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 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]

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]

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]

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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 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

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Cars: 2014 Cadillac CTS by Frank S. Washington

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – It was longer, lower and meaner than the car it replaced. The 2014 luxury sedan had aluminum doors, a 50-50 weight distribution between front and rear and it could be equipped with a dual turbocharged six-cylinder Read More

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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

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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