Category: Today's Rave

2014 Kia Cadenza: Seat extender rave

2014 Kia Cadenza: Seat extender rave
I recently had the chance to drive the all-new Kia Cadenza, and it was chock-full of all the whistles and bells you could possibly imagine on a car. Including heated seats and steering wheel, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring to name a few. But this little button had to be my favorite. Do... Read more »

2014 Kia Soul: Five surprising things on the all-new model

2014 Kia Soul: Five surprising things on the all-new model
By now, you’ve probably seen the new Kia Soul ad featuring a sleeked out, slimmed down hamsters and Lady GaGa’s “Applause” song. While I thought the ad was funny, and I blogged about it, I didn’t really get the full import of the commercial until I drove the 2014 model. This next-gen Soul might look... Read more »

2014 Mazda6 gets Zoom-Zoomier with Skyactiv

2014 Mazda6 gets Zoom-Zoomier with Skyactiv
I am a huge fan of Mazda. Huge. I love the Zoom-Zoom philosophy combined with the incredible functionality of the cars in its lineup. The Mazda2 is a great city car. The CX-5 is both functional and fun as a crossover. And the Mazdaspeed3 is on my short list of cars I want to buy. In... Read more »
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2014 Ford Mustang Convertible Bluetooth connection rave

2014 Ford Mustang Convertible Bluetooth connection rave
There’s a lot to love about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. I already talked about the prancing pony courtesy light. And you can see the photo of the iconic sequential taillights above, which are a stunning sight in low light. And then there’s the rumbly exhaust and fun-to-shift 6-speed manual. But the rave I... Read more »

2014 Ford Mustang: Courtesy light rave

2014 Ford Mustang: Courtesy light rave
I was in a dark parking garage fumbling with a Home Depot cart full of cleaning supplies when I saw it. Phone under my chin, purse clutched under my arm. And in awkward twister style move, I managed to hit the unlock button on the 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible test car. Since my phone... Read more »

Lincoln MKZ Park Assist in action

Lincoln MKZ Park Assist in action
I recently had the opportunity to take a quick turn in the sexy new 2014 Lincoln MKZ, and other than the push-button gearing, I’d have to say my favorite thing on this car was the parallel park assist. I’ve tested park assist on other manufactures’ vehicles, but this was the best iteration I’ve seen so... Read more »
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So, what's the truth about Audi TDIs?

So, what's the truth about Audi TDIs?
In a simple sentence: They are awesome. Eleven other journalists and I set out with an ambitious goal on Saturday morning: To drive from LA to NY in 48 hours in 3 different Audi TDIs while achieving EPA estimated highway fuel economy. It may not seem like a big deal, until you think about it.... Read more »

Rant or a Rave? Volume control in the Chevrolet Sonic

I have to admit, I think the setup in the Chevrolet Sonic is pretty cool. I really like the clean interface, easy-to-use controls and  phone connectivity. And, at first glance, I thought the in-dash volume control was pretty slick. I loved that I could slide the volume on the screen. But the more I thought... Read more »

Today's Rave: Back seat goodies in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Today's Rave: Back seat goodies in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
There are three things I love about this photo: heated seats, 2 USB ports and a real, honest-to-goodness plug. The fourth thing I love: This is in the back seat of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Even though the base price of the SRT is a bit steep at $63,990, I love all the... Read more »
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2014 Kia Forte: A few of my favorite things

2014 Kia Forte: A few of my favorite things
Kia never ceases to amaze me. With every car that I drive of theirs, I like them just a little bit more. In fact, I have to say they are quickly becoming one of my favorite automakers. The all-new 2014 Forte is a perfect example of why. Here we have a very good Chicago car... Read more »