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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 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 »
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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 »

2012 Volkswagen Golf R - An "Uber Heiss" Hatch, Indeed - Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R in Rising Blue Metallic rising against the cool blue yonder. Yet it's a "Uber Heiss" (Exceptionally Hot) Hatch.
Hatches are Un-Loved in America Unless They Happen to Be “Hot” Around the globe the Volkswagen Golf is regarded as the “Papa” of family compact cars with liftgates. The GTI version has few peers for the “benchmark of all hot hatches” title. Americans’ allergies to hatchbacks enable the Jetta sedan to trounce Golf sales by... Read more »

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 »
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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 »