August 2, 2013
Bottom line: The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a genuinely okay, safe, reliable and reasonably affordable compact crossover-utility vehicle for a young family. "Okay" means you can do better, and possibly for a similar or lower price. Ride, acceleration and handling: A solid C-plus in all three. Failing grade: Its third-row seats are flimsy and relatively useless. They are located too close to the rear lift-gate. They get an F. Body style/layout: This is front-engine, compact crossover-utility vehicle equipped, in base form,...
July 26, 2013
Bottom line: The 2013 Chrysler 300, continued for 2014, is a full-size sedan that can be outfitted for luxury or more economical running depending on the model and trim level. It's for seniors who take driving seriously. Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and acceleration are good, especially on straightaways on long drives. The car is a tad heavy (5,500 pounds gross vehicle weight), which means handling can be a bit dicey on twisty roads. Head-turning quotient: Formal, yet muscular, broad-shouldered, flab-sided and proud, it has attitude.
April 26, 2013
Bottom line: The 2014 Mazda 6, of which the Grand Touring version is the top model, is an ordinary-looking sedan gifted with extraordinary technology. It belongs at the top of the list for anyone shopping for a high-quality, reliable, safe and enjoyable family sedan. Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and handling are excellent. Acceleration is good, meaning that you can competently change lanes on high-speed expressways. Head-turning quotient: Blah. It gets trounced by models such as the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima...
April 26, 2013 |
The engineers won. That much is certain. Mazda Motor Corp. embarked on a noble mission — to rethink the entire automobile and to treat form and function as one in the process. The aesthetic goal was to elevate engineering to art. But Mazda partly missed that mark in its 2014 redevelopment of the Mazda 6 Grand Touring sedan, the subject of this week's review. There is little about the new Mazda 6 that is visually impressive. It is not ugly. But it isn't memorable or seductive either.
March 1, 2013
Bottom line: Anyone looking for a "me" small car with lots of personality, good performance, virtuous fuel economy, and excellent overall construction, safety and reliability, at a reasonable price, should consider the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks in all three. "Excellent," here, means it will please most drivers who want to have fun within the law on their way to wherever they are going. Head-turning quotient: Sparkling attractiveness inside and out. ...
February 22, 2013
Bottom line: We'll leave it to you all. Will it be the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman S All4 or the 2014 Subaru Forester Limited? Votes and comments will be collected by Victoria Manglapus at email@example.com and Michelle Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tallies will be presented online at washingtonpost.com/cars . Ride, acceleration and handling: The Subaru is excellent in all three categories in all kinds of...