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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.

2015 Chevy Suburban: The Reality of a Post-Sloan World

On: Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

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On the heels of a gorgeous press release from GM, touting the 2015 Suburban’s road trip functionality, consumers will no doubt be reminded of the 1990s and early 2000s. During that particular GM epoch, the company acquired far too many brands and built a myriad of dubious vehicles. Nobody likes to remember the Pontiac Aztek, with the exception of maybe Walter White fans.

The problem was… GM insisted on building vehicles which didn’t suit the needs of the company’s clientele. It was almost as if GM hoped that gimmicky infomercial-type vehicles would be the next great automotive retail innovation. But, wait, there’s more! The brand new 2015 Chevy Suburban seems to be returning GM to their pre-Cruze days (when form and function were mutually exclusive).

Could the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Be a Key VW Model In Their Quest for World Domination?

On: Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 3:05PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Could the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Be a Key VW Model In Their Quest for World Domination? test 1-1

From the introduction of new models to overshadowing the Winter Olympics, Volkswagen has a been on a mission to have a more recognizable global image. One new model, the 4-star 2015 Golf, could make the brand a more prevalent brand in the United States.

(Ferrari) California Dreamin'

On: Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

(Ferrari) California Dreamin' test 1-1

Someone pinch us, because we might just be dreaming. For the first time since the last F40 rolled off the assembly line in Maranello way back in 1992, a turbocharged Ferrari is making its debut to the world. The 2015 California T ups the ante on the front-engine, four-seat prancing horse. Compared to the outgoing model, the new California T gets a smaller displacement 3.9-liter engine compared to 4.3, but the great equalizers are the twin-turbochargers that come along with that smaller package. The new boost raises horsepower to a spine-flattening 552 ponies (up 69hp from the outgoing model) and torque to an almost identical 557-lb-ft (up 185-lb-ft).


I Bring You the Safety Car of the Future, Built Right Here in the U. S. of A. - in 1989!

On: Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

All kneel before the mighty Custom Cruiser! test 2

I call America a nation of “Missers”—people who avoid collisions through blind luck rather than awareness and talent—NOT "Drivers". Sure, there are exceptions, but we are few and far between. It is for this and who knows how many other misguided reason(s) that the government is mandating more and more “driver aids” (aka Idiot Over-Riders) tacked onto vehicles already stuffed with them in the name of "safety".

I’ve railed—admittedly, usually to myself—that the emphasis should be on driver education, not on adding electronics that make it possible for the worst-of-the-worst to not die in solo-car accidents like they should, to, as my dad would say, "thin the herd." Pumping money into education and training helps stop collisions from occurring, while the majority of electrissical bits are there to only mitigate how damaged you'll be after the fact.

I bring this up (here, anyway) only to at least tweak your thinking on what’s safe, both for you and your pocketbook.

[Here’s a hint: If you're a Driver, you were pretty much better off before today's big push towards “active” seatbelts, airbags, Traction- and Stability Control and…]

2014 Audi A3 TDI

On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 12:57PM | By: Jon Summers

Audi A3 TDI test 2

VW’s Audi brand goes from strength to strength in terms of sales numbers, both in the old markets of Europe and North America, but also in what is increasingly the most important car market in the world, China. Is it deserved? Having recently been underwhelmed by the A1—a VW Polo with a brash grille—would the A3 be more impressive? Alas, not, I am afraid, after 1700 hard miles around Northern Italy and the Alps.

A Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati for Credit Card Money? Be Afraid, Very Afraid...

On: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Andrew W Davis

See an old Rolls and run! test 2

There’s a joke that goes, “Do you want to know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one.” And it just so happens that there are very few ways to do that faster than buying an aged exotic automobile at auction and then trying to keep it looking/running as-new.

Yes, a Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati can be had for MasterCard money. Just make sure none are ever sold to you.

Sure, these cars were lovingly assembled and packed to the rafters with only the finest in leathers, woods, and wools, but these businesses know from long experience that exotic cars—like any other rich persons’ fashion items—are not meant to be used year after year; it’s all about what’s new, next and never, ever used.

What it means for you, however, is that you can spend a pittance on purchasing a ride that will allow you to—honestly—tell others that you own a Mercedes, a Maserati or even a Rolls-Royce. [Just remember: The operative term here—as I will show you—is “tell”. This is a trio of funds-hungry vampires just waiting to bankrupt you in a thousand different ways, and they will impress no one that even glances at them…]

Review: 2014 Kia Soul

On: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 1:18PM | By: Jon Summers

Kia Soul test 2

With the exception of the Mini, it seems we need a French or Italian car company to serve us up an economy car which actually has some design flair to it. The cliches here are the Fiat 500, the Citroen 2CV, the Peugeot 205. Since even high-priced Japanese and Korean offerings have typically been devoid of much original or interesting, low-priced models truly crossed the line between the romance of motoring and the practicality of a white good. With the Soul, Kia seem to be bucking that trend.

The Newest Chevrolet Corvette is ZO-Sick!

On: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

The Newest Chevrolet Corvette is ZO-Sick! test 1-1

We would like to send an open letter of thanks to the great folks at Chevrolet. It is not often these days that we begin writing about a new car and then realize we're simply at a loss for words. Not because of any sudden illness, or some unusual drainage of every vocabulary word in our brains, or even a more simple solution like alien abduction. No, this initial loss of words was due to simply being overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of the newest badass to roll of the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

5 Cars That Will Make You Look Like You Have Money, Even If You Don't

On: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 4:08PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

5 Cars That Will Make You Look Like You Have Money, Even If You Don't test 1-1

As a car person, I try not to be shallow and superficial, but if I had to get a new car, I’d want it to look like I spent money on it. I think most people feel the same way. And like the average car buyer, I don’t have unlimited funds to buy a high-end car with all of the features that fit my lifestyle. So instead, I have to settle for a vehicle that fits my life, that I can also afford—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that people like me have to settle for something ordinary looking either... and here are five cars that prove that notion to be accurate.

Each of the following vehicles are under $15,000 and don’t look it.

Something Speciale

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Something Speciale test 1-1

The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.