Posts in category "Lifestyle - Transportation - Automotive - Reviews - Mid-size sedans"

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring - Spoiling Budget Enthusiasts' Glutes - Quick Review

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring: Possibly the most "Buff-looking" front-drive mid-size family sedan, in its most upscale trim, finished in Machine Grey Metallic, garners admiring stares from on-lookers;<br> <br> Priced at $34,530 it is among few in the segment imparting as much "Oneness of Driver and Steed."<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Peter Stamatis) Three+ years ago “Drive…He Said” heaped restrained praise:   “There, we said it. In spite of the [meh] interior styling, [flimsy trim and spartan appointments], we cannot immediately think of another family sedan for $21,000 out the door that... Read more »

2016 Kia Optima SX Limited 2.0T - My Blue Family Sedan Heaven - Quick Review

Redesigned 2016 Kia Optima SX-Limited is intent on breaking out from the tight mid-size family sedan mid-pack position.<br> <br>Pricing starts < $23K, with this top trim Horizon Blue SX-L version stickering at $36,615.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) At the head of the pack there are two cemented in popularity. For the rest of the mid size family sedan pack, none is going break out based on good looks or performance alone.   But it sure can’t... Read more »

2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R AWD - Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Family Haul - Quick Review

2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R AWD exists because many Americans "enjoy" Four Seasons. This Twilight Blue Metallic tester comes fully equipped at $33,080.
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, Roadblazing.com) Car and Driver recently culled some data showing that only 8-10% of American buyers of volume family cars demand the greatest possible tractive control afforded by All-Wheel Drive. This despite 52-60% of non-luxury crossovers and sport utility vehicles... Read more »
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T & 2015 Toyota Camry XSE V6 - Fortified for Enthusiast Families - Comparison Review

America's Front-drive Family Dragsters: <br> <br> (TOP): 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T well contented, but sans moonroof or Navigation, at $29,510<br> <br> (BOTTOM): 2015 Toyota Camry XSE V6, loaded at $35,668 <br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Toyota entered its “Camry” body shell into NASCAR (North American Stock Car Automotive Racing) competition in 2007. Ford since entered a Fusion shell onto the typical NASCAR rear drive chassis with 5.8L V-8... Read more »

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 Nissan Altima + 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T - Mid-Size Family Matters - Comparison Review

(LEFT) 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 in Metallic Slate. Starting at just over $22,000 with CVT automated transmission. Our $30,106 SL tester included leather, moonroof, HD navigation and blind spot, lane departure and rear moving object warning.<br>  <br> (RIGHT) 2014 Volkswagen 1.8T in Platinum Grey. $21,000 buys a base 5-speed manual. This $31,715 SEL Premium automatic model featured 18" alloy wheels, LED trim lights, leather trim, moonroof and HD navigation. <br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Last year crossover / sports utility vehicles outsold passenger cars in the United States. Yet 1.8 million Toyota Camrys, Honda Accords, Nissan Altimas, Ford Fusions, Hyundai Sonatas and Chevy Malibus found homes here.... Read more »
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2014 Mazda6 Sport - "Just The Way You Are" - Review / Video

2014 Mazda6 Sport - "Just The Way You Are" - Review / Video
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – You know you are spoiled rotten when you are able to do the following in a car: 1) Slip into a thorax molded, hip hugging seat 2) Grab onto a perfectly sized, fully... Read more »

2013 Volkswagen CC Sport - Planes, Trains, Automobiles - Review

The 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, airplane watching, from a safe distance.
The last time “Drive…He Said” photographed a sporty executive sedan next to equally sleek aircraft landing at an “undisclosed” Midwestern Aerodrome  we were chastised that the license plate would be recorded for posterity. “Heck, buddy, this car belongs to the manufacturer’s press fleet.” The next time out to the airport perimeter was in the 2013 Volkswagen CC... Read more »

2013 Kia Optima SXL - Seeking Rarefied Air - Review

The 2013 Kia Optima SXL. "L" stands for "Limited." A letter dictated by the fully loaded $35,000 price. Ouch!
You can always count on some real cold in the atmosphere here at Drive…He Said’s” Chicago abode. Not that it would stop the 2013 Kia Optima SXL, glass roof and all, from seeking it’s own rarefied air. For the Birdwatchers Among Us: Observe and ponder the differences between the robin (not the  boy wonder) and... Read more »
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The Factory or Bust in the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi - Factory Tour / Review

The Candy White 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi turbo-diesel family sedan back "home" at its 1.2 million square foot "birthplace" nestled in 1400 acres of rolling hills outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The $27,000 sticker of our SE model with 6-speed manual transmission asserts that "fuel efficient family car suited for long trips" and "on a budget" are not mutually exclusive.
Suffering  from “battery electric vehicle range anxiety” this holiday season? We at “Drive…He Said” picked up a “half-witted” key to a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi, to evaluate what might be the perfect antidote. What better way to combat our own anxiety than by taking the high road to that “Birtplace-of-all-Passats” in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In days... Read more »