTV
I recently had the chance to test drive the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, and the short version of the review is: I loved it. In fact, I’m hard pressed to find something I didn’t like on this new premium-level Hyundai. In this video, MotoManTV has long chat with Matthew Becker, chief engineer of test and development at... Read more »

2014 Jeep Cherokee lowered liftgate button

2014 Jeep Cherokee lowered liftgate button
Sometimes it’s the little things that please me the most on cars. As someone of petite stature, I find my self constantly stretching, jumping and climbing to reach hand-holds and buttons. When there’s a power liftgate on an SUV, I’m elated. Until I discover that the button is on the lid right next to the... Read more »
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Ford MyKey in the 2014 Fiesta

Ford MyKey in the 2014 Fiesta
Hey, parents: Thinking about buying a car for your teen? Then you should know about Ford MyKey and the 2014 Fiesta. Let’s face it, you can’t be with your teenager every time he or she drives. But you can make sure that they’re being safe behind the wheel with MyKey. It allows parents to set... Read more »