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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]

12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda Odyssey

1. What’s new for 2015? This stylish and accommodating minivan is unchanged following a modest revision for model-year 2014 that included addition of a six-speed automatic transmission and the much-publicized HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaning system. This remains one of the ...

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2015 BMW X5 Test Drive

The 2015 BMW X5 is the best SUV for you if you like being master of most of what you survey. This is a big, solid block of an SUV, proudly square in a field of increasingly rounded rivals. That ...

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Why the allroad Is a 2015 Audi Wagon And a Crossover

The 2015 Audi allroad is the best car for you if your ideal is a mix of station wagon and crossover SUV. Judging by its very modest sales numbers it isn’t the ideal of a great number of people. But ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Kia Sorento

1. What’s new for 2016? A bigger, better-looking body, a more sophisticated interior, and addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder-engine option. This is the first all-new version of this midsize crossover since model-year 2011 and the South Korean automaker aims to ...

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2015 Acura TLX Test Drive

The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you want to be a part of Acura’s return to the front ranks of sports sedans. It’s been a while — probably since at least 2008, with the last of ...

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Don’t buy before learning what makes these 21 the best 2015 cars

Here are the best 2015 cars in seven key automotive segments. Overall excellence and value for the dollar are our guiding principles. The base-price range includes the manufacturers’ destination fee, which average around $800. Fuel-economy ratings are the EPA city/highway ...

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Choose Your Adventure: Small or Large Crossover, Regular or Sport

The Hyundai Santa Fe for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you want a crossover that’s probably under your radar but likely to exceed your expectations. In fact, Hyundai thinks the vehicle is so nice, it named ...

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You’re Gonna Like the Way You Look: Good Thing This Car Is More Than a Pretty Face. Next Big Changes Are a Year Off

What changes will make it different? Probably very few, considering updated styling and features are coming for model-year 2017. This sporty midsize sedan will likely continue mechanically unaltered as well. Why should I wait for the 2016 model? Little reason, ...

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Running In Place: Can Great Road Manners And a Euro Attitude Sustain This Compact Crossover Until Its Next Big Update?

  What changes will make it different? A midcycle update is coming, likely reaching showrooms during the first half of calendar 2016. The revamped edition of this popular, fun-to-drive compact SUV likely will be labeled a 2017 model, though there’s ...

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11 Best Cars For Baby Boomers

With the kids graduated from college and moving on in life, it’s time to dump the old family car for a shiny new ride. Consider it reward for a job well done. Here are 11 models in as many categories ...

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The V60’s Look Has Been Modernized To Compete With the New-Age Family Movers

The model-year 2015 Volvo V60 is the best car for you if you don’t remember—or don’t care—that the company’s station wagons once looked like they were built of Legos. Today’s designers are intent on making you forget that celebration of ...

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Status Quo Is Kept With the Updated Tundra

The Toyota Tundra for model-year 2014 is the best truck for you if you want a revamped pickup that still seems to be searching for its identity. With revised styling and more features, this is the most extensive update since ...

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The Heart of the Kia Lineup Gets Major Revisions

The model-year 2014 Soul is the best car for you if want a small hatchback with an edgy attitude but mainstream attributes. You may not realize it at first glance, but this is the most extensively redesigned Soul since Kia ...

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Mild To Wild: How Radically Different Will This Midsize Sedan’s Looks And Powertrains Turn Out?

What changes will make it different? Styling and the likely addition of an unusual gas-electric hybrid. This popular midsize sedan was last all-new for model-year 2013 and is on path for its next full redesign around model-year 2019. That leaves ...

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Will Sharper Styling And Better Gas Mileage Improve the 2016 Accord

What changes will make it different? Probably styling and possibly a powertrain upgrade. This popular midsize four-door sedan and two-door coupe are due a freshening and it’ll likely come for model-year 2016. Look for designers to lift a few exterior ...

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Improved Fuel Economy Highlights the Updated Sedan

The model-year 2014 Jetta is the best car for you if you want the version that Volkswagen should have been offering since model-year 2011. That’s when Volkswagen reinvented the Jetta, inflating it up from a cramped little jewel to a ...

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Smaller, Longer and Better Gas Mileage For the Next Generation Crossover

The Acura MDX for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you agree that sometimes less is more. Fully redesigned for the first time since model-year 2007, Acura’s flagship crossover is lower, narrower, lighter,and less powerful than the ...

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Is This German Legend Getting By On Reputation?

The model-year 2014 BMW 3 Series is the best car for you if you’re intrigued by an icon that’s gone from magisterial to a little mysterious. For decades this line of compact German sports sedans and coupes was the undisputed ...

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Bigger With Better Fuel Economy And Award-Winning Driving Experience: The All-New Range Rover Sport

The model-year 2014 Range Rover Sport is the best SUV for you if a BMW X5 is too predictable, a Mercedes-Benz M Class too prudent and a Porsche Cayenne too provocative. It’s also for you if you find ads about ...

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European Road-Manners And a Tight Back Seat For This American CR-V Fighter

The model-year 2014 Ford Escape is the best compact crossover for you if you’re willing to give up some interior space to get terrific road manners. You’ll also need to acquire a taste for some—um—ambitious styling inside and out, and ...

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Inexpensive But Quality. A New Look For GM

The Chevrolet Sonic for model-year 2014 is the best car for you if you need inexpensive transportation but don’t want a cheap car. Who says an American company can’t build a subcompact every bit as good as a Nissan, Hyundai ...

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Sedan or Hatchback? Either Way Its A Sporty Small Car

The model-year 2014 Ford Fiesta is the best economy car for you if can sacrifice subcompact roominess for subcompact sportiness. The car gets a restyled nose for model-year 2014, and under the hood is a big surprise in a small ...

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The All-New Toyota Highlander Acts Like a Minivan But Looks Like SUV

The model-year 2014 Highlander is the best crossover for you if you want a family wagon that looks like an SUV but acts a lot like a minivan. This popular crossover gets its first significant updates since model-year 2008. Its ...

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Nissan’s Second-Generation Rogue Takes a Step Forward In Styling

This is the best SUV for you if you want a compact crossover trying to make the transformation from frog to prince. Rogue is redesigned for the first time since Nissan introduced it for model-year 2008. It makes big strides ...

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12 Steps to Getting the Best Deal on a New Car

Shopping for a new car needn’t be stressful if you’re organized and do your homework. Take a positive approach to the process and focus on the excitement of the experience, rather than the stress of negotiating the deal. Here are ...

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The Tahoe and Yukon Can Seat 8 And Haul A House

The model-year 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are the best SUVs for you if you wonder what it might be like had dinosaurs not gone extinct. Full-size, body-on-frame SUVs are the fossils of the automotive world. Built like trucks, ...

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The Luxury Audi A3 Could Just As Easily Be a Top-Of-the-Line Volkswagen

The model-year 2015 A3 is the best car for you if you’re hip to an emerging category that’s putting some of the most glamorous names in motoring on small, sporty and expensive cars. We’re talking about Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac and ...

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The Range Rover Evoque is Comfortable At the Country Club or On the Backroads

The Evoque for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you like your style with substance. Evoque looks like an auto-show concept car, but it’s most assuredly at home on real roads. And being a Range Rover, it’s ...

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14 Best Cheap Cars to Buy This Summer

Sticking to a budget doesn’t mean getting stuck with a dull car. These 14 are “cheap” – their average starting price is $17,100 (and that includes the manufacturers’ destination fees, which average around $795). But they’re also intriguing: sensible sedans, ...

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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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