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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

What's Electric at the PGA 2013 BMW Western Open in Lake Forest - This Weekend

What's Electric at the PGA 2013 BMW Western Open in Lake Forest - This Weekend
Well it sure isn’t today’s rainy weather at the PGA 2013 BMW Western Open Golf Tournament  being held at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.  [UPDATE: The final round has officially been extended to Monday September 16.] This after Jim Furyk’s record score of 59 set on Friday. Or Tiger Woods’ two -point deduction at... 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 adjustable steering wheel with thumb detents at 10 and 2 o’clock 3) Depress a pillow-soft clutch pedal which engages and releases swiftly... Read more »

If You're In Wicker Park...tomorrow...do something SMART

If You're In Wicker Park...tomorrow...do something SMART
  Planning to be in the vicinity the Chicago neighborhood of Damen, just south of Milwaukee, actually under the Blue Line tracks? Also known as Wicker Park. Tomorrow July 7th, 2013, from 11am to 4pm. May we recommend stopping next to Big Star taqueria at 1531 N. Damen Avenue. http://bigstarchicago.com/ Take a test drive in... Read more »

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 »
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