Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Jan. 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

 (Kia)

Kia Optima: The most beautiful family sedan? 

Is it possible that Kia has created the best-looking family sedan on the market? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and all the main contenders have stepped up their games lately (think Fusion, Camry, Accord), so I don’t know that I’m...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

 (Acura / Acura)

2014 Acura MDX: SH-AWD still on the job

In my previous post, I promised the lowdown on the 2014 Acura MDX, which should start arriving in dealerships by summer. As you may recall, I’d come across a rumor that Acura would dropSuper Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) from upcoming versions of the MDX. PR boss...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

 (Acura)

Acura aims to make me happy

I’m never going to own a large crossover -- i.e., one with three rows -- but if I did, it would be Acura’s MDX. The MDX rides well, though it’s not the least bit sporty. It’s strong and handsome, though not at all flashy. It’s...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

 ((Honda))

Honda Accord Sport: New trim scores big 49 

Today, I give up my 2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan. In its place, I’ll get an Acura MDX, so life isn’t all bad. Still, I’ll miss the Accord. The ’13 is the first iteration of the 9th-generation Accord, long one of America’s favorite midsize sedans....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

 ((Mazda))

Mazda: Taking the hard road back

In a typical year, Mazda sells fewer total vehicles in the U.S. than Toyota sells Camrys, or Honda sells Accords. Or Civics, for that matter. In 2010, in the heart of the Great Recession, Ford and Mazda unwound their longtime partnership, casting a shadow of...

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