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Categories: Professional Car Reviews

Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 3:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy! test 1-1

My condolences. I heard about your granduncle Archibald's passing. Not to be rude, but wasn't it odd that a recluse who lived in a decommissioned missile silo in the middle of Nowheresville had a quarter-billion-dollars' worth of gold bullion stockpiled? I mean, it's good for you, as you're his sole heir. What? You get the money only if you spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble one of the greatest collections of mega-dollar performance cars?

Review of the 2017 Fiat 124: A Car We Already Loved

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 5:51PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2017 Fiat 124 test 2

In the automotive industry, we’ve see quite a few types of philosophies when it comes to building cars. There is the exclusive, hand-built, limited production track, a la Ferrari (no pun intended); then there is the mass-production, cheapest parts we can use to make an affordable car and still make a profit, which brings several companies to mind (we’re looking at you Scion and Kia). Sometimes carmakers want to build something completely of their own design, with no help from anyone anywhere. Take for example the Lexus LF-A:  Here was a car that took Toyota a decade to build. Granted, it was a great car, but it took so long that by the time it hit the market, some of the tech they used to make it was already outdated. No bueno. So what is a company to do when they want to build a car, yet may not have the necessary capital, research and design know-how, or simply don’t want to wait out the process and need to get a car with their name out there as soon as possible? Simple, use someone else’s car with your name on it.

Review of the 2017 GMC Acadia: Forgotten No More!

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 12:17PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 GMC Acadia:  Forgotten No More! test 1-1

In the modern world of SUVs, it seems like the choice are endless; yet, somehow, everyday there are even more choices. Nearly every manufacturer on Earth has been trying to get a piece of the rapidly growing pseudo-truck market (Can a Bugatti SUV really be that far away?). When it comes to SUV choices, there are small, large, low cost, high luxury, very off-road capable, very on-road capable, fast, extremely fast, slow, slower, three-door, five-door, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and dozens of other minor options to choose from. 

Minitest: 2016 Jeep Renegade

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:37PM | By: Jon Summers

Minitest:  2016 Jeep Renegade test 1-1

Practical, pleasant to drive, and showing some design flair were the impressions left by a few hours spent with a 2016 Jeep Renegade. Chrysler's design team has long been noticeable for their ability to “do the most with the least”—Charger immediately springs to mind—and Renegade is cut from this cloth. In both size and ethos the Renegade reflects the original military Jeep, now reinvented for twenty-first century urban living.


Review of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline: The best yet?

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 7:27AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline:  The best yet? test 1-1

It may be too long ago for half of the people who are considered ‘legal adults’ at this point to remember, but there once was a time when if you wanted a pickup truck, you had one choice per company. Chevy had the Silverado, Ford had the F-Series, and Dodge had the Ram. And that was it.  Oh, you wanted a smaller truck?  Buy a Ranchero or a station wagon.  But, enough people clamored for a smaller truck and, suddenly, they were everywhere. Chevy created the S10 line, Ford had the Ranger, Dodge had the Dakota. Even Toyota jumped into the mix in the 1990s with the Tacoma, and then moved up to create the full-sized Tundra. Then, carmakers started realizing that people enjoyed the interior volume of four-door pickups with the versatility of having a bed, just in case they had to hit up Home Depot on the weekends with the kids in the car. Suddenly, there was a new kind of pickup truck. A pickup truck that wasn’t quite a full pickup truck. Technically, a mid-sized sport utility truck. These were trucks like the Chevy Avalanche, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Lincoln Blackwood, and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Seeing all the success companies were having creating trucks, especially companies like Japanese rival Toyota, the folks at Honda decided in the mid-2000s to step into the mix. Enter the Honda Ridgeline. 

Review of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport: The Grandest Sport!

On: Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 8:48AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport:  The Grandest Sport! test 1-1

Few cars in the world seem to be able to make it past a few model years. For the few models that do, some tend to fade away by trying to change its image, or make radical changes, or, on the other end, not change enough to keep up with the times and watch their customer base walk off towards some newer model. But, sometimes, there are some models that just have a special something. Some models are able to rise above the madness of the global need for new and different, and change with the times, instead of watching the times either change them beyond recognition or simply pass them by.

Ferrari 458 Italia: A new stallion worthy of the name

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:35PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ferrari 458 Italia:  A new stallion worthy of the name test 1-1

When it comes to Ferraris, any new addition is celebrated by its many adoring fans like a new child in the family. The only sad part about adding a new Ferrari is that more often than not, it comes at the cost of losing one of our favorites. The new Ferrari 458 Italia is no different.  With its arrival, we must now cast off one of the most beautiful and crazy fast stallions from Maranello, the F430. From 2005-2009 the F430 scorched streets and racetracks all over the world with its 483-horsepower 4.3-liter banshee-imitating V8 that pushed that car in to a terminal velocity of 196 mph. You had your choice of either a traditional six-speed manual, or an F1-style six-speed electro-hydraulic paddle shifter. It was a car that was called by some (including your author) as the most captivating Ferrari since the mighty F40. With such large tires to fill, the question is:  Is the new 458 Italia up to the task?   

Review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace: Last but not least

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 10:59AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace:  Last but not least test 1-1

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple decades, it should come as no surprise that SUVs are popular. Very popular. In fact, we would like to declare here and now that the SUV, of some type, is going to be around for a very, very long time, possibly as long as people still use personal vehicles for transportation. People love them and car makers can't seem to make enough of them. Every manufacturer has their hand in the cookie pot, because the profit that stems from these car/trucks make for some damn fine tasting cookies.

Review of the 2017 Audi R8: Improving perfection

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2017 Audi R8 test 2

In the hundred-plus years that cars have been around, there has been a divergence of the car philosophy. This has come about for different reasons, a lot of which have to do with money. The income of a potential owner is obviously a big factor in producing a car.  But, after that, the general mission statements for some cars have gone is entirely different directions. For example, some cars are just cars. They are simple, basic transportation that gets us from point A to point B. Your Toyota Corolla, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit are all cars that do just what they're supposed to do:  Take people from one place to another more quickly than if they had attempted to walk or ride a bike. Then, on the other end of that spectrum, are insanely impractical, wholly purpose-built nigh-racecars that have been created to haul its passenger from one place to another in a stunning spectacle of lavish excess. Cars like the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, or Lamborghini Veneno are all simply the ultimate expressions of excess.

Review of the 2016 Subaru Legacy: Trying to live up to its name

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 3:34PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2016 Subaru Legacy test 2

The world of midsize sedans is a brutal market to compete in. The big champs of the segment are the Camry and the Accord, who trade blows year after year battling for supremacy of the heavyweight sales division. But, aside from those perennial all-stars, there are some other competitors that have been trying to make their mark against those bruisers for some time. Known mostly for their all-wheel drive systems, and their rally-inspired WRX models, Subaru has been trying to establish itself as more than just a boy-racer brand in recent years. The model in center stage of those attempts is their midsize model, the Legacy.

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.