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2016 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h - Carolina Finer - First Drive Review

All-new  2016 Lexus RX 350 nestled in the woods outside Raleigh, North Carolina.  It's the 4th edition of the most popular luxury crossover utility vehicle sold in the United States. Assembled in Ontario, Canada, the new RX is priced starting from $41,900 for front-drive versions; $43,300 for all-wheel drive iterations.
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - It’s been just 4 years since a refresh of Lexus’ “ChiChi” RX Cross-Over Ute. Last week “Drive…He Said” sampled the new 4th generation  2016 Lexus RX 350 and 450h. The operations base: the sumptuous Umstead... 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 »

2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM - Sons of Toyota Lose Quirkiness, Keep Value - First Drive Review

"Son of Toyota" Renaissance:<br> <br> (TOP) All-new 2016 Scion iA subcompact family car, built off Mazda2 bones & muscle, priced loaded at $15,700.<br> <br> (BOTTOM) New for 2016 Scion iM sporty compact hatchback. Scion rebadged its European-market Toyota Auris, with familiar U.S. spec Corolla guts, pricing a loaded iM at  $18,460 <br>.
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - “Drive…He Said” just returned from a Scion Automobiles media preview in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was a first chance for seat time in the all-new 2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM automobiles.... Read more »

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 »

2015 GMC Canyon SLE Crewcab 4x4 - City Folk Pickup Pandering - Highlights Review

See how the all-new $39,090 2015 GMC Canyon 4WD SLE Crewcab, with 5'-foot 2"-inch shortbox, fits into 20'-foot two-vehicle house garage<br> <br> It also clears most urban public parking structures too.<br> <br> Canyon SL Extended Cab with 6'-foot 2"-inch long box prices start at $21,800.<br>
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - By trotting out their all-new Colorado/ Canyon mid-sizers this past fall, Chevrolet/ GMC assured City Folk at least 7/10ths of what Country Folk get in their half-ton pickups trucks. WHAT: “Drive…He Said”  sampled... 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 »

2015 FIAT 500C Abarth - Single-Footed Stomping the Scorpion - Short Review, Video

"The Tiny Terror from Toluca" (Mexico): 2014 FIAT 500C Abarth. Colored Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal to us Anglo's). All it takes to thoroughly enjoy this rambunctious, raucous rag-top Wild Child is genuine driver involvement and $26,195.<br> <br> Our fully loaded 5-speed manual tester, with leather seats, Beats audio, automatic climate control and TomTom pod-mount  SD navigation topped out at $31,645. <br>
Scorpions have one nasty sting! Just  like Godzilla did to Bambi, humans can dispatch that venomous insect with one “swift, single-footed stomp.” FIAT, maker of insect-sized cars, recently cajoled “Drive…He Said” into taking a quick spin in their “Scorpion”, the 2015 FIAT 500C Abarth. The “C” represents nature’s free air conditioning via a clever, pillar-full... 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 »

2015 Ford Mustang Launch Photos - Counting Car Birthdays

We are all born at “0″ years. When we celebrate a particular birthday, it marks the end of that number of years having passed since birth. Great if you want to feel “younger.” Car manufacturers have the luxury of playing “faster and looser” with an automobile’s  “birth reference point.” They can cite variables like “date... Read more »