Posts tagged "ford fiesta"

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 »

Nissan Juke is almost an ideal Chicago car

I know it’s not the most attractive vehicle out there. But I prefer to call the Nisan Juke quirky rather than ugly. Or if you must use a “u” word … How about unique? Not buying it? Let’s see if I can convince you. In terms of utility, the Juke is both compact and functional.... Read more »

Jill's Automotive Minute

OK, so it’s not quite a minute yet. But 1 minute, 9 seconds isn’t bad!  I wanted to try something new and simple. Let me know if you think this works or if you have feedback. The goal: To tell you a couple things about the car du jour, list a couple of news items... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: Jill's WLS segment

A shot of the setup for the DriveChicago radio show in the Audi display … complete with live audience. Since the Chicago Auto Show ended, I’ve been religiously checking the WLS website to see if the podcast for the show I did with DriveChicago host, Paul Brian, and co-guests Tom Appel of Consumer Guide and... Read more »

Wonder if all 2011 Ford Fiestas drive like this?

My sister e-mailed me this video the other day with the subject line saying: This could become your new favorite video. While this is great, it still comes in second to the fat guy singing the “Numa, Numa” song. (The eye wiggle gets me every time.) But this Ken Block Gymkhana video is a visual... Read more »

2011 automotive watch list

For 2011 VW's lifeblood gets a major overhaul. The all-new Jetta will come to the U.S. with four different engine options, including a 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine, which delivers 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Gasoline engines include the 2.0-liter (115 horsepower), 2.5 (170 horsepower) and the 2.0-liter TSI (200 horsepower). In addition to a new look, this compact car gets a little bigger for 2011, adding 3.5 inches in overall length, which translates into best-in-class rear legroom. I like VW for it's affordable German engineering, and this new Jetta comes through with a base price of around $16K.
2011 Nissan LEAF With the economy recovering, 2011 looks to be a much better year. Especially for the auto industry. Sales are starting to pick up, and you’ll notice a certain panache in the new vehicles heading our way. There are several that have caught my eye already, so I figured I’d give you a... Read more »