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Categories: Professional Car Reviews

Review of the 2016 VW Golf R: Respect.

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 3:43PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Much like some cars themselves, some car companies elicit a gut reaction at just the sound of their name. Where this comes from in people is some amalgamation of marketing, personal experience with the car or drivers of the car, fondness or disdain for the country of the company's origin, and, more than likely, a host of other factors that operate on an almost subconscious level. These things all make us love or hate car companies.

Review of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: Battle for the Belt!

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:57AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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When it comes to creating the ultimate sports sedan, we have to admit that BMW has essentially had the market cornered since the turn of the century. The M5 has, plainly and simply, blown the doors off just about any and ever competitor that has tried to touch it since the E39 chassis stormed onto the scene in 2000 with a 394-horsepower rip-roaring V8 and six-speed manual. Some cars have come close to its performance, but none have been able to capture that mystical M gestalt; not AMG, not the V line, and nothing even close from the Japanese markets. However, for 2016, Cadillac—of all manufacturers—just may have created a car that could unseat the venerable M5 as world champion. The new CTS-V just may be the baddest four-door sedan in the world, and it has its sights set on Munich.

Review: 2016 Ford Focus S

On: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 2:34PM | By: Jon Summers

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Excellent, state of-the-art transportation, but a poor driving experience perhaps best sums up this Focus. Maybe that is to be expected from an entry-level economy car, but since previous generations Focus drove well, even in poverty specification, your writer was hoping for more. Surprisingly the Focus remained likeable, but be clear:  This is transportation in the airport monorail sense of the word far more than it is a car in the Big Block Chevelle sense of the word.


Review of the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: Blasphemous Glory!

On: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 8:58PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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There are few cars that have the history and following of the Porsche 911. It has a heritage has that sparked debates, fights, and countless races on the street and the track for over half a century. But in their most private moments, and only to themselves, even the most die-hard Porschephile will admit that their beloved 911 is, in fact, incredibly flawed. Blasphemy, you say? Hardly. Even Porsche itself has acknowledged that the 911's overwhelmingly rearward weight bias has been something they have been trying to overcome for several generations.

Review of the 2017 Audi Q7: The Future Is Here

On: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 2:05PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In case you hadn't noticed, some people were very disappointed when 'Back to the Future Day' came and went on October 21, 2015. The time we live in is nothing like the futuristic scenario Marty McFly ended up in while attempting to save his future. There are no flux capacitors that run on garbage; hell, no flux capacitors at all, in fact. No hoverboards, no automatically lacing Nikes, and, most notably, no flying cars. Yet, while we may all have been a little bummed at our inability to fly around in a Buick, we should look back and realize just how far we've come. It wasn't too long ago that people from my time looked forward to one day being able to buy a car that had things like power door locks, power windows, or maybe even ABS! Luxurious amenities like a moonroof, heated seats, and the like were nothing more than pipe dreams that only the most well-off, upper-crust could have in their lives. But, look how far we've come in only a couple decades. The options that are available on even the most basic transportation of automobiles embarrasses even the classiest of yesteryear's cars. And if the cheap cars have some futuristic options these days, just what do the nice cars have? Well, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a very good example of just how far into the future we really have come.

Review Of The 2016 Acura ILX: Moving Up In The World

On: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 1:21PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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There comes a point in everyone's life when they have to grow up. It starts with something small, like getting your own credit card, paying your own cell phone bill, or getting your first job to facilitate those things. Then there are bigger steps:  Moving away from home for the first time (not scary at all), or going away to college, or finding that first special someone to share your time with.

Review of the 2016 BMW 340i: Subtle Steps Forward

On: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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When it comes to performance coupes and sedans, not moving forwards is the same as moving backwards. There is so much competition that there is no time to sit on your haunches and relax, even if you are the market leader. No matter how far ahead you might be in one model generation, there are no fewer than four car companies nipping at your heels to create a newer version of their car to beat yours. For 2016, BMW has taken its perennial 3-Series and moved it a couple very small incremental steps forward in an attempt to retain its title as 'best midsize luxury sedan'.  

From the outside, it looks as though almost nothing has changed for 2016. The very subtle changes are so slight that only a side-by-side comparison, or a very, very avid Beemer fanatic, could show you the difference. Small fascia changes on the exterior, like slightly resculpting and moving the headlights farther towards the edges of the front fascia, small movements in the taillight positioning, and some metal trim strips on the interior are the only real visually apparent differences between the 2016 model and the outgoing 335i, aside from just a different badge. 

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: The Ultimate Sleeper

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 10:42AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In the past, Cadillac was known simple to the ultimate expression of American luxury. They were big cars for people with big wallets, and that was about it. Slow, soft-riding, plush interior, and a floaty suspension that made them a dream to cruise down the highway in, and a nightmare to do much else with. Cadillacs were a badge of honor for an honest working man who had finally 'made it' in life, and was a testament that they had, in fact, been a bit self-indulgent, and rewarded themselves for whatever their bread-winning achievements may have been at the time. Back then, sleeper cars were made out of cars like Chevelles, Novas, or even Impalas. No one would've thought to make a sleeper out of an expensive Cadillac.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: The Real Deal

On: Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 12:21PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Having grown up in a GM family, I found that telling my dad that the first car I wanted is a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible can be a difficult sell. It wasn't easy at all, but essentially my reasoning was that the Mustang was a car that everyone could get behind, that is was an esthetically appealing, universally loved, tried-and-true Pony Car—the original, in fact. Like I said, it wasn't easy, but once I got the keys (and my license), that was all I needed.

Review Of The 2016 Kia Sorento: Remind You Of Something?

On: Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 10:11AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems that life is, in fact, a circle that does keep on turning. It usually takes everyone (yours truly very much included) to realize this fact, but after a while, it's impossible not to see it. High-waist 1980s-style jeans are back in fashion, as is blue or purple hair. The same goes for skinny ties, Transformers, and even Fireballs have come full circle to become an adult treat to those of us old enough to remember what they were originally. In the past, startup car companies like Honda and Toyota were the smaller tykes trying to play on a professional field. They were faced with impossible odds, and had one or two models to start with as their entrants into the American sales landscape. But, they didn't falter, and, in fact, succeeded beyond anyone's expectations. They were the Rudy trying out for Notre Dame or the Rocky getting a shot against the Apollo. They were runty pups that came from almost nothing to become the top dog or dogs of the automotive world.