Archive for February 2013

2013 Mazdaspeed3 - Satisfying the Need for Speed - Video Test Drive

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Steps for Satisfying the “Drive…He Said” Need for Speed in the 2013 Mazdaspeed3 front-drive five-door “hot hatchback“: 1) Depress the light-to-disengage Speed3 clutch pedal. 2) Find forward gear Numero Uno of the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, a unit which is notchy when cold and downright recalcitrant when hot. 3) Apply throttle bring revolutions of the... Read more »

2013 Lexus ES350 - Saluting the Sizable Sedate Set - Review

The 2013 Lexus ES350. Decadent luxury, decked-out at $43,600.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, is smart enough to leave well enough alone. Despite the recent trickle of more taught tuning from the LF-A supercar to the LS, GS and IS rear-drivers, there will be no F-sport coming to the front-drive ES full-size luxury sedan. Outselling the brand’s other sedans by a margin of 5 to... Read more »

It's the 2013 Chicago Auto Show or Mattress Shopping - Your Choice

The approach to over 1 million square feet of exhibit space at Chicago's McCormick Place, site of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. It runs from February 9th-18th.
President’s Day is almost here. There will be mattress sales and the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. “Drive…He Said” attended a media preview of the latter earlier this week. The nation’s largest indoor display of cars and light trucks, at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention hall,  is open to the public from February 9th-18th, 2013. Don’t Miss... Read more »
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2013 GMC Terrain Denali - It's a Short Climb Into the "High One" - Review

The prominent mirror finished grille gets the $35,000 2013 GMC Terrain Denali mid-size crossover ute all "truck-like." Yet it drives so "un-like" a truck.
It’s official. With just 6-inches of to-date seasonal snowfall here in Chicago, this winter is turning out to be a “dud.” What, then, to do with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali All-Wheel Drive mid-size premium crossover utility vehicle? “Drive…He Said” just drove the thing! The Terrain Denali breaks away from the “orb-shaped” mold with an... Read more »

From the Passenger's Seat - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Guest Review

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle 50s Edition. Fitted with Tiptronic transmission, cruise control and leather seating it barely breaks $26,000 in price.
Here at “Drive…He Said” home we have plenty of neighbors who have a genuine interest or curiosity in the vehicles that we park outside. The line can queue up pretty quickly when it’s the latest sports car or alternative energy vehicle. Or minivan.  One  gentleman neighbor, who can offer ninety-three (93!) years of perspective on... Read more »