Tag: Comparison Review

2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than... Read more »

2014 Ford Fiesta SE and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT - Shift-It-Yourself Subs - Comparison Review

Chevrolet (TOP) and Ford (BOTTOM) offer their respective Sonic LT (top) and Fiesta SE (bottom) 5-door sub-compacts with manual transmissions.<br>  <br> Both start at the $16,000 mark and are nicely contented for under $19,000 (if you omit the Sonic's dealer-installed "black-out" kit).<br> For drivers who like to do the "Demi Plie" with three pedals and stick shift. <br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – “Why bother making and selling manual transmission sub-compact cars that probably will never hit a professional road course, and in a country [United States] where barely one out of every eleven 200 million... Read more »

Two Full-Sized Americans - 2013 Ford Taurus Limited and 2013 Chrysler 300S - Review / Comparo

"Super-Size" us. (top to bottom) the 2013 Ford Taurus Limited AWD and the Chrysler 300S V6. Two full-sized American premium sedans, each priced at $40,000, well contented.
Outside North America and certain Middle Eastern kingdoms, emirates and principalities, anything sized this large wears a luxury nameplate and works in livery service. Decades of piss poor American compact and (have mercy) sub-compact cars combined set their course. A simultaneous explosion in conspicuous tastes and waists cemented their appeal. We are speaking of the... Read more »
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2012 Dodge Durango and 2012 Ford Explorer: Reports of the SUV's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

2012 Dodge Durango Crew and 2012 Ford Explorer Limited AWD; adding a lease on life to the Sport Utility Vehicle
* * * * * * * * * * * * Making “predictions” about the fiercely competitive automotive industry is at least difficult thanks to a new generation of bean-counters who can drown out the marketing and engineering sides. Such were the exaggerated claims of all this interest in saving Saab after General Motors... Read more »

"Drive...He Said" 2012 Wind-In-Your-Hair Summer Wind-Down - Convertible Sport Car Comparison

The best top-down weather of the season is yet to come: (Clockwise from top left) 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible, 2012 Nissan Z Roadster Touring, 2012 Lexus IS250C, 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition
* * * * * * * * * * * * As the summer season of 2012 draws to a close, we here at “Drive…He Said” can’t think of a better time to drop the tops of a few convertibles. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the cool autumn breezes wafting... Read more »