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Mark Kennedy

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If the new Infiniti Q50 Hybrid were a prizefighter, it would be Sugar Ray Leonard.

You know that you’re losing weight when your cap doesn’t fit.

The new “spindle” grille available on the 2014 Lexus IS 350 sports sedan is shaped like an hour glass — a subtle reminder that life’s too short to settle for a dull car.

My 11-year-old son got braces last week. While I was at work, he texted me a picture of his mouth, which was brimming with blue and orange rubber bands.

I once gave a young reporter a pack of paper matches and told her to think of it as her lifetime supply of exclamation points. It was my way of saying that restraint is under-rated.

Everywhere we go, members of our family get the same question: "How's your puppy?"

Ask the salesmen at the Kelly Subaru dealership where most of their customers come from and they'll tell you two zip ZIP: 37377 and 37350.

My first car was a 1957 Buick Special. It had a grill as big as the gates to Graceland.

We can tell that a new vehicle has hit the mark when we have to sprint to a dealership to sneak in a test drive before the last one flies off the lot.

I was 100 percent against Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk across a side pocket of the Grand Canyon last week.

The 2014 Kia Sedona is the rarest of vehicles, one that disappeared and then returned to its fleet after a one-year hiatus.

When I was 12, my mom and dad decided to have a yard sale on the front lawn of our duplex in Columbia, Tenn.

Sales of full-size trucks are a good proxy for the health of the U.S economy.

I remember when telephone books were as crucial to the reporters' craft as spiral notebooks and Marlboros.

At the intersection of Luxury Street and Value Avenue sits a compelling four-door sedan that has sold more than 1 million copies in the last 25 years.

Boys, boys, boys.

Jeep always has tried to keep its midsize Grand Cherokee at the top of the hill by offering upscale interiors and a menu of engine options.

Tuesday, May 28: My phone just vibrated. A text.

In the wild, an impala is a medium-sized African antelope. In the car world, the Impala is a full-sized Chevrolet, which has just undergone its most important face-lift in decades.

OK, I've had it with lists that claim "newspaper reporter" is one of the worst jobs in America.

That headline is a tall order to live up to.

Around our house, I'm known as the recycling grouch.

The Infiniti FX37 is a poor man's Porsche Cayenne.

Dads, watch your wives today.

Going down my performance check-list, I decided to punch the gas on my Quest mini-van tester from Hunt Nissan.

The problem of college affordability has reached a tipping point.

During my first mile driving the 2013 Mazda3 Grand Touring the thought hit me: "Man, this car feels like a BMW 1 series."

And now, introducing the official pace car of the Millennial Generation: The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid. If ever a car embodied the values of an entire age cohort, the new Jetta Hybrid is it.

The chipmunks in our yard have made two tactical errors.

Minicars are here to stay.

A few months ago I had a kidney-stone attack. It hurt like heck for a couple of days, but then I got better.

The Tesla Model S has been called the most important car made in America today. Motor Trend magazine named it the 2013 Car of the Year, following on the bumper of the Chattanooga-made VW Passat in 2012.

When I was a kid, my dad would take me to the neighborhood store and pay 15 cents for a tiny, 6.5 oz. Coke. A "Co-Cola," he called it.

Here's a thought: Small SUVs are the new sedans.

There's a group in Washington called "The Can Kicks Back," a nonprofit dedicated to fixing the national debt.

My world is lily white. Caucasian people dominate my neighborhood, my church and the newsroom where I work.

If you're going to play "king of the hill" in the midsize luxury sedan segment, it means going up against some heavy artillery — notably the Cadillac XTS, Audi A6 and BMW 5-series.

When I was a senior in high school, we had a jukebox in the school cafeteria. It was 1975, and “Sweet Home Alabama” played on a continuous loop. Turn it up!

When Chevrolet set out to redesign its seven-passenger crossover SUV, it clearly had a few specific improvements in mind: more interior refinement, a library-quiet cabin and first-class (not coach) third-row leg room.

"Do you wear white socks?" an eighth-grade girl, who was a family friend, asked me in 1970.

We've had good luck lately snagging new vehicles as soon as they hit the ground in Chattanooga, and we scored again this week with a showroom copy of the brand-new Lincoln MKZ, an important car as the brand competes to regain market share.

Reminder to self: Never ask a boy an open-ended question. He'll swat it away like a gnat.

The Wall Street Journal this week flashed a greed light to auto-buyers. The auto industry is expected to move 15.5 million vehicles this year, according to the newspaper, a level not reached since before the financial crisis in 2008.

Today, I'd like to share with you some amazing discoveries.

If I'm blessed with an average life span, I will live a good stretch of years in two centuries.

On a visit to test drive the redesigned Mazda 6 earlier this week, I encountered two young customers — a man and a woman — checking out the car in the Edd Kirby's Adventure Mazda showroom.

Dad, It's been 20 years since you left us, and I miss you more as the years go by.

Subaru clearly has younger drivers in its sights with the introduction of the all-new Crosstrek hatchback.

Put an electric razor under a down pillow.

When your family ranges in age from six to 54, finding a one-size-fits-all television show is hard. For our brood, "Duck Dynasty" on A&E does the trick.

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