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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:

Review: 2014 Mazda 3 SV

On: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 1:28PM | By: Jon Summers

2014 Mazda 3 front test 2

As we watch Toyota competing at the Le Mans 24-hour race, it is worth remembering that one Japanese company has already won this European endurance classic: Mazda, using the Wankel engine technology which they alone have pursued for nigh on five decades now. Mazda would like us to believe some of this motorsports pedigree, this engineering cool, rubs off on their workaday Civic competitor, the 3. I spent a few hundred miles with a 2014 Mazda3 to determine if they're right.

New Hybrid Or Used Hellraiser: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid vs. 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

On: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 4:38PM | By: Teddy Field

2014 Honda Civic Hybrid vs. 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart test 2

Okay, you’ve got $25 grand to spend, and you want a little car that’s small enough to maneuver through traffic, yet still has enough room for 4 (5 in a pinch), and a reasonably sized trunk. What are your options? Well, if you’re the sort of person that actually eats fiber in order to maintain a regular schedule, then you might consider the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. It’s got a roomy interior with nice materials and a raft of electronic gadgets. The Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system yields a 401k-friendly 45 average mpg, and it’ll depreciate even slower than it accelerates. But if you’re the sort of person that conquers constipation with Taco Bell and a 12-pack, then you’d probably be interested in the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. It’s got a powerful turbo-4, AWD, and more attitude than a constipated teenager. Decisions, decisions…

Quick Look: 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

On: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:33PM | By: Teddy Field

Quick Look: 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro test 1-1

Halo cars are designed to show buyers what a particular car company is capable of, thereby garnering attention for the brand and driving sales of regular production models. Halo trucks work the same way, as rigs like the 2015 Ford F-150 Raptor and 2015 Ram Power Wagon give truck buyers something cool to lust after, while they order their budget-friendly F-150 XLT or Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Toyota’s fullsize truck, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, has been experiencing a rapid decline in popularity and sales. Its aging design, and lack of competitive refinements has hurt the big Yoda. So they’re hoping a Baja-themed halo truck will bring buyers back in the showroom. But will the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro actually be able to pull off a sales coup? Let’s find out…


Buy a Hybrid or Hell-Raiser? The 2012-2014 Dodge Charger SRT8

On: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 8:52AM | By: Teddy Field

Dodge Charger SRT8 test 2

If you’re looking for a family-friendly sedan that looks good, and gets great gas mileage, you won’t do much better than the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid. It’s got a well-sorted gas-electric powertrain that makes 188hp. The suspension is tuned for athletic handling, it looks like a baby Aston Martin, and Consumer Reports says you’ll average around 39 mpg. But what if you still play air guitar at stoplights, and your idea of ‘cutting carbs’ is drinking light beer? Is a hybrid Ford really going to satisfy your inner Ozzy? Probably not. You need a Dodge Charger SRT8.

New Hybrid or Used Hell-Raiser?: The 2005-2010 BMW M5

On: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 12:51PM | By: Teddy Field

The 2005-2010 BMW M5 test 2

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the safest automotive choices you can make. Its styling will offend no one, yet the Camry Hybrid badge still carries plenty of street cred on the cul-de-sac. The drivetrain is reliable and efficient. And it’s got just enough pep to make most drivers think “it’s sporty”. But for the same money, you could get a V10-powered supersedan that can turn your morning commute into an adrenaline-charged video game. It might measure fuel economy in feet-per-gallon, but it’s worth every penny. If you’re still young enough to poop without pills, then you owe it to yourself to checkout the E60 BMW M5.

A Diminutive Classic: The Iso Isetta Bubble Car

On: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 9:43AM | By: Gary P Garry

A Diminutive Classic: The Iso Isetta Bubble Car test 1-1

When you think about the things that Italy has brought to the table (no pun intended), certain types of food may come to mind. Then again, maybe that's just me, because it's getting close to lunchtime and I'm hungry.

Anyway, you have to start with some kind of premise, and that's mine, do with it what you will. Now it's time for the seemingly seamless segue.

New Car Allure: Don't Resist It

On: Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 9:19AM | By: Gary P Garry

2014 Camaro test 2

Usually, when you have regrets, you regret something that you did, not something that you didn't do. I have recently had the opposite experience.

Cars We Can't Wait For: 2015 ZO6 Convertible

On: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Cars We Can't Wait For:  2015 ZO6 Convertible test 1-1

Okay, okay, we already know what you're going to say when we start ranting about the new ZO6 convertible, "They already had one last year!" Oh no they did not!  Granted the C6 427 was a convertible with a ZO6 engine, ZO6 body moldings, ZO6 brakes and chassis, and ZO6 acceleration… What it was not, however, was an actual factory badged ZO6. Now, for those of you whipping down the interstate at 120 mph in a C6 427 or for those of you who just got smoked by the C6 427 whipping down the interstate that may not mean much, but to those crazy Corvette purists out there, "Factory Official" carries a lot of weight when it come to collectibility, and also bragging rights.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly) test 1-1

Instead of always trying to be ahead of the world on information and breaking news, sometimes it's better to take a deep breath and look back on what has already come to pass. In this next edition of our Haunted Highways series, we aim to do just that.

For Scenic Driving at its Very Best, Visit South Carolina's Highway 11

On: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 4:00PM | By: Bill Wilson

For Scenic Driving at its Very Best, Visit South Carolina's Highway 11 test 1-1

When most people think of scenic driving, images of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Route 66 often come to mind. Many of the best spots may go unnoticed, however. A prime example is Scenic Highway 11, tucked into a cozy little corner of South Carolina. This 112-mile route offers some of the best camping, hiking, and picture-taking opportunities in the United States, with plenty of great shopping and dining venues only a short drive away.