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

SAMSUNG CSCThe Sentra Keeps It Simple

The typical lifestyle of a modern city civilian is Grab’n Go, and the small car perfectly fits. That’s not to say there’s no room for the more traditional approach to the compact sedan transportation. After all, it’s America we’re talking about, and it ain’t just food portions that’s supersized. With that said, the Nissan Sentra still leaves plenty of room for those that refuse to downsize.

2017 Lexus NX300h – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

SAMSUNG CSCLive Lavishly with the Lexus NX300h

Sporty, stylish and economical are all core factors that make the “do it all” cross-over SUV so attractive in today’s market. But why stop there? Lexus aims to elevate the expectations of a cross-over SUV to new heights with the 5-passenger NX series. Its sharp polygonal looks, smooth handling and quality finishing paves a new road for what a cross-over SUV can really become. The 2017 Lexus NX is offered in two powertrain variation, namely the NX 200t, which is a 4 cylinder turbo, or the all new NX300h hybrid variation.

2016 Kia Optima SX – Test Drive, Reviews, Ratings, Spec

2016 Kia Optima

Extravagant in an Convenience Package

For most, it’s difficult to shake out of a first brand impression. In the case of KIA, it’s more or less been a brand perceived as mediocre. But the introduction of the near luxury level of the Optima has given the brand a fresh statement where design and quality matters.

2016 Honda Civic – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs


Possibly the Best Civic Ever Built

We’re now entering the 10th generation Civic, and this one’s probably the best of them all. I say this from the first-hand experience of fun driving, sharp looks, and good fuel efficiency over the course of a week’s time spent. But that statement is rightfully backed by harnessing Honda’s prowess in engineering and R&D efforts at a global scale.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a Score


Small Scale with No Compromise

Walk along a busy street and look around. It won’t take long to notice the popularity of cross-over SUV’s nowadays. And by no surprise, it’s an ever-demanding market in that particular segment. It’s the modern definition of “do it all” in automotive vocabulary in today’s terms.

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited

2.0T Limited

2015 Hyundai Sonata Overview

You don’t have to be rich to enjoy a luxurious ride.  This was the promise made by the redesigned Hyundai Sonata last year and to this date, the statement still rings true. But holding aside its bold words, it still faces stiff competition in the mid-size compact sedan class.  The Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Mazda 3 are only a small list of strong contenders

Ford Fiesta ST – Big Thrills without the Frills

Red Exterior

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The hot hatch concept has always been accepted particularly based on the European demographic.  But since its early adoption in North America, the ST symbol has been very well received and quickly established automotive identity in the performance realm.  I am particularly referring to the Focus ST revealed just two years ago.  Embodied with ego, cherished with practicality, the hot hatch was the car that filled the missing gap of what the Euros embraced.  Sharing the same genetic blueprint as its older brother, the miniature Fiesta ST exploits both power and performance within the vicinity of a miniature 5 door hatchback.

2014 Kia Optima Turbo Sx Photo Gallery

2014 Kia Optima Sx Turbo

The Kia Optima makes a bold stride to prove that it can offer luxury qualities without the luxury price tag.  The 2014 Kia Optima is a 4 door sedan bridging the gap between mid to high class.  Under the hood in the 2014 Kia Optima Sx lies a 2.4 Liter turbo charged 4 cylinder engine producing 274 horsepower and 269 ft.lbs of torque.  While the numbers are there, our week long test drive revealed below copacetic ride quality with its lazy suspension response and turbo lag.  Nevertheless, the Kia Optima is filled with luxury traits inside out that makes up more than what the underlying mechanics offer.

2013 Mazda Speed 3 – Too much Zoom?

If someone figured out a way to harmonize both performance and practicality into a single package, Mazda would be the mastermind behind the perfect recipe.  This wasn’t a fluke either as Mazda has long earned its reputation for injecting steroids into their midsize sedans and hatchbacks  for the last decade.

Kia gives the Sportage SUV a turbo boost

Car-focused movies, such as the “Fast and Furious” series, show high-speed chases where the hero hits a nitrous button, causing his car to rear up, the front axle leaving the ground. The 2013 Kia Sportage SX felt a bit like that when I mashed the gas pedal. And it was a front-wheel-drive crossover.

The SX version of the Sportage gets near-uncontrollable power from a turbocharger.

The Sportage, Kia’s answer to the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, checks in as a plump-looking crossover. Cargo area with the rear seat up measures 26.1 cubic feet, enough for a good stock of groceries or luggage for two on an extended road trip. The rear seats don’t fold quite flat, but doing so still more than doubles the cargo area.

Kia offers the Sportage in base, LX, EX, and SX trims, with all but the latter powered by a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine. Each trim can be had with front-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive is optional on the LX, EX, and SX.

A turbocharged direct injection 2-liter engine sets the SX apart in the line-up. This motor sits dwarfed by the engine compartment, which looks big enough for a V-8. Yet that little engine also generates 260 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

The SX boasts 84 more horsepower than the other Sportage trims.

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