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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: 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 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]

Business

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]

Op-Ed

Cars — 2014 Nissan Note SV

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – The Nissan Versa Note SV was one of those capable vehicles that seem to have slipped under the radar. This was not the Versa sedan; the Note was a five-door hatchback that looked like a miniature minivan […read more]

Op-Ed

Cars: 2014 Buick Regal AWD GS

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – The 2014 Buick Regal AWD GS was a snappy compact sedan with a lot of pep for a car equipped with a four-cylinder engine. Fun started under the hood with the Regal’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that […read more]

Op-Ed

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – One of GMC’s advertising tag lines for its pickup trucks is “Professional Grade.” It appears that designers and engineers took that to heart in creating the 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The truck was a hybrid […read more]

Op-Ed

Auto Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST was firecracker of a little car. Under the hood was a direct injected1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that made 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gear-box, […read more]