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Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts

On: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:00AM | By: Teddy Field


Kia Pays Tribute to America with 6 Crazy SEMA Concepts test 1-1

Kia has certainly made a lot of money in the U.S.A. And to honor one of its biggest markets, they've created four SEMA show cars that give a nod to different parts of our great land. So go grab a Big Mac and a Budweiser, because it's time to tour America... Gangnam Style!


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'.


2016 Lexus LX570 gets a new look and lots more tech

On: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 9:31AM | By: Teddy Field


2016 Lexus LX570 gets a new look and lots more tech test 1-1

The 2016 Lexus LX570 is a cross between a big, cushy luxury sedan, and a... mountain goat. This ridiculously capable, leather-lined behemoth sits at the pinnacle of the luxury SUV world, challenged only by the equally capable (and expensive) 2015 Range Rover and 2015 Mercedes G550. And, for 2016, this opulent Off-Road Suite has been given some styling enhancements, along with a raft of tech goodies. Let's check it out...


Presenting the 2015 LandWind X7

On: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 3:17PM | By: Teddy Field


Presenting the 2015 LandWind X7 test 1-1
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.
Chinese knockoffs are about as common as 99-cent menus, and rappers with unspellable names. But the latest counterfeit car to emerge from the Far East has Jaguar Land Rover up in arms. And it proves just how unscrupulous the Chinese government really is.

 

Beater That's Hard to Beat - 2000-2007 Ford Taurus

On: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:08AM | By: Teddy Field


Beater That's Hard to Beat - 2000-2007 Ford Taurus test 1-1

When Ford launched the Taurus in 1986, it turned the automotive world on its ear. Here was a stylish family car that actually wasn’t bad to drive. If you had wanted a midsize sedan that wasn’t designed with a straight ruler in the mid-80s, you would’ve been looking at an “import”. But Ford’s futuristic family car was made in good ol’ America, and that home-grown label helped it to corner the market almost immediately. It remained a best-seller for nearly two decades, but they ditched the futuristic look for the 2000 redesign, and the new ‘sophisticated’ look didn’t resonate with buyers. It was soon relegated to rental agencies and ‘senior living communities’, but it was actually the most refined Taurus to date. So if you need a reliable, non-boring car for under $5,000, the 2000-2007 Ford Taurus is one beater that’s hard to beat. Here’s why…


Hybrid or Hellraiser? - 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vs. 2014 Chevrolet SS

On: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:43PM | By: Teddy Field


Hybrid or Hellraiser? - 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vs. 2014 Chevrolet SS test 1-1

In this week’s episode, we look at two similarly priced cars that have absolutely nothing in common. The 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a fashionably green hybrid (faux) luxury car that costs around $40k, and can tiptoe for about 40 miles on each gallon of go-juice. The 2014 Chevrolet SS is also priced around $40k. But it doesn’t give a sealion’s behind about the environment, fuel economy, or being ‘fashionable’. It’s a tire-shredding muscle car from the land down under, and it’s ready to party. Should you happen to have $40Gs burning a hole in your pocket, do you choose the pretentious vegan, or Crackodile Dundee? Well, let’s find out…


Warning: Avoid Telephone Poles in Minivans

On: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 9:09AM | By: Karen Cook


Warning: Avoid Telephone Poles in Minivans test 1-1

At some point in our lives most of us reach the time to have a family. Time to stop hitting the bars on Friday night and trade in the snazzy red two-seater for a “family car”. For a large percentage of parents that means a minivan. There are lots of choices in this vehicle that offers room for children, friends, and overnight bags, as well as soccer equipment and groceries. But do they offer safety? Being the epitome of the family car, one would think so. The latest tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) throw that assumption into question.


New Hybrid Or Used Hellraiser: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid vs. 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

On: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 4:38PM | By: Teddy Field


2014 Honda Civic Hybrid vs. 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart test 2

Okay, you’ve got $25 grand to spend, and you want a little car that’s small enough to maneuver through traffic, yet still has enough room for 4 (5 in a pinch), and a reasonably sized trunk. What are your options? Well, if you’re the sort of person that actually eats fiber in order to maintain a regular schedule, then you might consider the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. It’s got a roomy interior with nice materials and a raft of electronic gadgets. The Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system yields a 401k-friendly 45 average mpg, and it’ll depreciate even slower than it accelerates. But if you’re the sort of person that conquers constipation with Taco Bell and a 12-pack, then you’d probably be interested in the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. It’s got a powerful turbo-4, AWD, and more attitude than a constipated teenager. Decisions, decisions…


The Most Interesting Toyota Camry...Ever!!

On: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:52PM | By: Teddy Field


The Most Interesting Toyota Camry...Ever!! test 1-1

The words "wow" and "holy crap", have never been used to describe a Toyota Camry. This silently-snooty transportation device has mastered mediocrity and elevated adequacy to an art form. They sell like hotcakes because everybodyknows that you “can’t go wrong with a Camry”. But Toyota’s CEO recently decreed that forthcoming cars bearing his family name, be injected with some excitement. And this 2015 Toyota Camry has just annihilated our perception of the most boring car on earth.


Hyundai - Kia to Pay $300 Million in Penalties for Overstating MPG Figures

On: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 3:28PM | By: Teddy Field


Hyundai - Kia to Pay $300 Million in Penalties for Overstating MPG Figures test 1-1

Last year, Hyundai/Kia was caught inflating their fuel economy ratings. Their un-official numbers caused many customers to expect more from a gallon of gas than their Korean eco-box could deliver. And now Uncle Sam wants his pound of flesh, and it’s gonna hurt…


Porsche to Build Quarter-Million Dollar Panamera Turbo S limo

On: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:25AM | By: Teddy Field


Porsche to Build Quarter-Million Dollar Panamera Turbo S limo test 1-1

The 2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive is a long-wheelbase land jet, with an equally long name. It’s also got a staggeringly long price tag of $264,895, and that’s before you add options. So what do you get for all that extra scratch? Let’s find out…