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About Joann Holt

Joann Holt

Jo Ann Holt is a Dallas-based journalist and car writer.
After years of driving mini-vans as a soccer mom she is relishing the chance to drive muscle cars again. She currently serves as a vice president of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), a group of print and broadcast journalists who each year choose the Car and Truck of Texas. She can be reached at joannholt@gmail.com.

by Joann Holt

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Night AWD

Hyundai’s 2017 Tucson Night All-wheel-drive sedan that I drove recently was especially appealing for its colorful Caribbean Blue paint coat. This trim level of the Tucson, a small SUV, is one notch below the top Limited trim. The Tucson Night… (more)
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2018 Lexus LC 500h: Not Your Daddy’s Boring Hybrid

Driving around town in the 2018 Lexus LC 500h is a unique experience, one I’ve been privileged to enjoy this week. Not only do you easily roar past every other car on the road, you get to watch their envious… (more)
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2017 BMW X3 xDrive28i: The Ultimate Driving Machine

Last week I enjoyed traveling in movie star style in a small but powerful SUV that BMW calls “the Ultimate Driving Machine®.” The X3 xDrive28i test model was adorned in a glistening Mineral Silver Metallic paint coat with Oyster Nevada… (more)
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75th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler a True American Icon

Santa’s sled isn’t nearly as iconic as the 75th anniversary edition of the Jeep Wrangler 4X4.   Painted in Sarge Green with a black interior, you are instantly reminded of the important role Jeep played in U. S. history.… (more)
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2017 Rogue Looks Like a Keeper

Nissan’s motto this past year has been “The Year of the Truck.” The new Armada and Pathfinder SUVs and TITAN pickups have been picking up fans by the truckload.  But the new kid on the block caught my… (more)
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2017 Nissan Pathfinder: on the right path!

Nissan invites us to find a new path with their revamped 2017 Pathfinder.  The Pathfinder’s bold new look starts with the new front end, which begs for adventure.  If you are in the Dallas area, and in the… (more)
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2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring: Let’s Go Places!

  Why is it I never get this kind of great vehicle to drive when I have a road trip planned?  My recent test drive of the 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring made me long for a road trip.… (more)
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Fun on the Road with Green 2016 Honda Civic

I had so much fun on the road last week, driving my Energy Green 2016 Honda Civic coupe. This 2-door Touring car was such a glaring shade of neon green it could probably be seen from outer space. I… (more)
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2016 Nissan Altima: Perfect for a Road Trip

The 2016 Nissan Altima I drove recently turned out to be the perfect car for a road trip.  My husband and I spent the weekend in Longview where we attended the 11th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.  Not… (more)
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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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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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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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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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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)