Base prices start at $25,500 for the LE FWD to $34,900 for the Limited AWD on the gasoline models. The hybrid starts at $27,700 and tops out at $35,700. A $1,045 freight charge is added to all prices and there are 13 different models.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Toyota RAV4

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Not only was the RAV4 the first crossover, it is now the best-selling non-pickup truck in the country. In 2017, Toyota sold 408,000 RAV4s. What they’re trying to do with the new RAV4 is make it an all-round vehicle that can handle urban, suburban and the great outdoors driving. […read more]

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Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown (at podium) speaks during a May 23 town hall event at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover to discuss the state's proposal to expand Interstates 495 and 270 in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Government

Residents Recoil at Plan to Expand Beltway with Toll Lanes

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Dozens of area residents railed Thursday against a proposal to expand the Capital Beltway in Maryland, as the state mulls seeking out a private firm to add toll lanes to the roadway. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland) led the charge during a town hall session at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, urging Gov. Larry Hogan and the state Department of Transportation to support more transit options in lieu of the proposal. […read more]

Walk Bike Nashville hosted mayoral candidates (l to r) Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain at Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Nashville Pride

Walk Bike Nashville hosts first 2019 Mayoral forum

NASHVILLE PRIDE — In preparation for the 2019 Mayoral Elections, Walk Bike Nashville held a forum featuring the top four candidates. On Wednesday morning, Mayor David Briley, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and Dr. Carol Swain were on the same stage for the first time. The focus of the forum was to find out the candidates vision for walking, bicycling, reducing traffic fatalities and ensuring our streets serve all Nashvillians. […read more]

The Port of Seattle (Photo by: portseattle.org)
Business

Port Hires First Senior Director For Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — The Port of Seattle announced that Bookda Gheisar will serve as the Port’s first Senior Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and lead the Port’s first ever Equity Department, beginning June 12.  Prior to joining the Port, Gheisar served as Policy Advisor for King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice, in the office of King County Executive, Dow Constantine. […read more]

Signature design elements include a unique satin-finish grille and tailgate applique, and satin-finish window trim and door handles. It had remote start and tailgate release.
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2019 Ford F150 Limited

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With pickup trucks it is all about the work. This 2019 F-150 Limited could tote 2,600 lbs. and tow 13,000 lbs. It was not just pretty sheet metal. But it was good looking inside and out. Don’t get it twisted. This pickup had an extended range fuel tank (36-gallon capacity). When I first got in the truck it had a range of 515 miles. […read more]

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney Aisha Braveyboy and Police Chief Hank Stawinksi are working to enforce driver safety for the community. (Photo by Mark Gray)
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County Officials Begin Plans To Increase Driver Safety

THE AFRO — Prince George’s County’s top three law enforcers spent part of tax day in “a driveby” to save lives.  County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and Police Chief Hank Stawinski drove through neighborhoods and on major thoroughfares and began trying to change the mindset of motorists to avoid distractions when behind the wheel that have been fatal during the first quarter of 2019. […read more]

The Westside Gazette

Sun Trolley Improves Service for Fort Lauderdale’s Neighbors

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — There’s good news for Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors who are choosing the Sun Trolley as their car-free transportation alternative.  The Sun Trolley’s NW CommunityLink is now providing more service in the mid-day by operating two vehicles instead of one from 11:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., and the Neighborhood Link route has been modified to reduce wait times at its most popular destinations! […read more]

The Eclipse Cross has become the brand’s third best-selling vehicle. Its available in a variety of trims, at a price point that could easily undercut the competition by close to $10,000, depending upon if the vehicle is going head-to-head with the compact or midsize crossover segment.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL: The Brand’s Sporty Hatchback-Like Crossover

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The nicely equipped Eclipse Cross is priced to undercut its competitors, with a starting price just shy of $25,000. While it might be slightly more than compact crossovers, this Mitsubishi definitely undercuts similarly equipped midsize crossovers. A well-equipped Eclipse Crossover tops off at around $33,000. This is well below the competition in which some cases tip into in to the $40,000 price range. […read more]

The Nautilus does not scream at you but instead exudes an upscale, luxurious look. It has the corporate face shared by the Continental and Navigator, but for me seems to make the best use of the face.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus review

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…About those seats. If Lincoln gets out the car business, it should dive head first into the luxury furniture market. These seats were fabulous. The rear seats reclined and the manual controls to do so were so easy to reach it was scary. Why aren’t all automobiles built like this? The comfort level was something special.” […read more]

The 2020 Soul has a sleeker design, more power, a better ride and more models. There are now six trim lines: the LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, EX-Designer Collection and that does not include the Soul EV.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2020 Kia Soul

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The 2020 Kia Soul maintains its boxy shape; I don’t know that it would be a Soul without it. And Kia continued to call it an urban runabout. It has virtually annihilated its competitors but more in the form of crossovers are here and are or on their way. What Kia wanted to do with the next generation was to keep the Soul fun to drive, functional and funky. They pretty much hit all three marks. […read more]

