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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?!


Haunted Highways: The BMW Z8 - A Masterpiece From Munich

On: Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 9:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


 BMW Z8 test 2

In 1997 BMW debuted a concept car called the Z07. It was an instant success on the show circuit, and not being a company to rest on its laurels BMW quickly got the Z07 onto the production line only two short years later and dubbed it the Z8—and the world was instantly better for it. The Z8 was built from 1999 through 2002 and was given the model code E52. It seemed that Bimmer had an idea that its newest flagship was going to be a success, as it guaranteed potential owners that it would continue to build replacement parts for it for the next 50 years. Presumptuous? Perhaps, but not as much as some may think...


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special

On: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:37AM | By: Teddy Field


2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special test 2

Back in the day, the Chrysler 300 'letter cars' were hot rodded luxury coupes with big honkin' V8s, and the presence of a mafia boss. The Chrysler 300M... was nothing like that. It was FWD, it looked like a bloated manatee, and it was about as fast as one. But then some engineers got ahold of it, and created the limited edition 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special. Sure, John Gotti wouldn't drive one. But if you had a few blocks to run, you'd think it was a beater that's hard to beat...


Cheap Thrills: 2004-2008 Subaru Forester 2.5XT

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:56AM | By: Teddy Field


2004-2008 Subaru Forester test 2

The Subaru Forester is a sort of a 'Diet SUV', designed for those who like to worry about the planet... and puppies. Needless to say, the second-gen Forester struggled to compete in the SUV-crazy world of the 2000s. It did, however, find a devoted following in snow-covered hippy communes like Colorado and Washington state. So they added a WRX-esque turbo-4 to provide adequate power at high elevations (*cough* *cough*, pardon the pun), and unwittingly created the fastest SUV on the market...


 

Ballin' on a Budget: 2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis

On: Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:41AM | By: Teddy Field


Ballin' on a Budget: 2009-2014 Hyundai Genesis test 1-1

The Hyundai Genesis is like gluten-free gluten, or healthy bacon. It exists to pamper and delight, yet it comes with none of the drawbacks normally associated with such personal decadence. This creamy-smooth luxury car is actually affordable, and, if you act fast, it'll still qualify for an extended warranty. So from the practical people at Hyundai Automotive Oatmeal, may we present the latest way to Ball on a Budget:  The double-bacon-fudge dipped 2009–2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan...


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Subaru Tribeca

On: Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 9:26AM | By: Teddy Field


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Subaru Tribeca test 1-1

In the image conscious world of family transportation, the Subaru Tribeca sat in the corner like a nerdy girl with braces. She was probably smarter and more capable than all of those cheerleading Toyotas. But since she lacked the beauty and breeding of the popular CUVs, nobody asked her to the prom at Cul-de-sac High. And that's a shame, because Miss Tribeca turned into a real looker on the used market...


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 1997-2005 Mitsubishi Diamante

On: Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 3:08PM | By: Teddy Field


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 1997-2005 Mitsubishi Diamante test 1-1

The Mitsubishi Diamante is a well made luxury-ish car that nobody bought. Like most Mitsubishi products, it was designed to be a cut above its competitors, in both build quality and performance. But due to a microscopic marketing budget, no one knew it existed. And those that did know about the Diamante, didn't want to pay Lexus ES money for a car that nobody else ever heard of...which makes it one beater that's hard to beat...


What the Truck?! 1998-2003 Dodge Dakota R/T

On: Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 10:57AM | By: Teddy Field


1998-2003 Dodge Dakota R/T test 2

Back in the late '90s, small trucks were big business. Little rigs like the Ford Ranger, Chevy S-10, and Toyota Tacoma, offered customers lots of capability for a fittingly small price. The Dodge Dakota, on the other hand, was unashamed of its full-size aspirations, offering more room, towing and payload capacity than its diminutive rivals. V8 power was available too. And, in the case of the Dodge Dakota R/T, it had a torque-happy 5.9L V8 that even had muscle car drivers saying "what the truck?!"...


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2003-2007 Honda Accord Coupe

On: Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 3:26PM | By: Teddy Field


2003-2007 Honda Accord Coupe test 2

In terms of blue chip transportation, the Honda Accord is tough to beat. It has lots of practical features, reliable engines, and it's not bad to drive either. But if you want something a bit more interesting, the 2003-2007 Honda Accord Coupe does everything the sedan can do, but with a bit more... style. And that makes it a beater that's hard to beat...


Cheap Thrill: 2006-2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS

On: Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 9:43AM | By: Teddy Field


2006-2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS test 2

The basic ingredients in any Chevy SS vehicle are a big engine, intimidating looks, and lots of badges. SuperSport models are usually based on whatever's popular at the time, and nothing was more trendy in the mid-2000s than the midsize SUV. So SS engineers crammed a 6.0L big block under the hood of a midsize Chevy Trailblazer. Then they gave it a very un-soccer mom look to match its baby-eating exhaust growl. There's nothing timid about this SS-UV, which makes it a terrific cheap thrill...


Ballin' on a Budget: 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

On: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:33AM | By: Teddy Field


Infiniti G37  test 2

Ballin' on a budget means that you drive a car that's new enough to look expensive, but just old enough not to be. The value of luxury cars drops like a rock because they're based on prevailing styles. But you're smart enough to make your depreciation work for you. This week's budget-friendly Blingmobile is the Infiniti G37 Coupe. It offers the perfect blend of luxury, performance, and style. And it's just cheap enough to let you ball on a budget...