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2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review By Steve Purdy +VIDEO

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review By Steve Purdy +VIDEO

One of the newest in the luxury compact crossover class caught our attention recently – the Jaguar E-Pace. ... Continue reading

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI S Tronic quattro AWD in Sedona - Travel Review From A Shunpiker’s Journal

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI S Tronic quattro AWD in Sedona - Travel Review From A Shunpiker’s Journal

2018 AUDI A4 TURBO QUATTRO with S TRONIC in SEDONA Travel Review from A Shunpiker’s Journal By Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau [Audi Front ¾] We’re still hanging out in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert surround by saguaro, cholla and javelina. Oh, and we’re also surrounded by some mighty u ... Continue reading

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review by Steve Purdy +VIDEO

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review by Steve Purdy +VIDEO

The Avalon’s design, in my view, could contend for “most improved” honors over its original in terms of just about every measure of styling, functionality, mechanical sophistication and user friendliness. ... Continue reading

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Review By Steve Purdy

Kudos to Mazda for continuing to offer manual transmissions in these little cars. The low-end powertrain (2.0-liter, 155-hp) would feel quite adequate if you could manage your own rpm ranges. The more powerful, direct-injected, 2.3-liter in our Grand Touring test car makes 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. ... Continue reading

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

You can get the base Encore for just under 23-grand without any extras. Our top-of-the-line Premium model shows a starting price of $31,000. With a nice list of options, the bottom line on the sticker shows $35,630. That includes: leather, navigation with real-time traffic, power sunroof, all the driver assistance stuf ... Continue reading

2018 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

The Tucson Night Edition made a great first impression. The large, 19-inch, black Rays wheels with red centers, vibrant blue paint scheme with black trim and eye-catching body sculpting put us on notice that this isn’t your usual tepid small crossover. When we got in and started it up I was fumbling with some control ... Continue reading

"New Truck Reviews; 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4, Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 LT Real World Review And Insights"- By Steve and Phil Purdy

"New Truck Reviews; 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4, Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 LT Real World Review And Insights"- By Steve and Phil Purdy

Knowing that I was ready for a new vehicle - that my 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-Door was just not working out for me anymore - I decided to shop around and do some research with help from The Auto Channel. Looking at the Tacoma, the Colorado and the Nissan Frontier I immediately crossed the Nissan off the list after drivi ... Continue reading

FIRST LOOK AT THE FRESHENED VW GOLF FAMILY OF SMALL CARS

FIRST LOOK AT THE FRESHENED VW GOLF FAMILY OF SMALL CARS

You’ll have to look hard to find the subtle changes in style and design on these already attractively German cars. The classic two-box design has changed little, but we now get standard LED lighting front and rear and a few changes under the skin. ... Continue reading

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

Our first slide into the driver’s seat triggered a little thrill when I realized we have the manual transmission. A five-speed manual is the starting point for the Impreza powertrain. A CVT is optional on the lower trim levels and standard on the top. Only one engine powers the Impreza, a tepid, 2.0-liter boxer that ... Continue reading

Nutson's Weekly Automotive News Digest April 23-29, 2018; Ford Cars Buh Bye; FCA, GM In The Money; Really Clean Diesel?; Chinese Induced EV Frenzy Continues; Tesla's Bones; Free Harley; Automotive Hall Of Fame; NASCAR; Audi Recalls

Nutson's Weekly Automotive News Digest April 23-29, 2018; Ford Cars Buh Bye; FCA, GM In The Money; Really Clean Diesel?; Chinese Induced EV Frenzy Continues; Tesla's Bones; Free Harley; Automotive Hall Of Fame; NASCAR; Audi Recalls

Every Sunday Larry Nutson, Senior Editor and Chicago Car Guy along with fellow senior editors Steve Purdy and Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, give you TACH's Take On Last Weeks Automotive News. ... Continue reading

2018 Kia Optima PHEV Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Kia Optima PHEV Review By Steve Purdy

Of course, the big story here is the super-efficient powertrain based on a smallish 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection, good for just 154 horsepower, and a 67-horsepower electric motor (replacing the fly-wheel) fed by a 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery. The systems are remarkably well integrated with a sophis ... Continue reading

2018 LEXUS RX 350 F-SPORT ROAD TRIP REVIEW - SNOWY BOYNE MOUNTAIN MI.

2018 LEXUS RX 350 F-SPORT ROAD TRIP REVIEW - SNOWY BOYNE MOUNTAIN MI.

While early generations of the RX were conservatively styled this new one is more bold and brash than just about anything in its class. Both Toyota and Lexus turned the page on styling a few years ago when boss Akio Toyoda announced they would no longer build boring cars. They’ve mostly been true to that goal. ... Continue reading

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