Category Archives: Travel/Golf/Auto reviews

2017 Ford Fusion: Includes Hybrid model

Proceed with caution when car shopping for a Ford Fusion. There are several versions of the popular midsize sedan and all of them have a good upside.

It didn’t take long for the Ford Fusion to gain popularity. The midsize sedan debuted in 2006 and 11 years later the vehicle is still competing with the heavyweights...
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Greenhorn Creek Resort adds Bocce Ball

Not every golf course is just about golf. At Greenhorn Creek Resort, the people who frequent the Angels Camp facility can now enjoy one more activity: Bocce ball. Bocce ball has struck gold at Greenhorn Creek Resort. Already home to a Robert Trent Jones II championship layout that has served as its centerpiece since 1996, a...
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2017 Kia Sorento has major versatility

Last year’s remodeling effort took the Kia Sorento to a higher level and gave it more credibility among a somewhat crowded group of midsize sport utility vehicles.

Among the significant changes last year were adding a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the lineup, upgrading the suspension and improving steering. The overall styling is also improved inside and...
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2017 Genesis G80: Reasonably priced luxury sedan

With the goal of establishing a luxury brand, the folks at Hyundai decided to mirror its first two vehicles, a pair of well-received sedans that were part of its regular offerings.

One of those luxury sedans is the 2017 Genesis G80, a successor to the Hyundai Genesis. The other sedan is the Genesis G90, an offshoot...
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Turbo engine major plus for 2017 Mazda CX-9

A year ago, in a modest revamping of the CX-9, Mazda decided to abandon its V6 engine, a move that left some wondering if this sport utility vehicle would remain a suitable family hauler.

Apparently, the Mazda team knew what it was doing. After one week of driving the 2017 Mazda CX-9, we became pretty big...
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2017 Honda CR-V: Redesigned and better than ever

Completely redesigned this year, the 2017 Honda CR-V is slightly taller, wider and longer.

Keep in mind, this is a five-passenger compact crossover sport utility vehicle, so don’t expect the popular CR-V to suddenly become cavernous. But the overall dimensions can only help the CR-V retain its status as the king it its class. The Honda...
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Gotta love the 2017 Mazda Miata convertible

The primary consideration for people who want to buy a convertible: Fun.

No doubt, it can be considered a rather selfish approach to buying an automobile. Yet it remains a guideline for folks who like the top down, wind blowing slightly in their face, and taking drives for pure enjoyment. One of the standard bearers in the...
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Justin Timberlake returns to Tahoe celebrity golf tournament

Northern California fans of multi-talented Justin Timberlake will be happy to know he’s returning to Lake Tahoe this summer. For the third consecutive year, the actor and musician will join star athletes and entertainers at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe. The highly-decorated performer is an avid golfer who plays to...
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2017 Volvo XC60: changes arrive next year

Volvo’s top-selling model – the XC60 – needs revamping if it wants to remain relevant in a crowded field of upscale compact sport utility vehicles.

The 2017 Volvo XC60 is showing its age. Recognizing the existing model kept losing ground to strong competitors like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX 200t, and Mercedes-Benz...
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