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Back in 1996, the Ford Taurus was America's favorite midsize sedan. Everybody had to have one, from mothers and carpet salesmen to government agencies and rental fleets. They tried to make it look futuristic with lots of circles and swoops. Then they tried to make it fast by shoving a V8 under the hood. Now you're probably thinking, "Wait, it's FWD, won't it torque steer and understeer?", and you'd be right. But in 1996, everything was front-wheel drive, and the V8-powered Ford Taurus SHO was a rocketship...
Tags: Review, 1996-1999 Ford Taurus SHO, used cars, Ford Taurus SHO
With many truck buyers taking their pickup trucks off the beaten path, Chevrolet has unveiled a new special edition Silverado that strives to meet the demands of these very special customers, while bringing several model-exclusive touches to the Silverado model family.
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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.
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Tags: Review, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, cadillac, ats-v, used cars
Ordinarily, if you wanted to impress people on a budget, you would need to drive a car that has an expensive brand name, and lots of trendy features that will eventually break. But with the 2011–2015 Kia Optima SX, that's just not the case. It can impress people with its looks alone, and it's filled with a ton of luxury accouterments that'll probably be cheap to fix. Plus, it's a used Kia, which means you'll be Ballin' on a Budget...
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.
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Tags: Review, 2016 Shelby, GT350, Mustang, GT350R
In 1999, Americans were falling madly in love with the SUV. Small ones, big ones, bigger ones. It didn't matter as long as they looked tough, and sat up real high so mommy could feel important. Earlier in the decade, Isuzu had abandoned efforts to sell cars in the United States, opting instead to base their entire survival on selling SUVs. To bring attention to this novel idea, Isuzu created the VehiCROSS as a sort of technical showcase/halo truck. That's why they crammed it full of innovative features, made it drive like a sports car, and gave it bodywork that would make anyone say, What the Truck?!
In 1997 BMW debuted a concept car called the Z07. It was an instant success on the show circuit, and not being a company to rest on its laurels BMW quickly got the Z07 onto the production line only two short years later and dubbed it the Z8—and the world was instantly better for it. The Z8 was built from 1999 through 2002 and was given the model code E52. It seemed that Bimmer had an idea that its newest flagship was going to be a success, as it guaranteed potential owners that it would continue to build replacement parts for it for the next 50 years. Presumptuous? Perhaps, but not as much as some may think...
Posted In: Classics, Reviews, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: haunted hghways, bmw, z8
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.
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Tags: Review 2016 Kia Sorento, SUV
Audi's parent company Volkswagen Group of America has issued a recall of 21,074 models in all due to a defect in the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS). Models affected are Audi A6 models produced between March 28, 2011 through March 19, 2013 and Audi A7 models made between January 25, 2011 through March 19, 2013. This recall affects models that were equipped with heated and cooled seats. It seems that the PODS may not recognize that there is a person in the passenger seat, which in turn may not activate the front passenger airbags, which would cause the air bags not to deploy in the event of a crash. Obviously, this defect presents a clear danger to passengers and could cause significant injury without the benefit of an air bag.
Back in the day, the Chrysler 300 'letter cars' were hot rodded luxury coupes with big honkin' V8s, and the presence of a mafia boss. The Chrysler 300M... was nothing like that. It was FWD, it looked like a bloated manatee, and it was about as fast as one. But then some engineers got ahold of it, and created the limited edition 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special. Sure, John Gotti wouldn't drive one. But if you had a few blocks to run, you'd think it was a beater that's hard to beat...
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Tags: Review, 2002-2004 Chrysler 300M Special, sedan
In the modern world of automobiles, it seems car companies are falling over each other trying to uncover niches in any way, shape, or form they can, all in the name of sales. The idea that "If we build it, they will come" is apparently the prevailing thought among corporate think tanks in recent years. But, over the years, we have seen quite a few cars that have been built that, quite honestly, didn't need to be. Sure, we know there were a few people who bought the Nissan Murano convertible, or the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, or even the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6, maybe. But, honestly, we are pretty certain those six or seven people could've probably chosen something else, and while the price of someone's happiness is up for debate, we are also willing to believe that maybe the buckets of dollars in R&D to create those cars were not justified by their very small sales numbers. But for every car that has come along to fill a gap that wasn't really there, sometimes there is a car that does. Leave it to Honda to build a car we didn't know we may have needed.
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Tags: Review, 2016 Honda, HR-V, SUV, CUV, subcompact, Honda Vezel, Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle