Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design (2012)

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Have you ever wondered what happened to Volvos televised crash tests where it seemed nothing could hurt the darned things? Well the TV grandstanding may have ended but the Swedish engineers are still hard at work across the pond ensuring the cars and SUV’s they build are as safe as ever. With that said, I recently had the opportunity to...

Volvo XC60 R-Design (2012)

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The compact luxury SUV segment is terribly competitive.  Every nameplate has just the right vehicle for this segment. The XC60 is a fine entry and reminds me a lot of its big brother, the XC90. Volvo prides itself on its safety record, and the XC60 is one of the few vehicles on the road in 2012 to get a...

Volvo C70 Compact Convertible Sport Coupe (2012)

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The fun little Volvo C70 is a great alternative to the usual German Sport Coupes. The C70’s unique steel fold away hardtop, is not the only cool thing about this car. It runs and handles great, has a sexy look both inside and out, and is great on the road. I personally love a convertible on a cool morning, but...

Toyota Prius 4-door hatch (2012)

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Say what you will about hybrid technology, Toyota rules the roost. With 14 years of experience and over two-million gas/electric’s sold, there’s no denying success. Last week, I had the pleasure of getting the best hybrid I have ever driven, the Prius c. I know, you’re asking, “so Don, what makes this thing so great?” There’s not one thing in...

Toyota Camry LE (2012)

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The all-new, 7th generation Camry is leaps and bounds better than the outgoing model, but still retains the familiarity that has kept it the best selling car in America for 9-years running. The base L and LE trim levels, keeps the Camry affordable with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 178 horsepower. The SE and XLE trims get the 3.5-liter V-6, sportier...

Suzuki Grand Vitara (2012)

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My car this week was the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara, a 5-passenger compact crossover, one of THE most competitive segments known to man. The somewhat dated looking body style is still attractive, albeit a little on the boxy side. One drawback is the side-hinged cargo door. I understand that the weight of the full size spare mounted on it precludes...

Ram 3500 4X4 Laramie Longhorn (2012)

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The 2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn is the top of the food chain as far as big trucks go. The Ram in its normal trim is great looking and very comfortable. However, add the Laramie Longhorn package, and it is over the top. The Laramie Longhorn Edition features unique laser-etched stitching on the leather trim throughout the cabin, custom gauges...

Ram 1500 Tradesman (2012)

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Last Year, Ram re-introduced the Tradesman trim level. The Tradesman is a value-priced package designed to meet the needs of small businessmen, construction jobsites and commercial fleets at an affordable price. Sales have been tremendous. Ram Tradesman offers fullsize work truck capability at a great price. Ram’s 4.7-liter V-8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower, 330 lb.-ft. of torque and...

Nissan Rogue SV FWD (2012)

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I had a chance to drive Nissan’s most popular CUV this week, the Nissan Rogue. Nissan has a slogan that says: More than you expect- Everything you deserve. This seemed to apply to the Rogue because it was more than I expected. The Rogue is often described as little brother to the Nissan Murano but it is more than...

Nissan Juke Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) (2012)

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You either love or hate the looks of the Nissan Juke. I have heard the Juke described as a “Horny Toad on four wheels,” which is pretty accurate. The subcompact hatchback segment was pretty boring before it came along. Introduced just last year, the Juke is what Nissan calls an “Urban Sport Cross,” or cross between a hatchback and...