The bigger the Mazda the sleeker the look; thus, with the CX-5, a midsize crossover, the smooth flowing design was more distinct. But there was far more to the experience of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 than the way it looked. (Photo: Frank Washington / AboutThatCar.com
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mazda CX-5

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Mazda certainly has struck a chord with its CX-5 crossover. I went to the barbershop to get the little hair I have left cut and a manicurist, and her customer, stopped me as I entered and asked me the make of the vehicle I had parked in front. […read more]

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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]

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]

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]

A designer told me years ago that the interior is where luxury is conveyed and the Mazda CX-9 struck me as a premium vehicle.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mazda CX-9

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Style is not a shortcoming with Mazda. The smooth lines of the company’s KODO soul of motion design have been transferred to the larger CX-9 nicely. The signature look; a long nose, short rump and arching curves over the wheel wells have been proportioned so that the CX-9 does not look like an oversized station wagon. […read more]

Transportation

Car Review: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 1.5

By Frank S. Washington (NNPA News Wire Transportation Writer) DETROIT – When Chevrolet offered us the chance to test-drive the 2016 Malibu LT 1.5, we responded with a resounding, “yes.” The numeric stands for a 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that made 160 horsepower and Read More

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Car Review: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

By Frank S. Washington NNPA News Wire Automobiles Columnist DETROIT – Apprehension came with the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. It was winter, at least technically, and in these parts, that means snow. We had the coupe version of the car. But four doors or two doors Read More