The Best, and the Worst, Rides of the Year

, MiataBy John Miller and Lynn Beckwith What makes a car or pick up the best, or the worst? How do you pick the best car for you? There are basic metrics that you can find in a hundred different reviews, articles, and maker’s websites. The selection may vary considerably based on the driver’s needs and budget. Let’s not forget … Read More

Buying a New Car the Smart Way

2019 Dodge Durango GT an SUV with attitude

By; John Miller Lynn Beckwith If you are considering buying a new car in your future, there are a couple of things you should remember. Make sure that you are buying what you want, and some slick salesman isn’t selling the car he wants to get off the lot. Selecting your new car can be a daunting task, fraught with … Read More

2019 Toyota Avalon, Quietly Awesome

2019 Avalon LED Headlamp

Avalon has been redesigned for 2019 with a sleeker body riding on a longer, wider, stiffer frame resulting in one of the best rides I have had this year. Our test car was the top of the line Limited Hybrid with a sticker price of a bit over 44K. The Avalon comes in the base XLE trim, the sporty XSE, … Read More

Toyota Safety Sense; Life Saving Technology

TSS Logo

We had the opportunity to speak with Wayne Powell, VP of electronic systems for Toyota North America. Wayne explained the Toyota Safety Sense Systems and the goal of no accidents that drives Toyota’s efforts. The Safety sense system includes collision avoidance, automatic high beam headlamps, lane keeping and warning, active distance keeping cruise control and pedestrian warning. combined they help … Read More

2018 Toyota Camry, America’s Most Popular Sedan

Camrys comng and going

2018 Toyota Camry, America’s Most Popular Sedan The Toyota Camry has long been America’s best selling sedan and for 2018 Toyota released a full redesign from chassis up to keep their bread and butter four door at the top of the sales charts. There is no single reason for the Camry success. It is not the sportiest, nor the most … Read More

Something for Everyone, DFW Auto Show

New RAM Lone Star Sport

Whether you sip champagne for breakfast or are managing on a beer budget there was a transportation answer at the DFW Auto Show. Under the roof of the Kay Baily Hutchinson Convention center three hundred and fifty thousand dollar Bentleys rubbed elbows with sixteen thousand dollar KIA’s. No matter which end of the price spectrum you fit the theme seemed … Read More

2017 Prius, The Hybrid Standard Setter

Rear of Prius

The Toyota Prius has set the standard for what is expected from a gas/electric hybrid powered automobile since its introduction. The Prius continues to refine the performance and comfort of driving an ecologically friendly vehicle. Our test car was the 2017 Prius Four touring, the top of the line of 7 models offered in the basic Prius lineup. In addition … Read More

2017 RAV4, the Urban SUV

2017 RAV4 Platinum

2017 Toyota RAV 4 Platinum all wheel drive compact CUV is a bit of a disappointment, but still a solid offering in the class. As a pioneer in the small utility vehicle market Toyota has done little to fight off the encroachment of Mazda, Subaru and Ford. The only place the 2017 RAV4 leads the class is in safety technology, … Read More

Toyota 86, the FR-S lives on

Subaru Boxer Engine with Toyota logo

2017 Toyota “86” The Sports Car formerly known as the Scion FR-S lives on as the Toyota 86. Toyota kept the popular rear wheel drive scooter, with minor changes, providing driving enthusiasts with a viable alternative to the Mazda Miata and the 86’s brother, the Subaru BRZ. First offered in 2012 as the Scion FR-S the Toyota 86 saw few … Read More

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Avalon dash showing 40 mpg

2016 Avalon Hybrid Toyota has all but perfected hybrid technology and the 2016 Avalon Limited Hybrid is an example of the best that is available today. The Avalon is a full size sedan offering roomy comfort, high end amenities and excellent fuel economy in an affordable package. To find a comparable sized car in a true hybrid you would have … Read More