The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous “driving appliance.” The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because they are the middle-of-the-road “white bread” option, not in-spite of the vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don’t find anything wrong with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder […]
If you’re looking for fun in a small package you have few options in America today and if you want a coupe then you have even less. The CR-Z is gone, Ford may or may not bring the Fiesta back to the USA, Mazda stuck a fork in the Mazda2, Scion closed and took the […]
Ford’s Fiesta SFE is the product that puts the Eco in Ecoboost. Unlike the other Ford turbocharged products that are big on boost and a little shy on eco, this 1.0L three cylinder turbo compact hatch delivered the best fuel economy I’ve experienced in a non-hybrid. Averaging between 39 and 43 MPG in mixed driving, […]
The Stinger is officially the best car I drove in 2017. Not because it’s the best handling, or fastest car, or most luxurious car I drove last year but because the Stinger raises the bar for affordable performance vehicles. It’s both practical and fun to drive, it’s comfortable yet affordable and most importantly, it’s attainable […]
We flew all the way to sunny San Diego to check out the all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Hatchback, I mean note, I mean Versa Note Hatchback. The name confusion is caused by Nissan selling the plucky hatch in Europe as
The Crosstrek can be thought of as the Outback’s mini-me. Essentially a Subaru Impreza wagon with some additional rugged touches the Crosstek is one of the most capable small crossovers in America while also being one of the most car-like in its class.
The Subaru Impreza has long been one of the least expensive ways to get AWD in America but previous versions struggled when it came to value if AWD wasn’t on your “must have” list. With that in mind, Subaru completely redesigned their compact sedan for 2017 and 2018 tossing in more standard equipment, new entertainment […]
After selling on the dubious tag line “Yaris! It’s a car” for several years, Toyota went back to the drawing board and decided to give subcompact hatchback shoppers more style, better handling, a snazzier interior and, oddly enough, a huge dose of value as well. The Yaris may be stuck with a 4-speed automatic transmission, […]