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Ford police vehiclesIn just two years, Ford has revolutionized the police vehicle market by equipping many of its Police Interceptor lineup with standard all-wheel drive, which works full-time for greater mobility and security; adding more fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engines; and introducing two new body styles — including a popular utility vehicle. read more »

 

Replacing the state gas tax with a road usage charge would mean all drivers would pay the same rate per number of miles driven, regardless of what type of vehicle they drive. (Tim Kelly Photo)Driving vehicles that get better gas mileage — whether all-electric cars, hybrids, or regular sedans, pickups and SUVs manufactured to meet higher fuel-efficiency standards — seems obviously beneficial.

However, the positive formula of people buying less gas to drive the same number of miles has a consequence for the public roads system, which is funded and maintained by the per-gallon tax motorists pay at the gas pump. read more »

 
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2014 Kia SoulWhen the Kia Soul debuted in 2009, it joined the Scion xB and Nissan Cube in that unique market niche defined by the cool factor, funky styling, low prices, and youthful spirit. A mere five years later, we’re watching xB and Cube follow the Honda Element into oblivion. Meanwhile, the Kia Soul continues to enjoy strong sales momentum.

With an eye towards holding on to the hipsters — which seemingly include as many Boomers as Millennials — Kia introduced a new Soul for the 2014 model year that’s been heavily redesigned, with updated styling inside and out, — plus a host of new features. read more »

 
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2014 Jaguar F-TypeIt took five decades for Jaguar to market a successor to the iconic ’60s E-Type, but the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type is a noble heir. The new F-Type is a serious performance car that’s also gorgeous. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type has all the benefits of a half-century of technological innovations packed into an evocative body. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type has it all: performance, style, comfort, luxury, and safety. read more »

 

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors has earned the ardor of investors and the highest U.S. safety ratings. It can also add the honor of having the best-reviewed car of the year by automobile testers at Consumer Reports.

Tesla’s battery-powered Model_S beat the Audi A6, Toyota Prius and BMW 328i in Consumer Reports’ annual ranking, becoming the first U.S. car to receive a “best overall” pick, the independent product-testing magazine said this week. The reviewers singled out the Model_S for its “blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride and versatile cabin.”

“It’s truly a groundbreaking car,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing who oversaw this year’s review of 260 vehicles. “You get into it, and it really stands out. It’s the very best car I’ve ever driven.” read more »

 
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2014 Honda AccordWe recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Honda Accord EX-L standard gas version, and the TRG gas/electric hybrid version of the EX-L in back-to back weeks. Both cars were similarly equipped, and this will be a comparison review.

Both an all-new Accord sedan and coupe were introduced last year, and only minor updates have been made for 2014. However this year saw the debut of a regular gas/electric hybrid model and a limited-production, plug-in hybrid as well. read more »

 
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2014 Toyota TundraThe 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax pickup is big — American big. I grew up with the concept that Japanese pickups were small, spartan mini-trucks that were best for commuting and occasional light-duty hauling. That’s no longer the case as both Toyota and Nissan are strongly entrenched in the full-size American style pickup market.

You could say that the new Tundra is Texas big as it’s built in San Antonio, Texas, USA. read more »

 

When the final figures for 2013 are tabulated, sales of battery-electric and plug-in vehicles in the United States are expected to nearly double 2012’s totals, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a trade group based in Washington, D.C. Even so, that is fewer than 100,000 vehicles, in a year when the industry is on track to comfortably top 15 million sales.

There is no denying that cars with plugs are finding more buyers, a positive development in the eyes of environmentalists. Still, the high points of 2013 were sometimes offset by setbacks. For instance, tepid sales of several EV models, as well as the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, had automakers slashing prices by thousands of dollars. read more »

 
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2014 Buick LaCrosseModel Tested: 2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium

Engine: 3.6-liter V-6, 304-horsepower 264 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive

EPA Ratings: 18-mpg city/ 28-mpg highway

Base Price: $38,810

As Tested: $45,595 read more »

 
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