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2018 Honda Fit remains standout subcompact

Subcompact cars are typically devoid of excitement. Yet they are still in demand.

There’s a reason people buy subcompact cars, most notably affordability, strong gas mileage and maneuverability, which translates into a great commuter vehicle. The 2018 Honda Fit is a four-door hatchback that made its American debut in 2006. Pardon the pun, but it’s a great...
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2018 Toyota Highlander excellent midsize SUV

One of the most highly-rated midsize sport utility vehicles is the Toyota Highlander, a sensible, well designed crossover.

The Highlander is a three-row, family-friendly SUV that’s offered in four trim models (LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum) and a hybrid version. The sport utility vehicle offerings by Toyota have always been a favorite here....
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Incline Village golf courses now open

The golf season has begun in Lake Tahoe. To the delight of local golfers and tourists, both the Championship Course and the Mountain Course are now open at the Incline Village golf complex. The Incline Village Championship Course opened last week and the Mountain Course began offering play Friday, May 18. The Mountain Course is...
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Considerable upside to 2018 Mini Countryman

The iconic Mini falls under the BMW flag. So, knowing that the German automaker is firmly embracing electric vehicles, it comes as no surprise that the 2018 Mini Countryman now includes a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

BMW is determined not to be left behind when it comes to electric vehicles (EV). By 2025, the BMW Group...
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2018 Buick Enclave: Smart redesign

If you have been enamored with the Buick Enclave for years, then changes were most likely unnecessary. Why mess with a good thing, right?

But the engineers at GM finally did some “messing” with the original product. The Enclave that was introduced a decade ago finally received a makeover. Even hardcore fans will likely applaud the...
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2018 Fiat Spider: Fun, affordable convertible

Four years ago, Fiat Chrysler and Mazda announced a joint venture to design a sports car that would essentially be shared as the Miata and the Fiat 124 Spider.

The two convertibles share the same drive train, platform, have similar interiors, and are built in the same Mazda factory in Japan. The styling of the two...
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2018 GMC Acadia: Improved midsize SUV

It’s time to give the GMC Acadia a look. The changes have been dramatic since GMC decided to revamp its midsize crossover sport utility vehicle last year.

The result was an SUV that’s smaller and lighter than ever before. The shorter Acadia is now a better fit for what many SUV car shoppers are seeking. Sure,...
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2018 Ford Mustang flexes its muscles

The Ford Mustang has truly been one of America’s iconic cars for the past 54 years. And with a purposeful new redesign three years ago, there’s little doubt that the Mustang has picked up some additional admirers. The winning formula for more than a half century remains unchanged: The Mustang is a fast muscle car that’s...
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan enhanced by redesign

If the Volkswagen Tiguan didn’t interest you in the past, perhaps it’s time to take a second look.

The Tiguan, a compact sport utility vehicle, is fully redesigned for 2018 and the changes are quite noticeable. The compact SUV class has widened and grown in stature since Tiguan joined the game nine years ago. A redesign...
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2018 VW Beetle Dune features peppy turbo engine

Although certainly not the vehicle of choice for everyone, there’s no denying that the Volkswagen Beetle Dune possesses both style and personality.

The Volkswagen “bug” has long been labeled a cute car; and that hasn’t changed. Many women still swoon at the sight of the modern-day beetle, a somewhat quirky car that has retained its very...
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