Category Archives: $20,000 – $25,000

Introduced in 2012, the Prius V nose has a sporty, aerodynamic angle.

Prius V

The world of alternative-energy vehicles is expanding virtually by the month, or week. Hybrid vehicles, electric cars, turbo-diesels, cars with tiny gas engines, and combinations of those, such as turbo-hybrids, all seem to have validity and are marketed to be better than the others. All we know is, there is no single answer to the problem of clean and efficient running, just a number of varied answers, all contributing to …

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New Mazda6 handles winter driving as easily as the Mackinaw ice-breaker working out on Lake Superior.

Mazda6 redesign includes Skactiv powertrain

The Mazda 626 has always been a worthy midsize entry, just as durable though less-heralded compared to the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. When it was renovated into the Mazda6, it moved higher on the artistic list and had an edge in sporty handling, but still didn’t match the hot-selling numbers of its competitors. Its last restyling,took the Mazda6 to a much more flowing look, although like the …

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2013 Fiat 500 Turbo: Bling? Maybe; Bing? Definitely!

The car was a techy new 21st-century turbo so, of course, it reminded me of a 1944 Bing Crosby movie. In “Here Come the Waves,” I’ll bet you’ll recall, Crosby sings “Ac-ent-tchu-ate the Positive,” a song whose lyric advises: “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative . . . don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.” And therein lies the irony. Fiat’s new 500 Turbo seeks to accentuate positives and eliminate negatives by …

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2013 Honda Accord Sedan

2013 Honda Accord focuses on performance, not looks

Honda’s Accord has become a generic family sedan in America, a car that’s a good value, an excellent performer, but does not stand out. You may never notice the 2013 model, but you may want to own one. While Toyota has added a touch of styling flair to its formerly vanilla Camry and Ford has leapt forward with its new Fusion design, Honda stays with its safe, bland look, coupled …

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2013 Mini Clubvan, Paceman

Mini Clubvan and Mini Paceman Preview: Mini is now the many. The brand that returned a decade ago to these shores with a single model in two trims now boasts more than half a dozen distinct offerings. After a 35-year absence, Mini came back to the U.S. for the 2002 model year with only its core product – a two-door, four-seat, hatchback coupe, available in Cooper and Cooper S trims. …

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Fusion Hybrids

2013 Ford Fusion Performs Up to Promise of Its Looks

2013 Ford Fusion Review: SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Ford Motor Company has a vast array of models, most of them impressively redone over the past year or two, but as impressive as all of them are, they must fall in line behind the 2013 Ford Fusion, the new halo vehicle for the whole corporation. There are those who claim the new Fusion might be the most stylish new car ever …

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Hyundai Santa Fe Doubles Its Potential

Hyundai Santa Fe Review: PARK CITY, UTAH — Maybe it’s simply a translation issue, from South Korea to the United States, but the Santa Fe has never been introduced in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nobody, however, is pleading for geographic logic in opposition to the site of Park City, Utah, complete with side trips to Sundance and the Olympic Park training facility. In setting the stage for the increased luxury …

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New Nissan Altima Is A Fine Family Sedan

2013 Nissan Altima Review: Nissan’s Altima doesn’t always get its due. That may be about to change. The 2013 Altima has been revamped to be slightly wider and much quieter and more comfortable. Its styling includes more arrow-like front lights and a smoother overall shape. This is a fine family sedan that should send shivers down the spines of Honda and Toyota engineers. My test car was the midlevel Altima …

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