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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 CaliforniaWeekend.com | 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


2012 Ford Explorer: A true new age SUV

Once the icon of the SUV movement in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Ford Explorer dropped off the new car-buying map. A casualty of high fuel prices, the economic downturn and the environmental movement, Explorer was sent back to the drawing board.

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


Putting on the Ritz in Laguna Nigel

Not too many hotels get songs written about them, and far fewer are memorialized the way Irving Berlin did the Ritz Hotel with his song and Broadway play by the same name: "Puttin' on the Ritz." It's actually a slang term that means dressing fashionably. Then there's the slang adjective "ritzy" meaning "luxuriously elegant."

May 16, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


2013 Kia Rio: New designs for subcompact

New to Kia Country is the 2013 Rio.

May 09, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Mother's Day don'ts range from dish gloves to Cougar shirts

NEW YORK (AP) - What were they thinking? Through plastic smiles or gritted teeth, moms have to suck it up sometimes when Mother's Day means a gifted toilet, unsolicited wash tub or anti-aging cream.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Bus tour brings fake RI 'Family Guy' town to life

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Quahog, R.I., the fictional hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional "Family Guy" relatives, is coming to life.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Bus tour brings fake RI 'Family Guy' town to life

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Quahog, R.I., the fictional hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional "Family Guy" relatives, is coming to life.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


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