Archive for August 2012

2012 Toyota Yaris SE Hatchback - Breaking an Egg

2012 Toyota Yaris SE sizzling in "Blazing Blue"
When the Toyota Yaris subcompact was first dropped on Americans in 2006, eighties TV fans must have thought they found “Mork’s Orkan” space orb. Talk about laying an egg. A generation later Toyota has finally cracked the Yaris orb into the frying pan and added a splash of hot sauce. Behold the 2012 Toyota Yaris... Read more »

2012 Kia Sorento SX - Seven beats Two and matches Five

2012 Kia Sorento SX: Starts with Kia's assertive front fascia and "steer-horns" headlights.
Ever hear of a seven passenger crossover that can match or better the fuel economy of some cars which go by the heading of “fuel efficiency champs?” No joke. We at “Drive…He Said” realize that on the road, your average SUV is often carrying no more persons than your typical pint-sized Smart For Two. But... Read more »

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth - Don't you dare call it "Cute"

This Scorpion can sting...
A week with the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth here at “Drive…He Said,” was replete with proclamations of  “How cute it looks.” Not even the $350 Rosso stripes or four Scorpion emblems affixed to our tester in the traditional launch Bianco color could ward off such comments. Basta, already! That junkyard dog on the choke collar... Read more »

2012 Kia Soul Eco - If You Start Me Up...I'll Sometimes Stop

The 2012 Kia Soul 1.6L Eco, dipped in a catchy color called "Alien."  Will at least one "real Alien" come forward to confirm their suspected lime green color?
Having sailed the Mediterranean Sea in a Euro-spec 2011 Kia Soul ! 1.6 we at “Drive…He Said” got the chance to sample the changes for 2012 in the U.S. spec Kia Soul + Eco 1.6L with 6 speed automatic transmission. About the only bodies of water we encountered were the slushy pools containing the melt... Read more »

2012 Nissan Quest LE - Family Transit Doubles as the Man's Lair

The 2012 Nissan Quest answers the question: Who really needs a "man's room" in the basement or garage, when you can have one on wheels, and occasionally activate it for the family's more mundane chores? Observant Hitchcock buffs should recognize Cary Grant in the role of Roger O. Thornhill running from the maniacal crop duster in "North By Northwest."
Hey, guys. And we do mean “GUYS.”  Especially husbands and dads. If you haven’t already noticed there is a recent craze out there for the “man’s lair or a personalized place to just hang-out.” Not the seedy neighborhood tavern or joints which the Pope might not approve of. We are talking upscale, almost posh. There ... Read more »

2013 Mazda CX-5 - Domo Arigato, for the Kodo

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5, already on sale in 2012.
Mazda recently introduced to North America its all-new 2013 CX-5 Skyactiv-G compact crossover activity vehicle. The new design theme is called “Kodo,”  which is Japanese for “Soul of Motion.” We’ll give it that, because the previous “Nagare” or “Flow” design resembled a Grinning Face or “Niyari Kao” on applications like the Mazda3 . Instead, this baby... Read more »