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Hyundai Tucson: Affordable practicality

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:44AM | By: Gary P Garry

Hyundai Tucson test 2

The process you go through when you buy a new car is tried and true, but, when you think about it, you are taking quite a big risk. You may see a car on the road that catches your eye, and this can draw you in. There is nothing wrong with that, but you're seeing only the outside, and you can become infatuated before you get behind the wheel. (Come to think of it, this is something like the dating process, but that's a subject for a different type of article.) Short of this, you may see a commercial that gets your attention, and, in other instances, you may ride with a friend who has a car that interests you.

Review of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Pick your poison

On: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR test 2

In terms of iconic cars, there are a few American cars that showed up, stole our hearts, and then rode off into the sunset without the slightest thought of giving them back. Cars like the Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, GTO, Chevelle, Challenger, all have had that same talent to capture new suitors by simply just being driven by them. But, even beyond most of those cars, with the exception of some Corvettes, there was one car back in the 1960s that single handedly took hold of the fantasies of every car enthusiast for decades and never let go. That car was the fabled Shelby Cobra, a production hot rod that was nothing short of blisteringly, ridiculously, ungodly powerful and fast.

Looking Back: Lexus LFA

On: Sat, Jun 18, 2016 at 9:44AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Looking Back:  Lexus LFA test 1-1

At the end of last millennium, Japan all but completely bowed out of the supercar market. Only the Acura NSX held on for for another few years until 2005, but now even that car has come and gone.

Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Another one?!

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 4:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class:  Another one?! test 1-1

Over the last few years, it feels like every other day we are seeing yet another new SUV, mini-SUV, pseudo-SUV, or whatever new kind of class designation car companies come up with to describe what are essentially small trucks that drive like cars. There is no shortage out there, and the newest fad is 'the smaller-the-better' theory of SUV-making that is becoming all the rage. Car/trucks like the Honda HRV or the Mazda CX-3 are on the forefront of this ever-expanding class. With their recent success, it should be no surprise that higher-end car companies have had the idea that if this compact SUV segment can be successful in the mid-class price range, then surely there are probably plenty of well-off people that might also want a truck of similar proportions, with a bit nicer decor. So in theory, if it's built, they will come. Enter the newest model to the fray:  The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.


Review of the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: It's about time.

On: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:10PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder test 2

Nineteen years ago, Porsche inadvertently created a monster. In their quest to bring some new blood into their lineup, they created a car in the Boxster that was actually too good for its time. How can that be, you ask?  Well, because Porsche purists basically worship a flawed god. For the last half-century or so, the 911 has been the face of the Porsche faithful, but its rear-engine/rear-drive setup has always been its biggest source of character, as well as its biggest Achilles heel. It has been something that Porsche engineers have in some ways acknowledged, and have been trying to overcome. And while their progress has been good, the appearance of the Boxster with its mid-engine setup and nearly perfect weight balance seemed to all but set the 911 back decades.  

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: A 1200-horsepower road-going tomahawk

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 3:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Bugatti Veyron 16.4  Super Sport:  A 1200-horsepower road-going tomahawk test 1-1

So that’s it. You created the biggest, baddest, meanest, most brutalizing road-going supercar of all time. It costs over a million dollars, can run 0–60 quicker than most family sedans can go 0–30, and has exactly one pony over 1,000 horsepower being produced from its behemoth 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine. Oh, and the car can hit 253 mph before it runs out of steam. That should be enough. Honestly, that should be enough. Yet, it’s not.

Review of the 2017 Audi A4: The Bavarian Slayer?

On: Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:37AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Audi A4:  The Bavarian Slayer? test 1-1

For the past two decades BMW has been touting its 3-Series (along with just about all of its other models) as the "Ultimate Driving Machine", and, in all fairness, not many cars have come along to present too much of a challenge to the throne. The 3-Series has been decidedly dominant, no matter how you slice up the sales charts. But, as with any champion, there are always contenders vying for the title, and BMW's bread-and-butter sales-stud may have finally met its match. Slowly but surely, the folks over at Audi have been steadily putting together better cars year after year, and the 2017 A4 2.0T Quattro may have just what it takes to knock out the champ once and for all.

Acura NSX: Under-appreciated undeservedly

On: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 10:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Acura NSX: Under-appreciated undeservedly test 1-1

When it comes to exciting cars of yesteryear few cars are as under-appreciated as the legendary Acura NSX. Whether it was being mistaken for a Ferrari or taking knocks for not having enough power as other cars in its price class, the NSX did not get nearly the credit it deserved. But, with a little more insight, we might just be able to get the NSX the credit it absolutely deserves.

Review of the 2016 Audi TTS: Righting wrongs yet again

On: Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Audi TTS:  Righting wrongs yet again test 1-1

We have to admit when we are wrong. Granted, it doesn't happen often (or so we'd like to believe); there are, however, times when being wrong can be humbling, humiliating, embarrassing, and even downright infuriating. But sometimes, just sometimes, being wrong can be a good thing; one such case began in 1998 when Audi debuted the TT. In truth, we did not think for one minute that this funky-looking, not-quite-a-sports-car, quasi-coupe, pseudo-VW-Beetle, ladybug-ish bubble would last more than a couple model years at best. However, here we are some 18 years since that infamous decree, and its time that we got out our fork and knife and ate our words. The Audi TT has had a very long and successful production run that is still going strong. As proof of that fact, we bring you the 2016 Audi TTS.

Review of the 2016 BMW X1: A whole new world

On: Fri, May 13, 2016 at 2:27PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 BMW X1 test 2

There comes a point in many people's lives where they sometimes hit a crossroads between idealism and reality. Sometimes, when faced with the harsh reality of how the world really works, we are all but forced to rescind some of the convictions we may have so staunchly heralded as our personal mission statements. It happens in every facet of human life. Creative writers become copywriters, musicians become music teachers, actors and actresses become waiters and bartenders, exceptionally talented college football players accept a job with the Cleveland Browns… We have all done it at one point or another, because the truth is, we need to get by in life. And while holding true to some self-decreed moral code is all well and good, the truth is, that code doesn't always pay the bills, and when the money is staring you dead in the face, sometimes, we find a way to bend that code just a little bit to make ends meet.

Review of the 2016 Porsche Macan S: The Gold Standard

On: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:55AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2016 Porsche Macan S test 2

If there wasn't already a copyright for the phrase "The Midas Touch" for an automotive repair shop we would be making a strong push to have Porsche adopt this byline as their official catchphrase. In case you don't actually know, ancient Greek stories tell the tale of King Midas, who was given the power of turning whatever he touched to pure gold. It seems that other than maybe Oprah, Porsche has been churning out winners hand over fist for the better part of the last half century. More specifically, in the last two decades, Porsche has taken a few real chances, and they have paid off in spades.