Ford Explorer — 25 years of advancements

By David Finkelstein

I can't help but reflect on when I drove the Ford Explorer for the first time many years ago. I was hosting a radio show on CBS back then and trying to explain to my audience the highlighted details on precisely what an Explorer was all about! Based on feedback, I clearly felt that my listeners were captivated on what I had to say about this all new product.

Nissan Altima — Refreshed styling, new features

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The approach over the past few decades — especially in such large segments as the mid-sized family sedan — has been to build a car with a five-year cycle, endowing it with a smattering of new technology and some exterior and interior styling tweaks in the third or fourth year of the cycle to keep buyers interested. But it seems the times are changing. Mid-cycle refreshening has been ratcheted up a notch.

Audi TT — Technologically advanced sports car

By David Finkelstein

The expressive 2016 Audi TT Coupe as well as its sister Roadster Convertible clearly equate to a no compromise sports car in every way. From its design to it's signature passing power and performance, TT drives and handles with welcomed precision. No doohickey gimmickry here — just a well crafted automobile loaded with pleasurable creature comforts.

Lincoln MKX — An impressive crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The newly named Lincoln Motor Car Company came stumbling out of the blocks in 2013 with an all-new MKZ mid-sized sedan that missed the mark. Lincoln got it right a year later with its second all-new product, the MKC compact crossover. Although based on the Ford Escape, we felt Lincoln had "escaped" the rebadged feeling with a solid upscale vehicle. The MKC delivers the goods in styling, interior comfort and driving dynamics.

Scion iM — The new look of Scion

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The iconic xB box and a no-haggle "pure price" mono-spec trim shopping experience defined the Scion brand when it entered the U.S. automotive scene in 2003 aimed at younger buyers — a brand within a brand at Toyota stores. It seemed the Japanese company was on to something as Scion enjoyed initial success.

2016 Range Rover Td6 diesel

SEDONA, Ariz. — Range Rovers are sold around the world, and fully half of them are equipped with diesel engines. In the Queen’s motherland, that number soars to fully 90 percent. Now, for the first time, the folks at Jaguar/Land Rover are introducing diesel powertrains to the U.S. market.
Both the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport can now be purchased with a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine.

Kia Optima — Solid advancement

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Kia Optima was the object of an extreme makeover for the 2011 model year under the direction of chief designer Peter Schreyer evolving from a nondescript ugly duckling mid-sized sedan devoid of emotional attachment into a head-turning automobile, a standout among its large cadre of rivals. The restyling — both inside and out — turned the Optima into a mid-sized segment rock star, one of the most dramatic turnarounds in industry history.

Nissan Altima — Refreshed for 2016

By David Finkelstein

With remarkable sales growth for a number of years in a row, Nissan Motors is offering the 2016 four door Altima to consumers after an extensive mid-cycle product freshening.This includes a number of changes with the sedans exterior “new look/design language” that helps support the vehicle's position as clearly being in the Nissan product mix.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

INDIANAPOLIS — Chevy Malibu is a storied nameplate, dating to 1964, with generations behind it — some icons and others bombs.  Two generations ago, Malibu debuted with elegant European styling, two-tone interiors, and rear legroom that was the envy of mainstream mid-sizers.  Then, Chevrolet moved Malibu to its shorter mid-size architecture and gave it granny styling that crunched rear legs and left it blending into a sea of sculpted competitors.  It wasn’t a bad car — just boring.  That changes for 2016.

2016 Nissan Sentra

DANA POINT, Calif. — Refreshed and raring to go, the 2016 Nissan Sentra isn’t the benchmark in the compact segment, but its impressive fuel economy, roomy cabin and affordable price put it firmly in the hunt. Justifying spending all the extra dough on a hybrid when the Sentra and several others deliver solid mileage numbers with a conventional gasoline engine may not make sense. Why spend an extra three or four grand on a hybrid scheme when you can get 30 mpg to 34 mpg in combined city-highway driving? That’s what Sentra delivers.