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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 Big Orange Comes To Town

Orange County International Auto Show The Orange County International Auto Show is the first one of the season and one of the shorter shows, this year taking place over a…

Orange County International Auto Show

The Orange County International Auto Show is the first one of the season and one of the shorter shows, this year taking place over a long weekend in early October. Replete with interactive displays and brimming with new car excitement; the OC event also featured a slew of actual test drives for the more motivated show visitors.

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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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New California HOV sticker applications to roll out in October

The DMV will begin mailing partially completed applications for the new California HOV lane sticker after October 1, 2018 to all those who obtained their green or white stickers on…

The DMV will begin mailing partially completed applications for the new California HOV lane sticker after October 1, 2018 to all those who obtained their green or white stickers on or after January 1, 2017, according to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

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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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In Search of the First Datsun 510 Street Tuner in the USA

Way back before “The Fast and the Furious” made it onto the silver screen. Before Hot Import Nights first came to town. Before hot rodding a Honda or Acura was…

Way back before “The Fast and the Furious” made it onto the silver screen. Before Hot Import Nights first came to town. Before hot rodding a Honda or Acura was the dream of every high school gearhead in the San Gabriel Valley. Before import tuners were known as import tuners, and even before Nissan was known as Nissan here in the States, there was the Datsun 510.

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