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Stories by Tom Crosby

Tom Crosby: Audi’s stylish S5 Coupe gets total overhaul for 2018

Included in the marketing fanfare that greeted the redesigned 2018 five-passenger Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, Audi redid its four-passenger compact Audi S5 Coupe, providing Audi lovers with three smart-looking A5 trims. The two S5s use Audi’s highly touted and efficient 3.0-liter engine mated ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox loses weight, gains power

Chevrolet hopes to keep driving Equinox’s success for 2018 with a lighter, slightly smaller crossover that is a quicker, more nimble vehicle. Equinox has become the second best-selling vehicle among Chevrolet’s 33 models, second only to the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. This year’s ...

Tom Crosby: Hyundai Sonata gets upgrade for 2018

Hyundai Sonata sales slipped last year as buyers favored trucks and SUVs over sedans. In 2018, the Korean automaker hopes new front fascia, a powerful engine and transmission upgrade, suspension improvements and interior/exterior refreshing will make it more attractive in the highly ...

Tom Crosby: Jaguar F-Pace SUV hitting popularity sweet spot

Introduced last year as the first Jaguar crossover vehicle, the F-PACE has become a sales winner, helping Jaguar become one of the fasted growing brands in the United States. For 2018, the biggest change is the addition of a 2.0-liter turbo-charged gasoline powered engine, the same Ingenium ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Ford Focus harbinger of survivor role in 2020

Ford’s decision earlier this year to concentrate on selling crossovers, SUVs and trucks came with an announcement only the Ford Mustang coupe and the Ford Focus would remain in the 2020 manufacturer’s United States vehicle lineup. The decision has merit after test-driving the 2018 Ford ...

Tom Crosby: Audi’s luxury Q7 SUV is multiple award winner

When vehicles are rated against similar competitors, consensus is not often found. However, Audi’s Q7 mid-size luxury SUV was a run-away “best” in its class after a complete makeover for 2017, with only minor changes for 2018. The second generation Q7 is the largest vehicle Audi makes, ...

Tom Crosby: Lexus RX350 adds complimentary upgrades for 2018

The Lexus RX350 last year continued to be the best selling luxury mid-size sport utility vehicle in the United States due to a competitive price, luxurious interior, high resale value and solid reliability. For 2018, Enform Safety Connect/Service Connect, once complimentary for a year, is now ...

Charlie Daniels returns to Shenandoah County Fair

Charlie Daniels is apologetic that he doesn’t remember the first time he performed at the Shenandoah County Fair. After all, the Music Hall of Fame performer and his band have played thousands of venues since Daniels started singing and stroking his fiddle in the 1950’s and still books ...

Event-packed eight-day Shenandoah County Fair offers fun, food, entertainment

The 101st annual Shenandoah County Fair will cover eight days this year from Saturday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 2, with a familiar panoply of crowd- pleasing events that help make it the valley’s largest and most popular fair. “It is one of the last family fun activities of the summer,” ...

Fair to feature Christian, country, legacy rock music

The sound of music at this year’s Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock will feature Christian music stars, a pair of legacy rock music bands and a return visit by Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels. While Christian and country music have been a mainstay of the fair in recent years, ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Toyota Prius Three Touring is economical

Toyota’s Prius hybrid is America’s best selling hybrid and has several trims. We test drove the 2018 Prius Three Touring and the math shows why it tops the sales stats. At $2.60 a gallon, a fill-up is just under $30 and you will be able to travel 587 miles before another stop at a gas ...

Tom Crosby: Fourth-generation 2018 Kia Rio becoming popular

Kia’s Rio has been an international success but has suffered declining United States sales, even as small SUV’s (Rios come in hatchback or sedan) have become increasingly popular domestically. However, the overhauled, new fourth-generation 2018 Kia Rio has seen a 33 percent jump in U.S. ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Hyundai Elantra Crossover has European flavor

The best selling vehicle for Hyundai, the South Korean auto manufacturer, is the five-seater Elantra, offered either as a midsize sedan or a crossover/hatchback known as the GT. The Elantra sedan was upgraded in 2017, and now it is the GT’s turn. For 2018 it has been completely redesigned ...

Tom Crosby: Bigger engine, redesigned Toyota Sequoia for 2018

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has added several safety features and some minor upgrades this year but hasn’t deviated significantly from its last major overhaul ten years ago. The biggest passenger vehicle the Japanese manufacturer makes, the full-size premium SUV is capable of seating eight with ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gains in popularity

Last year Mitsubishi entered its 100th year producing cars and joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance to become the largest group seller of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the world, beating Toyota. With a price that saves hundreds to thousands of dollars compared to market ...

Tom Crosby: Toyota launches eye-catching small SUV for 2018

Last year Toyota discontinued its Scion brand designed to lure and acquaint young first-time buyers to its brand. But some Scion DNA remains intact with Toyota’s new 2018 C-HR subcompact SUV designed with a quirky and attention-getting exterior. It looks built for speed with squinty ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Lexus IS 300 adds horsepower, features

The feisty, fun to drive, well-handling 2018 Lexus IS 300 adds five more horses to its V6 engine this year, a choice between all-wheel or rear-wheel drive, and some former options have become standard. Once costing a couple hundred dollars or so a year depending upon services chosen, Lexus ...

Area suicide rate exceeds state, nation

For the past seven years, the suicide rate for the Northern Virginia Shenandoah Valley has remained higher than both the Virginia and national rates. Overall, suicides were up last year in Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties, down in Page and Shenandoah counties, with no change in ...

Hotline offers help to distressed callers

Every time volunteers manning the area’s Concern Hotline answer the phone, they face walking a verbal tight rope of life and death. There are 30 volunteers manning the hotline’s suicide prevention phones 24/7 and approximately 1 in 10 callers may be someone considering suicide and seeking ...