Posts tagged "gallery"

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i - Coin Lob Into Fountain of Sports Active Ute - Review

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i: Rejuvenated Luxury Sports Activity Vehicle with "Ute-fullness." <br> <br> Base price has risen to $55,100. Previously optional Technology and Convenience packages are now standard for a net savings of $3300. Price of this well-optioned Mineral White Metallic tester: $70,975 <br>
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - Timeline, Fountain of Active Youth/ Utility: CIRCA 1999: “The Artist Formerly Formerly Known As Prince” prophesized it.  The “Little Blue Pill” [aka Sidenfil, or Viagra]” and the first luxury Sports Activity Vehicle, the... 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) List of Needs vs. Wants: Our reader “needed”: 1) Low purchase price 2) Above average cargo capacity and load flexibility. 3) Better... Read more »

2014 MINI Cooper S - Dreamsicle Corkscrew Shrieks - Review

2014 MINI Cooper S - Dreamsicle Corkscrew Shrieks - Review
Roller coaster riders raise arms high and shriek out in anticipation of that violent oncoming rush of air, combating nausea in the process. In the same spirit, “Drive…He Said” set out to see if the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper S, still yells out to all roadway “Italian Jobbers.” Makes New Bones About It: The third... Read more »
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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 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 Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta - DHS Compact Family Sedan Comparison - Review

Compact Family Foursome (CLOCKWISE from TOP LEFT): <br> <br> 2014 Kia Forte EX; 2014 Nissan Sentra SL; 2014 Toyota Corolla S; 2014.5 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 SE<br>
When tallying the number of compact family sedan segment “Do-Overs” over the past two years, “Drive…He Said” is running out of fingers. Mid-size sedans may still butter the bread for U.S. market carmakers. For now. But there’s a swelling urbanY & millenial generation. Theirs are fewer to house, feed, clothe, and educate. Recently “Drive…He Said”... Read more »
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2014 Mazda MX-5 Club - On the Farewell Circuit - Short Review + Video

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Club "Miata" is the swan-song for just the third generation of the most popular roadster ever. <br> <br> Our track-oriented True Red tester included power retracting hard-top, 6-speed manual transmission tester, sport dampers, limited slip diff and low-profile performance tires for $29,460.<br>
With the new Chevrolet C7 Corvette convertible already rolling out of Bowling Green, the next closely-guarded roadster secret is the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5. Aka the “Miata”, it’s world’s top selling continuously produced twin-seat roadster. Join the Club: In the final year of the NC MX-5, Mazda offers 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. Go fast... Read more »

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 Beijing and retirement communities, the Opel Insignia-based front-drive executive sedan was an... 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 wagon. Perhaps not since the early 1970′s P1800ES three-door “Shooting Brake” has... Read more »
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 - Bella Jeep After the Honeymoon - Review, Video

Jeep brings back the Cherokee moniker for 2014 with this all new compact sports activity vehicle.<br> <br> Base Cherokee Sport models, starting at $23,000, offer plenty of style and versatility. Adding 4x4, mid-level Latitude trim, auto climate control including heated seats, power driver's, and an  8.5" center LCD infotainment display prices the new Cherokee at $29,985.<br>
For 2013 a Year of Italian Culture was celebrated in the United States.  In case you missed them, festivities included performing and visual art events.  The gang at Fabbrici Italiano Automobilli Torino, led by bespectacled Mr. Baggy Sweaters, Sergio Marchionne,  also partied over their union with the remaining new Chrysler Corporation’s stock shares. The marriage... Read more »