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2013 Dodge Journey Crew – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Company website: http://www.dodge.com/en/2013/journey/ Price: Starting at $27,995 The crossover segment continues to be competitive as ever with more families looking to them as the answer for a vehicle that’s large enough to haul both people and stuff without being quite as large as a full-sized SUV. Specs:  3.6L V6 engine Automatic transmission […]

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition: Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Company website: http://www.mazdausa.com Blue skies, leaves turning, the smell of a far-off fireplace, miles of pavement in front of you, beckoning you to drive it – but you need to go topless as there is a greater sense of being alive when you’re in the elements. This is fall-driving and whenever you […]

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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton http://www.subaru.com Subaru owners are perhaps the most loyal I know of – I got a good idea of this when my younger brother, purchased one a number of years ago. There’s a special bond that seems to occur between these all-wheel-drive cars and their respective owners. This 2012 2.0i Premium is a […]

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Website: http://www.vw.com Watch the video below for details you won’t get in the written copy: Out of all the SUV’s in this price range that I’ve driven so far, the VW Tiguan has got to be my favorite. Why? Well for starters it’s got that sassy “German feel” to everything about it. From […]

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2012 Nissan Rogue SL AWD – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Website: http://www.nissanusa.com With the smaller-sized crossover SUV market on-fire, it’s becoming even more paramount for auto makers to find ways of distinguishing their offerings. This 2012 Rogue SL by Nissan has some nice features inside and out to make it a compelling vehicle to consider. Specs: All Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Engine […]

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2013 Acura RDX – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Website: http://www.acura.com The 2013 RDX has a few cool changes to the vehicle, the most obvious is the powerful V6 engine that really gets it up and moving in no time at all. This bonus, however, does come at a bit of a cost in the AWD system in that it goes […]

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton The smaller-sized crossover SUV market is on fire right now and Mazda hopes to grab a big slice of that pie with its current CX-5 Sport edition. It’s a very capable vehicle for its size and does an admirable job of capturing the “Mazda Zoom-Zoom” feel to it.. Mazda has done a […]

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2012 Nissan Quest – Impressions

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2012 Buick Regal GS – Impressions

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2012 Mercedes S350 Bluetec – Impressions

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2012 Volkswagon Beetle Turbo – Impressions

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2012 Infiniti FX35 – Impressions

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2012 Audi A7 – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Company website: www.audi.com Audi is a brand that’s been a “driver’s car” brand since its inception – it takes legendary “German handling”, kicks it up a few notches all while doing a masterful job with sport and luxury. Specs: Engine & Performance Base engine size: 3.0 L Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC) […]

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Host Studios in-bottle, variable aerator – Review

By Sarah Bagdon Company website: http://hoststudios.com/ Price: $25 So many wine products out there making pretty bold claims – that we here at WineFoot tend to curb on the cautious side when it comes to those kinds of products. Host Studios, located in Seattle WA, have a new in-bottle aerator on the market and to […]

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2012 Volkswagon Passat TDI SE – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton Stinky and noisy – two words that all too many have in their heads when discussing diesel but those are words of yesteryear and the 2012 Passat TDI is here to help abolish these adjectives about diesel. Rated at 40+ MPG on the freeway, it has no problems passing hundreds of miles […]

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2012 Mazda 3 5-door – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton The $20k price range continues to be a sweet-spot for those looking to save a lot on a new car such as college students and young families as well as teens and this Mazda 3 really does a good job of footing the bill. Specs: 2.0L 4-cyl. engine Automatic transmission Up to […]

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2012 Mazda 5 Sport – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton With its 5 Sport, Mazda is really hitting a neat little niche that other car makers seem to be avoiding – a “mini, minivan” that has a manual transmission and comes in a compact size. Specifications: Engine type: 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT Horsepower: 157 hp @ 6000 rpm Torque: 163 lb-ft […]

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2012 Fiat 500 Sport – Impressions

When I was growing up, the name Fiat meant cars like the X1/9 and Spider which to me – at the ripe old age of 12 – meant super-fun cars that seemed to haul ass. Little did I know at the time that  Fiat was one of the leading car manufacturers in Italy and had […]

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2011 KIA Optima Hybrid – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton So the look of the KIA Optima has created a huge buzz – I get it – why shouldn’t it? It has an ultra-aggressive look yet still has a good sense of refinement. In fact, out of all the sedans I look at lest year, the Optima SX Turbo was one of […]

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE – Impressions

By Duane Pemberton   Price: $23,285 Engine: 2.4L MIVEC in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing Unleaded fuel Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 22 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 388 mi. range Multi-point fuel injection 15.5gallon fuel tank Power (SAE): 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 167 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 […]

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