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May 11  |  By Mary Lowry
Finding some tough mudders at Mudfest From a distance, Mudfest looks like grownups playing with expensive toys.

To be honest, that’s pretty much what it is, but there’s an underlying seriousness.



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April 25  |  
Raving for the RAV4 Hybrid It has been 21 years since the Toyota RAV4 made its North American debut, 16 years since the Toyota Prius hybrid car arrived, and 10 years since the Toyota Camry Hybrid was introduced. 

And now, finally, there’s a hybrid version of the RAV4 compact crossover and to that I say "Yay!" 



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April 5  |  By Mary Lowry, For the Herald
Chrysler Pacifica: A recycled name for a revamped classic Chrysler is replacing its long-lived Town & Country with a brand new minivan. This newbie, however, has a recycled name: Pacifica.

From 2004 to 2008, Chrysler sold a midsize crossover called Pacifica. It looked more like a swollen wagon than an SUV and along with that identity crisis it faced a market awash with fierce competition.



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March 16  |  By Mary Lowry, For the Herald
Kia reinvigorates mainstay Sportage for 2017 Note: This is an overview of the 2017 Kia Sportage, based on an introductory event held by the manufacturer. Although the new Sportage was driven during the event, automotive reviews that include driving impressions and other opinions appear only after a vehicle has been given the standard weeklong test-drive.



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February 29  |  By Mary Lowry
GMC Sierra Denali is the executive suite of trucks Except maybe for guys trying to prove something, people buy a pickup because it’s a necessity. When there’s hay to haul, dump runs to make, or a boat, trailer or RV to tow, a Prius just won’t do.



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February 17  |  By Mary Lowry
Trucks and SUVs take spotlight at Chicago Auto Show The Chicago Auto Show, largest in the nation, opened to the public on Feb. 13 and continues through Sunday.

Thursday and Friday of last week were Media Preview days, when manufacturers reveal all-new or completely redesigned vehicles to members of the automotive media. For me this is always worth a trip to the frigid Windy City in the middle of winter.



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January 22  |  By Mary Lowry
The Scion iM: A car for millennials and baby boomers alike The 2016 iM is an all-new and sharp little five-door hatchback from Scion, the Toyota-owned brand specializing in compact cars that are fun, affordable, reliable and fuel efficient.



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December 31  |  By Mary Lowry
The Honda Civic: Still a superstar "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has Harrison Ford in the limelight lately but, surprisingly, no one has mentioned his similarity to the Honda Civic.

Until now, right here.



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December 14  |  By Mary Lowry
Audi, Hyundai, Mazda sports cars make driving fun In the Roman Catholic religion I belong to, Saint Frances of Rome is the patron saint of automobile drivers.



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