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Americans Love Muscle Cars

“American Muscle Cars, A Full-Throttle History” is a lavishly illustrated, passionately detailed book.  Focused on America’s love affair with muscle cars, the book was published by Motorbooks  March 15, 2016.  The author is Darwin Holmstrom, a lover… (more)
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Mother still knows best: 2016 Toyota Camry SE Special

I have finally reached the age where I appreciate my Mother’s values. She has instilled an appreciation of quality and value. She taught me to evaluate  the long-term cost of any purchase. 12 years ago, my 91-year-old Mom bought… (more)
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Audi A3 e-tron®: an electrifying vehicle

Forward-thinking, trend-setting, innovative – all of these words adequately describe Audi’s first attempt at entrance to the electric world. And, although this plug-in hybrid yields a flagship design for the luxury vehicle market, signature markings (like the grille rings) make… (more)
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Talking about Tires

I learned more about tires the last two days than I’ve learned in many years of driving on them. Who knew tires were (1) the four most important features on a car, according to one lecturer; and (2) available in… (more)
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Ford Motor Company and Rosie the Riveters

Thousands of Rosies joined the workforce at Ford’s Willow Run Bomber Plant and elsewhere during World War II, helping open the door for women in the workforce. They were traditional American housewives, mothers and daughters in the 1940s, when suddenly… (more)
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2016 Toyota Sienna Makes a Great Road Companion

I took the 2016 Toyota Sienna LTD Premium on a trip  to my daughter’s last week.  She lives in Lakeway, west of Austin.  I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling companion than Sienna.   Painted “Predawn… (more)
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Toyota Land Cruiser a Yacht on Wheels

Driving Toyota’s 2016 Land Cruiser is like steering a yacht that rolls on wheels instead of steaming along on ocean currents.  In other words, it’s a massive vehicle that makes the driver feel like the Captain of a… (more)
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Five things to love about the new Volvo V60

I grew up in a family that hauled everyone around in a station wagon, and that nostalgia could be part of the reason why the new Volvo V60 wagon is so appealing to me. However, after driving the new V60… (more)
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Would you like to own this holy car?

The archdiocese of New York is auctioning the 2015 Fiat 500 Lounge Hatchback used by Pope Francis during his visit to New York City. Cardinal Timothy Dolan will meet with the winning bidder to bless the vehiclehttp://chrty.bz/1UaPbJBProceeds benefit the Archdiocese… (more)
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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Impresses

I recently drove a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited that was really impressive with so many safety, convenience and technology features.  Many of them were included in the manufacturer’s base price of $36,250.  Since many manufacturers charge extra… (more)
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Mercedes-Benz makes a mark with the E400 Cabriolet

A luxurious automaker can easily court the buyer with a gorgeous body and sassy convertible style, but sealing the deal comes with quality, performance and amenities. How does the Mercedes E400 stack up in this arena? Mercedes-Benz continues to dominate… (more)
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How likely is your car to be stolen?

 Two minutes. That’s all it takes for a crook to steal your car. A startling new trend is growing in SoCal and the San Francisco Bay Area: thieves are going after Camaros and Corvettes, not just because they look… (more)
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2016 Kia Optima Drives Like a Champ

Last week I drove a 2016 Kia Optima SX LTD that performed like a champ.  It drove well both on the highway and in some grueling city traffic. The mid-sized sedan looked good doing it, too.  Its Titanium… (more)
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DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth

My husband and I are both car writers, so we like to ogle new models at every opportunity. That’s why we attended a preview reception the night before the DFW Auto Show opened at the Fort Worth Convention Center this… (more)
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2015 Mustang Gives Us a Faster Horse

I’ve loved Ford’s Mustangs since I was very young, or since the 1964 Mustang first dazzled all of us with its beauty, speed and best of all, affordability. Here was a performance car that ordinary people could buy! I recently… (more)