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Your Basic Car Report: Ford Ecosport Titanium FWD – A Short Take On A Long Drive (On Three Cylinders)

Story by Doug Stokes Photographs by Doug Stokes … Here’s the deal, we asked our friends at Ford for a small cross-over type vehicle to road test over a five-day…

Story by Doug Stokes
Photographs by Doug Stokes

… Here’s the deal, we asked our friends at Ford for a small cross-over type vehicle to road test over a five-day family journey up to the cool blue beauty of Lake Tahoe.

The Blue Oval people kindly loaned us a “Lightning Blue” Ecosport with the new 1-liter EcoBoost engine … We then loaded it up with a load of personal survival gear which included nine or ten complete changes of wardrobe, eleven jackets and four vests of varying density, and a pair of shoes for just about every imaginable occasion (and some for just in case).  All in all there was enough gear aboard for close to a two month tour and that included our two dogs, and (very) heavy ice chest*.  The above all stowed aboard, we set out for the cool country.

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The Terrain’s Domain is Mainly on the Plain

2019 GMC Terrain Denali AWD We don’t mean any disrespect to the GMC Terrain’s Professional Grade credentials. It does offer a great all-wheel drive system. The low-end torque of its…

2019 GMC Terrain Denali AWD

We don’t mean any disrespect to the GMC Terrain’s Professional Grade credentials. It does offer a great all-wheel drive system. The low-end torque of its 2.0T, coupled with its nine-speed auto and Traction Select System, will pull it smartly up some very challenging hills. It’s SUV license is not under danger of being revoked. BUT where the new GMC Terrain really shines is on the straight and narrow. Forget about the safari. Maneuvering the asphalt jungles of So Cal is this vehicle’s forte. The new Terrain’s ride and handling rival that of some near-luxury sedans of yesteryear.

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The Great Western Road Trip with the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

New contributor Ray Fong reviews his new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid over the course of 3,800 miles and 8 states. Is this the future of road trips?

New contributor Ray Fong reviews his new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid over the course of 3,800 miles and 8 states. Is this the future of road trips?

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Mitsubishi morphs the Eclipse into the Eclipse Cross

In this world, it is said that nothing can be certain, except death, taxes and more SUVs.

In this world, it is said that nothing can be certain, except death, taxes and more SUVs.

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MPG Crossover Cruise

Story and photos by Glenn Oyoung One of the most time-consuming parts of our job here at LA Car is scheduling cars for our staff to review. Despite the best…

Story and photos by Glenn Oyoung

One of the most time-consuming parts of our job here at LA Car is scheduling cars for our staff to review. Despite the best efforts of our OEM friends and the dedication of their vehicle logistics partners, it can be cumbersome to get the keys to a car we want to try in a timeframe that works for our schedule – let alone three.

With that in mind, we were grateful to see the invitation from the Motor Press Guild (MPG for short – by the way best acronym ever for a trade group) to their first-ever “Crossover Cruise,” an event where we could show up and get behind the wheel of three vehicles all in the same day.

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Upward Mobility

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited LA Car gets a week behind the wheel of Toyota’s flagship sedan. The mid-life crisis has never been so plush.  

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

LA Car gets a week behind the wheel of Toyota’s flagship sedan. The mid-life crisis has never been so plush.

 

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Viva Las Vegas

Reed Berry takes the Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD for real-world MPG test from LA to the Strip and back, saves money for $2.99 prime rib.

Reed Berry takes the Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD for real-world MPG test from LA to the Strip and back, saves money for $2.99 prime rib.

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Chevy’s Bolt EV: Still the only long-range, affordable electric show in town

Story and pictures by Roy Nakano It’s been almost two years since the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV yanked the mantle from the Tesla Model 3 as the first affordable long-range…

Story and pictures by Roy Nakano

It’s been almost two years since the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV yanked the mantle from the Tesla Model 3 as the first affordable long-range electric car stage. While the 3 has finally arrived, the affordable version is still a ways off.

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