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2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T - Lesson Learned, Exceeding Stated Promises - Quick Review

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4T: 6th generation compact family sedan swaps oblique for more understated elegance. <br> <br> This Lakeside Blue Eco 1.4T DCT version is available monospec priced at $21,610.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) “A Penny Saved is a Two-Pence Dear ( aka Penny Earned)….” Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, 1732.   Two-Pence Dear: when Hyundai Motors America paid $355 Million in settlement fees for overstating Fuel Economy ratings on the previous generation... Read more »

2016 Mazda3 i 4-Door Grand Touring - Driving Matters People's Car - Quick Review

Reflex Blue Mica 2016 Mazda3 i 4-door casts a seductive silhouette among small family sedans. It just so happens to be a brilliant performer, while returning excellent fuel economy, too. <br> <br> Starting price is $17,845, with a well optioned i Grand Touring listing for $23,435.<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: George Straton, Roadblazing.com) In 1938, Ferdinand Porsche designed an simple, efficient, affordable small family People’s Car for a national road network conceived for theoretically unlimited speeds. Almost 8 decades later the United States never did get public roads designed for unlimited... Read more »

2014 Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta - DHS Compact Family Sedan Comparison - Review

Compact Family Foursome (CLOCKWISE from TOP LEFT): <br> <br> 2014 Kia Forte EX; 2014 Nissan Sentra SL; 2014 Toyota Corolla S; 2014.5 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 SE<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – When tallying the number of compact family sedan segment “Do-Overs” over the past two years, “Drive…He Said” runs out of fingers. Mid-size sedans may still butter the bread for U.S. market carmakers. For... Read more »
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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 »

2013 Dodge Dart Limited - "Oh...AaaL!" - Review

Al Bundy and America say hello to the all-new for 2013 Dodge Dart. The name has been resurrected after 37 years. Fortunately not the rest of the last one. This roomy compact family sedan has some sporty moves and is imbued with plenty of personality. Fuel economy is pretty decent too. <br>  <br>Prices start at $15,995. Getting lots of kit, (no moonroof, though), on our True Blue Pearl Limited model requires $25K. Oh Aaaal. Start shoe-horning those Ferragamos on the ladies.<br>
Dear Al Bundy, You were a whipping post for your prima donna wife and whining kids on TV’s “Married With Children.” The good Lord didn’t give you the biggest helping of brains. But he did give you a mother-in-law, named Wanker, whose movements in the upstairs of the house cracked drywall. You triumphed for working-class... Read more »

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and 2013 Mistubishi Lancer GT - Will the Genuine GT Step Forward - Comparison Review

Will the "Real GT" step forward. (top to bottom) the five-door 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and the four-door 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT.
“Touring Car” = an automobile suitable for distance driving, typically in two-door sedan configuration. Back seat included. Touring Car + a dash of refinement + a pinch of occupant comfort = “Grand Touring Car” So “Drive…He Said” is wondering “How in the hey” do two front-drive small family haulers, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback... Read more »
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL - Got Luggage?

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL - Got Luggage?
* * * * * * * * * * * * Remember the last time you wanted to load up four adults and their attendant three full size suitcases into the family sedan for the week-long trip to visit the long lost relatives in Indiana, Ohio or Iowa (throwing in Wisconsin and Michigan so... Read more »