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Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Toyota Venza

On: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 9:35AM | By: Teddy Field


Great Cars That Nobody Bought: Toyota Venza test 1-1

"It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Yoda!" The Toyota Venza is one of those cars that was just too clever for its own good. The idea was to create a sort of luxury lifestyle vehicle for people with grandkids, or 1.2 teenagers. It offered the functionality of a station wagon, the stance of a CUV, and a luxury Toyota Prius interior. Truth be told, the Venza is more confused than Bruce Jenner. But, at the same time, it's as smart as Bruce/Caitlyn's publicist. So let's wade through the contradictions and see what it's all about...


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2009-2014 Nissan Maxima

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:45PM | By: Teddy Field


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2009-2014 Nissan Maxima test 1-1

In the world of family sedans, it pays to be different. No, you have to be different. Otherwise, people would just buy another Camry. To that end, Nissan sent their 7th-generation Maxima to the gym, and it emerged as a muscle-bound "4-Door Sports Car" (that's what the 4DSC sticker means). Granted, the 2009–2014 Nissan Maxima won't outdrag an M3, or outhandle a Quattro. But it will outclass a Camry just sitting still, which makes it one beater that's hard to beat...


Cheap Thrills: 1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

On: Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 10:17AM | By: Teddy Field


1993 Canaro Z/28 test 2

Nothing is more patriotic than doing a burnout in a Camaro Z/28, while smoking a Marlboro, and blaring Kid Rock. The fourth-gen Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was filled with that 90s enthusiasm that made you look forward to the future. It was also filled with enough wheel-spinning torque to make it one epic Cheap Thrill...


Review: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG

On: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:58PM | By: Jon Summers


2016 Mercedes C450 AMG at speed test 2

Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a dealership, moving into the parking lot, and, as such, I was familiar with both the C450s exterior and interior by the time I came to drive it. 


 

Ballin' on a Budget: 2003-2008 Infiniti FX

On: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:27AM | By: Teddy Field


Ballin' on a Budget: 2003-2008 Infiniti FX test 1-1

When shopping for an affordable luxury SUV, you're likely to hear phrases like "heart/soul of a sportscar", or "racing heritage'. But that's usually marketing-speak for hard springs, big wheels, and a bodykit. The 2003–2008 Infiniti FX, on the other hand, actually does have the chassis of a sportscar (the Nissan 350Z), and it drives just as good as it looks. So let's have a look at the S50 Infiniti FX, because it's one sure-fire way to 'ball on a budget'.


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2000 - 2004 Toyota Avalon

On: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 1:37PM | By: Teddy Field


Beater That's Hard To Beat: 2000 - 2004 Toyota Avalon test 1-1

Conventional wisdom would suggest that a more expensive car is better made. But that's not always the case. Just try maintaining a used BMW or Land Rover without taking out a second mortgage. The 2000–2004 Toyota Avalon, on the other hand, was rather pricy when it was new, and it was made to a higher standard. It was luxurious, powerful, and extremely reliable. And that makes it a beater that's hard to beat...


Beater that's Hard to Beat: 2006-2011 Hyundai Azera

On: Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 10:39AM | By: Teddy Field


Beater that's Hard to Beat: 2006-2011 Hyundai Azera test 1-1

When it comes to buying an affordable family sedan, most people stick with the obvious choices: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata. But if you know what you're looking for, you can walk away with a used luxury car that will be just as reliable as a blue-chip family sedan. So let's have a look at the 2006-2011 Hyundai Azera. Because at $6,000–$12,000, it's a luxurious beater, that's hard to beat...


Haunted Highways: The Never Out-Of-Date Performance of BMW's E46 M3

On: Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 10:05AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways: The Never Out-Of-Date Performance of BMW's E46 M3 test 1-1

In this day and age, car styles seem to come and go as quickly as iPhone models. As soon as you get the new one, there's a commercial out saying that your new one is now the old one, and the real new one is on its way. Carmakers have been frustrating consumers for years with that same tactic. You spend thousands of dollars on a very carefully thought out decision, and before the down payment check clears, there's already a newer model on its way to make your hard earned car obsolete.


For BMW, Is 2 The New 3?

On: Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


For BMW, Is 2 The New 3? test 1-1

BMW has been changing things up quite a bit in the last few years. They changed their model designations around and took away our two-door M3 and made and M4 out of it. We can still have a four-door M3, but it's not quite the same. But okay fine, Bimmer, the even number model series are coupes and the odd number ones are sedans. Got it. So now we have the 2-Series from BMW.  It's a two-door coupe that is plenty sporty and, specifically, the M235i is essentially what we remember the M3 of yesteryear being, and maybe even better. 


Review: 2016 Mini JCW

On: Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 6:38PM | By: Jon Summers


Mini JCW front three quarter test 2

I recently learned of a campaign by an enthusiastic British teen to save the original home of Cooper cars, located in a West London suburb. The loss would be a shame, because John Cooper was an engineering visionary who succeeded on the world stage of Formula One, beating Ferrari in the process. Cooper’s genius was welding a pair of Fiat 500 chassis together to create a small, light racing car. Powered by 500cc motorcycle engines, the car made for exciting and close racing, with an emphasis on handling and maintaining momentum, allowing driving skill to shine. Those involved were the same kind of speed-hungry characters who became hot rodders in the US. With contemporaries such as Stirling Moss and Bernie Ecclestone, John Cooper graduated from 500cc racing to International Grand Prix racing, building the first postwar rear-engined Formula 1 Championship-winning car. Alongside this work, and, in much the same way as Shelby tweaked the Mustang, Cooper hot-rodded Minis. The result was a “giant-killing” road race and rally car. As much as clever design, it was motorsport credibility which built the Mini legend.


Review: 2016 Renault Master dCi125

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 2:29PM | By: Jon Summers


Renault Master front three quarter test 2

With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to Ford, with a century of building all shapes and sizes of cars and trucks, often offering considerable design flair at a medium price point. Both share a century-old deep commitment to motorsport. This is the third generation Master, and builds on the previous strong-selling iterations.