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Hybrid or Hellraiser? 2015 Lexus CT200h vs. 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

On: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 1:14PM | By: Teddy Field

Hybrid or Hellraiser? 2015 Lexus CT200h vs. 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 test 1-1

In most Hybrid or Hellraiser columns, I start by making a tasteless poop joke about hybrid drivers, then end by trying to convince you that driving a gas-guzzling muscle car will somehow make you a better person. But I'm not going to do that this time. Because small hatchbacks like the 2015 Lexus CT200h and 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3, actually offer everything that you need to live a rewarding life. Sort of like Metamucil for the Soul! (oh crap, I just made a poop joke) Anyway, it’s time to figure out if you should drive the pricey hybrid, or the insane used alternative...

Beater that's hard to beat: 1999-2003 Lexus RX300

On: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 3:15PM | By: Teddy Field

Beater that's hard to beat: 1999-2003 Lexus RX300 test 1-1

Beaters are designed to do one thing, get you from one place to another without breaking down. They're usually not pretty, but most beaters are just temporary cars that you drive until you can afford to buy something better. But who says they can't be nice? So may we present the 1999 to 2003 Lexus RX300. A $5,000 beater than so nice... you might actually take care of it.

Golf GTi + Performance Chip = Brain Damage ?

On: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:40PM | By: Jon Summers

Hero test 2

One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to the efficiency of the new, bespoke engine management tune. By definition, “chipping” must compromise reliability, since components such as clutches and driveshafts engineered to manage ‘X’ horsepower are now being subjected to ‘X+’ horsepower. The practice remains extremely popular since most people “chipping” a new car do not expect to still have the car four or five years or thousands of miles down the road, and the change is both easily reversed and impossible to detect without diagnostic tools. Illustrating this, the car I drove was leased, and soon to be returned. As the current keeper gave me the keys, he explained it had 274hp, up about 50 from standard, adding how “front wheel drivey” it was, a comment I remembered throughout my time with the car.

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

On: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 12:03PM | By: Jon Summers

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf test 1-1

Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University's revolutionary Revs program and at a recent event a former student showed him "the latest car we have, an electric Golf". We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by all Stanford's autonomous and solar car experiments and projects.


Cadillac's Kickin' ATS

On: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Cadillac's Kickin' ATS test 1-1

As sports sedans go, American car companies have come a long way in the last few decades. Where once, Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler would slap a few extra pieces of body cladding, change a paint job, and slap a few letters like "SHO", "RT", or even the vaunted "SS" on some of these putrid attempts at performance cars and tote them out for all of us to fawn over. All the while, we, the consumers, are looking to see how our favorite hometown hero is getting into fighting shape to take on the best Europe and Japan had to offer, and what we were given and told was a Chevy Malibu "SS" or a Ford Taurus "SHO" is really just our same old garden-variety grocery getter with maybe a less restrictive air filter with a hopeful expectation of maybe five extra ponies under the hood.

The Chevy Bolt:: Is It The Breakthrough EV Drivers Have Been Waiting For?

On: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 2:55PM | By: Bill Wilson

The Chevy Bolt:: Is It The Breakthrough EV Drivers Have Been Waiting For? test 1-1

All-electric cars are to the automotive industry what Star Trek’s warp drive is to NASA: a vision that promises an oasis from all the limits imposed by current technology. Problem is, the vision may be nothing more than a mirage. Or maybe not, if the new Chevy Bolt lives up to its hype.

Beater That's Hard to Beat - 2000-2007 Ford Taurus

On: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:08AM | By: Teddy Field

Beater That's Hard to Beat - 2000-2007 Ford Taurus test 1-1

When Ford launched the Taurus in 1986, it turned the automotive world on its ear. Here was a stylish family car that actually wasn’t bad to drive. If you had wanted a midsize sedan that wasn’t designed with a straight ruler in the mid-80s, you would’ve been looking at an “import”. But Ford’s futuristic family car was made in good ol’ America, and that home-grown label helped it to corner the market almost immediately. It remained a best-seller for nearly two decades, but they ditched the futuristic look for the 2000 redesign, and the new ‘sophisticated’ look didn’t resonate with buyers. It was soon relegated to rental agencies and ‘senior living communities’, but it was actually the most refined Taurus to date. So if you need a reliable, non-boring car for under $5,000, the 2000-2007 Ford Taurus is one beater that’s hard to beat. Here’s why…

Hybrid or Hellraiser? - 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vs. 2014 Chevrolet SS

On: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:43PM | By: Teddy Field

Hybrid or Hellraiser? - 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vs. 2014 Chevrolet SS test 1-1

In this week’s episode, we look at two similarly priced cars that have absolutely nothing in common. The 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a fashionably green hybrid (faux) luxury car that costs around $40k, and can tiptoe for about 40 miles on each gallon of go-juice. The 2014 Chevrolet SS is also priced around $40k. But it doesn’t give a sealion’s behind about the environment, fuel economy, or being ‘fashionable’. It’s a tire-shredding muscle car from the land down under, and it’s ready to party. Should you happen to have $40Gs burning a hole in your pocket, do you choose the pretentious vegan, or Crackodile Dundee? Well, let’s find out…

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: America's M3

On: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 4:15PM | By: Teddy Field

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: America's M3 test 1-1

Cadillac’s return to relevance has been hard to watch at times. Blubbermobiles like the Cadillac XTS, and that Corvette-wannabe XLR, wouldn’t have even made it past the prototype stage in Europe. But the brand soldiered on, and its new boss, Johan de Nysschen, aims to beat the Germans at their own game. To do this, he needs some seriously good cars to sell. Enter the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. A 455hp ICBM, aimed right at the Fatherland.

In car circles, the letters ‘M’, ‘AMG’, and ‘RS’ are shorthand for speed. But if Cadillac has its way, a new letter will be added to the horsepower alphabet. Say hello, then, to the letter ‘V’.

The Best Car In The World

On: Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:01PM | By: Jon Summers

The Best Car In The World test 1-1

Since cars are for driving, your writer will usually review only cars he has driven, and not driven on a sanitized manufacturer-prescribed route, but on roads and in a context of his own choosing. In talking about the Superformance GT40, this habit is broken, simply because this is such a remarkable car.  Although boasting a 200mph+ top speed and a sub-4-second 0-60 time, this is not a modern supercar. Rather, it is an accurate replica of a near-half-century-old racing car.  But it is fully road legal, California smog compliant, and cheaper to buy than a BMW i8. Sounds like the best sixties psychedelic trip ever, right ?

2014 San Francisco International Motor Show

On: Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 3:01PM | By: Jon Summers

2014 San Francisco International Motor Show test 1-1

Autoshopper went to the motor show, in case you can’t get there. Here’s what we found: