Posts in category "Reviews"

Photo gallery: 2015 Porsche Panamera S

Photo gallery: 2015 Porsche Panamera S
I recently had the chance to drive the new 2015 Porsche Panamera S, and I have to admit it kind of changed my perspective on a Porsche that isn’t a compact sports car. I had initially pooh-pooh’d the idea that the Cayenne or Panamera were “real” Porsche’s. But I’ve done an about face. Porsche has... Read more »

Photo Gallery: 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Photo Gallery: 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to drive the new Cayenne S E-Hybrid from Porsche. This replaces the outgoing hybrid model from the brand. This new model gets up to 14 miles of electric only range and has an estimated 47 MPGe fuel economy. Though I have to admit, during my quick time... Read more »

2015 Mazda3: Great car for anyone who lives in the city

2015 Mazda3: Great car for anyone who lives in the city
The Mazda3 is a perennial favorite, and the 2015 model is no different. Because of it’s utilitarian hatchback and excellent city fuel economy (29 mpg!), it’s one of those cars that makes a lot of sense to own in Chicago. It’s easy to park, easy to maneuver, and a heck of a lot of fun... Read more »
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Auto Matters: New automotive channel launched

Auto Matters: New automotive channel launched
So, you may have noticed I’ve been a bit distracted lately. Sorry about that. I recently took a job with Sinclair Broadcast Group as its automotive editor, and I’ve been working behind the scenes to launch a new automotive section for their TV-affiliate websites. We’ve currently rolled the “Auto Matters” section out to 19 of the affiliate websites,... Read more »

2015 Subaru Outback: Photo gallery and first look

2015 Subaru Outback: Photo gallery and first look
I recently had the chance to check out the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, and I have to say that Subaru knocked this one out of the park. The first thing you’ll notice from the photo gallery below is that the design isn’t radically different. Subaru calls this more of an evolutionary step than a revolutionary... Read more »

2014 Mazda6: Midsize Mazda done right

2014 Mazda6: Midsize Mazda done right
Finally! After my first round of driving the Mazda6, that’s all I could think. Finally, Mazda has made a midsize car I like. Finally, the engine noise isn’t obtrusive. Finally, a car worthy of the Mazda moniker. Finally … Lest you misinterpret, let me say it plainly: I really liked the 2014 Mazda6. From the... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

DriveChicago: Brawny and beautiful, new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is sure to please

DriveChicago: Brawny and beautiful, new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is sure to please
When I hopped out of the vehicle and handed the keys to the valet, he said: That’s a nice car. I agreed. He said: It’s really, really fast, huh? Yes, I said. It’s fast. He clicked his tongue, shook his head and gawked. I looked at him and held out the keys. He grabbed them... Read more »
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Lexus CT200h review posted to DriveChicago

Lexus CT200h review posted to DriveChicago
When I put it out on Twitter that I was driving the Lexus CT200h, several of my tweeps expressed lament. However, I have to admit I’m not quite sure why. To be sure, this car is a tad quirky with a small identity crisis. It’s not quite sublime luxury but not really un-lux. It’s a hybrid, but... Read more »