Posts tagged "Front-wheel drive"

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 Honda Accord Coupe V6 - Save the Double Door Part Deux - Quick Review

2016 Honda Accord Coupe digs its heels in on the 2-door front-wheel drive mid-size coupe.<br> <br> Starting at $23,875 for a 4-cylinder manual version, this top trim V6 Touring automatic runs $34,225.<br> <br> This year's more dapper duds are underpinned by: Thinner, wider wing-themed grille flanked by tweezed headlamps trimmed in LEDs and black mesh lower fascia with thin strip LEDs contained in simulated cooling duct corners. All very Acura-esque.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * When the local supermarket announces it’s axing the only affordable house-branded alternative to pricey Ben & Jerry’s pistachio ice cream panic sets in. Yet few lamented the passing of  the Nissan Altima Coupe and Toyota Solara. “Drive…He Said” thinks maybe those brands didn’t... 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 Volkswagen Golf GTI - HOTness To Take Home - Review, Video

Re-designed 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI = "Hot Hatchness" any enthusiast driver would want to have a long-term relationship with.<br> <br> Starting price for romance with the new GTI: $24,875<br>
Relationships with “HOT-ness”, memorable though they may be, aren’t always KEEPERS. Exception: “Drive…He Said’s”  relationship with the re-designed 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI . Hot Hatch Bodacious : Take an iconic, if slightly prosaic, small family hatchback. ADD: √ Chiseled lower air-dam, √ Roof spoiler,  √ Faux mesh rear lower diffuser, √ Tweezed rectangular bezeled light... Read more »

DHS - Budget Utes Deserving a 2nd Look - 2014 Jeep Patriot, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

(TOP): Mid-compact 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at dirt affordable $15,900 (albeit with manual windows and manual transmission)<br> <br> (BOTTOM): compact 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SAV (including standard power windows and 18" alloy wheels) commences at $19,595.<br> <br> Each deserves a 2nd look from budget shoppers.<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – One “Drive…He Said” reader recently contacted us with the ubiquitous “What is the most affordable new vehicle transportation I can get for my money?” We recommend a Three-Step process of car shopping: A)... Read more »
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2014 Buick Regal Turbo - Three Wishes Granted - Review

Two iconic American motoring names: the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo at Milwaukee's Harley Davidson museum. <br> <br> 2014 Regal changes are more than skin deep. There's more power, available all-wheel drive, driver's assist suites, improved cabin materials and interfacing technology. <br> <br> Starting at $33,300, our Smoky Grey Metallic front-drive tester with Premium II feature set rang in at $38,270. Now laying down the gaunlet to premium European and Asian executive sporty sedans.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * Sometimes you want to like something a lot more than you do. When “Drive…He Said” last drove the [then] all-new 2012 Buick Regal Turbo, we gave Buick credit for accepting the mantle from the GM’s deep-sixed Saturn division. For a brand ever popular in... Read more »

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Sport Vagn Ho - Review

"Parked Near Jets", the Power Blue Metallic 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E compact executive 5-door sport wagon has landed in the U.S.<br> <br> Starting price for front-drive models is $35,300. In well-equipped Premier Plus trim, with Sport and BLIS driver assistance packages make that $42,225.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * “Drive…He Said” sighs each time Europeans or Australians receive an elongated five-door Touring/ Estate version of some luxury sports sedan or another. From the land of pickled herring, Henning Mankell mysteries and assemble-it-yourself furniture, Volvo has always been a notorious proponent of the station... 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 Kia Cadenza - Ringer For a Four Ringer - Review

The 2014 Kia Cadenza. The full-sized front-drive sedan is appointed with Nappa leathers, heated steering, seating, ventilated front seats, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control.<br>  <br>Throw in a panoramic roof, voice commanded navigation & infotainment, dual-zone auto climate, HID and LED lighting, and 19" wheels and the MSRP is under $42,000.<br>
________________________________ At a time of overwhelming SUV popularity, nothing in the junior executive lot proclaims “You’ve arrived” better than a premium full size sedan.  Like the 2014 Kia Cadenza. It’s Bavarian handsome, with a milder rendition of the “tiger nose” culled from the mid-size Kia Optima , is nearly a  ringer for a previous Audi A8... Read more »