Posts in category "Lifestyle - Transportation - Automotive - Technology - Fuel Efficiency"

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 »

2017 Toyota Prius Two Eco - Fourth Generation Godfather of Green - Quick Review

2017 Toyota Prius Two Eco in Blue Crush Metallic hue: <br> <br> 4th Generation Godfather of Green Driving evolves with new battery tech. more conventional packaging & standard driver assist tech in a $26,554 compact family liftback.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) Until the day comes when all roads are smart roads intermittently lined with magnetic inductive charging network or a network of liquefied hydrogen fueling stations…   RIGHT NOW, gas-electric hybrid powered vehicles are the name of mainstream green motoring... Read more »

2016 Mazda3 i 4-Door Grand Touring - Driving Matters People's Car - Quick Review

Reflex Blue Mica 2016 Mazda3 i 4-door casts a seductive silhouette among small family sedans. It just so happens to be a brilliant performer, while returning excellent fuel economy, too. <br> <br> Starting price is $17,845, with a well optioned i Grand Touring listing for $23,435.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: George Straton, Roadblazing.com) In 1938, Ferdinand Porsche designed an simple, efficient, affordable small family People’s Car for a national road network conceived for theoretically unlimited speeds. Almost 8 decades later the United States never did get public roads designed for unlimited... Read more »
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2016 Ford F-150 Supercrew 4x4 Lariat - Just Try Bare Hand Crushing This Pickup - Review

Say HOWDY PARDN'R to the bold new 3-Bar grille 2016 Ford F-150. America's most popular half-ton was re-designed in 2015. .<br> <br> Prices begin at under $25K and can exceed $60K in Platinum trim. Our Supercrew Lariat 4x4 short box pegged at a hefty $54K.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (NOTE: This review has been UPDATED with CORRECTIONS since original publication.) Last year, Ford re-designed its 35 year strong top-selling F-150 half-ton pick-up truck around an aluminum body. Apparently, the mostly [Chevrolet] “Bow Tie Fans” who heckled “Isn’t that what soda pop cans... Read more »

Two Kinds of Ponies in the Northwest 'Burbs This Saturday - 2015 Ford Ecoboost Challenge Test Drives and 2015 Ford Edge CUV Giveaway, video

Two Kinds of Ponies in the Northwest 'Burbs This Saturday - 2015 Ford Ecoboost Challenge Test Drives and 2015 Ford Edge CUV Giveaway, video
Want to give your Mom an early Mother’s Day gift she won’t soon forget? Take Mom over to  Ford’s 2015 Ecoboost Challenge. WHAT: Ford’s 2015 Ecoboost Challenge is bringing out turbocharged models and hybrids for back-to-back driving comparisons with competitors’ models. WHAT IS ECOBOOST: Ford’s patented turbocharging = feeding a gasoline engine greater volumes of... 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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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 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel - Serious Bladder Control - Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel supports the assertion that this is the "Year of the Diesels."<br> <br>The Cruze Diesel rewards the fuel frugal with many unexpected comforts: leather seats, heated front and power driver seat, remote start, OnStart subscription telematics and MyLink hands-free communications at $24,800.<br> <br>Our Blue Ray Metallic tester pushed the MSRP needle to $28,000. Options  included 7" LCD touch screen w/ SD Navigation, rear park assist, reverse camera, rear cross traffic alert, BLIS and Pioneer premium audio.<br>
________________________________ Remember those Oldsmobile V8 diesels that were all the rage in early 1980’s Cadillac Sevilles, Eldorados, Olds Ninety-Eights and Toronados? How you could hear them from two blocks away? Merely idling? Piston connecting rods likely cracking? Belching out dark plumes of smoke? Last year the “Drive…He Said” crystal ball forecasted a diesel engine “Renaissance”... Read more »

2014 Mazda3 i Grand Touring - What Does 走る楽し Spell? - Review

2014 Mazda3 i Grand Touring -  What Does 走る楽し Spell? - Review
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Did we mention that the very first “Drive…He Said” impressions of the 2014 Mazda3 remake came on a road racing circuit? Under-shod (215/60-16 H M+S)  and under-displaced (1998 cc 155hp) we were sandwiched between... Read more »
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2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDi - Bug Imitating Camel - Review

For a touring rag-top with "To Die For" highway fuel economy and gobs of passing power, there's the "TDi." Planted on the rear of our Candy White 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, "TDi" = "Power by Rudolf Diesel."<br>  <br>Priced at $31,000 with navigation, we think the extra $2600 spent over the base inline 5-pot "gas" engine earns it a place high-up the compact "drop top" Short List.<br> <br> Does cruise control belong on the left side high beam/ turn signal steering column stalk?<br>
“Drive…He Said” recently put Volkswagen of America’s Mark Gillies on the spot. We asked whether every VW offering in the U.S. would eventually feature torque brimming diesel powerplants. Gillies winked and said Americans should expect diesels across the entire VW line by the next model cycles. For Now: Americans make do with six VW models... Read more »