2014 Scion FR-S - Tangerine Drift Dream - Review

Starting at $24,700, the 2014 Scion FR-S 2+2 rear drive sports coupe, done-up in Hot Lava, is a tangerine drift dream.
WANTED: -  ONE front-engine, rear drive 2+2 coupe sports car that won’t break the bank and can drift with the best of them. REPLY: - ONE Hot Lava 2014 Scion FR-S (Front engine, Rear-wheel drive – Sport) COMMISSIONED: -  by Toyota, in a nod to the AE86 Corolla GT-S, hence the GT86 model name outside... Read more »

2014 BMW 435i xDrive - Deciphering Luxury Sports Coupe Code - Review, Video

2014 BMW 435i xDrive. A new series designation for the "Father of Modern Luxury Sport Coupes" brings a more purposeful design, greater fuel savings and performance enhancements, starting at $48,300 for the all-wheel drive variant. <br><br> They piled the options on our Alpine White tester bringing the price to $63,725. And that was without the optional Driver's Assistance package.<br>
“Drive…He Said” bids R.I.P. to BMW “3-Series Coupe,” 1975-2012. What started as the father of modern compact luxury sport coupes, added two more doors, proving driving purity, refinement and practicality could cohabitate. This is how they now number model series at Bayerische Motoren Werke A.G.: Odd-numbers = 4-doors; Even-numbers = 2-doors. Except when the Even-numbers... Read more »

2014 Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta - DHS Compact Family Sedan Comparison - Review

Compact Family Foursome (CLOCKWISE from TOP LEFT): <br> <br> 2014 Kia Forte EX; 2014 Nissan Sentra SL; 2014 Toyota Corolla S; 2014.5 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 SE<br>
When tallying the number of compact family sedan segment “Do-Overs” over the past two years, “Drive…He Said” is running out of fingers. Mid-size sedans may still butter the bread for U.S. market carmakers. For now. But there’s a swelling urbanY & millenial generation. Theirs are fewer to house, feed, clothe, and educate. Recently “Drive…He Said”... Read more »
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco - After a Clean Shave - First Drive Review

Hyundai calls the more mature, groomed look we the 2015 Sonata mid-size family sedan, "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0." How about "Jr. Genesis?"<br> <br> Starting price for the base Sonata SE 2.4L w/ six-speed auto-box is $21,150. That represents a $300 price drop from the outgoing model. There is also greater contenting with standard driver's knee air-bag and LED daytime running lights.<br>
Hyundai recently invited the local automotive press for a preview of their more than refreshed 2015 Sonata mid-size, front-drive family sedan. We’ll give it to Hyundai that the 2010 Sonata broke with all previous family sedan ground rules. Fluidic Sculpture 1.0 was the stylistic wild-child meant to grab attention. Sonata sales skyrocketed to 200,000+ NA... Read more »

2014 Mazda MX-5 Club - On the Farewell Circuit - Short Review + Video

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Club "Miata" is the swan-song for just the third generation of the most popular roadster ever. <br> <br> Our track-oriented True Red tester included power retracting hard-top, 6-speed manual transmission tester, sport dampers, limited slip diff and low-profile performance tires for $29,460.<br>
With the new Chevrolet C7 Corvette convertible already rolling out of Bowling Green, the next closely-guarded roadster secret is the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5. Aka the “Miata”, it’s world’s top selling continuously produced twin-seat roadster. Join the Club: In the final year of the NC MX-5, Mazda offers 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. Go fast... Read more »

2014 Buick Regal Turbo - Three Wishes Granted - Review

Two iconic American motoring names: the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo at Milwaukee's Harley Davidson museum. <br> <br> 2014 Regal changes are more than skin deep. There's more power, available all-wheel drive, driver's assist suites, improved cabin materials and interfacing technology. <br> <br> Starting at $33,300, our Smoky Grey Metallic front-drive tester with Premium II feature set rang in at $38,270. Now laying down the gaunlet to premium European and Asian executive sporty sedans.<br>
Sometimes you want to like something a lot more than you do. When “Drive…He Said” last drove the [then] all-new 2012 Buick Regal Turbo, we gave Buick credit for accepting the mantle from the GM’s deep-sixed Saturn division. For a brand ever popular in Beijing and retirement communities, the Opel Insignia-based front-drive executive sedan was an... Read more »
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2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Sport Vagn Ho - Review

"Parked Near Jets", the Power Blue Metallic 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E compact executive 5-door sport wagon has landed in the U.S.<br> <br> Starting price for front-drive models is $35,300. In well-equipped Premier Plus trim, with Sport and BLIS driver assistance packages make that $42,225.<br>
“Drive…He Said” sighs each time Europeans or Australians receive an elongated five-door Touring/ Estate version of some luxury sports sedan or another. From the land of pickled herring, Henning Mankell mysteries and assemble-it-yourself furniture, Volvo has always been a notorious proponent of the station wagon. Perhaps not since the early 1970′s P1800ES three-door “Shooting Brake” has... Read more »

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive Part II? - Ford Is Covering the Northwest 'Burbs This Saturday

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive Part II? - Ford Is Covering the Northwest 'Burbs This Saturday
Wednesday,  “Drive…He Said” told you about Toyota’s Drive Center roving public test drives hitting the south and west suburbs in Bolingbrook, Illinois this weekend. Ford, on the other hand, has the northwest ‘burbs covered with it’s 2014 Ecoboost Tour WHAT:  Ford’s 2014 Ecoboost Tour is bringing out turbocharged models and hybrids for back-to-back driving comparisons with... Read more »

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - Toyota Brings It to Bolingbrook This Weekend

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - Toyota Brings It to Bolingbrook This Weekend
          WHAT:  Toyota Drive Center brings new versions of their 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Tacoma and Tundra for test drives. WHERE:  Bass Pro Shops parking lot [at the Promenade]: 709 Janes Ave. in Bolingbrook, Illinois WHEN:  June 19, 2014 12 pm – 6pm; June 20 – 22, 2014 10 am – 6... Read more »
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 - Bella Jeep After the Honeymoon - Review, Video

Jeep brings back the Cherokee moniker for 2014 with this all new compact sports activity vehicle.<br> <br> Base Cherokee Sport models, starting at $23,000, offer plenty of style and versatility. Adding 4x4, mid-level Latitude trim, auto climate control including heated seats, power driver's, and an  8.5" center LCD infotainment display prices the new Cherokee at $29,985.<br>
For 2013 a Year of Italian Culture was celebrated in the United States.  In case you missed them, festivities included performing and visual art events.  The gang at Fabbrici Italiano Automobilli Torino, led by bespectacled Mr. Baggy Sweaters, Sergio Marchionne,  also partied over their union with the remaining new Chrysler Corporation’s stock shares. The marriage... Read more »