January 24, 2013 |
When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show , the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced compact sedan, the 2013 Dart offered a range of options to please driving enthusiasts. The reception from the general public, however, has been more muted -- so much so that, according to AutoNews , Chrysler executives have taken pains to...
March 22, 2013
Bottom line: The Sonata, with a major restyling for the 2012 model year, has undergone modest revisions for 2013. A manual gearbox is no longer available in the base GLS model. A six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually is standard. The Sonata, especially the top-of-the-line Limited, remains one of the best buys available among midsize family sedans. Head-turning quotient: Among the best in the business. Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good...
June 29, 2012
Bottom line: It's time for a major redo of the Fiesta. Ford might look at the new Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Elantra, both of which use their share of renewable and recyclable materials but have managed to present themselves as class acts. Ride, acceleration and handling: Okay in all respects. There's nothing sensational, but it gets the A-to-B job done reliably. Head-turning quotient: Cute body and semi-"Star Wars" interior. It works, for a while. Body style/layout: The Ford Fiesta is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive...
May 18, 2008
Complaints: The Impreza sedan is not a car for everyone. It will please practical souls but will not satisfy adventurous sorts, such as my associate, Ria Manglapus, who found the Impreza "less than impressive" in styling and performance. Ride, acceleration and handling: Mary Anne and I gave it "good" marks in all three categories. Ria called it a "snoozemobile. " Head-turning quotient: Eccentricity flooded by mainstream. We'd rather have ugly that is so ugly it's cute than styling that is so vanilla it's forgettable.
October 10, 2012 |
Only 11 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles were ever built, making them among the rarest and most desirable of Mopar muscle cars . Among Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles , it doesn't get any more exclusive than one of one built, like the 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible seen here. The only 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible sprayed in "Plum Crazy" (and one of two originally built for export to Canada) will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson's upcoming Scottsdale auction, as part of its exclusive "Salon...
March 19, 2013 |
Small families looking for efficient, versatile vehicles are flocking to the compact crossover class, where automakers are keeping it fresh and competitive with frequent redesigns and new models. After six years with minimal changes, the 2013 Toyota RAV4's redesign is an awkward dance of two steps forward, one step back. The updates are big: The RAV4 loses its available V-6 and third row of seats, upgrades to a six-speed automatic transmission and swaps its swing-gate cargo door for a more conventional roof-hinged liftgate.