2016 Volvo XC60: “Car Safety Is Our Business”

2016 Volvo XC 60
2016 Volvo XC60 Has Safety Covered Volvo has made a pledge that by 2020, "No one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.” That sounds a little impossible to me, especially since I heard no other manufacturer make such a claim. But then...

Millionth Miata Tour Visits Texas

Millionth Miata Tour Stops
18-Stop Millionth Miata Tour Visits Austin, Dallas, Houston My first encounter with the Mazda Miata was way back in the 1990s. We were planning an annual DeSoto Chamber of Commerce banquet, and the Chamber was raffling off a brand new Miata. Some had doubt, but wiser...

Modern Day Muscle: 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392

Dodge Challenger T/A 392
I'm Accepting this (2017 Dodge) Challenge(er) T/A 392 Talk about a chick magnet. This sexy new Dodge Challenger T/A 392 is certain to attract everyone from all the ladies at the shopping center to all the guys yearning for speed, great design and sporty driving....

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid To The Rescue!

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
It had been a long journey. Two days and nights in an Amtrak roomette from Dallas to LA, followed by coach seats to Oxnard CA. My husband and I were attending a travel writers’ conference at Embassy Suites Resort at Mandalay Beach. Most seminars were...

2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4×4

2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4x4: Ram Continues To Drive In Its Own Lane By Sue Mead - Special to Focus Daily News Dodge spun off the Ram truck line into its own nameplate in 2009. Since, the light duty pickup with a bold...

2018 Mazda CX-5 Crosses Over With Skill

Don't Forget Mazda When Shopping For A CUV Readers will not remember seeing many articles by me recounting experiences with Mazda’s over the years. Every time I do drive one, like the 2018 Mazda CX-5, I leave my week with it impressed with its features...

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Luxury & Technology For Less

2017 Toyota Prius Prime
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Gorgeous Inside and Out, This Is Best Prius Ever This is another one of those reviews I actually kind of hate to write. You see, every now and then there is nothing bad you can say about a vehicle and you fear...

2017 Full-Size SUV Of The Year: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2017 Auto Judge Winner Full-Size SUV 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Article originally published in the Houston Chronicle. The most awarded SUV ever makes another trip to the podium to accept the 2017 Auto Judge Full-size SUV of the Year award! Jeep updated its Grand Cherokee model with...

Family Car Of The Year 2016 Nissan Maxima 4DSC

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima: Nissan’s “4-Door Sports Car” By Sue Mead They call it the “4DSC” for 4-door sports car, and they say it’s bold. After driving it recently, I say they’re right on both counts. When Nissan’s designers and engineers went back to the drawing...

2017 Toyota 86 Provides Sporty Action

2017 Toyota 86 A Fun Car On The Roads My day at the Ojai Inn and Spa began with a choice of four new Toyotas to drive. Ah, but which would be first? My selection actually didn’t require a lot of thought! Sure, the Toyota...