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2011 Kia Optima EX

Mike Tucker, Jr is balling with the “Official Vehicle of the NBA,” the Kia Optima. See how it ranks and if it will appeal to What’s Hot Washington.

2011 Toyota Sienna XLE

In comparison to the rest, the 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE is at the head of the class. In a school full of minivans the Sienna stands out in superlative fashion as best personality, best dressed and most likely to speed.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Jeep products are normally best served on the rocks but due to the lack of rough terrain in the area besides crater-like potholes I decided to take my trip East of the River neat and in grand style.

2011 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 5-Door

Soon as I tapped the push button to start I could hear the young voice whisper in my ear, “Zoom, Zoom.” Shifting in this manual transmission was easy and carefree, I nailed it from the jump and the rumpus ensued as I whizzed through East of the River in Washington, DC and zig-zagged down Route 50 like a slalom to do some shopping in Annapolis.

2011 Acadia AWD Denali: Where is the love?

Where is the love? These days the love affair with American made cars has dwindled down to a passing fling with rental car or a nostalgic crush. For example, when GMC’s first Denali crossover arrived with its mesh grille and matching 20 inch chrome wheels, I was visually aroused. Though the outward styling was something I could commit to, I conceded to my shallowness and figured it was solely a “looks’ thing; no love.

Great gifts for the car buff, Alpha male

I know Christmas is coming to DC when I turn the dial to 97.1FM and every song has cheer. That’s when I grab my pen and begin to write Santa. My list is normally sealed and delivered to Ol’ Saint Nick by now, but for I am willing to let you peak at the contents.

2011 Kia Sportage: the power of surprise

In 2011 the Kia Sportage has crossed over like LeBron from cold dreary days to the hot Miami night of crossover design.

First Date: Virginia’s for Lovers and Wine with the 2011 Mazda6

There is something about the crisp air, the leaves turning and the road calling. Locally nothing says fall more to me than a zip down Route 66 to Sky Line Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This time I added a few twists to the plot.

2011 Buick Regal

In the market for a new car? Contemplating the 2011 Buick Regal? Well, before you head to the dealership, find out what automotive connoisseur, Mike Tucker has to say about the luxury sports sedan.

Hot Wheelz: Cadillac SRX Crossover

The SRX is no longer a distant relative like Nas and Damian Marley. It more than ever resembles the Cadillac family, while becoming bolder and brasher. The redesign borrows attributes from the CTS leaving its hunky station wagon roots for a more compact and sure package.

Hot Wheelz: 2010 Infiniti EX35 AWD

The Infiniti EX35 is like the bomb ex-lover; it’s just too pleasurable to leave alone. From the 3.5 liter engine with a touch button ignition stimulating the dashboard to the caress of the leather seats and excitable Bose sound system, it makes you want to start a new relationship…with your ride. I easily connected my BlackBerry to the Bluetooth hands-free phone system and once in drive, the Around View Monitor helped pinpoint parked cars within grazing distance.

Hot Wheelz: Chevy Camaro 2LT Coupe

Though the Transformers fetish has weaned the Camaro still has a deceptively strong appeal. It’s a muscle car with personality; one you can take to the track and flex and feel equally at ease stepping out on the town.