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1997 Nissan Sentra GXE
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Nissan Sentra has been around for ages, and we felt that it would be nice to test drive an older one to see how they are still holding up. The answer is that after 10 years and 120,000 miles they are holding up as well as could be expected. They still aren't any fun. ...
 
In the Niche: (Part 1)
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Allen: Where have all the rear wheel drive (RWD) economy sport compacts coupes gone (maybe this market is a little too specific)? Are they gone for good? If you haven't figured out by now I'm a big fan of oversteer and not the kind that involves your "good friend" the E-brake, Austin. I've been keeping up with concept cars that are being produced in the past few years in hopes that they will fill this "Niche market", like the Saturn Sky or Pontiac Solstice when they were still concepts. It turns out that GM decided to make them convertible roadsters, sadly. With the demise of the beloved Nissan 240sx in 1998 there has been nothing to fill the void. Nothing for me to hope to drive sideways and still get the 28 miles per gallon while cramming (And I do mean CRAM.) my family, friends,...
 
The Man's Sedan (Part 1)
Posted Friday, November 23, 2007

As a man, I find Sedans in general repulsive. They are generally plain but functional. They serve the purpose of being a family car and usually nothing more. But I want all the functionality of a sedan and performance of a sports car. My wife drives (I can't believe I'm admitting this.) a...Hyundia Sonata (I want to make this very clear, this is not my car and my name is not on the title.). I do on occasion have to drive the beast and the only redeeming quality is the fact that it is a manual transmission. But it is not fun to drive. I can not get it sideways, it has almost no power and there is so much body roll in a corner that I feel like I'm on a boat. The question is "Is there a Sedan that a man can enjoy driving his conservative wife around in?" The Answer is "Yes, Yes there...
 
The Man Sedan (part Austin)
Posted Monday, November 26, 2007

So I was reading Allen's post on "manly sedans" and the same thought kept popping into my mind, "Why are sedans so UNmanly?"I am a man and I think that sedans are great cars simply because they are more functional than a coupe. They can hold friends or family members, they are good for hauling stuff, and with a little creativity and sometimes help from a nice manufacturer, you can have LOADS of fun in them. I personally drive a 1997 Nissan Sentra. It is not a good sedan. It has 1.6 liters of dull permeating its bright green exterior. It is not a fun drive. While it is reliable, Allen was writing about was the funnest, most entertaining sedans, and its a hard sell. Generally speaking sedans are sold for their function, or their class, but not so much for their character. If...
 
The Man's Sedan (Part 3) - The New Dodge Charger
Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

I was feeling a little guilty about my first Man's Sedan feature on the BMW M5, choosing a car that probably wasn't remotely in anyone's price range and certainly not mine. I can dream, right? After being pulled back down to Earth by Austin I decided to choose the new Dodge Charger. There are a few reasons why I went with this car. First off my cousin owns one and she, that's right SHE, loves it. Now she has a few kids and finds the car to be completely functional for hauling around her children, groceries or whatever. She also has a lead foot, which means she has to have a car that is capable. Now I'd never be able to talk my wife into buying this car if I rattled off this: "Did you know this car comes equipped with rear wheel drive, independent suspension and a choice...
 
I'll Take The Red Pill
Posted Thursday, December 13, 2007

"Kizashi!" "Gesundheit!" That was the response I got when I told Austin about this Suzuki Concept I saw. Suzuki is thinking about putting out a new sedan/wagon and I think it looks awesome. It reminds me of the matrix, you know, the red pill that Neo took to get to the real world. I mean that in a good way. The Kizashi, that is its actual name, looks so refined but still has the sporting look about it that it might actually please a range of people. The headlights trail down on the grill giving spider like fangs. Kind of scary, actually. The specs I found indicated that it would be All Wheel Drive (AWD) and powered by a 2.0 L turbo diesel, but being a concept means nothing is set in stone (including production). I wouldn't mind seeing it with a similar...
 
