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 Lexus LS 460: Luxury sedan at a reasonable price

Besides the first-class ride, this large luxury sedan also delivers tremendous performance, has a ton of standard features, and possesses an exterior elegance that two years ago was enhanced by a wider grille and a few other changes in a mild redesign
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2012 Lexus CT 200 hybrid: No real competition

So what's distinctive about the 2012 CT 200? First off, it looks cool. During a week of test driving, several people remarked on the outward appearance of this compact four-door hatchback. No one identified it as a Lexus, but the CT 200 has a distinct look that sets it apart.
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Nissan Rogue: compact SUV priced right, but lacks performance

Introduced four years ago, the Nissan Rogue has yet to make a true imprint in the crowded compact crossover sport utility class.
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Buick LaCrosse hybrid an entry-level luxury sedan

Buick used to be the standard-bearer for the big, bulky, powerful sedans that a generation of Americans proudly drove for more than three decades, starting in the 1950s and running into the '70s.
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2012 Ford Edge offers peppy turbocharged option

Following a model year where many changes were initiated, the Ford Edge midsize sport utility vehicle arrived mostly unchanged for 2012.
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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.