Posts tagged "compact"

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 »

Toyota Corolla S rises above the vanilla

Toyota Corolla S rises above the vanilla
I have to admit, I’m typically not a fan of Toyota. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t bad cars. They’re perfectly reliable, perfectly functional and perfectly boring. But they’re not ugly and they get good fuel economy. I’ve even recommended them to friends for dependable transportation. They just don’t sing to me. However, in a... Read more »

VW GTI plaid seats: Love it or hate it?

VW GTI plaid seats: Love it or hate it?
When I was testing the VW GTI last week, there was so much to like from the compact size to the heated cloth seats. But, what I couldn’t quite make up my mind on was the plaid nature of those seats. I put it out there on Twitter and it seems that people either love... Read more »

Photo gallery: 2012 Ford Fiesta

I really, really liked the 2012 Ford Fiesta. From the heated cloth seats to the as-tested price that came in under $20K, this car has some serious potential as a city car. The 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 120 horsepower is just peppy enough for some aggressive city maneuvers, and the 5-speed manual transmission is... Read more »

2012 Fiat 500: Mini's first true competitor arrives

2012 Fiat 500 The very first Fiat 500s arrive in the US this week in the form of a special “Prima Edizione” model. This is the first new Fiat to be sold in America since 1984. I spent a considerable amount of time sitting in this car during the Chicago Auto Show, and though I... Read more »

Nissan Rogue: A Chicago-worthy SUV

2011 Nissan Rogue I just had the opportunity to drive a compact SUV I actually liked: the 2011 Nissan Rogue. While the price of the test car came in around $27K, I don’t think you have to top out there. I liked the AWD that came on the test car, but I could probably do... Read more »

Today's Rave: Chevrolet Cruze interior

When I slid behind the wheel of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, I could have sworn I was inside a much more expensive car. A lot of that has to do with the incredible interior. And we’re talking about a car with a base price of $16,995. Even without navigation, the wide audio screen, brushed silver... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus is launching an all-new dedicated hybrid for 2011: the CT 200h. This hatch-backy, wagony vehicle is a new format for the luxury automaker as they try to nab a younger crowd. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s set to be the entry-level vehicle for the brand, below the IS... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Honda CR-Z

OK. I can’t say straight off that I love this car. There are certainly some things that I like about it, especially considering the Chicago factor. But, love? Well, Hmmm. Let’s start with being friends first. Chicago-friendly features: Compact size Excellent storage capacity with lots of nice cubby holes and hidey spots to conceal your... Read more »

Photo gallery of Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze A couple weeks ago, Chicago media had the chance to take a sneak peak at the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze when Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet Marketing Director, made a stop at the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. While this was a look-but-don’t-drive visit, we did glean a couple of key pieces of information about this... Read more »