New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Adds Unique Features

2017 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Honda Ridgeline First Look It has been years since I have been in a Honda, but this spring when I had the opportunity to drive the new Ridgeline in a special launch event has turned into the perfect time. Although the Ridgeline was first...

Key Fobs Replaced by Smart Phones

key fobs
Are key fobs going the way of dinosaurs? Perhaps so. 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models are featuring brand specific smartphone apps that connect with OnStar technology. The gig is that owners can activate all of the functions available on a traditional vehicle...

Luxury Marks Toyota Flagship 2019 Avalon Hybrid

2019 Toyota Avalon
2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid- A Premium Sedan Full of Luxury Full-size - long, low and luxurious. Three synonyms that describe the new 2019 Toyota Avalon to a "T." One additional description is appropriate with this new hybrid model - stingy. You see, the Avalon uses...

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT Is No Mirage

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
To Drive Or Not To Drive? I have to admit I was not particularly looking forward to spending a week with a new Mitsubishi. When the new Outlander Sport 2.4 liter GT showed up in my driveway I wondered if I would spend all that...

2017 TAWA Texas Auto Roundup Announces The Car Of Texas

2017 Car of Texas
2017 Car Of Texas Chosen By Texas Auto Writers Association at COTA AUSTIN, Texas, May 8, 2017 - The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) gathered for the annual Texas Auto Roundup to drive and evaluate 42 vehicles within 11 categories at the Circuit of the...

2018 Ford Mustang GT Answers Need For Speed

2018 Ford Mustang Gt
Late in 2018 my run with test driving Ford vehicles was about to come to an end when a call came in asking if I would like to extend test driving by a week with a Ford Mustang GT. That was NOT a hard...

2016 Infiniti QX60 Crossover Gets Refreshed

2016 Infiniti QX60
2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive By Sue Mead - Special to Focus Daily News Launched in the United States in 2012 as the Infiniti JX, this seven-passenger SUV is this Japanese luxury manufacturer's first vehicle to be 100 percent built in America. Rechristened the QX60 in...

2019 Kia Sorento Even Better With Age

2019 Kia Sorento
It's been many years since I attended a California launch event for the first Kia Sorento introduced. I remember feeling it offered a lot of features I wished other SUVs offered, and after spending a week with one recently on the roadways of Texas,...

Nissan Brings Home Six Awards at Texas Truck Rodeo

I have been to the launches of a number of Nissan's over the past year. The Rogue, the Armada, the Titan, the Titan XC, the Pathfinder, the Murano, and the Maxima ... All were impressive and it certainly showed at this year's Texas Truck...

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Automotive Books

automotive books
The Life: Steve McQueen This hardcover book published by Motorbooks for their popular “The Life” series focuses on the life and times of Steve McQueen. It attempts to explain why the actor/racer/rebel is still considered “The King of Cool” 30 years after he died. Written...