New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.

Can the Scion FR-S compete in the American sports car segment?

Since the first official information was offered up for the 2013 Scion FR-S months ago, there has been a great deal of speculation about whether or not the output of the naturally aspirated Boxer engine would be enough for the FR-S to feel like a sports car and I admit that I am among those people who questioned the new Scion’s place in the sports car world - until I drove one.
The 2012 Kia Optima SX

The 2012 Kia Optima SX: 34mpg and pure turbocharged fun

There was a point in time where the suggestion of a great looking Korean sport sedan that had the brass to back up the title would have been little more than a joke but Kia is one of the American auto industry’s most improved brands over the past few years – a fact clearly illustrated by the 2012 Kia Optima SX.
The 2013 Dodge Dart SXT

2013 Dodge Dart SXT test drive: bringing fun back to affordable driving

There was a point in time where buying an inexpensive American compact sedan meant that you were buying a cheap car but with the progressive incline in quality for the crowded C segment class – the 2013 Dodge Dart should become the standard to which other compact sedans will be based.
The 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium

The 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium: 420 reasons to love buying gas

The 2013 Ford Mustang GT benefits from a slight bump in power to 420hp and a fairly substantial exterior refresh – both of which work together to help the mighty Mustang to be one of the most exciting and entertaining cars to drive in the modern American market while also being one of the most head-turning cars on the road today.

2012 Subaru Impreza review: 30mpg from an AWD sedan

Many new car shoppers do much of their research online and while the 2012 Subaru Impreza may not turn heads based on its specifications – this is a vehicle that you need to drive before removing it from your short list due to impressive acceleration, incredible fuel economy, lots of room and the surefootedness of Subaru’s all wheel drive system.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid - surprisingly powerful, predictably efficient

I recently logged over a thousand miles on a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE – the top of the line fuel sipping version of Toyota’s top selling midsized sedan – and while the new Camry Hybrid packed all of the amenities that you would expect from the range topping trimline, it was the performance of the hybrid drivetrain that really impressed me the most.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster

TorqueNews review of the innovative 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai’s goal with the new Veloster was to create a fun-to-drive hatchback that offered incredible fuel economy and a truly unique design, with two doors on the passenger side while just a single door on the driver’s side – and the result is a sporty 4-door hatchback that gets an impressive 40mpg on the highway that also offers easy access to the rear seat thanks to the “extra door”.
The 2012 Ford Focus SE

The 2012 Ford Focus SE review: affordability, economy and no sacrifices

I recently had a chance to spend some time with a 2012 Ford Focus SE, a sporty C-segment sedan that illustrates how far the American compact sedan has come with incredible fuel economy, a low price and loads of amenities – meaning that owning an affordable American compact no longer means driving a bare bones vehicle with no soul.
The Lexus CT200h Premium

The 2012 Lexus CT200h review: bringing luxury to the affordable hybrid

The key issue facing the hybrid automotive segment in North America is that hybrids can either be affordable or luxurious but with the 2012 Lexus CT200h, a new car buyer who wants the efficiency of a modern hybrid and true luxury amenities can have just that without a massive shock to the savings account – with a price starting under $30,000.
The Fisker Karma EcoChic Sedan

The 2012 Fisker Karma review - the ultimate electric luxury sedan

Since I first laid eyes on the Fisker Karma at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, I have been enamored with the high performance electric luxury sedan with extended range capabilities and earlier this week, I was among the first journalists to drive the production ready Fisker Karma on US soil – a drive that met every expectation that I have had for the sleek new sedan over the past 4 years.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 - reinventing the American muscle car

When the Dodge Charger was reintroduced as a full sized four door sedan for the 2006 model year, some Mopar faithful grumbled about the addition of the “extra doors” but as the new Charger powers through its second generation with a sleek new exterior design – the only people who could question whether the 2012 Charger SRT8 car is deserving of the Charger name are those who haven’t been behind the wheel.