Car Reviews

Weidel on Wheels. Author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. Check out his latest ride!

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2012 Nissan Sentra: Competent compact sedan faces stiff competition

Unfortunately for the Sentra, it's been a tough existence as a compact vehicle since the folks at Nissan decided five years ago to make this longtime subcompact a little larger.
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Nissan Murano stands out in midsize crossover class

For a variety of reasons, the Nissan Murano continues to reside near the top of the class in a competitive field of sport utility vehicles that combine versatility with nimble driving acumen.
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2012 Dodge Charger: A muscle car with some civility

Many people still think that muscle cars are cool. How do I know? Driving the 2012 Dodge Charger for a recent week provided some insight on the thoughts of numerous people, who admirably gazed at the aggressively stylish vehicle
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Toyota Highlander: Smart choice for family-friendly SUV

There are numerous aspects that have helped separate Toyota from most of its competitors in the automobile world for more than a decade. To put it simply - they make good cars.
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Nissan Maxima an upscale midsize sedan

Nissan produces such an appealing sedan in the Maxima that one wonders how many people turn away from the more expensive Infiniti G Sedan, which is made by Nissan's luxury division.
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Family-friendly Toyota Venza difficult to categorize

The 2012 Toyota Venza. Is this vehicle a hatchback, wagon, minivan or crossover sport utility vehicle?
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The dynasty continues for the Toyota Camry

Give the Toyota people credit; they aren't living in the past, because the 2012 Camry arrives with a redesign.
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2012 Mazda CX-9 attractive, agile and spacious

Lumped into the generous offerings of large sport utility vehicles, the initial thought here regarding the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is why does it get categorized in this segment? Frankly, it doesn't seem that large.
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Honda Civic offers diverse lineup of gas-saving compacts

Much like its bigger brother - the Accord - the Honda Civic is no longer undisputed king of the hill.
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Color the Mazda 2 both affordable and fun

One glance and I was already fairly certain that the next week would be a miserable car experience driving the 2012 Mazda 2.