2017 Ford Escape – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs
A Conventional Cross-Over with a Performance Twist
2017 Mazda CX5 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs
A Conventional Cross-Over with a Performance Twist
A Hybrid Done Right
Go green, or go home, the Hyundai Ioniq adds yet; another alternative fuel economic hybrid/electric solution to the automotive market for consumers to choose from.
2017 Fiat 500x – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs
It’s A Cross-over with Cosmetic Makeup
Mainstream Just Got Upscaled
Four million units sold worldwide is a pretty strong statement about the Honda CR-V
An Ironically Civilized Pickup
Despite tipping the weightscale into the 4500lbs weight class while spanning its chassis dimensions into the midsize pickup category ...
Ruling the Road with the Focus ST
It really is the wet dream of any forward-wheel-drive enthusiast.



Weekly Test Drive – 2017 Nissan Rogue

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If you’re in the market for a cross-over SUV, you’ll be hard pressed with the shear number of choices out in the market. Specifically in the Nissan line up, there’s not just a few, but 5 models to choose from. The Rogue sits in somewhere closer to the bottom of the pack in terms of features and functionality, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. Why pay more for qualities that you don’t need? With that said, the Rogue strips down to more basic fundamentals without compromising the core essentials. I’m talking about safety, cargo space, and an impressive fuel economy.

2017 Nissan Quashquai – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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A few is just not enough. With the addition of the all new Quashqai, Nissan now has five cross-over SUV’s in its lineup. With that said, there’s practically no need to shop elsewhere if you’re in the market for a cross-over – that is, whatever you’re looking for, it’s likely Nissan’s got you covered.

2017 Mazda 6 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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With so much inventory on the list of cross-over SUV’s we’ve test driven, it’s been nice to take a break and explore other avenues of driving. With that said, the Mazda 6 has been a refreshing experience that has finally reminded us that driving certainly doesn’t have to be boring. And you don’t need a monstrous gas guzzler engine to prove that statement true either. Fuel efficiency flows within the bloodlines of the entire Mazda family fleet, and the Mazda 6 is no exception.

2017 Ford Escape – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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looks on the 2017 Ford Focus remain relatively intact for modern standards, but what separates it from the competing crowd is its athletic appeal. That’s if you opt in on the more exclusive higher-end Titanium trim. Its lower tiers will get you the conventional 160 plus horsepower for the base model equipped with a naturally aspirated engine, and the 1.5L EcoBoost ups the power output to 179 horsepower. The 2.0L EcoBoost engine is where things get spicy with a hefty 275 horsepower governing its all-wheel-drive powertrain. The result is unexpected; yet,an exciting driving experience that makes you wonder how this is even made possible.

2017 Mazda CX5 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Mazda continues to find cleaner and fancier terms with its already well appraised Kodoo design language with the Mazda CX-5. But there’s more than just its pretty looks that invoked over million sales worldwide to happy customers. At an affordable price tag shipped with swift and smooth driving character, the Mazda CX-5 makes it almost a default choice for many looking for the ultra-versatile do-it-all 5-seater crossover SUV.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Go green, or go home, the Hyundai Ioniq adds yet; another alternative fuel economic hybrid/electric solution to the automotive market for consumers to choose from. What’s impressive about the Ioniq is its overall simple and rock solid driving experience on its first engineering attempt. That also means the Ioniq was designed from a clean slate – offering hope for new technology and a good design from previous lessons learned. But better yet, it’s all within an affordable price tag without compromising quality.

2017 Fiat 500x – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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The Fiat 500x extends its genetics of good retro Italian styling and bubbly charms into the cross-over category. Promising more room, and all weather capability, the 500x proves that cross-overs don’t have to be boring. Standard configuration gets you the same turbo charged 1.4 liter inline V4 producing a mere 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. And that is power is governed by a 6 speed manual transmission. If horsepower is a concern, the Fiat 500x offers an upgraded 2.4L V4 with the optional ZF nine-speed automatic transmission as a configurable option. The more juicy engine configuration produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.ft of torque compromised by shelling out an extra 1800$ for the upgrade.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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There’s no longer a need to be in the super-rich category to enroll into the Italian roadster club. Despite the Asian fusion element of intermixing Mazda’s chassis and powertrain ingenuity and manufacturing it on Japanese soil alongside with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Spider 124 still holds a few core design elements on its own that makes the Fiat 124 Spider a truly unique roadster experience.

2017 Honda CR-V – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Four million units sold worldwide is a pretty strong statement about the Honda CR-V. And after two decades since its virgin voyage off the manufacturing line, the all new fifth generation Honda CR-V shows even more promise with lavish styling, quality interior, more room, and the usual bulk of modern tech features.

2017 Honda HR-V – Test Drive, Review Ratings, Specs

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When it comes to minimalism, the Honda HR-V does it best. It’s as if the whole idea was slapped together with parts from the Honda recycling bin. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing either. The basic sub-compact cross-over is small and quick enough for city zipping during the work week with plenty of room to spare for the weekend adventures. All that within a very affordable price tag. The whole small scale subcompact cross-over is not a new idea however, and there is certainly a growing demand for it. Take for example, the well priced Mazda CX3, and the Toyota RAV4. Both are of similar traits that aim to fill the demand for those that want basic functionality and cargo convenience.