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Toyota Yaris: More attitude, more fun

I drove it like my dad paid for the insurance and tires, but the Toyota Yaris SE wouldn't whimper or whine. I didn't set out to harm the little car, but it had a smirky attitude and wanted to run. So I obliged.

June 06, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road

Port makes visit to San Diego even more appealing

SAN DIEGO - As if San Diego needed to give visitors any more reasons to visit what many people already consider paradise, the Port of San Diego has begun sprucing up portions of the waterfront that will make this part of the city look like one big bayside theme park.

June 06, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Taking a test drive: Do it right

When shopping for a new or used car, the test drive is an essential part of the process. While the test drive may be exciting, experts advise car shoppers keep emotions in check and evaluate the car in its entirety to make a good purchase decision.

May 31, 2012 | | On The Road

The Scion iQ: A small car that works

As small cars start to gain acceptance from American drivers, Scion has entered the market with a new one that ranks high on intelligence – the iQ. As the name implies, this little car has some smart features and is much more than simply small and economical.

May 30, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Take Chevy out for a Cruze

After spending time in the Chevrolet Cruze locally, we thought it might be a good car for a road trip we planned from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast. Often small cars are not comfortable for extended trips, but the Cruze is a nice comfortable size, very economical and has all the conveniences that make extended time in the car more pleasant.

May 30, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Great lake getaways in California

There's plenty of warm summer weather ahead so it's the perfect time to look at lake destinations for your summer and fall getaways. California is blessed to have beautiful lakes in almost every region of the state, but we have chosen three lakes in particular that offer a special combination of clear, inviting water, spectacular scenery and lakefront charm.

May 30, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Chevy's Sonic subcompact gives big returns

There's a little game I like to play when I first get into a test car. It's called "Guess the Price" - and it can help or hurt the first impression. It's the dollar number that I'd pay for the vehicle - and often I'm wrong, on the low side.

May 24, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD | On The Road

New & improved BMW 3 Series sedan

It must be tough being a BMW planner or engineer working on the 3 Series. The car has been considered the benchmark for the sport sedan category for umpteen years and a top pick on nearly every "best" list. In addition, every manufacturer building a sport sedan is out to take a chunk of the BMW sales -- they must be paranoid.

May 23, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Buick Regal: High way with finesse, force

How many couples do we all know who gave up the fun car when the first kid came along?

May 23, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road

Making plans for a California patriotic getaway

We're coming up on the most time of the year and it's not too late to make plans for a very special Fourth of July. Certain towns and places in California have better patriotic vibes than others and, if you're interested in a Mayberry USA Fourth of July – or some time paying homage to one of our nation's great military generals – we have some suggestions for you. First a couple of patriotic towns:

May 23, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Having fun like kids, without kids, at Disneyland

ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland is not just for sugar-soaked kids. Consider, all you grown-up women out there, going for a gals' day out.

May 23, 2012 | | On The Road

Buick Regal: High way with finesse, force

How many couples do we all know who gave up the fun car when the first kid came along?

May 23, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road

Call of Duty: Pure Jeep

For years, the Jeep Wrangler boasted the highest resale value in its segment.

May 16, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Buick Enclave: Helping lead Buick renaissance

Not too many years ago, it was popular to brandish the famous advertising slogan, "It's not your father's Oldsmobile". However, buyers must have liked their father's Oldsmobile better, because they did not buy enough of the new ones and of course, a few years later the 107-year old brand was buried.

May 16, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Fiat 500 Abarth: What’s not to love?

Automotive press introductions are a great place to listen to a bunch of self-proclaimed "auto experts" expound and argue the merits of the last new car they drove, or the fastest, or perhaps the short coming of the car we are currently driving .

May 16, 2012 | By BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

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Chevy Sonic takes off 20%

The refreshed 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LT can now be had with 20 percent off MSRP at Steves Chevrolet-Buick, 1285 E. F St. in Oakdale.

August 03, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

History buffs celebrate forgotten Revolutionary War General Greene

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - History buffs have one wish on the 275th birthday of a Revolutionary War general: That he'll get the recognition he ...

August 03, 2017 | | On The Road

London’s secret postal railway

LONDON (AP) - London's newest tourist attraction is perfect for underground explorers. It's not ideal for the claustrophobic.

August 03, 2017 | | On The Road

Demand overseas keeps Mustang on top despite lower sales in USA

DETROIT (AP) - On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near ...

August 03, 2017 | | On The Road

Ferrari CEO opens door on building crossover vehicle

MILAN (AP) - Ferrari's chief executive told investors Wednesday that the luxury sports car maker will look at building a crossover utility vehicle, but promised ...

August 03, 2017 | | On The Road


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