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2015 Nissan Versa Note: Inexpensive but not cheap

2015 Nissan Versa Note is smart choice among entry level cars.

It doesn’t seem like the Nissan Versa has been around for nine years. What might be the confusion (at least for me) is the Nissan Versa Note (the hatchback version). It debuted in the summer of 2013 as a 2014 model to replace the Nissan Versa hatcback. And with the 2015 Nissan Versa Note, the ... Read More »

Ford F-150 again tops best-selling vehicle list

The 2014 Honda Acord was named the 2014 Green Car of the Year

The Ford F-150 pick-up truck and the Toyota Corolla don’t appear to have much in common. But they do. The Ford-150 had been made for 67 years; the Toyota Corolla is now 43 years old. The two enduring vehicles are perennially on the top-10 selling vehicle list in the United States. Although 2014 totals won’t ... Read More »

2014 Cadillac ELR: What was GM thinking?

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Four years after it debuted as a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2014 Cadillac ELR hybrid was released to the public as General Motors’ latest effort to make its large powerful machines environmentally viable. From its long reputation as a big car acquired only after achieving big success ... Read More »

Honda Odyssey, Ford Flex among 10 best family cars

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Minivans take a bad rap. They’re the ultimate family cars and have sometimes been referred to as “loser cruisers” or the vehicles of choice for overprotective soccer moms who carry endless supplies of juice packs. The less-than stellar reputation is unfair, however. Minivans make ideal family vehicles. They’re more economical in some instances than family ... Read More »