Posts tagged "comparison"

2015 Honda Fit vs. 2015 Nissan Versa Note - Versatile Fitting Hatchbacks - Comparison Review

Two versatile fitting "True-Blue"hatchbacks go to the Gym for a "workout." <br> <br>(TOP): re-designed 2015 Honda Fit, starting at $15,525 with a loaded EX-L with moonroof, leather and navigation jogging at $21,590.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): 2015 spruces up the Nissan Versa Note with a sporty new SR model. Our tester including rear-view camera and NissanConnect apps comes in at under $19,180. <br>
Honda used to make a city sub-compact car called the Civic. Mom used to drive us kids around in that 3-door hatchback, with 4-speed manual, AM radio and no rear window defroster. Today’s Civic, unrecognizable to the former, has morphed into one of the more premium, satisfying to drive small family sedans out there. In... 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. Throw in Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda6 and Subaru Legacy and you have 13% of the new vehicle market. Crossovers might have... Read more »

2014 Fiat 500L and 2014 Kia Soul - Getting Personal - Comparison Review + Vids

Cute Utes - (TOP) 2014 FIAT 500L starts at $19,195 for a base Pops edition. A loaded 500L Lounge registers at $27,745<br> <br>(BOTTOM) 2014 Kia Soul 1.6L base stickers at $15,495, while our filled-to-the-gills Soul ! 2.0L rings up at $26,195<br>
Small “urban crossover vehicles” sure started out bland, boxy and inert. See the original Scion xB.  An infusion of soul gave them the lifestyle that milennials expect. We say “personal crossover.“ Two of the “Cuter Utes” to recently hit the U.S. scene include the 2014 FIAT 500L and the reworked 2014 Kia Soul, both which... Read more »
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2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than a Smart For Two. Make that TWO Smart For Twos. Have you... Read more »

2014 Ford Fiesta SE and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT - Shift-It-Yourself Subs - Comparison Review

Chevrolet (TOP) and Ford (BOTTOM) offer their respective Sonic LT (top) and Fiesta SE (bottom) 5-door sub-compacts with manual transmissions.<br>  <br> Both start at the $16,000 mark and are nicely contented for under $19,000 (if you omit the Sonic's dealer-installed "black-out" kit).<br> For drivers who like to do the "Demi Plie" with three pedals and stick shift. <br>
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - “Why bother making and selling manual transmission sub-compact cars that probably will never hit a professional road course, and in a country [United States] where barely one out of every eleven 200 million... Read more »

2013 Hyundai Azera and 2013 Toyota Avalon - Sumo-Sized Sedans to the Mat - Comparison Review

Never before have their been so many choices among  full-size premium sedans sold in North America.  From the Far East: (top) the 2013 Hyundai Azera starts at $32,250. Our Venetian Red Pearl tester from Asan, Korea went out the door loaded for $37,225.<br>  <br> (bottom) the new-for-2013 Toyota Avalon priced from $31,000. As tested our Limited model in Sizzling Crimson Mica (a reddish-brown) came in at $42K.  Actually, the Avalon is assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky with lots of parts from Japan.<br>
“Drive…He Said” stuck forks into two 40 oz. Porterhouses when we matched the  2013 Ford Taurus to the 2013 Chrysler 300S . And now, for an Asian take on extra automotive cholesterol at the buffet table, we have two Sumo-sizers from the Far East, the 2013 Hyundai Azera and the 2013 Toyota Avalon. The Taurus... Read more »
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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and 2013 Mistubishi Lancer GT - Will the Genuine GT Step Forward - Comparison Review

Will the "Real GT" step forward. (top to bottom) the five-door 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and the four-door 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT.
“Touring Car” = an automobile suitable for distance driving, typically in two-door sedan configuration. Back seat included. Touring Car + a dash of refinement + a pinch of occupant comfort = “Grand Touring Car” So “Drive…He Said” is wondering “How in the hey” do two front-drive small family haulers, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback... Read more »

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD and 2013 Audi A4 Quattro - For This Driving Dimension - Review / Comparison

Belles of the AWD compact luxury sport sedan ball. (Top to Bottom): The 2013 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro and the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD.
In another dimension drivers are as capable as a space-shuttle orbiter pilot.  Roads are dry as a bone. The only congestion on them is for those who have the sniffles. Occupants are light as feathers. Heavy cargo: there isn’t any. There the conventional wisdom of rear-wheel drive for optimal vehicle control works just fine. Reality... Read more »

RO-RO Your Kia Soul Gently Down to Crete

Recently your faithful “Drive…He Said” crew had the stars sufficiently aligned in our favor to be given a KIA’s new SOUL sub compact CUV to play with in of all places, Greece. Despite that country’s public debt service issues, we are still speaking of the glorious Mediterranean islands chock full of well-heeled Western Europeans and... Read more »
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