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Car Review: 2016 Hyundai Tucson

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NNPA) – As successful as Hyundai has been the last five years, there’s a flaw and they’re trying to fix it. The Korean automaker produces too many sedans and not enough crossover or sport utilities. Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Kia Sedona

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – It was amazing. Our mail carrier dropped off some unwanted bills and before she got to the next house, the vehicle parked in front grabbed her attention so she walked over, gave it a close inspection Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Toyota Camry

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA) – The Toyota Camry has become iconic over the years. It stands for reliability, quality and service when something gets out whack and that doesn’t happen often. It has been the best-selling car in the market Read More

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Car Review: 2016 Nissan Maxima

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   PLYMOUTH, Mich. (NNPA) – You’ve got to give Nissan credit. The automaker has always been a little bit different; intrepid when it comes to going places where no others dare. This time the variance involved its flagship sedan, Read More

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Car Review: 2016 Volvo XC90

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (NNPA) – Now that Volvo has been left alone by its new Chinese owners, an opposite tack from its former corporate parent, the Swedish automaker can get back to being itself. That was evident here Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Toyota Prius

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA) – The Toyota Prius has been around for 15 years. It was the first hybrid on the U.S. market and it caused most major manufacturers to develop hybrids of their own. In other words, the Prius Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Lexus NX 300h

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA)– In the Lexus alphanumeric lexicon, any vehicle nameplate ending with a small “h” is a hybrid. Such was the case with the 2015 Lexus NX 300h. It looks like a rocket. The NX was Lexus’ small Read More

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Car Review: 2016 Fiat 500X

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., (NNPA) — It was bigger, taller and barely looked like a Fiat 500 from the side. But from the front it was unmistakably the small Italian import that has had some success during its four years Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Kia K900

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA) – Eyebrows raised when Kia announced a little more than one year ago the development of the K900. After all, the Korean automaker had just introduced the Cadenza sedan about a year earlier. So why come Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Toyota RAV4

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA) – Toyota’s RAV4 for 2015 is a stalwart. The small crossover is one of the earliest entrants in the field that has turned into one of the largest segments in the automotive industry. The current rendition Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Dodge Durango

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   CHICAGO (NNPA) – We drove a 2015 Dodge Durango here from Detroit and navigated around the Windy City for about 10 days. There was some apprehension, not with the Durango but with fuel consumption. Our tester was powered Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Mazda CX-5

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT (NNPA)—Mazda gets little respect – and the Japanese automaker should get more. When the CX-5 crossover first came on the market, it was warmly accepted. It was spacious, functional and smartly styled. And over the years it Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Dodge Charger

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist     WASHINGTON, D.C., – Dodge is billing the 2015 Charger as the world’s only four-door muscle car. The brand says the restyled Charger is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan on the planet. What’s more, Dodge does Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Honda CR-V

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Honda called it a major minor model change. The automaker increased the fuel economy and added another trim line to the 2015 Honda CR-V. But they also improved their best-selling entry level crossover vehicle in Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Toyota Yaris

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (NNPA) – Toyota’s move to more aggressive and stylish designs is not just limited to its midsize and compact cars. The automaker’s subcompact Yaris didn’t escape the stylists’ touch, either. For 2015, the Toyota Yaris Read More

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Car Review: 2015 Kia Soul EV

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DANA POINT, Calif. – The Kia Soul is the most successful alternatively shaped car (read: square box) on the road. Now the Korean automaker is attempting to transfer the vehicle’s popularity to the new Soul EV – that Read More