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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 »

2015 Kia Forte Koup SX - Aperture & Letter Omissions Keep Breed Alive - Quick Review

2015 Kia Forte Koup SX 1.6T is a "Juiced-Up" version of the well-received Forte compact family sedan...Minus two doors. Keeping the breed alive.<br> <br> The base EX variant is sensibly priced from $18,590, while our 201 hp SX tester ran $25,485<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Until recently “affordable enthusiastic driving” was the domain of high-style, but lower utility, two-door coupes. Then, “Drive…He Said” discovered some enthusiastic four-doors out there, picking the sleek  2014 Kia Forte EX  automatic as tops... Read more »

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel - Serious Bladder Control - Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel supports the assertion that this is the "Year of the Diesels."<br> <br>The Cruze Diesel rewards the fuel frugal with many unexpected comforts: leather seats, heated front and power driver seat, remote start, OnStart subscription telematics and MyLink hands-free communications at $24,800.<br> <br>Our Blue Ray Metallic tester pushed the MSRP needle to $28,000. Options  included 7" LCD touch screen w/ SD Navigation, rear park assist, reverse camera, rear cross traffic alert, BLIS and Pioneer premium audio.<br>
________________________________ Remember those Oldsmobile V8 diesels that were all the rage in early 1980’s Cadillac Sevilles, Eldorados, Olds Ninety-Eights and Toronados? How you could hear them from two blocks away? Merely idling? Piston connecting rods likely cracking? Belching out dark plumes of smoke? Last year the “Drive…He Said” crystal ball forecasted a diesel engine “Renaissance”... Read more »
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport - My How Fancy Pants We've Become - Review

The redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport  has taken the mid-size crossover-ute one step closer to a sporty hatchback. Starting at $28,000 in 2.0 Turbo front-drive configuration our loaded-to-the-gills tester could be yours for $33,700, handily undercutting the competition.
It’s becoming harder to justify luxury crossover utility vehicles when they approach nearly half-the-price-of a modest-home. The day has arrived when many premium and some standard-line crossovers have blurred the lines. Enter the new-for-2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, which recently arrived at  “Drive…He Said.” Old Skin Molted: Chiseled with acute creases and having lifted a D-pillar... Read more »