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Review of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: Battle for the Belt!

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:57AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V:  Battle for the Belt! test 1-1

When it comes to creating the ultimate sports sedan, we have to admit that BMW has essentially had the market cornered since the turn of the century. The M5 has, plainly and simply, blown the doors off just about any and ever competitor that has tried to touch it since the E39 chassis stormed onto the scene in 2000 with a 394-horsepower rip-roaring V8 and six-speed manual. Some cars have come close to its performance, but none have been able to capture that mystical M gestalt; not AMG, not the V line, and nothing even close from the Japanese markets. However, for 2016, Cadillac—of all manufacturers—just may have created a car that could unseat the venerable M5 as world champion. The new CTS-V just may be the baddest four-door sedan in the world, and it has its sights set on Munich.


Review of the 2016 BMW M2: An Investment In Excitement!

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The 2016 BMW M2 test 2

Over the course of even just recent history, it has been made pretty clear that numbers can be misleading. Ask those wonderful folks over at companies like Enron, Worldcom, or Tyco about how to make numbers look better or worse. Or maybe even more recently than that, see what the chairmen of any of the major banks across the US had to say about how to make numbers mislead people in the early 2000s for things like a mortgage, for instance. Of course, those numbers were intentionally misleading, and with very malicious intent in mind, but then there are other numbers out there that can also be misleading, but in a way that might surprise people in a positive way. One such example is the 2016 BMW M2. At first glance, one might be inclined to believe that just by the numbers, the M2 would naturally just be half of what the top-flight M4 is for its driver. While that math does work out, the actual application of that theory couldn't be farther from the truth.


Haunted Highways: Ferrari F40

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 1:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways:  Ferrari F40 test 1-1

If you sit back and think about just how many different model cars have come off the assembly lines, it's amazing that we remember any of them at all. Sure, you personally might remember your first car, but, by and large, not too many of us are really emotionally vested in a 1987 Buick Skylark the way you might be. But then there are cars that come along every once in a great while that we as a collective civilized world can appreciate. Cars that are so striking, and so stunning that men and women who have no automotive knowledge whatsoever become awestruck and mesmerized by the mere sight of one of these mighty machines. That list of cars is very short, but it can be argued that at the top of that very short list lies one car, and one car only—the Ferrari F40.


Review: 2016 Ford Focus S

On: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 2:34PM | By: Jon Summers


Review: 2016 Ford Focus S test 1-1

Excellent, state of-the-art transportation, but a poor driving experience perhaps best sums up this Focus. Maybe that is to be expected from an entry-level economy car, but since previous generations Focus drove well, even in poverty specification, your writer was hoping for more. Surprisingly the Focus remained likeable, but be clear:  This is transportation in the airport monorail sense of the word far more than it is a car in the Big Block Chevelle sense of the word.


 

Haunted Highways: The GMC Syclone

On: Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 3:24PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways:  The GMC Syclone test 1-1

Some cars and trucks are just ahead of their time. Sometimes, the world is just not ready yet for an idea; it's either too soon, too much, or just too unusual for the world to deal with and, as such, that idea usually either dies, or goes into hibernation until the world catches up. Such was the life of one of the quickest and fastest trucks ever produced. The GMC Syclone was not a high-selling success, but this tricked-out pickup truck brought new meaning to the word "Hauling."


Review of the 2015 Ford Edge: Edging Forward

On: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 8:45PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2015 Ford Edge:  Edging Forward test 1-1

When it comes to buying a new car, we have to be honest, the first company that comes to mind in terms of quality and reliability is not Ford. That's not because we are GM-loving Corvette mongers either; it's just that, unfortunately, the Blue Oval has had a few swings and misses over the years, and their reputation, at least in our minds, has been a little… tainted. Blame it on cars like the Probe, the Escort, the Fiesta, the early 2000s Focus, or even trucks like the Expedition and the Bronco II; none of these cars really lasted for very long both on the road, or in the hearts and minds of car enthusiasts.


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Ford Flex

On: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:16PM | By: Teddy Field


Ford Flex test 2

If this was 1938, you'd buy a Ford Flex to ferry well-heeled people from the train station to your snooty lakeside hotel. Back when train travel was a thing, automakers created 'station wagons' to transport passengers and their luggage to and from fancy resorts/private estates. And since these wood-bodied wagons had an air of exclusivity, they became popular family transporters from the late-40s through the mid-80s. But tastes change, and we're now in the era of big crossovers. The Ford Flex, however, can take you and six other people back to a simpler, more luxurious time...


Cheap Thrill: 1996-1999 Ford Taurus SHO

On: Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 12:49PM | By: Teddy Field


1996-1999 Ford Taurus SHO test 2

Back in 1996, the Ford Taurus was America's favorite midsize sedan. Everybody had to have one, from mothers and carpet salesmen to government agencies and rental fleets. They tried to make it look futuristic with lots of circles and swoops. Then they tried to make it fast by shoving a V8 under the hood. Now you're probably thinking, "Wait, it's FWD, won't it torque steer and understeer?", and you'd be right. But in 1996, everything was front-wheel drive, and the V8-powered Ford Taurus SHO was a rocketship...


Ballin' on a Budget: 2011-2015 Kia Optima SX

On: Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:54AM | By: Teddy Field


2011-2015 Kia Optima SX test 2

Ordinarily, if you wanted to impress people on a budget, you would need to drive a car that has an expensive brand name, and lots of trendy features that will eventually break. But with the 2011–2015 Kia Optima SX, that's just not the case. It can impress people with its looks alone, and it's filled with a ton of luxury accouterments that'll probably be cheap to fix. Plus, it's a used Kia, which means you'll be Ballin' on a Budget...


2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: The Real Deal

On: Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 12:21PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350:  The Real Deal test 1-1

Having grown up in a GM family, I found that telling my dad that the first car I wanted is a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible can be a difficult sell. It wasn't easy at all, but essentially my reasoning was that the Mustang was a car that everyone could get behind, that is was an esthetically appealing, universally loved, tried-and-true Pony Car—the original, in fact. Like I said, it wasn't easy, but once I got the keys (and my license), that was all I needed.


What the Truck?! - Review Of The Isuzu VehiCROSS

On: Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 3:00PM | By: Teddy Field


What the Truck?! - Review Of The Isuzu VehiCROSS test 1-1

In 1999, Americans were falling madly in love with the SUV. Small ones, big ones, bigger ones. It didn't matter as long as they looked tough, and sat up real high so mommy could feel important. Earlier in the decade, Isuzu had abandoned efforts to sell cars in the United States, opting instead to base their entire survival on selling SUVs. To bring attention to this novel idea, Isuzu created the VehiCROSS as a sort of technical showcase/halo truck. That's why they crammed it full of innovative features, made it drive like a sports car, and gave it bodywork that would make anyone say, What the Truck?!