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Autos archive for Jan. 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

Revisiting Maple at Francis

After several emails challenged my advice, I checked out the northbound left turn lanes on Maple Street leading to westbound Francis Avenue in person. For starters, my advice to make left turns “into the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same…

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Turns and street markings

Following a column that addressed two adjacent turn lanes, I received a reader response that exemplifies why there is sometimes confusion and conflict at such locations. C.K. wrote, “This morning your column ended with a paragraph exhorting us to stay in our lanes in double…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014

Honda is back in the midsize sedan hybrid game, with the 2014 Accord Hybrid ($29,945, including destination). It’s based on a four-cylinder powertrain and marries sterling EPA numbers -- 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined -- with convincing performance (Honda)

2014 Accord Hybrid: Second-chance sensation

I once hailed the Honda Accord Hybrid as the car that would bring hybrid technology into the mainstream. He shoots. He misses. That car, the original Accord Hybrid, circa 2005-07, had everything going for the one that mattered -- fuel efficiency. Apparently wanting it both…

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MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2014

Looking for errors

The majority of vehicles I encounter are piloted by good drivers. Mostly, other drivers will see me and know when I have the right of way for example. Usually, drivers will stop at stop signs and not put their vehicles in places I already occupy.…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 18, 2014

Bearing a clear European imprint, its sweeping roofline caps a shape that manages to be both aggressive and mature.  (Kia)

2014 Cadenza: Kia growth strategy shapes up

Kia walked away from the full-size segment in 2009, when it discontinued production of the Amanti sedan. The late Amanti mirrored the then-current state of affairs at Kia. Its design was confused and derivative, ride and handling were soft and lazy. Still, build quality was…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

Built on a new platform and featuring a new powertrain, updated cabin tech and more, the MDX is as fresh as the day it debuted in 2001 -- and far more modern.

Acura MDX: Hitting its stride

This should be a very good year for Acura’s MDX. Fully made over, the 7-passenger crossover went on sale last year and enters 2014 already smashing its own sales records. Built on a new platform and featuring a new powertrain, updated cabin tech and more,…

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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Emergency vehicle approaching

Approaching emergency vehicles can be intimidating, especially when drivers are uncertain of how to react. A note from reader D.D reflects this quandary. He wrote, “I was first in line at a left turn lane, at a red light, with traffic also stopped in all…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2014

The Lancer sedan is a frugal, well-built and agreeable five-passenger sedan, with crisp styling, excellent rear-seat legroom and a healthy standard-features list. (Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Lancer: AWD on a budget

Should you be shopping for a compact, all-wheel-drive sedan, you have a choice of two -- Subaru’s Impreza and the Mitsubishi Lancer. As the entry-level Subie, the Impreza’s bona fides are well established. But Mitsubishi is an enigma in the U.S. After partnering here with…

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