What does an Economy Car Mean to You

2016 White Fiat 500

Typically the title or description of Economy Car brings to mind the thought of a set of hamsters under the hood on bicycles or at least something close to that for power.  Normally you think of these cars and shudder wondering what you have to compromise on in order to have a car that will be the commuter mobile for you to drive.  While many economy class cars are not powerful and have a negative feeling associated with them it’s important for you to see there are some economy class cars that are actually great to drive; here are some for you to consider.

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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

Fun Equals Volkswagen Golf R

VW Golf R

Who is meant to drive the Golf R? Everyone would benefit from some time behind the wheel, but this special edition of the Golf will not fit in everyone’s pocketbook. Those who do pony up for the much higher priced R version of this small hatchback we have come to love will enjoy an awesome ride from Volkswagen that makes them say “Mercedes-Benz what” and “BMW who” knowing they have one of the best drives that has ever come out of Germany. In fact, even though the Germans are known for being staunch and stodgy (even though they brought us beer and brats) this car is certainly capable of being called FUN! Read more

The VW Group Protects its W-12 Engine

VW W-12 Engine

We love big power and the bigger the engine is the more power that can be pulled from it in one way or another. As the VW Group has a variety of powerful performance-laden supercars coming out of its production plants each year the need to have a 12-cylinder engine is evident. With new and more stringent emissions standards coming into force of the next few years the buzz was that the W-12 might not make the cut or have to be changed quite a bit. Read more

Best Cars Under $30,000

2016 Mazda Miata on the Road

Everyone wants the best of the best. This is true when it comes to their cars, trucks, and SUV’s as well. Not everyone, however, can afford the exorbitant price tags that come with some of the luxury items they seek. What many don’t know is that if they look hard enough, they can enjoy some of life’s little luxuries in a lower model vehicle. There are some great cars available on the market for under $30,000. Here are some of them. Read more

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

2015 Volkswagen Golf: A Smart Little Car

2015 VW Golf

The Volkswagen Golf has emerged from the long ago days of the Rabbit to become not just a boring tiny hatchback model that lacked performance into a smart and versatile vehicle that offers both two-door and four-door configurations as well as the hatchback and even has a nice amount of performance from the highly engineered power plants found in Volkswagen vehicles. Even with all of these great offerings the Golf maintains its fun to drive personality and attributes that many loyal fans have enjoyed for a very long time.

The Golf is certainly a bit against the grain overall by being a German offering in a class that is dominated by Asian and domestic vehicles for both new and used cars. It also is a hatchback when configurations from other automakers move up to the sedan versions. As a new generation of Golf begins the 2015 model is fully redesigned to be 2.5 inches longer than before and a half-inch wider. Offering the creature comfort and cargo space of larger mid-sized sedans, the Golf comes in weighing eighty pounds less than before and featuring the new turbocharged engine lineups.

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