Weight Up and Down

2016 Yellow KIA Soul

For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid.  In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency.  You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more.  To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more

The Manual Transmissions that Aren’t All Manual

Manual transmissions

With the current technology the only reason to actually buy a car with a manual transmission anymore is to have the purist connection with the car to enjoy the driving experience.  For those that are new to driving, a manual now offers a variety of ways to ensure the transmission has some control over what is happening.  As many car enthusiasts that can’t seem to see the progress involved the answer is they don’t want these systems either.  Let’s take a look at where we are with the manual transmission and add some automatic advisory as well. Read more

Should You Drive a Full Size Pickup Truck in a Large City

2016 GMC Sierra in the City

When you think about owning a dog do you consider the breed, maximum size and the space the dog will need to roam and run.  For the most part the larger and more energetic the animal is the more space they need to run and get the necessary exercise each and every day.  The same is mostly true for vehicles.  A smaller compact vehicle is typically known to be a great choice in the city while the large full size trucks are better left to those who are driving out in the country or heading to a jobsite that needs these trucks. Read more

The Porsche 911 is Coming with an Update for 2017

2017 The Porsche 911

The 911 has been one of the most active and sporty cars on the road for many years.  As a longstanding favorite of many drivers the 911 continues to improve each time it is redesigned.  What makes the 911 so amazing is that it has steadfastly continued to offer us a rear-engine amazing drive even when so many have said it should have switched to a mid-engine a long time ago.  Not only that, this car is one of the last to embrace turbocharging which has pleased the naturally aspirated fans for years.  As we await the new updates for the 2017 model, here are several things you should know about this car: Read more

2016 Hyundai Sonata: Another Fan Favorite

2016 Blue Hyundai Sonata

What do you want in a car?  If the answer includes great fuel mileage, an engine that doesn’t mind accelerating from a stop, a comfortable and high tech interior and plenty of protection from the manufacturer with a great warranty then you are in luck.  The Hyundai Sonata is and has been that car for you to choose and make the next great purchase for your driving pleasure.  The Sonata has been a favorite for a long time because of all these features and by taking a page from the book of many competitors the Sonata offers you a wide variety of great choices to have the car you really want. Read more

Lower Battery Costs for GM

2016 Spark EV

Whatever the reason, GM has announced a much lower Lithium-Ion battery cost per kWh than just about anyone else.  The average cost is said to be around $300/kWh while GM states they are experiencing cost of $145/kWh which is much lower to give a savings to their EV customers and make their hybrids even better.  Adding to this, GM states they expects to see costs of $100/kWh or less by 2021.  What does this mean for the EV market?  This means many of these EV cars that seem to be priced too high compared to their gasoline counterparts should begin to experience lower prices to make the decision much more difficult on us as buyers. Read more

A Last Hurrah that Became Seriously Valuable

1987 Buick Grand National GNX

It’s not every vehicle that gains such an increase in value that it actually calls for a price that puts it in the rarified air of a collectible car, but the vehicle in question is one that was not built to be a collector car but as a farewell tour for a car that had not met sales goals for several years and was made to be the swan song.  Even though many times with collectible items we look for the first offering of an item such as a baseball card or an early printing of a coin or stamp, but with vehicles, specific years are what can make them highly valuable. Read more

2016 Toyota Corolla: More Room and Amazing Efficiency

2016 Toyota Corolla

Even though most of us don’t think about the Corolla gaining any benefit from the Prius, they are both made by Toyota and what Prius adds to the Corolla is the benefit of being an extremely efficient car.  The Corolla has been a leader in its class and comes in for 2016 offering more space in the back seat to give us what we want in the car, which is space that matches up well with the fuel efficiency we already enjoy.  Showing up in a class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and others, the Corolla is a sensible choice that can be fun to drive. Read more

2016 Dodge Dart: A European-Styled American Compact Sedan

2016 Red Dodge Dart

The title says it all; the Dart is a gorgeous compact sedan that answers every question in the class.  With it style and fun to drive personality it rivals the Mazda 3 and Focus.  The Dart also gives us a large menu of great features and setups to enjoy with ensure we have more options than the Elantra, Corolla and Sentra.  There is even a near luxury trim level that will make it hard to pass up and why would you want to, the Dodge Dart is the compact sedan that will surprise you and excite you at the same time. Read more

The Ultimate Hippy-Mobile

VW Minibus

When you think of the Hippies of the 1960s and 1970s what comes to mind.  Other than the drugs and the anti-war stance many who referred to themselves and Hippies or were part of this movement were in tune with nature and were a version of a conservationist society that is truly important in today’s world.  With so many companies working toward a way to save the planet and use as little of the fossil fuels and resources as possible Volkswagen is coming back out with the VW Minibus which was the iconic Hippy-mobile of the time when being a Hippy was actually cool. Read more

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