For many automakers the challenge of entering the subcompact crossover SUV market is a movement toward creating smaller vehicles that can fit into this category. For most of them this means packing the features offered on larger models into a smaller and more cramped area. The opposite challenge presented itself to Fiat when it chose to make the 500X. As the largest Fiat personal vehicle on the road, the Fiat 500X offers you more space and room for the equipment that has been added on, which can’t be found on any other Fiat model you’ve seen. This is certainly a different direction than the other automakers and it seems to have worked out extremely well.
Cars can be fun to drive and they really should be at nearly every level of driving. The car that’s the poster child of fun is the Mazda MX-5 Miata but that’s not the only fun car on the road. There are other cars that are fun as well and can give you the ride you’re looking for when you need a bit of driving therapy. These cars aren’t the fastest on four wheels and they don’t come at a high price making them some of the best cars to drive when you want something active and fun that can give you the ride you’ve been after.
Driving for the sheer joy of driving is still possible, even in the world of advanced electronics that have taken away much of the functions of driving, if you have the right car to drive. Most of the sports cars today, including the often lauded Porsche 911 have so many electronic devices that handle the shifting, the steering adjustments and the power inputs in order to give you the best performance from the car, but when you want to actually see what your driving talents can do you want to drive the Porsche Cayman.
When you have to play in a sandbox with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon you can expect to have some sand thrown in your face, but the Chevrolet Impala certainly has the ability to throw some back as well. The Impala is one of the only sedans in this class that does not offer AWD but it does offer a bi-fuel engine, a wireless charging pad for multiple mobile devices, a roomy interior and the most powerful naturally aspirated V6 engine in the class. Take that Taurus, 300 and Avalon, the Impala just kicked a big pile of sand in your face. Read more
As one of the larger SUVs from Mazda the CX-5 offers you some size and features that you want that will make the best choice when it comes to SUV performance. When you take the Touring model that starts out with a starting price of $25,795 that can be easily upgraded to be a model that can give you more of what you want and need.
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
Those who either attended or read coverage of the Detroit Auto Show might be confused by what the Q60 is. Infiniti revealed a concept that has not yet been approved for production and since Infiniti went to new vehicle names the Q60 may be confusing, but it’s really the G37 just with a new name. This car still comes in a coupe and convertible to be a great luxury car for you to buy and shows up with a great engine and a six-speed manual transmission for the control freaks to enjoy.
Purchasing your new Q60 will bring a price that starts out at nearly $42,000 for the Journey coupe model. For those of you who want the Limited, the price is still reasonable in the luxury class at $50,500 and is equipped with an automatic transmission. The convertible model brings a starting price of $49,500 for those of you who want to enjoy the wind blowing in your hair, and the top of the line IPL convertible shows up with a price of $63,000 for the ones who feel they want, deserve and certainly need the best this car has to offer.
The Ariel Atom 3.5R looks like a go-cart that many of us would have wanted to build as kids had we been blessed with an unlimited budget and a lot of know how. It is in fact one of the lightest weight vehicles on the road and with a 350 horsepower engine and a total weight without a driver and fuel of only 1210 pounds this monster has one of the lowest weight per horsepower ratios on the road and the result is simply amazing.
The 3.5R isn’t even the most powerful of the Ariel models with the V8 model having 125 more horsepower and the 3S having 15 more this model has the best weight ratio which gives it a huge advantage. The 3.5R is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged Honda engine in the European model and a 2.4-liter in for the US model. This phenomenal engine is attached to an excellent Sadev sequential transmission to let the shifting be smooth and powerful at the same time. With all this power and great weight ratio, Ariel has made the claim that this is the fastest Atom on a twisty road thus far, making for a fantastic drive for anyone looking for some serious driving excitement.
For anyone looking for an affordable yet well-performing SUV, the Dodge Journey just might be the right choice. With a price that starts below $21,000 the Journey comes in as a great choice for anyone on a budget and wants to avoid driving a subcompact car. This price actually starts out below much of the competition which includes the Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Seating for up to seven is in place and the Journey offers plenty of vehicle for the money. The only drawbacks in a basically economical SUV are the lack of standard features that might be expected, but just aren’t present on this SUV.
Even if looking for an inexpensive SUV, adding a few great features might not break the bank and will add a ton of enjoyment to the ride by adding features such as UConnect and including the V6 engine. For 2015 the Journey doesn’t add any trim changes, but does add two exterior colors to the slate, Billet Silver Metallic and Blue Streak Pearl. In addition to these color additions, this Dodge can be outfitted with the SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link for five years of free service with this feature is chosen.
The Infiniti QX60 has something for just about everyone who is looking for a great crossover SUV to drive. With three rows of seats for up to seven passengers the whole gang can ride along for an adventure. This adventure can head off road when the all-wheel drive is on board. Drivers who want to enjoy some great fuel efficiency can have on the QX60 by opting for the hybrid powertrain and the overall towing capacity of this SUV comes in around 5,000 pounds, helping to make this a do-it-all, have it your way kind of SUV.
Competing in a category with the Acura MDX and Audi Q7, the QX60 shows off with a lot of room across all three rows, unlike many third row vehicles. Add the excellent on board safety system that offers a 360-degree camera system along with other safety features and the QX60 comes close to many of the Volvo models for bragging rights in the realm of safety features. As a newer, renamed model vehicle, the QX60 only has minor changes for 2015 including a Wheat interior color, a revised transmission and some new exterior color options.