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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG: The Rich Get Richer

On: Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG:  The Rich Get Richer test 1-1

Back in the good old days, it used to be that if you were a car guy who didn't have a lot of cash, you could mod your car and make it fast. A cheaper fast car gave you a  way to equalize your social status in the world to some degree because you could show up those rich guys driving around portly, slow sedans and at least take solace in the fact that you had the more powerful car, if not the more powerful bank account.


Cheap Thrills: A Look Back at the 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO

On: Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Teddy Field


2006 Pontiac GTO test 2

Back in 1964, GM had instituted a ban on factory-sponsored racing. This was a bit of a problem for the Pontiac Division, because their entire marketing strategy was centered on performance. To get around the new corporate policy, Chief Engineer John DeLorean (yep, the guy that built those stainless-bodied Back to the Future cars) decided to take the 389ci V8 from a full size Bonneville, and cram it into the much lighter LeMans. With the optional triple-deuce carburetors, and 4-on-the-floor, their new GTO was an absolute monster. 


2014 Subaru Forester: Different for a Reason

On: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09AM | By: Teddy Field


2014 Subaru Forester: Different for a Reason test 1-1

The 2014 Subaru Forester is a practical SUV, intended for people who value function over style. It doesn't adhere to current styling trends, nor does it pretend to be a luxurious baby Lexus. Subarus have always been a bit different, and they have the reputation to get away with it. There's an over-abundance of capability and practicality built into each new model. So, they're going to sell, no matter what they look like.


A Dying Breed: 2013 Nissan Xterra

On: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 3:18PM | By: Teddy Field


A Dying Breed: 2013 Nissan Xterra test 1-1

The Sport Utility Vehicle was originally designed to ferry people and their gear far from the beaten path. Using a sturdy truck chassis and 4-wheel drive, these lifted wagons provided a modicum of comfort while transporting passengers and heavy cargo across difficult terrain. SUVs were tools used to get a job done, and were favored by hard-working-types like park rangers and ranchers.


 

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

On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 5:16PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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

To commemorate Porsche's 50th birthday year, we have decided to take a look back at one of their greatest creations. While, there are some who would argue that nothing that comes off the assembly line in Zuffenhausen, Germany is anything but great, there is still no argument that there is a caste system among even the most die-hard Porsche-o-philes. And barring the occasional ardent contrarian, more often than not, when you ask what the single greatest Porsche ever made was, you are more than likely to get the same answer the majority of the time:  The 959.


Ford Boosting Hybrid Fuel Economy with Software Update

On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:40PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Ford Boosting Hybrid Fuel Economy with Software Update test 1-1

Some of Ford’s hybrid models will soon be getting free software updates to help improve fuel economy. 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford C-Max, and Lincoln MKZ hybrids are the target of this software update in an effort to get actual MPG closer to what the EPA estimated mileage reads. The window stickers on of all these models states that they get 47 miles per gallon in highway and city driving—the actual fuel economy appears to be closer to 40 miles per gallon or less.


Consumer Reports Recommends the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500

On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 7:49AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Consumer Reports Recommends the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 test 1-1

The great truck debate rages on year after year as auto makers constantly compete to have the consumers' most loved truck. There’s no one clear truck that remains to be the public’s favorite across a long timeline, but, yearly, there’s always a favorite. This year, Consumer Reports (CR) is recommending the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 to it’s readers.


Bangernomics

On: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45AM | By: Jon Summers


96 Honda Civic with peeling paint test 2

In this culture of "buy new" and "replace, don't repair", even a hardened old car lover like myself finds his head turned by some of the spectacular offers on new cars. Cars such as Kia Souls or Nissan Versas can be had for as little as $150 a month. Surely this has to be the cheapest motoring available?  Ever the contrarian, I set out to examine that. My weapon of choice was a 1996 Honda Civic, resplendent in peeling aqua-marine paint, a spring chicken showing a mere 160,000 miles. It came my way free of charge, but craigslist will offer you a choice of colors and trims nearly as broad as the Honda dealer would have had back in the mid-nineties, yet now all floating around the $1000 mark.


2014 Stingray Gets 29 MPG; One More Reason to Love the Corvette

On: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 11:04AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


2014 Stingray Gets 29 MPG; One More Reason to Love the Corvette test 1-1

The Corvette is one of America’s most loved cars of all time. This vehicle has consistently been the standard that has kept every other American-made sports cars in their place. Not many people look to the powerful Corvette and expect to be impressed with the fuel economy, but a press release concerning the gas mileage about the 2014 Corvette Stingray has left many in awe of this machine in yet another way.


Americans Love Buying Gas at Wholesale Clubs Like Costco

On: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 1:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Americans Love Buying Gas at Wholesale Clubs Like Costco test 1-1

According to a new study by customer intelligence firm Market Force Information, wholesale clubs are the most popular gas stations in America. Costco is the most popular gas station in America and it's followed by competitor Sam's Club. Despite having membership requirements that you won't find at the average gas station, consumers are flocking to these stations in droves.


The C7 Convertible - Top Down, Fun Up

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The C7 Convertible - Top Down, Fun Up test 1-1

When it comes to having a bucket list, there aren't too many things that the vast majority of the population would probably have in common. Some people want to jump out of an airplane, some want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, some want to swim with dolphins, some want to drive cross-country, the list goes on and on. But if we were to subdivide those bucket lists into a category of 'Gearheads' and 'Non-Gearheads', we might find some similarities on the Gearhead list after all. No matter where your allegiance lies in terms of automotive nationality, there is just no denying that there are few things on Earth that have the ability to put a smile on your face more quickly than a ride in a Corvette with the wind in your hair on a sunny day. There is something about a throaty V8 climbing through the RPM band on an open onramp that is just short of intoxicating.  Anyone who has experienced it usually ends up jotting down 'Buy a Corvette' on their bucket list, so they have access to that emotional high at a moments notice, and anyone who hasn't yet gotten that ride, needs to, as soon as possible.