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Hyundai plays a better Sonata

Hyundai has been on a roll recently. The old Sonata should have worried Toyota and Honda — the new one should keep them up at night, because it is much better than the old car and possibly better than the Accord and Camry. To find out, we managed to borrow a Sonata Limited and what […]

May 17, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Mazdaspeed 3: A factory hot rod at an affordable price

If you think Mitsubishi and Subaru make the only hot sport compacts, you’ve forgotten about Mazda. Mazda understands the enthusiasts so well that they get compared to BMW without the German prices. The Mazdaspeed brand is very much like the Bavarian automaker’s M marque, a limited-edition driver-oriented sub-brand. The Mazdaspeed 3 is based on the Mazda […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Acura makes its pitch to younger buyers

Acura has not really had an entry-level car since the RSX was discontinued. The cheapest Acura that you could buy until now has cost more than $30,000, and the carmaker needed a lower-priced alternative. According to Acura, the target customers for the new ILX are successful 20- and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Volkswagen CC brings sexy back

Leave it up to Volkswagen to bring the four-door coupe to the masses. Four-door sedans have been around for a long time, but when Mercedes Benz came up with the idea of a four-door coupe, its CLS proved to be a very sexy car. Later, Volkswagen came up with its own version, and they call […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Ford takes aim at Prius

The Toyota Prius has been the king of hybrids; there are others out there, but nobody has been able to forge a true competitor. Now, Ford thinks it has the answer with the C-Max. The C-Max is 2 inches shorter than a Prius and 4 inches wider. The biggest difference is the height, with the […]

January 18, 2013 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

This time, they mean it when they say ‘Sport’

When the Ford Explorer was introduced, the idea was that it was sporty and fun-to-drive truck. There was even a sport version which was not much more than cosmetic items. For 2013, we get another Ford Explorer Sport, and this one promises high performance. For those thinking Jeep SRT-8 or BMW X5 M, the Explorer […]

December 21, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

As usual, newer means ‘bigger’ for Acura SUV

The Acura RDX has been one of our favorite sport utilities. It was roomy but not too big, and light on its feet. The turbocharged K series engine was a joy and the only thing lacking was a manual transmission. For 2013, Acura has changed the RDX entirely — seeming to follow in the steps […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

G37 goes to Infiniti, and beyond …

If you have always wanted a more exclusive and faster version of the Infiniti G37 Coupe, you are in luck. Infiniti now offers the G37 Coupe with the Infiniti Performance Line package. This is similar to what BMW and Audi offer with their M and S series cars, but those cars are much more modified […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Sporty BMW keeps up the fun

The BMW 3-series has been a sports-sedan benchmark for decades. It is a car that everyone seems to want to copy and not many come close. Introduced in 2007, the 335i has been one of our favorites, due to a hotrod motor that give it plenty of power to blow away many sports cars. The […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

A wagonload of performance from Volvo

Volvo used to offer some firebreathing sport wagons, and it was always cool to have a wagon that could blow away sports cars. Volvo does not officially sell a wagon in the U.S. anymore but the XC70 is a wagon to us even if it is officially called a “crossover.” The XC70 can be ordered with […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Don’t forget about the Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza has been one of the forgotten compact cars. While most people focus on cars from the bigger automakers, the Impreza has been receiving improvements and should be considered as a strong choice. Subaru introduced the 2012 Impreza recently and the cars featured better designs and more efficient powertrains. The 2012 Impreza offers […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Evo really tears up the road

If you love to drive, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, better known as the Evo, has to be on your list of favorites. The Evo has been around for a long time elsewhere in the world but in the US it was like a forbidden fruit that could be ours only through gray market channels. When […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

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