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Review of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Pick your poison

On: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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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.

Review of the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: It's about time.

On: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:10PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Nineteen years ago, Porsche inadvertently created a monster. In their quest to bring some new blood into their lineup, they created a car in the Boxster that was actually too good for its time. How can that be, you ask?  Well, because Porsche purists basically worship a flawed god. For the last half-century or so, the 911 has been the face of the Porsche faithful, but its rear-engine/rear-drive setup has always been its biggest source of character, as well as its biggest Achilles heel. It has been something that Porsche engineers have in some ways acknowledged, and have been trying to overcome. And while their progress has been good, the appearance of the Boxster with its mid-engine setup and nearly perfect weight balance seemed to all but set the 911 back decades.  

Review of the 2017 Audi A4: The Bavarian Slayer?

On: Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:37AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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For the past two decades BMW has been touting its 3-Series (along with just about all of its other models) as the "Ultimate Driving Machine", and, in all fairness, not many cars have come along to present too much of a challenge to the throne. The 3-Series has been decidedly dominant, no matter how you slice up the sales charts. But, as with any champion, there are always contenders vying for the title, and BMW's bread-and-butter sales-stud may have finally met its match. Slowly but surely, the folks over at Audi have been steadily putting together better cars year after year, and the 2017 A4 2.0T Quattro may have just what it takes to knock out the champ once and for all.

2016 Toyota Highlander: Competent and smooth, and dull

On: Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:52AM | By: Jon Summers

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Toyota is not just a car company, it is a place too. The city of Toyota was renamed by the Japanese government in 1959, to recognize the work rebuilding the nation carried out by Mr. Toyoda’s company in the difficult decades after WW2. These noble intentions go a long way to explaining the qualities still associated with Toyota—very high build quality and excellent reliability, but design often so conservative as to be dull.


Review of the 2016 Audi TTS: Righting wrongs yet again

On: Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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We have to admit when we are wrong. Granted, it doesn't happen often (or so we'd like to believe); there are, however, times when being wrong can be humbling, humiliating, embarrassing, and even downright infuriating. But sometimes, just sometimes, being wrong can be a good thing; one such case began in 1998 when Audi debuted the TT. In truth, we did not think for one minute that this funky-looking, not-quite-a-sports-car, quasi-coupe, pseudo-VW-Beetle, ladybug-ish bubble would last more than a couple model years at best. However, here we are some 18 years since that infamous decree, and its time that we got out our fork and knife and ate our words. The Audi TT has had a very long and successful production run that is still going strong. As proof of that fact, we bring you the 2016 Audi TTS.

Review of the 2016 BMW X1: A whole new world

On: Fri, May 13, 2016 at 2:27PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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There comes a point in many people's lives where they sometimes hit a crossroads between idealism and reality. Sometimes, when faced with the harsh reality of how the world really works, we are all but forced to rescind some of the convictions we may have so staunchly heralded as our personal mission statements. It happens in every facet of human life. Creative writers become copywriters, musicians become music teachers, actors and actresses become waiters and bartenders, exceptionally talented college football players accept a job with the Cleveland Browns… We have all done it at one point or another, because the truth is, we need to get by in life. And while holding true to some self-decreed moral code is all well and good, the truth is, that code doesn't always pay the bills, and when the money is staring you dead in the face, sometimes, we find a way to bend that code just a little bit to make ends meet.

Review of the 2016 Porsche Macan S: The Gold Standard

On: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:55AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If there wasn't already a copyright for the phrase "The Midas Touch" for an automotive repair shop we would be making a strong push to have Porsche adopt this byline as their official catchphrase. In case you don't actually know, ancient Greek stories tell the tale of King Midas, who was given the power of turning whatever he touched to pure gold. It seems that other than maybe Oprah, Porsche has been churning out winners hand over fist for the better part of the last half century. More specifically, in the last two decades, Porsche has taken a few real chances, and they have paid off in spades.

Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu: Better than expected

On: Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:44PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In the American automotive world, few things are certain. It is an ever-changing cornucopia of styles, brands, trends, companies, and needs. One year it seems like America wants giant SUVs, big as can be, that can traverse everything from three feet of standing water to the curb at the closet outlet mall. Then a few years later, everyone wants to ditch their global destruction vehicles and jump into cars that have less than 100 horsepower and can barely get out of their own way, but can get 900 miles per gallon. Then when that craze dies down, everyone wants SUVs that can still act like SUVs, but get the fuel mileage of a smart Car. Then people want SUVs that are still kind of SUVs, but looks more like cars, but taller cars, or sedans that look more like coupes, but with four doors, and not as appealing… The list of demands just gets crazier and crazier every other year.

Review of the 2017 Acura NSX: Back From The Dead!!!

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:45PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In the list of things that we as a society have collectively been waiting for to return from the dead would probably look something like this:  1) Jesus 2) Tupac 3) the NSX 4) the Cleveland Browns. No word on Jesus just yet, Tupac seems like he comes and goes every other year, the Browns might have some luck with their new quarterback, and, then again, they might not. But, that one car that has been as elusive as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster is finally, finally, finally back from the dead.

Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS: The War Rages On!

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Over the past 50 years, the fight between the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro has been the automotive equivalent of the Civil War. Allegiances for either camp can result in fathers fighting sons, brothers battling brothers, mothers fighting daughters, and can turn any normal Thanksgiving dinner into something resembling the Hatfields sitting down with the McCoys. Decade after decade, generation after generation, these Pony Cars have taken turns holding Top Dog honors, which any internet forum will boast about, or make excuses for, depending on your side. But whoever the champ is, it will last for only a few years at best. Each and every time one car gets beat, inevitably, it gets right back up bigger and badder than before. In the latest iteration of the Mustang versus Camaro battle royale, the Ford has soundly beaten the last-gen Camaro with its wickedly powerful 5.0-liter 435-horsepower Coyote engine. But that was last year.