Frank S. Washington

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Tease photo 2017 Kia Forte SX 5 DR

The Kia Forte5 SX was a sharp looking five-door hatchback. It was a head turner; more than once did I notice people taking a second look at it.

Tease photo 2018 Hyundai Sonata

I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Hyundai’s 2018 Sonata last summer in Southern California. I walked away very impressed with the midsize sedan. After a week with the car in urban America I found that my first reaction was correct.

Tease photo 2019 Jeep Cherokee

The 2019 Jeep looked a lot better than the model it will replace. I was one of those folks who thought it looked a little funny. The DRLs were above the headlamps on the old model and the fog lamps were beneath. It looked a lot better than it sounds here but still it was love it or loath it styling.

Tease photo 2017 Nissan Titan

Strictly business is the first thought that came to mind during the week-long test drive of the 2017 Nissan Titan 5.6-liter Endurance V8 SV 4WD SC.

Tease photo 2018 Chevrolet Equinox AWD

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is part of the automaker’s effort to provide smaller but more powerful engines to get better fuel economy.

Tease photo 2017 Toyota Yaris iA

You wouldn’t think that there is much to say about a car that costs $16,815. But the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA was so nice that we actually forgot that its price was less than $20K

Tease photo 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392

As Dodge evolves into an affordable high performance brand much hoopla has been made over the Hellcat and the Demon. They are two Challengers that generate more than 700 and 800 horsepower respectively. Meanwhile, what I think is the best dollar per horsepower performance car coming out of Dodge, so far, generates little fanfare.

Tease photo 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

When Toyota folded its Scion brand it folded several of its cars into the Toyota fold. That’s a lot of folds but to put it simply there is now a 2017 Corolla iM.

Tease photo 2018 Volvo V90, S90, XC60

When Volvo picked us up at the airport I and my riding partner climbed into the back seats of what turned out to be a 2018 XC90 Excellence. It was the most luxurious utility vehicle I had ever been in.

Tease photo 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

Kia’s Cadenza falls just short of being a full size sedan but it is an all premium car. For the 2017 model year the Cadenza is stronger, lighter and more ridged, so said the press material. This is the second generation of the premium sedan and Kia has quietly made some important improvements.

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