Stories written by Ron Beasley
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.

2014 Lexus RX350 sets standard for luxury CUV class

2014 Lexus RX350 sets standard for luxury CUV class

Lexus developed the blueprint for the luxury crossover utility vehicle 15 years ago with the popular RX models, and company engineers continue to improve on the original with each new model year. The 2014 RX 350 follows the pattern of last year’s model that brought a freshened design with the bold new signature spindle grille […]

Honda Odyssey refreshed; named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Honda Odyssey refreshed; named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

  The Honda Odyssey has been refreshed for 2014 with a host of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today’s family. Odyssey continues with five different trim levels available, including the wellequipped base LX model, the EX, the leather-trimmed EX L, the feature-packed Touring, and the top […]

SAMA’s Rides ’n Smiles brings happy kids to Homestead-Miami Speedway

Association’s sixth annual Rides ’n Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway in late November put smiles on the faces of about 150 ailing kids fighting cancer from Baptist Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. Rides ’n Smiles is the brainchild of MotorSports racing legend and SAMA President-elect Bill Adam. He conceived the idea of convincing auto manufacturers […]

2014 Kia Cadenza is packed with luxury and technology

2014 Kia Cadenza is packed with luxury and technology

  The all-new 2014 Cadenza sedan has received a lot of good press from North American auto journalists, and it’s easy to understand why — it has a luxury look and a plush interior, and comes with a long list of amenities. It’s also the most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced. […]

2014 Acura MDX has new technology, comfort, performance

2014 Acura MDX has new technology, comfort, performance

  The 2014 MDX is the third generation of Acura’s seven-passenger luxury performance SUV and it has more comfort, connectivity and performance than previous models, and it’s available for the first time in a new two-wheel drive model. The all-new MDX adds a laundry list of new standard features, including Keyless Access System with Push […]

Chevrolet shows off 2014 Corvette Stingray to media

Chevrolet shows off 2014 Corvette Stingray to media

Chevrolet sent a team of its top executives to Miami recently, along with a trio of beautiful new Corvette Stingrays, to showcase the latest rendition of the iconic sports car for members of the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). A record turnout of more than 65 SAMA members showed up at the trendy Barton G’s […]

Range Rover Sport has aluminum structure, latest technology

Range Rover Sport has aluminum structure, latest technology

I recently journeyed to San Francisco to attend the North American press launch of the new and much-anticipated 2014 Range Rover Sport, the smaller and less expensive member of the Range Rover family. After a 300-mile ride and drive along some very dicey highways in the Santa Cruz Mountains and a subsequent very challenging 15-mile […]

Sporty JUKE NISMO CUV joins 2013 Nissan lineup

Sporty JUKE NISMO CUV joins 2013 Nissan lineup

Just in case you haven’t heard about it yet, NISMO is derived from NISsan MOtorsports and the company is developing sports-oriented vehicles all across its product line and tagging them with the moniker. One of the latest is the new 2013 JUKE NISMO model. The JUKE NISMO has a racetrack-derived design, enhanced performance and road-hugging […]

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has improved ‘Blue Drive’

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has improved ‘Blue Drive’

If you’re in the market for a “greener” mode of transportation, check out the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It has an advanced version of Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive system that increases fuel efficiency and operates in the all-electric mode more often and for a longer time. The improved system optimizes electriconly driving with a higher […]

Nissan adds hybrid model to 2014 Pathfinder lineup

Nissan adds hybrid model to 2014 Pathfinder lineup

Nissan introduced the fourth-generation of the Pathfinder last year, so it’s pretty much the same seven-passenger SUV for 2014. There is, however, a major change in power options with the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid. Powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor mated to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, the Pathfinder Hybrid has […]

Hyundai Santa Fe is bigger and has more power

If you liked the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, but felt that it was just a little too small for your family needs, then take another look. The new long wheelbase (LWB) Santa Fe with three rows of seating and room for seven is now available and it is a honey of an SUV. The […]

Barbara Levenson’s lastest novel has Vermont setting

You often hear people talk about the latest book they are reading saying, “I just couldn’t put it down.” This book reaches that level. Outrageous October differs from Barbara Levenson’s first two books in that the setting is in Vermont and not Miami. At first I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as the […]

Luxury Audi A8 adds new models and engines for 2013

Luxury Audi A8 adds new models and engines for 2013

The A8 continues as the flagship vehicle in 2013 for the Audi model lineup. It retains luxury and technological amenities from last year and adds several significant changes, including new engines (the first ever V-6 gasoline and TDI variants), innovative efficiency technologies, top and corner view cameras, LED headlights with high beam assistant, and luxurious […]

Mitsubishi i-MiEV efficient and affordable plug-in

Mitsubishi i-MiEV efficient and affordable plug-in

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is an odd looking little car and I had my doubts that I would find very much to like about it. Much to my surprise, I came away from my few days of test driving it with a grudging respect for the plug-in electric vehicle. In fact, it may be the perfect […]