Category Archives: $25,000 – $30,000

Newly redesigned 2014 Silverado lifts Chevrolet up to competitive heights.

Wait for New Silverado Ends with 2014 Model

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is finally here, the first new-generation Silverado in seven years, and loyal Chevy fans are sure to welcome it with a huge cheer, even while others may scoff a bit and offer the challenging question: Is it new enough? “It’s all-new from hood to hitch,” said Silverado product manager Carl Hillenbrand, sounding like he had just made up a …


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 …


Dodge Grand Caravan adds new refinement to an old, dependable concept.

It’s time for Grand Caravan to stand up and be appreciated

It’s time for minivans to rise up and claim their rightful place at the top of the family vehicle chain. You’ve got to pity the poor minivan. Everybody who owns one appreciates it, to the point of wondering how their families could ever get along without it. But it is universally scorned, to the point of acting as though they’d never consider buying one, and even some of those who …


Ford C-Max defies conventional segment denomination, offers high-mileage utility.

C-Max soars with mileage and utility features

Rarely has a new vehicle been introduced with more confusion and criticism than celebration. Hmmm…confusion, criticism, and celebration. Maybe that’s how they came up with the name “C-Max.” Every automaker likes to boast about uniqueness, and how their new product defies categorization, but Ford seems to have mastered the trick with the new C-Max. It seems to be neither fish nor fowl, car or truck, small minivan or spacious mini …


Not since the 1980s has GM offered a diesel passenger car. The General figures the 42-hwy mpg of this well-equipped 2014 Cruze’s clean diesel will help buyers forgive and forget those ’80s-era smokers.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel

It’s a painful memory. But GM hopes it’s about to be put to rest once and for all by the 2014 Chevy Cruze diesel. For those too young to remember when Ronald Reagan was president and Michael Jackson was king, it was the 1980s that GM last dabbled in diesel passenger cars. Alas, those ’80s-era oil-burners were smoky, smelly and about as reliable as an ex-boyfriend while delivering 0-to-60 performance …


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 …


2013 Nissan Pathfinder is tailored for family comfort

Not long ago, Nissan’s Pathfinder was a sport-utility truck that was set up for off-roading and hauling gear. Today, that tough truck has gotten a little softer and is tailored more for comfort. Oh, it can haul and is available with all-wheel-drive, but you are not going to take this vehicle off road. With its remodel for 2013, Pathfinder is pure crossover, leaning toward minivan. That’s because it rides on …


Ford Fusion Hybrid

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: It Doesn’t Look Like A Lozenge

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review: Ever since 1999, when Honda’s lozenge-like Insight introduced us to gas/electric propulsion, hybrids have been on a long, slow slog toward normalcy. Well, to quote the lady in your navigation system, “You have arrived at your destination.” The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is normal, nothing weird about it. Only discreet things, like modest badging and efficiency-monitoring instrument panel screens, differentiate it from other Fusions. There’s …


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