Happy 2015, Illinoisans - Finally, a Fair Tax on Auto Leasing - DHS Money Matters

Happy 2015, Illinoisans - Finally, a Fair Tax on Auto Leasing - DHS Money Matters
DID YOU KNOW: that up until this year, Illinois consumers who leased new automobiles have been paying use tax on the full price value of any leased motor vehicle, less trade value; NEW PUBLIC ACT: 098-0628 effective as of January 1st, 2015, amends the Illinois Use Tax Act, Chapter 35 ILCS 105/2; APPLIES TO: any... Read more »

2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition 4x4 - At Home In Its Biome - Review

Out of "Good Ole San Antone'" comes the the 2015 Toyota Tundra half-ton pickup truck. Re-designed for 2014, the top-of-the-line 1794 Edition 4x4 comes standard in crew-max cab and standard 5.5 foot bed configuration.<br> <br>While pricing for a base edition Tundra 4x2 starts at $29,120, a fully loaded Tundra 1794 Edition with four-wheel drive, lists at just under $50,000.<br>
Riding the “Tail of the Dragon”  in the redesigned 2015 Toyota Tundra may have made “Drive…He Said” queasy. On Chicago’s very own “Yukon Trail” [short for this past "Winter of 2013-2014"] the Tundra made getting around pretty easy. (For a refresher of what that LOOKED like, please see the images below.) Go, Stop and Tow:... Read more »

DHS - Budget Utes Deserving a 2nd Look - 2014 Jeep Patriot, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

(TOP): Mid-compact 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at dirt affordable $15,900 (albeit with manual windows and manual transmission)<br> <br> (BOTTOM): compact 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SAV (including standard power windows and 18" alloy wheels) commences at $19,595.<br> <br> Each deserves a 2nd look from budget shoppers.<br>
One “Drive…He Said” reader recently contacted us with the ubiquitous “What is the most affordable new vehicle transportation I can get for my money?” We recommend a Three-Step process of car shopping: A) List of Needs vs. Wants: Our reader “needed”: 1) Low purchase price 2) Above average cargo capacity and load flexibility. 3) Better... Read more »
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2014 MINI Cooper S - Dreamsicle Corkscrew Shrieks - Review

2014 MINI Cooper S - Dreamsicle Corkscrew Shrieks - Review
Roller coaster riders raise arms high and shriek out in anticipation of that violent oncoming rush of air, combating nausea in the process. In the same spirit, “Drive…He Said” set out to see if the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper S, still yells out to all roadway “Italian Jobbers.” Makes New Bones About It: The third... Read more »

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD - Leaps and Bounds Into Act II - Review

Re-birthed 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L luxury executive sedan in a "caliente" Pamplona Red. Starting at $38,000, when only rear-wheel driven, this fully loaded all-wheel driven sample runs $52,450.
One fine spring morning, in a valley nestled in America’s Dairyland, but for the eau of cattle generated methane, peacefulness reigned. Then came engine thunder and parting of air, courtesy of an all new luxury executive sedan bolting over the crest of a hill, through a steep corkscrew dip. Quick double-tugs on  the steering wheel... Read more »

Takata Airbag Safety Recall - Have Your Airbags Hugged You Lately? - Automotive Safety News

Takata Airbag Safety Recall - Have Your Airbags Hugged You Lately? - Automotive Safety News
Hopefully, few of us will ever be hugged by a passenger vehicle’s air bags. Ever.     Since April 1989, 100′s of millions of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. have been fitted with these accelerometer triggered, nitrogen gas filling, talc coated woven nylon Supplemental Restraint Systems.       Modern passenger cars,... Read more »
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2015 FIAT 500C Abarth - Single-Footed Stomping the Scorpion - Short Review, Video

"The Tiny Terror from Toluca" (Mexico): 2014 FIAT 500C Abarth. Colored Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal to us Anglo's). All it takes to thoroughly enjoy this rambunctious, raucous rag-top Wild Child is genuine driver involvement and $26,195.<br> <br> Our fully loaded 5-speed manual tester, with leather seats, Beats audio, automatic climate control and TomTom pod-mount  SD navigation topped out at $31,645. <br>
Scorpions have one nasty sting! Just  like Godzilla did to Bambi, humans can dispatch that venomous insect with one “swift, single-footed stomp.” FIAT, maker of insect-sized cars, recently cajoled “Drive…He Said” into taking a quick spin in their “Scorpion”, the 2015 FIAT 500C Abarth. The “C” represents nature’s free air conditioning via a clever, pillar-full... Read more »

2014 Ford Fiesta ST - Ode to Li'l Green Monster - Review, Video

$22,225 buys Ford's "Li'l Green Monster", the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. Actually, it's an extra $595 for the SEMA worthy Green Envy Metallic tricoat paint. But so worth it. At least in the States, the Fiesta ST may well be the subcompact 5-door hot hatchback to beat.
Boston’s historic Fenway Park has the “Green Monster,” an immense wall meant to taunt big-league sluggers. Ford has now created a “Li’l Green Monster” of its own. Glowing in Green Envy, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is that hot hatchback that will taunt boy-racers and pedestrians alike. But to forgo an ode to the Ford... Read more »

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7 Hemi - American Muscle Smokes Tires - Video Road Test

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“Drive…He Says” says: nothing on the road comes close to rear-drive American muscle cars when it’s time to “Burn Rubber.” AKA “Lay a Patch.” It’s the reason that Dodge brought out it’s $60,000 707 horsepower Nuke, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat this year. How much “tire smoking” will about half the power and half the... Read more »
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2015 Honda Fit vs. 2015 Nissan Versa Note - Versatile Fitting Hatchbacks - Comparison Review

Two versatile fitting "True-Blue"hatchbacks go to the Gym for a "workout." <br> <br>(TOP): re-designed 2015 Honda Fit, starting at $15,525 with a loaded EX-L with moonroof, leather and navigation jogging at $21,590.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): 2015 spruces up the Nissan Versa Note with a sporty new SR model. Our tester including rear-view camera and NissanConnect apps comes in at under $19,180. <br>
Honda used to make a city sub-compact car called the Civic. Mom used to drive us kids around in that 3-door hatchback, with 4-speed manual, AM radio and no rear window defroster. Today’s Civic, unrecognizable to the former, has morphed into one of the more premium, satisfying to drive small family sedans out there. In... Read more »