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All About Cars - By Mike Blake

Mike Blake, former editor of KIT CAR magazine, joined Carlisle Events as senior automotive journalist in 2004. He's been a "car guy" since the 1960s and has been writing professionally for about 30 years.

  • 2017 Car Buy of the Year: Hyundai Elantra: Family sedan evolves in class

    Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

    For the 13th consecutive year, we end the ALL ABOUT CARS model year by focusing on the vehicles we have determined to be the “best deals on wheels” in
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  • 2017 Buick Regal GS: Midsize remains classy with new generation in sight

    Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

    The Buick Regal enjoyed a 31-year-reign as a classy, quiet, upscale sedan, ending its production run in 2004. Reintroduced to North America in 2011 (p
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  • 2017 Toyota Tacoma: Mid-Size pick-up is loaded for work and play

    Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

    The Toyota Tacoma was launched in America in 1995, and was classified as a compact pick-up through 2004. The second generation was classified as mid-s
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  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Tough and smooth for town and the extreme

    Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

    Based on the nostalgic military Willys Jeep of 1941, the Jeep Wrangler has been an off-road enthusiasts’ pleaser since 1986. A compact four-wheel-driv
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  • 2017 Chevrolet Equinox: Small crossover combines style and versatility

    Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

    Chevrolet entered the crossover niche with Equinox, first introduced for the 2005 model year. Marketed as a compact SUV, the vehicle has evolved, mark
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  • 2017 Lexus NX Sport: Lux-Ute Crossover Looks to Excite

    Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

    The luxury-utility crossover niche was born in 1998 with the midsize Lexus RX, and Lexus built on the Lux-Cross segment in 2015 with the compact-luxur
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  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze: Economical, athletic and filled with function and fun

    Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

    The compact Chevrolet Cruze debuted in 2008 for the 2009 model year, as a replacement for both the Chevy Cobalt and Suzuki Forenza (sold in Asia as th
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  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Gains in design, infotainment, form and function

    Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

    The Hyundai Santa Fe midsize SUV debuted in 2000, and was an immediate hit with American buyers; and the more compact Santa Fe Sport arrived on the sc
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  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Top-selling Roadster adds a power-folding hardtop

    Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

    According to the record-keepers at the Guinness Book of World Records, Mazda’s Miata, also known as the MX-5, is the most popular two-seat convertible
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  • 2017 Cadillac XT5: Cornerstone of the New Series of Luxury Crossovers

    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

    The all-new Cadillac XT5, short for “Crossover Touring vehicle that seats 5,” upgrades Cadillac’s line-up and serves as the cornerstone of a new serie
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  • 2017 Buick Cascada: Upscale convertible has Euro-appeal and American components

    Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

    When Buick introduced the all-new Cascada convertible last year, it was an invitation to drivers who wanted to live life wide open with features not g
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  • 2017 Kia Optima: Smooth, stylish and confident

    Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017

    When Kia Motors first brought out the Optima in 2000, both the company and the vehicle were thought of as low-frills, workmanlike economy entities. Se
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  • 2017 Toyota RAV4: Compact SUV gains new trim and safety features

    Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

    When Toyota launched its compact SUV, the RAV4, in 1994, the baby-ute was named for its mission as a “Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive”.
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  • 2017 Ford Focus: Slight enhancements stay on focus

    Thursday, Sep 21, 2017

    Remaining at its rank as the 11th top-selling sedan in America, (it was last year, and remains so for 2017), the 2017 Ford Focus stays with what has w
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  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra: Family sedan evolves with new bold design and interior, power and tech enhancements

    Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

    The Hyundai Elantra, first marketed in Australia as the Lantra, was launched in 1990, and now, its evolution continues with its sixth generation, as a
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  • 2017 Dodge Challenger: ‘Strongest Muscle in America’

    Thursday, Sep 7, 2017

    Dodge entered the American “Muscle Car” Wars with the 1970 Challenger, debuting in fall 1969 with a Chrysler “E-body” short-deck, long-hood platform i
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  • 2017 Toyota Camry: No.1-selling mid-size builds on its rep for comfort and quality

    Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

    The Toyota Camry, first launched 35 years ago as a narrow-body successor to the Carina, has been the best-selling passenger car in America for the pas
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  • 2017 Cadillac CTS-V: Following a sold-out year with more luxury, performance and power

    Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

    The Cadillac CTS began life in 2002, taking the “CTS” name from the vehicle it replaced in the line-up, -- the Catera -- CTS meant: “Catera Touring Se
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  • 2017 Corvette Grand Sport: Legacy fulfilled -- track ready and street refined

    Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

    The term “street-legal race car” may be overused today, but it certainly is accurate when describing the new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, which builds o
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  • 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe: Continuing ‘Z-Car’ excitement

    Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

    Nissan created a unique automotive nickname, designation, “the Z-Car,” when it became a member of the street sports car fraternity in 1969 by launchin
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