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

Garage and Barn Finds Could Bring You a Massive Price

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV

In the days of the American Muscle Cars (1960s-1970s) these cars were built with one goal in mind; win a drag race.  This meant the typical muscle car of the time did not have sophisticated chassis adjustments or tooling to make them great on a race track, but when it came to straight line power and speed these cars could not be beat.  The muscle cars of this era had a two door design in a strong and powerful body style that put fear into the hearts of lesser species of automobiles.  During this era muscle cars were actually very affordable but now many of these will fetch a high price.  It might be time to take a look in your garage or out in the barn to see if you have a veritable gold mine hiding in the dust and dirt. Read more

Concept Cars That Turned Out to be Duds

2013 Corolla Furia

Is it a stud or is it a dud?  That is as simple as the question gets but for many automakers this is what faces them when they are ready to take a car from concept to production.  The idea behind a particular car is sometimes more enticing and alluring than the car itself.  Other times we see production models that have too many problems right from the start, causing the manufacturer to need to go back and try again.  There are still several auto shows yet to take place this year and many of the concepts offered may be case studies that are being done to gauge reaction while others are possibly the answer an automaker thinks they have for previous problems.  Take a look at these concepts that turned out to be duds and see if you see a few duds coming out of the upcoming auto shows. Read more

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