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The small-SUV market is so vast that you can literally make a check-list of your must-haves and pretty much assure yourself that your wishes will come true.

Kia, the feisty South Korean car company, needs its redesigned Forte compact car to be a hit in order to continue its climb as one of the fastest-growing nameplates in America.

I don't fear getting old. I do, however, fear forgetting how to dress myself.

It's going to take some time for Kia to roll off the tongue when you're listing luxury brands. Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Kia. ... See?

The key to a happy marriage is knowing your place.

Teresa Molnar, a counselor at East Hamilton High School, is old enough to remember the 1980s anti-drug catch-phrase "Just Say No."

The new, subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage gives the scrappy Japanese brand a city car with near-hybrid fuel economy.

My dad, a former U.S. Army master sergeant, might have been the least spontaneous person on earth, bless his heart.

The Ford Edge is the stepladder of SUVs. It's good for small families climbing up in size, or empty-nesters easing down.

Two boys, two birthdays.

Cadillac's new television commercials feature a car full of high-spirited 30-somethings headed out for a night on the town.

As anniversaries go, 15 years is no biggie.

Buick's full-size LaCrosse sedan has been significantly upgraded for 2014, and now is a legitimate contender in the mid-size luxury class.

Car trips have changed a lot in 50 years.

I was excited to read two recent editorials by Weston Wamp.

Last week, we examined the starter Mercedes-Benz — the new, reasonably-priced CLA-class sedan with a base MSRP of under $30,000. (About the cost of a VW Passat TDI.)

Is college worth it?

The television ad for the sexy new Mercedes-Benz CLA-class sedan features a 20-something young man seated at a diner -- with the devil.

About 10 months ago I moved from a cubicle to an office. Both work spaces have their advantages, but the office is growing on me.

For years, the nomenclature of the most popular BMW sedans was like counting by odd numbers in kindergarten: 1-3-5-7.

So Chattanooga's Mayor, Andy Berke, (tried to give) the boot to the Delta Queen.

I'm a big fan of texting.

Among car enthusiasts, the arrival of the new Mazda 3 is a much-anticipated event.

When Indian-American Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on Sunday night, minutes after performing a traditional Bollywood dance, Vladimir Putin along with the rest of the world got a good long look at American Exceptionalism.

  • Sept. 18th, 2013  |
  • By Weston Wamp
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My 6-year-old son has joined the Cub Scouts.

Earlier this year, total sales of the Toyota Corolla (introduced in 1966) topped 40 million worldwide. So how do you re-design one of the world's best-selling cars? Very carefully.

I don’t spend a lot of time in the back seat of our Toyota SUV. Usually, I’m in the driver’s seat, the daddy position.

The GOP will do any sneaky trick possible to keep "Obamacare" from being fully implemented.

Mild-mannered. Adjective. "Gentle and not given to extremes of emotion." — Oxford American Dictionary

There’s nothing that says “empty-nester” like a two-door coupe.

I've been looking for a missing link between baby boomers and millennials. Apparently it was right under my nose.

Whipping down Ochs Highway in the Lincoln MKS — in a driving rainstorm, no less — reminded me how mass inspires confidence.

Ashley-Rose Lynn, 13, has an idea worth sharing.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is legendary in the high-performance world as one of the hottest pocket rockets on the planet.

On Monday, I had to help my 11-year-old son make it through middle-school registration. Days earlier, I had asked him if he was nervous about making the leap to sixth grade. “Not really,” he said flatly. I chalked his nonchalance up to a lack of life experience and proceeded to be anxious for him.

The Army of Tennessee lost four brigade commanders in the Battle of Chickamauga: Brigadier Generals Preston Smith, Hardin Helm and James Deshler along with Colonel Peyton Colquitt.

  • Aug. 11th, 2013  |
  • By Lee White
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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.

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