300 HP for 2008
Posted Friday, December 21, 2007

WRX STI There are a number of vehicles coming out in 2008 with over 300 HP and under $40,000. What is the best? Well, I'd love to tell you but odds are unless a manufacturer gives a few vehicles to test I won't be able to give you an honest opinion. I can only list the car and based on specification from the manufacturer and give you a best guess. I'll try not to let my Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) bias get in the way. With the criteria established - 300 HP - under $40,000 - here I go. First off I'd like to start with the two rival cars from across the Pacific that everyone has been eyeing, the Mitsubishi EVO X and The Subaru WRX STI. Each are excellent cars but which is better? Unfortunately, the EVO X doesn't fit the profile. It is 9 HP short of 300 and if I let it into this...
 
Man's Sedan - The TL-S
Posted Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Balancing Act I'm still trying to figure out what TL stands for? It definitely is not for Totally Lame, because the Acura TL-S falls in the category of a Man's Sedan. That's not to say that women will not like it, but only to say that men will and do. Acura is the Luxury division of Honda just in case you were wondering, and the TL-S is what you get when you take a Honda Accord and put it on steroids. This car balances performance, luxury and style much like a Tight Rope Acrobat at a Circus without a safety net. The whole time you're thinking why, is that safe, or is he crazy? But the truth is when it is all said and done, Acura gets across the rope and the whole event is unforgettable. The body is beautifully refined with smooth curves and a body lines similar...
 
Great Gas Milage and Performance In One Car?
Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The questions is can you have your cake and eat it, too? I love the idea of fast sports cars that handle well and also serve as a decent daily driver. However, as I mentioned before in the last article, gas prices are on the rise and are currently over $4.00 a gallon with no relief in sight. Where does that leave the driving enthusiast?  Bored... and annoyed (At least I am.) You can't take that leisurely trip up north or to your favorite mountain pass on the weekend, you have to save that precious fuel for getting yourself to work and back. So what is the solution? Carpool if you can, ride a bicycle if you live close enough, or buy a more economical ride. I never want to recommend that people trade in their existing car for the sole reason of poor gas mileage. If there is nothing...
 
Cadillac CTS-V
Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I always thought Cadillac was the boring luxury car of the United States. There was never much appeal for me to take interest in them. The Northstar was a great performing engine but incredibly hard to work on. Then the front wheel drive platform that Cadillac used since the '80s never ever under any circumstances added to the performance aspect of the car. But Cadillac did one thing well and that was the job of keeping people comfortable, particularly Grandma and Grandpa. But that has all changed. The new Cadillac CTS-V is no longer the Grandma's car for cruisin' but a missile for mischief. In the past, the CTS-V was invariably short of it's competition; always out-handled, out-braked and most of the time the engine was out-performed by cars of similar cost. The new 6.2L supercharged...
 
BMW 335d
Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What if you could have a family sedan that could accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under 6.0 seconds and still get 36 miles per gallon on the highways, would you buy one?  Now what if I told you it was a diesel, would you still want one?  For me, I'm...not so sure. The new 335d has quite an exciting prospect for a family car with an impressive twin turbo 3.0L diesel engine delivering 265 HP and a monstrous 425 ft-lbs of torque.  This Beamer also has an impressive 560 mile range due to its fuel-efficient diesel engine and it will give it's driver an estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway.  Can you say road trip? But all this comes at a price.  The 335d starts at almost $44,000 and is the most expensive of the 3 series BMWs.  In addition the engine requires...
 
2009 Volkswagen CC
Posted Monday, January 5, 2009

To be totally and completely honest I have always sort of had a crush on VW. I don't really know why. I loved the way that the Mk4 Golf's looked. I loved the way that the Jetta looked. I owned a Mk3 Golf that would have been quite the oddity in America as it was carburated and had a manual choke, but I owned it in South Africa where they still make the Mk1 Golf. Needless to day that I always have looked on them with favor...until this last generation. You will notice that I emphasize how much I LIKED the way they looked. I think that the latest generation of Volkswagen sedans just don't look very good. Something to do with the rump I think. Be that as it may I am finally seeing a VW that I can dig again. The 2009 Volkswagen CC. Allen for some reason feels that the new Mazda6 is the...
 
