Posts in category "Chicago worthy rating"

2014 Toyota Venza: Photo gallery

I drove the 2014 Toyota Venza last week and loved it so much, I actually told my parents, who were in the market for a new car, to go test drive it immediately. Which they did. They loved it so much, they bought it on the spot. Seriously. Even though I told them to sleep... Read more »

Ford Fusion Energi is a tough car for the typical Chicagoan

Ford Fusion Energi is a tough car for the typical Chicagoan
When Motor Trend picked the Tesla S as their 2013 Car of the Year, I picked a fight with them on Twitter. A fight that lasted about 12 hours. And it didn’t have anything to do with how expensive, elitist or hard to get the Tesla S was. It had everything to do with the... Read more »

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic Chicago-worthy?

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic Chicago-worthy?
Living in the city, I often look for things that are multifunctional. You know, like a decorative cube that triples as an ottoman, storage compartment and extra seat. A bed that has drawers. A bag that can fit my purse and an iPad. Stuff like that. I suppose that’s why I think the Chevrolet Sonic... Read more »
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Honda Civic Si: Video test diary

Honda Civic Si: Video test diary
I decided to try something a little bit different with the Honda Civic Si and do little 1-minute (ish) videos during the test period. This is my first foray into “vlogging,” so I’m sure my process will morph over time. Because I lack any video editing skills at this point, the videos are just me... Read more »

Video: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi preview

At the Chicago Auto Show, I had the chance to take a look at the all-new Ford Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the midsize car. Ford estimates the hybrid model will get 47 mpg on the highway and in the city (I averaged below 40 mpg combined in a wintery Chicago,... Read more »

Photo gallery: 2012 Kia Rio Sedan

One of the best compact cars I’ve driven this summer is the 2013 Kia Rio Sedan. Actually, it might be one of the best cars I’ve driven this year. It has a lot of value packed into a base price of $13,600, including Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and steering wheel audio controls. And if you... Read more »
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2013 Mazda CX-5 makes city-worthy list

2013 Mazda CX-5 makes city-worthy list
I am a huge fan of Mazda. From the Mazda2 all the way up to the CX-9, I think they make fun, attractive and interesting vehicles. With a rare exception, I’ve gotten out of every single one of their cars thinking: I could totally buy this. The all-new CX-5 is not that exception. I could... Read more »

2012 Honda CR-V proves to be pleasant surprise

2012 Honda CR-V proves to be pleasant surprise
OK. I have a little secret to share. I entered into the test week with the 2012 Honda CR-V expecting to hate it. I’d driven it before in short tests, and the seating position for a petite driver wasn’t the greatest. I thought the interior was drab. And the ride and handling was, well, blah.... Read more »

Photo Gallery: 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

When I drove the 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan, I didn’t not like it. (And, yes, the double negative was on purpose.) Which, I have to admit, was a bit of a surprise after the “to-do” at the Detroit News. That’s not to say the car was perfect, but it definitely wasn’t “a dog.” And it... Read more »
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First look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

First look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Staring at the orange pylons weaving in a violent pattern ahead of me, I have to admit my heart skipped a beat. I’m not very good at autocross and haven’t practiced in more than 3 years. Plus, the fact that I had an audience that included not only several of my male counterparts but also... Read more »