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.

Honda Civic design upgraded with new standard features

Honda Civic design upgraded with new standard features

The popular Honda Civic returns for 2013 with a host of design upgrades and new standard features, while continuing with the efficiency and value that has made it an icon for 40 years. The 2013 Civic Sedan and Coupe are available in LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, with the Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas […]

Lexus ES350: Result of ‘relentless pursuit of perfection

Lexus ES350: Result of ‘relentless pursuit of perfection

It’s obvious to me why Lexus no longer uses the “relentless pursuit of perfection” ad line; they achieved it with the 2013 ES 350 luxury sedan. It is a beautiful automobile in every detail. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Dual VVT-i. The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence […]

2014 Kia Forte: A lot to offer in a sub-compact sedan

2014 Kia Forte: A lot to offer in a sub-compact sedan

The all-new 2014 Kia Forte is one of the best new car buys on the market today. Fully loaded, the top-of-the-line model costs under $20,000 and the base price is just $15,900. Slotted between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new Forte includes a long list of available premium features […]

2014 Mazda6 gets new ‘SKYACTIV’ technology

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The new 2014 Mazda6 mid-size sedan left me with a new respect for the brand. Not since my first spin in a Miata many years ago have I been this enthused about a Mazda vehicle; it’s just that special. From the front, there’s a touch of Ford Fusion styling, while the rear shares some resemblance […]

2013 Audi A4 is the best in long line of excellence

2013 Audi A4 is the best in long line of excellence

  The A4 line has been Audi’s best selling car for more than 40 years, and the eighth generation 2013 version is the best in a long line of excellence. In fact, the A4 and S4 Sedans epitomize the Audi brand with their exceptional design, performance and technology. Under the hood, the Audi A4 has […]

Honda Accord offers luxury, agility and sophistication

Honda Accord offers luxury, agility and sophistication

Add my name to the growing list of auto writers singing the praises of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord. This ninth-generation Accord really is quite an automobile, with an all-new directinjected powertrain, a laundry list of safety innovations and a new plug-in hybrid model added to the lineup. Completely redesigned for 2013, this sleek Accord […]

Updated Volkswagen Beetle Convertible returns as 2013 model

Updated Volkswagen Beetle Convertible returns as 2013 model

The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is back after a two-year hiatus; it’s sportier and more practical than ever, and there’s even a turbocharged power option available. The Type 15 VW Convertible rolled onto American highways in 1949 and it has been one of the most popular ragtops ever built. More than 330,000 copies of the first […]

Fusion taking its place as Ford’s ‘car of the future’

Fusion taking its place as Ford’s ‘car of the future’

If I were in the market for a new car today, I would give serious consideration to the new 2013 Ford Fusion — it is that special. The new Fusion has a new face, beautiful styling, a sleek silhouette, more than a touch of luxury, excellent power, wonderful handling and delivers excellent fuel economy. Fusion […]

Chevy Spark is a nimble ‘get around town’ mini car

Chevy Spark is a nimble ‘get around town’ mini car

If you’re looking for a small car that’s sporty and nimble and won’t steal your money at the gas pump, then check out the new 2013 Chevrolet Spark. It’s a sporty fourpassenger, five-door hatchback designed to appeal to first-time buyers and city residents. The Spark is powered by an Ecotec 1.25- liter four cylinder engine […]

Hyundai Genesis Sport Coupe is redesigned, more powerful

Hyundai Genesis Sport Coupe is redesigned, more powerful

The Hyundai Genesis Sport Coupe has been redesigned significantly for 2013 and more power added to both engine options. The rear-drive Genesis Coupe continues with a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs for a classic wedge-like profile and a bodyside character line in an innovative “Z” shape design. It integrates seamlessly with a […]

Infiniti FX gets name change with new V-6 engine

Infiniti FX gets name change with new V-6 engine

The Infiniti FX crossover has been a big hit with consumers from the day it was introduced back in 2003. The mid-size luxury crossover vehicle was revised in 2009 and that second-generation design continues with the 2013 model. The FX rides on the same sporty platform as the Nissan 370Z. It has a long hood, […]

Artist to exhibit at Wirtz Gallery in February

Artist to exhibit at Wirtz Gallery in February

Like many South Florida residents, Urszula Dudek has developed a love affair with the beautiful bromeliad. However, Dudek has taken her passion one step further by marrying her fascination with her artistic ability to capture the beauty of the tropical plant on canvas. Recently, one of her bromeliad renderings was judged so precise and colorful […]

Artist expresses her love of bromeliads on canvas

Artist expresses her love of bromeliads on canvas

Like many South Florida residents Urszula Dudek has developed a love affair with the beautiful bromeliad. However, Dudek has taken her passion one step farther by marrying her fascination with her artistic ability to capture the beauty of the tropical plant on canvas. Recently, one of her bromeliad renderings was judged so precise and colorful […]

Volkswagen Jetta gets technology, interior updates

Volkswagen Jetta gets technology, interior updates

The Jetta is Volkswagen’s best-selling model in the U.S. and for 2013 the sixth-generation German compact sedan gets several technology and interior updates that make it even better. The Jetta was redesigned completely in 2011 and made bigger with a longer wheelbase and 2.9 inches added to the overall length. At the front the coupe-like […]