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What's not to like about the new 2009 Imprezza WRX?  It has all wheel drive, a turbocharged 2.5 L engine stolen right out of an STI and a zero to 60 mile per hour time that could make a grown man pee his pants.  Even with all that acceleration, the WRX does fair decent on the gas mileage by pulling down 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The gas mileage is not to impressive compared to a Honda Civic, but I don't see stock Civic SI's putting down horsepower numbers like these.  Take a look, Subaru upped the power output of the standard WRX to 265 HP and 244 ft-lbs of torque from previous model years 224 HP and 226 ft-lbs of torque. Subaru didn't just mess with the engine, they also changed the handling characteristics to provide a firmer suspension feel with less under-steer...
 
2010 Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo
Posted Friday, January 9, 2009

You know what I really want?  I want a sports car that I can put the whole family in.   A car that doesn't compromise on luggage space, that has comfort enough for four adults, pulls a lateral G around the skid pad with out a tether, stops an inch short of a foot, and still has a zero to 60 mph time under the 5 second mark.  Impossible! Maybe, for this decade anyways.  Well luckily this decade is almost over. In 2010, Porsche is going to be releasing a new model named the Panamera with the aim of speed, luxury, agility, and even fuel economy.  The four door sports sedan is going to be placing Porsche into a  market where it has never been;  A market where BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have dominated.   But Porsche intends on waging war in that market by obliterating the idea that...
 
Lexus IS vs. Infiniti G37 (Price:Power)
Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009

VS I like crunching numbers when it comes to cars.  Weight, torque and horsepower play a huge part of what I like about a car but it isn't the only thing.  Take the new 2009 Infiniti G37 sedan and the 2009 Lexus IS series cars, both battle the same luxury sport sedan market.  Here's a concise list of the specs for both.  Pay close attention to weight, horsepower, vehicle price and transmission options. Infiniti G37 Price: $33,250 (Base), $33,700 (Journey), $35,750 (AWD G37x), $34,250 (Sport 6spd Manual) Horsepower/Torque:  328 HP/269 ft-lbs Weight:  3,581 (Base), 3,590 (Journey), 3,791 (AWD), 3,615 (Sport) Wheel Base: 112.2 Inches Fuel Economy (City/Hwy): 18/26 (Base), 18/26 (Journey), 18/25 (AWD), 17/25 (Sport) Lexus IS Price: $32,325 (IS250), $36,605...
 
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I had to put a post on the upcoming Genesis Coupe (GC).  This has been a long anticipated car for me and a step in the right direction for Hyundai.  There are simply not enough affordable rear-wheel-drive sport coupes on the market today. Plus, if Hyundai can make one why can't other companies like Toyota (That is my shameless request for Toyota to come out with a new sports car.) The Genesis Coupe has the combination of looks that are reminiscent of Hyundai's no longer produced 2008 Tiburon,  but the GC has a more ominous feel.  It has the looks of a bee.  They look cool but you really don't want to be messing with it our you might get stung.  Stung by what though?  Hyundai is know for economic cars and low horsepower engines. <img class="alignnone...
 
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I haven't been terribly interested in Chevy's compact car, the Cobalt.  The styling is so reminiscent of a beached whale except the whale has a better tail fin.  But some how, some way, the Cobalt has caught my attention.  At least the SS model has. Looks aren't everything especially when you have the horsepower and handling to put the Honda Civic Passer-by-er in his place. What's caught my eye with the Cobalt SS?  The engine, the power-train, the price and the performance.  The SS is equipped with a dual overhead cam 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injected Ecotec engine capable of  260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.  Yeah, that's not a small number for a compact car.  You get all that and 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. And just cause you...
 
2009 Acura TL
Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Only last year the Acura TL was one of my favorite cars visually and it was placed at the top of my list for what manufactures should strive for when designing a sedan.  But recently that all changed.  I remember when I first spotted the 2009 Acura TL.  I was driving home from work and I saw one pulling out of the LifeTime Fitness.   It caught my attention so badly I nearly rear ended a VW bug. "What the fu-gly!"  I blurt out loud and quickly glanced around out of my top down Miata to make sure no one noticed that I was talking to myself.  "What the Heck is that and who was dumb enough to make a sedan that ugly?"  The car pulled out into the lane in front of me and I manage a glimpse at its badging. "THE TL!.. THE ACURA TL!?"  I screamed.  The shock was over whelming...