Posts tagged "Manual Transmission"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

2013 Mazdaspeed3 - Satisfying the Need for Speed - Video Test Drive

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Steps for Satisfying the “Drive…He Said” Need for Speed in the 2013 Mazdaspeed3 front-drive five-door “hot hatchback“: 1) Depress the light-to-disengage Speed3 clutch pedal. 2) Find forward gear Numero Uno of the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, a unit which is notchy when cold and downright recalcitrant when hot. 3) Apply throttle bring revolutions of the... Read more »

2012 Volkswagen Golf R - An "Uber Heiss" Hatch, Indeed - Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R in Rising Blue Metallic rising against the cool blue yonder. Yet it's a "Uber Heiss" (Exceptionally Hot) Hatch.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Hatches are Un-Loved in America Unless They Happen to Be “Hot” Around the globe the Volkswagen Golf is regarded as the “Papa” of family compact cars with liftgates. The GTI version has few peers for the “benchmark of all hot hatches” title. Americans’... Read more »
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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 »