Tag: Ford Focus competitor

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 »

2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM - Sons of Toyota Lose Quirkiness, Keep Value - First Drive Review

"Son of Toyota" Renaissance:<br> <br> (TOP) All-new 2016 Scion iA subcompact family car, built off Mazda2 bones & muscle, priced loaded at $15,700.<br> <br> (BOTTOM) New for 2016 Scion iM sporty compact hatchback. Scion rebadged its European-market Toyota Auris, with familiar U.S. spec Corolla guts, pricing a loaded iM at  $18,460 <br>.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – “Drive…He Said” just returned from a Scion Automobiles media preview in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was a first chance for seat time in the all-new 2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM automobiles.... 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 Mazda3 i Grand Touring - What Does 走る楽し Spell? - Review

2014 Mazda3 i Grand Touring -  What Does 走る楽し Spell? - Review
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Did we mention that the very first “Drive…He Said” impressions of the 2014 Mazda3 remake came on a road racing circuit? Under-shod (215/60-16 H M+S)  and under-displaced (1998 cc 155hp) we were sandwiched between... 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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2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv - "Bah, hybrids"

Mazda claims the significance of the "Skyactiv" name for its new power- and drivetrain  technology is a theme of "reaching for the sky." Did they just make that up?
After a week spent with the 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv G [for Gasoline], we could simply rave about how this sporting compact that will deliver 33 glorious miles per gallon of combined city highway fuel economy right out of the box on regular unleaded gasoline. But we are “Drive…He Said”, so we wanted to talk about... Read more »

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 »