Category Archives: $30,000 – $35,000

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 …

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All-electric Fiat 500e has new, aerodynamic exterior.

Fiat 500e electric

LOS ANGELES,CALIF. — The Fiat 500 is cute, fun, efficient, and economical, but nobody would really call it electrifying. Until now. For 2014, the Fiat 500 will come in a version called the 500e, with the “e” standing for electric. Before consumers in 49 states get too excited about the 500e maybe becoming their electric car of choice, however, the car will require a little California Dreamin’ because the only showrooms it …

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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 …

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With the blizzard passed, Lake Superior ice chunks amplify X1's "Alpine white" color.

Compact BMW X1 needs X-Drive, winter tires

When I first had the chance to drive the new BMW X1, I was impressed with the looks and performance, and the diminutive size of the new smaller brother of the X5 and X3 SUVs from BMW’s ever-expanding stable. It is more compact than most crossover SUVs, but most people don’t need the enormous size of the heftiest vehicles that brought the U.S. auto industry to near the point of …

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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 …

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2013 ACURA ILX 2.0L

2013 Acura ILX: Honda’s uptown brand offers luxury to the masses

Despite high-priced new iron like the 2014 RLX sedan and MDX crossover, Acura figures there’s a market, as well, for a classy-but-affordable compact aimed at 20- and 30-somethings who seek to make an “I have arrived” statement, even if they’re still in transit. Thus, we get the 2013 Acura ILX. The new ILX shares its basic platform with the Honda Civic, but you’d need the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes …

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2013 Chrysler Town And Country Is A Dream Of Convenience, Luxury And Versatility

2013 Chrysler Town and Country Review: The 2013 Chrysler Town and Country can change minds faster than enhanced interrogation. Take the subject of dream cars. In that category, I suspect most folks rate minivans somewhere above a Yugo GVX but below a Chevy Vega. Ahhh, but then one of these people-haulers shows up in the driveway early Thanksgiving week, just as a cross-state family junket looms, and you find that …

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Volkswagen’s CC Offers Midsize Luxury At Fair Price

2013 Volkswagen CC When Volkswagen launched its sporty CC in 2009 it went head-to-head with its own Passat, which was then a dowdy midsize sedan that was in need of a restyling. Now, Passat is coming off a face-lift last year to thin its body to blend more with the other midsize sedans that sell well: Toyota’s Camry, Honda’s Accord, Ford’s Fusion and Chevrolet’s Malibu. So the CC, which VW …

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