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle (Photo: Jeff Fortson / JeffCars.com
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman S E AWD Plug-In Hybrid: The Brand’s Only Alternative Fuel Vehicle

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Besides this being a hybrid, the Countryman continues to be the roomiest vehicle in the brand’s portfolio. The quirky styled vehicle is almost a whopping 8 inches longer and 3 inches wider than its typical British sibling. The extra length and width allow the vehicle to compete against crossovers, which are car-based utility vehicles. […read more]

This is literally the ultimate luxury wagon. The upscale family cruiser combines both high-tech and luxurious features that can only be found in this German-engineered vehicle. Our vehicle was loaded up with about $22,000 in added-on features. Mercedes-Benz included every conceivable option available except a driver. (Photo: Jeff Fortson / JeffCars.com)
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 AWD Wagon: An Alternative To Luxury Crossovers/SUVs

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The E450 is the newest addition to the E-Class wagon. This model replaces last year’s 2018 E400, adding an upgraded 362-horsepower engine. This year’s model adds on an additional 33-horsepower over what was offered in the base E400 model. The German-engineered wagon also sports a new three-spoke steering wheel, which allows the driver to control all of the safety assistance systems features, without ever having to remove one’s hands. […read more]

This is Genesis’ newest compact entry and last car to join the line up, before a wave of much needed crossovers start to trickle in, making this a full-fledged luxury brand. The G70 is designed to go head-to-head with the likes of BMW’s iconic 3-Series. (Photo: JeffCars.com)
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Genesis G70 2.0 — The Luxury Brand’s BMW 3-Series Fighter

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The all-new G70 is a great vehicle to attract a youthful clientele to the brand. The midsize G80 and the flagship G90 are great vehicles, but they’re not going to capture the buyers the brand desperately needs. The G70 is a step in the right direction. It seems to be a well-built sedan that is on par with the competition in terms of the pricing, the styling, the warranty and the luxury accoutrements. […read more]

Ford said the all-new Explorer comes packed with more than a dozen new standard features for only $400 more over the previous model. Standard features now include a power liftgate, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with all-new 10-speed transmission, an 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC® 3, and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices and more.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2020 Ford Explorer

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …pretty much the 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new from the ground up. That is no doubt true since engineers switched the vehicle from being front-wheel-drive to rear-wheel drive. In other words, the Explorer sits on an all-new chassis. And because of the switch, in addition to better handling, it will be better off-road and the towing capacity jumped by 600 lbs. to 5,600 lbs. […read more]

As tested it was $29,625, which at first I thought was a little pricey. But then I went back over the CX-3 equipment and thought that it is a small crossover with plenty of stuff. Things like all-wheel-drive, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring and lane departure alert made it well worth the price.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mazda CX-3

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The CX-3 was rated at 27 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. I stopped to gas up a few miles before I crossed into Indiana. I didn’t have a full tank of fuel when I left and the smaller the vehicle the smaller the gas tank; 11.9 gallons on the all-wheel-drive version, which is what I had. […read more]

Pilot Malorie Ligons (Photo by: theoklahomaeagle.net)
Community

Native Tulsan Malorie Ligons Truly Flying The Friendly Skies

OKLAHOMA EAGLE — Native Tulsan Malorie Ligons is soaring above the earth, literally. As a pilot for United Airlines, she has gone were only a few African American women have gone before. Ligons a graduate from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa is one of Tulsa North’s greatest alumnus. Ligons story is one of courage and valor. We asked Malorie Ligons to share a brief biography of her journey to become a female pilot in a male dominated industry. […read more]

The 2019 Edge could park itself – perpendicular or horizontally. It rode on a slick set of 20-inch alloy wheels. And it had evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control, voice controls and a premium audio system.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Ford Edge

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The 2019 Edge had a suite of safety equipment that has been branded Ford Co-Pilot360™. It included pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a lane-keeping system, and a rearview camera with cross-traffic alert and automatic LED high-beams. The Edge is Ford’s first utility vehicle with post-impact braking; rain-sensing windshield wipers were also standard. […read more]

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Law

Losing driver’s license to debt — 43 states allow suspensions due to unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? […read more]

Community

Bike hub opens at Culver City Expo Line station

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Bringing secure bicycle parking to one of the highest demand rail stations on the Westside, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the opening of a new Bike Hub at the Expo Line Station March 1. The $1.4-million, 1,600-plus square-foot facility is located near the city of Los Angeles and Culver City Expo Line bikeways for convenient access to and from local destinations. […read more]

Oh, the 2020 Corolla has its own Wi-Fi connect that can service five devices. It’s got a 24-hour live concierge service, remote connect, service connect and safety connect.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2020 Toyota Corolla

NNPA NEWSWIRE — More than 50 years later, 50 million plus copies have been sold worldwide, making the Corolla the best- selling car ever. And despite a market that has turned sharply towards crossovers and SUVs, Toyota vowed not to turn its back on sedans as it introduced the 12th generation of the Corolla. […read more]