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Auto Word: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Looks Like Hollywood, Rolls like Main Street

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Cadillac's reborn XT5 crossover looks like Hollywood and rolls with good Midwestern values.

Cadillac says it developed the XT5 from the inside out, and the result is a far more luxurious and drivable midsize five-seater than the SRX it replaces. Cadillac crossovers now wear the "XT" designation, which stands for "cross touring."

There are many...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S is a Life-Proofed SUV for Five and Their Gear

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

If ever there were a disruptor in the chain of traditional thinking, it is the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. It is not likely this British purveyor of luxury automobiles needs a luxury-performance off-roading all-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle. But the F-Pace will become an elite recruiter for a new generation of Jaguar.

The F-Pace is not merely a ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Evoque Convertible has Street Style and Land Rover Skills

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

I take back all the snarky quips I made when I first saw the Land Rover Evoque convertible at its L.A. auto show debut last year. It looked high-sided, bricklike and awkward. "Who would take this luxury trinket off road?" I muttered, while eyeballing its tall back end. It seemed like a piece of pricey jewelry surely headed to extinction in the ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T is a contemporary commuter with a 600-mile range

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T: A contemporary commuter with a 600-mile range

With a cruising range of around 600 miles, the VW Passat 1.8T is a logical replacement for all who once loved their diesel-powered Passat.

I just finished a week in a Passat 1.8T R-Line, which is one step up from the base model. The tester's $24,795 starting price is a ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Ford Escape: Subtle Fixes to a Cash Calf

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Escape is a cash calf for Ford as its biggest seller next to the F-Series pickup trucks, its cash cow.

So it's no wonder why Ford keeps its compact-class Escape updated and with access to a range of advanced safety and driver-aid technologies. It brought out a freshened 2017 Escape with some customer-derived tweaks and improvements and ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman is Motoring Grown Up, Not Old

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Living small is a lifestyle choice you understand or just don't get. Little houses, small portions and living within our means today can all seem so un-American.

But the Germany-infused British stalwart Mini brand is a counter-statement and a backbone of doing more with less. Its small cars are cultural icons and teacups of transportation in a ...Read more

Auto Word: The 2017 Jaguar XE has Style and Performance in the Compact Class

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Jaguar XE: Style and Performance in the Compact Class

You can almost hear the purring within Jaguar. The brand is launching its fourth and fifth vehicles this year in two of the more popular segments.

The F-Pace compact SUV is speedy with sporting proportions. And the XE sedan, today's tester, is Jaguar's first compact sedan. The "...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Subaru Forester is Simple, Refined and Sensible

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Subaru Forester is a sensible vehicle in the crossover segment that's gone crazy for flash and drama. The fourth-generation Forester is a simple recipe of utility, style and above all, function. The 2017 model has been given a significant "midcycle refresh."

On the outside, there is a new grille, bumper and headlights. Interior updates ...Read more

Auto Word: Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Is Built to Tow

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

What do you do after visiting the RV dealer "just to look," but a 24-foot travel trailer follows you home, and you don't own a vehicle powerful enough to pull it? You start doing homework, as a friend of mine did when she bought such a rig for retirement travel.

Vehicle choices are limited when it comes to having the heft and grunt to pull ...Read more

Auto Word: Mercedes-Benz E300 Is all Brains and Beauty

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 is a leading light in the charge toward electrified vehicles. The redesigned and re-engineered E-Class sedan and wagon are now the most advanced vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the carmaker says. Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class is longer by 1.7 inches, with a wheelbase that is longer by 2.6 inches...Read more

Auto Word: Toyota Avalon Hybrid is High-Tech with a Durable Disposition

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The Toyota Avalon flies under the popularity radar as a comfortable car with American-class roominess. It's also the only large-midsize sedan sold as a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Toyota sells about a billion Camry sedans a month versus a tenth of that number of the slightly larger Avalon sedan. But the Avalon might actually be a value purchase ...Read more

Auto Word: Airstream's 85th Anniversary

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Come and listen to a story about a man named Wally, a humble travel pioneer with wanderlust in his heart.

Wally Merle Byam was born on the July 4, 1896, in Baker City, Oregon. He would find himself pretty much alone in the world at a young age, but moss would not grow under his feet. To make a long and captivating biography short, Byam loved ...Read more

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