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2015 Scion FR-S

'15 FR-S lead

Muscle cars and pony cars and exotic high-performance cars abound. But there aren’t many true sports cars around. Not for less than $25k to start, at least. Arguably, the Mazda Miata has been the only one. It has certainly been the most successful one. For 25 years now – and still going strong. Subaru and Toyota…

2015 Hyundai Genesis

'15 Genesis lead

Here’s some inside baseball. Two of the best luxury sedans on the market are – technically - not luxury sedans. Well, they’re not branded - or priced – as such. I speak – out of school – of the Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Genesis, just updated for the new model year. But you’d be a fool…

2014 Lexus IS 350

'14 IS 350 curb 1

Good things come in small packages – but sometimes, they’re maybe a bit too small. Hence, Lexus’ re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It’s bigger now – with a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike its most obvious competitor – the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Which is a gorgeous car and a hell of  deal, with a brilliant drivetrain (potent turbo four, almost…

2015 Honda Fit

'15 Fit lead

Last week, I test-drove the new three-cylinder (and turbocharged) Ford Fiesta. A neat little car – emphasis on little. This week, I have the new Honda Fit, which is also little - but isn’t small. At least, not where size matters. Much as I enjoyed driving the Fiesta – with its admirably eager (and laudably fuel-efficient) turbo…

2014 Hyundai Sante Fe

'14 Sante FE GLS

Having two versions of the same crossover is pretty smart. Not everyone needs three rows – and room for seven. Some, on the other hand, have got to have that third row. The Hyundai Sante Fe is the only medium-small crossover that comes both ways – take your pick. WHAT IT IS The Sante Fe is…

2014 Ford Fiesta “Triple”

'14 Fiesta head on pic

I’ve got a triple in my garage. It’s loud and fast, but spews oily smoke – and gets terrible gas mileage. Probably why Kawasaki stopped making triples. Well, this kind of triple triple. (Two stroke triples.) Then there’s the kind that gets great gas mileage – but makes you pay for it in other ways.…

2014 Hyundai Equus

'14 Equus lead

Ever buy a generic drug? Most of us have – because we know it’s the same drug as the name-brand drug. Just costs a lot less. If it works the same, who cares about the label? This is the mindset to have when considering the Hyundai Equus. It’s a large luxury sedan with standard V-8…

2014 Scion tC

'14 tC potential

By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate…

2014 Nissan Rogue

'14 Rogue lead

Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded. But one thing there’s not a lot of in this segment…

2014 Toyota RAV4

'14 RAV 1

Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring. But is boring bad? What if boring works? I’ve owned (and driven) a lot of vehicles that didn’t work – which can be exciting, in good ways and bad – depending on when and how they stop working. Toyotas hardly ever…