Category Archives: Travel/Golf/Auto reviews

2018 Subaru Crosstrek: New redesign a hit

When Subaru introduced the Crosstrek to the U.S. market in 2012, it had no major expectaions for this concept car.

Concept cars are typically designed to showcase a new styling or new technology at car shows. Five years ago, the Crosstrek was viewed as something unique – a crossover that was more of a car than...
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Lots of variety with 2017 Ford Fusion Energi

Choosing just the right version of the Ford Fusion is similar to a tricky multiple-choice test where all the possible answers seem plausible.

There are a dozen trim levels for the popular midsize sedan. And from this vantage point it seems that all of them have a good upside. There’s also considerable variety when choosing an...
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2017 Ford Focus continues as top-seller

Not many people are probably aware, but the Ford Focus has been among the top-selling cars in the world, and even held the top spot in 2013. The Focus is available on practically every continent. Give credit to Ford for globalizing the compact car, which these days can be purchased as a four-door sedan, hatchback or...
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2017 Volkswagen Passat: Quality family sedan

Thanks in part to its proud German heritage, the Volkswagen Passat manages to stand out among a long list of credible midsize family sedans that provide transportation for the masses.

The Passat is the only European-made vehicle in a class that is dominated by American, Japanese and Korean manufacturers. Not that the current line of Passats...
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2017 Ford C-Max Energi no gas guzzler

Ford prides itself on manufacturing mainstream vehicles for the masses. But at first glance, the 2017 Ford C-Max hardly fits the mold. This is no “normal” car. In fact, it’s quite complex and even the classification is a bit convoluted. Is the C-Max considered a hatchback, a wagon or some type of runabout? The answer is...
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2017 Dodge Durango comfortable SUV with long trips

A week of traveling along the central coast of California and a journey home to the northern part of the state proved quite the test for the 2017 Dodge Durango. Although one might be skeptical about a long journey in a vehicle this size, the large crossover sport utility vehicle was up for the task. The...
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Volkswagen presents versatile all-new Golf Alltrack

There are many manufacturers who are blurring the lines these days, creating a wagon that has many of the characteristics that car buyers value in a sports utility vehicle.

Add one more to the list: The all-new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Volkswagen has attempted to build the Alltrack with some enviable features that give it the...
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2017 Jeep Renegade delivers off-road thrills

Jeep lovers are passionate about exploring the great outdoors in off-road excursions. Chrysler has made a nice chunk of change over the years with its continual production of Jeeps and their terrific ability to deliver excitement on unsurfaced roads. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Compass, Wrangler and Patriot may be the preferred choice of off-road enthusiasts, but...
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2017 Mazda CX-5: competent compact SUV

Mazda redesigned its compact crossover sport utility vehicle with a primary focus: keeping the emphasis on driving acumen.

Say hello to the 2017 Mazda CX-5, a small SUV that delivers the ride quality that can match any of its competitors. The CX-5 receives high marks for its driving impressions because it handles like a well-behaved sedan....
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Squaw Valley hosting U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame event

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate ski and snowboard history next spring when it welcomes the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to honor its class of 2017. A star-studded group of eight noted skiing athletes and sport builders have been announced as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of...
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