Auto News & Reviews

  • 23 May 2017 9:56 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)


    The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) selected the best of show at the 35th annual Atlanta International Auto Show, produced by the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association (MAADA), and took place at the Georgia World Congress Center through Sunday, March 26.

    “The Atlanta Auto Show is the biggest and best one yet,” said Christopher Lawrence, president of GAMMA and president of, an automotive consultancy that aims to assist consumers in making intelligent, unbiased, and logical automotive choices. “The judges cover the auto industry for a variety of outlets including newspapers,

    magazines and websites and looked at the cars for performance, value, new technology and overall experience. With increasing competition each year, it’s a challenge to identify the best cars at the show.”

    The Kia Stinger won the Judges’ Choice Award because of its progressive design, luxurious amenities, and performance-based componentry. The fastback sports sedan that will be available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and is due to hit showrooms as a 2018 model later this year.

    In addition to the Judges’ Choice, the following vehicles were also cited by the judges as being best in their category:

    • Best Bang: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

    • Green: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    • Luxury: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    • Performance: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

    • SUV/Crossover: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

    • Truck: 2017 Ford Raptor

    Corey Proffitt, East Coast Communications Manager - Toyota and Lexus, accepted his award from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association, the Best LuxuryVehicle at the 35th Annual Atlanta International Auto Show,

  • 12 May 2017 10:25 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    Buying a car is similar to dating. There’s always the flashy guy who has lots of toys and lives a fast life; but you always think in the back of your mind that he will cost you money in the end. So, you go looking for someone with no flash — just a bare-boned nice guy. It’s like buying a car that is four wheels, two doors and can get you from place to place. And again, in the back of your mind you think you deserve more.

    So then, try the Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line. For the starting price of $23,975 you get a lot for your money, without it costing you a lot of money. There’s lots of room in both rows and a really impressive amount of space in the trunk. In fact the 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space is among the largest in its class, and with the 60/40 split in the back, even more space is added. Both rows feature plenty of legroom and enough padding in the seats to make a road trip enjoyable. The Passat also comes with heated leatherette seats, which is a nice upgrade from a basic vehicle’s cloth seats.

  • 09 May 2017 11:50 AM | Greg Morrison

    Ford has made some technology and creature comfort changes to the Fusion Spoprt. Bumper2Bumpertv has a look at what is new.

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  • 05 May 2017 11:27 PM | Anonymous

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  • 30 Mar 2017 3:55 PM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    The Mazda CX-9 fills a void in the market place — a spacious, three-row car that can carry kids, dogs, groceries, and junk and still have a cool factor to it. Not off the charts cool, but enough that people don’t automatically ask you about your kids and your knee operation.

    In other words, it offers a terrific driving experience with all of the practical necessities of lugging a well-lived life. Again, the Mazda really does meld a sporty ride, which the essence of the Mazda brand, with a family vehicle. It’s a large cross-over that offers better-than-average fuel efficiency with all the bells and whistles and spaced needed for most families.

  • 18 Mar 2017 4:21 PM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:35 pm

    By Mary Welch | 0 comments

    Buick’s latest advertising campaign is to take unsuspecting consumers and let them check out the look, affordability and performance of a car that — surprise — turns out of be a Buick. The company almost protests too much. After several good years of respectable cars and reviews, consumers should realize that Buick offers a line of well-built, affordable, high-in-its-class, competitive cars. Those who think the Buick was their grandma’s cars need to get on the Nehru jackets, love beads and go-go boots.

    The 2017 LaCrosse was redesigned to offer full-size sedan customers an all-new design, sophisticated technologies and a more responsive performance that matches its competitors — and then some. With a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine with direct injection and an eight-speed automatic transmissions, the LaCrosse delivers 310 horsepower with 282 lb-ft of torque and a very comfortable, serene yet feisty ride.

  • 16 Mar 2017 11:39 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    By Mary Welch For The Crier | 1 comment

    It’s always a happy feeling entering a Hyundai. You open the door and welcoming music starts, you settle into your seat confident that you will have a smooth, fast and totally satisfying ride. To paraphrase Mary Poppins, riding a Hyundai 2015 Genesis RWD 3.8 is practically perfect in every way.

    ‏When one reads the Genesis’ rap sheet, it looks great on paper. Its standard features are among the best in the business, including: vehicle stability management system, heated dual power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, leather seating with heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-Free phone system and three year complimentary Sirius XM Travel Link. The car’s V6, 8-speed automatic transmission puts out a quite suitable 311 horsepower. It offers an EPA estimate of combined 22 miles per gallon on rear window drive; 19 mph for all-wheel drive. With a 20.3 gallon fuel tank capacity, the fuel bills runs to about $2,400 annually.


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  • 10 Mar 2017 6:11 PM | Christopher Lawrence

    AutoAcademics doesn't typically get Audi vehicles for review, yet we finally got our hands on one - a 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro with the Prestige package. M.S.R.P. - $66,770.

    Take a look!

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