Category Archives: $35,000 – $40,000

Familiar Kia grille shape is housed in a softened shape in the 2014 Cadenza.

Cadenza Lifts Kia into the Mid-Luxury Bracket

Auto manufacturers have an insatiable appetite to build cars for specific niches, but the insatiable part means all of them seem to want a vehicle for every niche. Kia is no different, and it has spent the last few years creating successful entries in the most popular and inexpensive segments, from the subcompact Rio, compact Forte, quirky Soul, and classy midsize Optima, as well as the compact Sportage and midsize …

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Lexus gives 2014 IS 350 sportier appearance and BMW-like performance.

Lexus IS 250 and 350 Truly Challenge 3-Series

BROOKLYN, MICH. — Every builder of a sports sedan hopes it might be comparable to the legendary BMW 3-Series. Some have come close, most haven’t. Some have missed by a mile. It may well be, however, that Lexus has just found the Holy Grail of sports sedans for 2014, with the IS 250 and IS 350. Lexus assembled some of the nation’s auto media types to sample both models of …

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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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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 Cadillac ATS: Name could stand for ‘American 3 Series’

ATS isn’t simply a car Cadillac wants to offer. It’s a car Cadillac needs to offer. Globally, the biggest category in the luxury field is the compact performance segment, and Caddy simply hasn’t been a player. Until now. Eight inches shorter and 500 pounds lighter than its CTS showroom mate, ATS is virtually all new; only its available V-6 is off the shelf. Everything else is consciously designed to target …

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All-American Avalon Sets New Standard for Toyota

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — During three restyling generations over the last seventeen years, the Toyota Avalon never distinguished itself as a dazzler, even though it never qualified to be an ugly duckling, either. Its heritage was as an elongated Camry-with-bling, but that image will be shattered forever by the 2013 Avalon, which soars, swan-like, with a combination of stunning attractiveness with breakthrough engineering. First impression is striking, particularly for a …

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2013 Honda Fit EV

2013 Honda Fit EV Review: If the 2013 Honda Fit EV were a fictional character, it could be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or the Hulk and Bruce Banner. Either way, it would way more fun than frightening. Credit that to the Fit EV’s three drive modes. The EV is the new electric car from Honda, which also has been poking around in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. In fact, …

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2013 Volvo S60

2013 Volvo S60 Review: Merging smartly into the lengthening line of modern less-is-more vehicles, Volvo brings us its 2013 Volvo S60 T5 sports sedan. The last time we looked, the S60 was a T6, an all-new 2011 model with 300 horsepower from a turbocharged, inline six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. It delivered 18/26 city/highway miles to the gallon and had a starting price of $38,550. It was a way of …

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