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2017 volkswagen passat

Passat at Hermosa Inn

I was so happy to pull into the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Phoenix only to find an equally beautiful 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SEL Premium waiting for me to test-drive for the week.

The Passat was the first car we bought our son when he turned 16 so I have fond memories of it — especially how safe it felt during a couple of harrowing moments (only to me) when I drove with him on the freeway for the first time.

We had done a lot of research so we knew it had high safety ratings and was a great car for a teenage boy.

Apparently, it’s always a great car for a 50-something woman. [Read more…]

2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. [Read more…]

the gift(s) of the mazda cx-5 grand touring awd

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

I have to admit I felt bad when I saw my husband’s reaction to the Mazda CZ-5 Grand Touring AWD as it pulled up in front of our house. [Read more…]

fun days in the 2017 hyundai santa fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Thanksgiving is a time for family so I was very happy to be able to drive the Hyundai 2017 Santa Fe when my kids and their significant others were home for the holidays last week. In fact, I was almost as excited to see the car pull into my driveway as I was to see my kids pull in.

After all, Hyundai is the sister of my beloved Kia. [Read more…]

2017 hyundai elantra limited

Hyundai Elantra Camelback desert

I had no idea, when I got behind the wheel of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for the first time, it would prove to be the perfect car for my week-long spa trip through Arizona.

Sure, it was beautiful in its Shale Gray Metallic glory but it was so much deeper than that. [Read more…]

2106 hyundai tucson limited

Hyundai Tucson side

Here’s the funny thing about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited.

I usually take photos throughout the week of the cars I’m reviewing but I felt so at home in this one that I kept forgetting it wasn’t mine!

Honestly, it feels just like my Kia Sorento’s younger and slighter smaller sibling. Which means I love it. [Read more…]

introducing the 2017 buick lacrosse

Buick new insignia

Welcome to the new face of Buick.

After two streamlined decades, that iconic tri-shield insignia — inspired by David Dunbar Buick’s family crest — has gotten a makeover. It’s returned to its colorful roots to pay homage to the company’s storied history. What do you think of it?

I got to see the big reveal on the beautiful new 2017 Buick LaCrosse at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. For me, it was a full-circle moment and the perfect way to end my year-long #ExperienceBuick program. [Read more…]

2016 hyundai sonata hybrid

Hyundai Sonata

I loved the Hyundai Sonata when I test drove it last year, so I was very excited to try out the new 2016 Hybrid on my recent trip to Arizona.

And — surprise! — I may have liked this one even better.

Before I give you the details, let me set the mood with a little, well, sonata. Go ahead and turn up the volume so you can enjoy some Mozart while you read. [Read more…]

from palate to palette: buick and the nyc wine and food festival!

Buick EAT

I’ve loved being a Buick blogger this year and when Michael and I were invited to attend the New York City Wine and Food Festival to learn why a car company would sponsor a culinary event, I knew I was with the right brand.

Cars inspired by food? I’m in. [Read more…]

mazda6 grand touring edition

Mazda6 driveway

There’s something about the Mazda6 that just makes you want to get in the car and go somewhere.

Maybe it’s the sporty look, maybe it’s the “zoom zoom” that seems to whisper every time you glance at it.

Whatever it is, it gave us a serious case of wanderlust.

Last year around this time, Michael and I took the 2015 Mazda6 on a fantastic road trip to Long Beach. This year, after serendipitously getting tickets to a taping of Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions in Los Angeles (maybe this happened because the 2016 model they gave us to review this year was Soul Red), we decided to honor the Mazda6 Grand Touring name with a grand tour of Southern California. [Read more…]