All About Cars

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 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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  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ: Trailering and safety upgrades added to a refined, yet tough truck

    Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

    Perennially, the No.2-selling vehicle line in the United States is the Chevrolet Silverado family of trucks. General Motors introduced its first picku
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  • 2017 Ford F-150: 100 years of toughness and success for ‘America’s Truck’

    Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

    In 1900, Henry Ford built his third vehicle – a truck, but it wasn’t until 1917 that Ford Motor Co. launched its first truck line, with the 1917 Ford
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  • 2017 Toyota Tundra: Brawny, Thoughtful and Comfortable

    Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017

    Marketed to be big, bold and strong for work, adaptable for play and elegant for entertainment, Toyota’s Tundra continues in its third generation that
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  • 2017 Chrysler 200: Style meets performance in mid-size sedan

    Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

    With the marketing slogan “Design that Excites,” Chrysler has positioned its 2017 200 as an elegant vehicle that exceeds expectations for a mid-size c
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  • 2017 Dodge Charger R/T: Fifty years of muscle and style

    Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

    When the Dodge Charger first hit the scene in 1965, it was a Dart GT-based muscle car that blazed around town with a 235-hp 273ci. (about 4.5 liters)
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  • 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel: Powerful, Sporty and Distinctive

    Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

    Dodge has been building trucks since 1917, and it introduced the Ram to the light-duty market in 1994. With angular styling and its iconic black honey
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