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Author Archives: Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]

The Very Best SUV From Volkswagen

The model-year 2014 Audi SQ5 is the best SUV for you if you fantasize about turning a Golf R into a high-performance crossover. With all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension and unique details, this offering is a lot like a jacked-up ...

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7 Best SUVs For Moms

Upscale moms, practical moms, new moms, yes, soccer moms: props for all you do for your family. Here are seven 2014 SUVs – crossovers, to be precise — that should make it easier to handle all that loading and unloading ...

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7 Totally Redesigned 2014 Cars That Look Great

America’s new-car showrooms contain roughly 170 different 2014-model cars. Eighteen are new nameplates – the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-Benz CLA, for example — while 19 are fully redesigned versions of existing models. Here are the most successful of those redesigns. ...

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7 New 2016 Cars Under $20,000 That Make You Look Rich

Don’t be mislead by the $33,600 average transaction price for a new 2016 vehicle. That’s inflated by SUVs and big pickups, where $45,000 sticker prices are the norm. In reality, more than one-third of buyers will pay $17,000 to $26,000 ...

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The Best 2017 New Cars to Buy

A car must demonstrate leadership in value, dependability, performance, and safety to be among the best. All 20 on this list boast a solid blend of those virtues. From the frugal Honda Fit to the sensible Toyota Camry to the ...

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2014 Best Cheap SUVs

Cheap is relative. There are plenty of great new cars for under, say, $18,000, as demonstrated in CarPreview.com’s 2014 Best Cheap Cars. A new sporty-utility vehicle will cost more. How much more depends on variables such as size, brand, powertrain, ...

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2016 Best Cheap Cars – Top 10 Cars Under $20,000

No matter your automotive budget, there’s little substitute for the peace of mind that comes with a brand-new car and the new-car warranty that comes with it. Limit your search to $20,000 or less, and that security, along with the ...

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Smaller Outside, Bigger Inside, Better In Every Way. If You Can Find a Finer Subcompact Hatchback, Buy It

What changes make it different? Almost everything. Redesigned for the first time since model-year 2009, this subcompact hatchback gets sleeker styling, more power, better fuel economy, and additional features. It retains its mini-wagon profile and the aptly named “Magic Seat,” ...

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Upheaval: Can Less Weight, Smaller Engines, Higher Prices, And Cabs And Beds That Aren’t Made Of Steel Satisfy American Pickup Buyers?

What changes will make it different? Revolutionary ones. Fully redesigned for the first time since model-year 2009, it adopts a weight-saving aluminum body and offers two turbocharged V-6 engines – and ignites a debate about durability and repair costs. The ...

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2014 Subcompact Car Buying Guide

The 2014 Subcompact Car Buying Guide from CarPreview.com contains the newest and best in economical transportation. These are the smallest and generally least expensive rides on the road. Fuel economy is a virtue: most have EPA ratings over 30 miles ...

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2014 Compact Car Buying Guide

The 2014 Compact Car Guying Guide from CarPreview.com highlights affordable small cars that have never been more stylish, sophisticated, or efficient. These sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks are usefully larger than subcompact cars — but rival them for fuel economy. And ...

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Escape To Stand Pat For 2015, Awaiting Bigger Changes For ’16 And ’17

What changes will make it different? Not much, but expect a simplified version of the controversial MyFord Touch infotainment option. That’s a band-aid for one of the many high-tech features that help distinguish this popular compact crossover from less adventurous ...

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Small Car, Big Bandwidth: 4G LTE And Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot — At No Extra Cost — Coming To This Solid Subcompact

What changes will make it different? Superfast connectivity and a car that’s a mobile Internet hotspot, thanks to addition of 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi to the standard OnStar assistance system. Giving the top-trim LTZ model more zip – on ...

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Next-generation Ford Edge Prototypes on the Move

2015 Ford Edge Spy Shot

WHAT: The all-new version of Ford’s surprisingly popular midsize urban crossover. This would be just the first complete redesign of the Edge since its model-year 2007 introduction, and could signal a major shift in powertrain philosophy for the sporty five-passenger ...

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Spied: Porsche Macan

WHAT: A new all-wheel-drive crossover that’ll take Porsche into a fresh automotive category. Think of this as the baby Cayenne, similarly positioned as the driving-enthusiasts’ choice, but in a compact instead of a midsize package. Wearing familiar Porsche-SUV styling (though ...

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Unveiled: Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept

WHAT: Jaguar’s first SUV. This is the size and shape of the premium-midsize crossover Jaguar will send against the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Unveiling the C-X17 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar says it blends the ...

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The Lexus LF-NX Crossover Hybrid Concept previews Lexus’ BMW X3 Rival

Lexus LF-NX Concept

WHAT: This is the new premium-compact crossover from Lexus — in show-car duds. The LF-NX concept predicts the upscale “urban-centric” SUV that’ll slot below the popular midsize RX in Lexus’s lineup. Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, this five-seater ...

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Mercedes-Benz Previews Two-Door Range-Topper S-Class Coupe

WHAT: Out with the stately CL-Class, in with the sexy S-Class coupe. Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Concept S-Class is a thinly veiled take on the coming, full-size luxury four-seater from Mercedes-Benz. It’ll replace the CL-Class as ...

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Subaru Tests Next Outback Against Audi Allroad

All New Subaru Outback

WHAT: The first fully redesigned Outback since model-year 2009. Subaru will continue to march to its own beat, fashioning the next-gen Outback in the guise of a tall station wagon while giving it all the room and more of the ...

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Jaguar’s 3-Series Fighter Gets Rolling

Jaguar Q-Type

WHAT: Caught testing dressed in a modified XF body is Jaguar’s upcoming BMW 3-Series sized sedan. Likely called the Q-Type (or possibly the XS), the premium compact will make liberal use of weight-saving aluminum in its structure and outer skin. ...

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The All New Hyundai Sonata Spied

2015 Hyundai Sonata

WHAT: A re-engineered version of Hyundai’s popular midsize sedan. This seventh-generation Sonata is the South Korean automaker’s follow-up to the game-changing 2011 model, which introduced the brand’s flamboyant “Fluidic Sculpture” styling theme. It’ll follow the next phase of that approach, ...

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BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe Spy Shots

2014 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe

WHAT: “Gran Coupe” is BMW’s name for a four-door sedan with a sleek, fastback roofline, and the German automaker is expanding the body style to its compact 3 Series line. This follows the model-year 2013 introduction of the midsize 6 ...

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The 2014 Redesign Was Successful, If Unexciting. Now What Can They Do To Stay Ahead of the Honda Civic In Sales?

What changes will make it different? Very few. It’s expected to be a virtual rerun of the 2014 model, which was the first fully redesigned edition of this compact sedan since model-year 2009. It introduced sleeker styling, dramatically improved rear-seat ...

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