Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

When will we see the Bolt?

Chevrolet Bolt

GM has announced the production of its all electric Bolt concept car will begin and be ready to be released in 2017 as part of the model line for 2018. For those who have seen the design of the Bolt, it appears to be along the same lines as the Sonic or Spark as a small, cute and cartoon-shaped hatchback that looks like it would be a lot of fun to drive, especially for young students and early year professionals. The Bolt shows up for the production lines with a fun and funky attitude and the fact it is all electric will be one of the largest selling points.

The Bolt, other than just being a green car by being powered by electricity only is a tall, five door hatchback that will be a little longer than the i3 and built based on the next version of the Sonic. The goal is to have a range of 200 miles on a single charge and offer the Bolt with a price that is somewhat affordable, especially in the world of all electric cars, which is expected to come in around $37,500. The expectation is the Bolt will offer a few different powertrains to enjoy and may even rely on owners figuring out how to drive the car in the most efficient manner possible, but like many other electric cars, the Bolt will be a great car for those who live and work in the city.

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An Early Take on the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

As it continues to be one of the fan favorites when it comes to a great crossover SUV, the Equinox has been unveiled for 2016 offering more of what its rabid fans desire. Since its inception, the Equinox has offers the most spacious cabin of a crossover SUV giving occupants a ride they will enjoy each time they step foot inside the SUV. To go with the amazingly comfortable space, the Equinox is very quiet inside allowing for only the desired sounds to be fully enjoyed by all and not interrupted with outside road noises.

As the second best-selling Chevrolet vehicle, only the Silverado has had more sales, the Equinox continues to flourish in a segment filled with stiff competition. To go along with the quiet and spacious cabin, the Equinox offers excellent fuel efficiency and outstanding control to the mix to stay well ahead of this crowded segment of the automotive world. The outside gains a bit of a refresh as well, allowing for the vehicle to add more appeal (as if that were fair) and gain an even better following than before.

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Green Automotive Technology For 2015

2015 Chevy Impala

International Automotive Shows around the country have inspired and intrigued consumers for the past few months. From crazy concept cars and latest technology to the new vehicle models you can expect to see on the road in a neighborhood near you soon, audiences have been delighted by what they have seen so far. So what can we expect in 2015 for “green” or environmentally friendly technology in our cars and trucks?

BMW is offering their i8 Hybrid Plug-in Powertrain. This sports car has two separate powertrains and can be driven one at a time, or simultaneously. The front wheels are powered by a 96-kilowatt electric motor, while the rear tires are fueled by a turbocharged 231 horsepower gas engine. BMW is also debuting their i3 Rex Range Extender which is a 2 cylinder gas engine that powers a generator to add 80 plus miles to the cars 90 miles of electric range.

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Corvette Stingray Owners Financially Savviest of All Car Shoppers?

2014 Corvette Stingray

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In their final vehicle retention value report for the year, NADA Used Car Guide analysts detailed the one-year performance of all-new, or heavily redesigned mainstream car and truck models.

“We saw some real big winners and losers this past year when it comes to used vehicle value retention,” said Jonathan Banks, Executive Analyst at the NADA Used Car Guide. “The 2014 Corvette dominated other models by retaining 84.7 percent of its typically-equipped manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP), while the more practical Mitsubishi Mirage performed the worst, holding only 54.5 percent of its original MSRP.”

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The Blacked-Out Midnight Impala

Blacked-Out Midnight Impala

Do you like the darkness? Are you willing to take on the dramatic and show a lot of head turning style and flair, even in a normally well-behaved sedan? For a “yes” answer to either one of these questions Chevrolet has turned out an Impala that will impress, excite and woo you when you lay eyes on it. This version of the already great looking Impala shows up with black everywhere you look to give a huge nod of excitement and the idea that this car belongs to the night.

Across the front is a black grill with the Chevrolet bow tie up front but this normally gold bow tie has been changed to black, making this a great car to take to a black tie event as the car will even be dressed appropriately. The windows are tinted to match (depending on state laws of course) and the car itself has a shape full of interesting creases, curves and lines that keep anyone looking at different angles only to find another new and interesting view regardless of where they are standing.

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Who’s Got Horsepower?


Horsepower is always a great topic to discuss, the more the horsepower the faster your car is capable of going. Owners and enthusiast who enjoy sports cars often begin their discussion with comparisons of horsepower and torque numbers to see who has the most of either or both or a combination of the two. Well, here is a list of the top ten high horsepower sports cars meant to delight and enthuse those who love to talk about high powered machines. Read more

Fuel Efficient Convertibles for 2015

2015 Audi TT Convertible

A long daily commute, the desire to take a weekend cruise, or even just for the fun of it, no matter what the reason someone purchases a convertible car over the choice of one that has a full roof enjoyment and desire are obvious. Cars that have a top that folds down and disappears have always turned heads and offered a desire to enjoy the windswept feeling offered by a convertible.

For the 2015 model year, and with rising gas prices, having a convertible that offers a decent amount of fuel efficiency makes perfect sense to stay on the road longer and enjoy the freedom and feeling. Here are the ten most fuel efficient convertibles when mated to an automatic transmission for the new model year for owners to enjoy. Read more

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