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...

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...

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:The Grand Gets Even Grander Why a Jeep with 707 horsepower, 645 lb.-ft. of torque, a zero to 60 of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph? If you’re wondering, you’re not one of the many enthusiasts that have...

2019 Buick Encore Essence Review

2019 Buick Encore Essence
2019 Buick Encore Essence A Compact SUV I have previously opined on General Motors and it's reorganization when it discontinued the Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Hummer and Saturn Brands. Plus, I admit to wondering why Buick stayed, when the much sexier Pontiac went by the wayside. I...

2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Economy Soars

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Toyota Camry Breaks The Mold During the launch event of the 2018 Toyota Camry I felt that it was extremely likely it would garner my vote for Car of the Year. I was right. I did not drive any other new 2018 model's that...

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...

2017 Ford Raptor Tackles Barnhill Mountain With Ease

Ford Raptor Articulation
2017 Ford Raptor An Off-Road Vehicle Ready For Any Adventure When I am delivered a test drive vehicle, my first thought is often to hit the open road. Except, when the 2017 Ford Raptor was delivered. My first thought, where I can drive this beast...

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Perfection

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn
An Afternoon Drive In The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Indulge me (and yourself) just a little this week, as you read my column. I am going to describe the details that intrigued me in the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn. Anyone having an extra $400,000 laying around, shouldn't...

2018 Toyota C-HR – A Compact CUV With Style

toyota ch-r
2018 Toyota C-HR Small in Stature, Big On Style There were two Toyota's that I was completely impressed with after attending launches for in 2017 - the new Camry and the completely new 2018 Toyota C-HR. I couldn't take my eyes off the C-HR from...