After posting my first drive review of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan, we received several questions about the 5-door Elantra GT and while the GT model doesn’t join the sedan in the refresh – this sporty compact 5-door is just as good as ever.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been redesigned from the ground up, including an all-new drivetrain, but how do all of those upgrades translate into real world use? Well, they make the 2nd generation Volt better than the original Volt in every way – from electric range to driving dynamics to the plush cabin.
I recently spent time driving both the Scion iA and the Scion iM, during which time I learned that a great many people who are interested in the automotive industry don’t have a clear idea of what makes these two cars different – so today I break down the advantages of each of these new Scion compacts.
I recently spend a week behind the wheel of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition and when that week was done, I had a new appreciation for a car that I really enjoyed when it was introduced in the lower performance Turbo package a few years back – while still loving the unique 3-door design of the funky little hatchback.
The new 2016 Kia Optima was the subject of a Super Bowl commercial featuring Hollywood tough guy Christopher Walken in which they likened the sporty midsized sedan to a really flashy pair of socks, but after spending a week driving the turbocharged Optima, I feel that they are selling the car a little short – as this car is far better than my favorite socks.
I recently had a chance to spend a day driving the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and I can say that while the new Elantra doesn’t perform all that differently from the previous models – it has gotten a little better and a little prettier with the next generation.
While the Cadillac Escalade is the first name in high end luxury SUVs in the US market, the Buick Enclave is ideal for those buyers who want premium amenities in a smaller, more efficient and more cost effective package – with a big luxury feel sans the big luxury price.
I recently had a chance to spend a week testing the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and after putting it through all of the same punishment as I do the larger half-ton trucks, this truck impressed me in every way like no “small” truck I have tested – from off-roading to towing to everyday driving, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road rocks.
While testing the 2016 Scion tC recently, a friend asked me why the company still sells the tC when they also have the FRS in the lineup, so today, I look at why Scion offers two sporty coupes in the same lineup – and why it is a great idea.
Over the past six days, the writers here at TorqueNews have offered up their favorite vehicles from 2015 including the BMW M4, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the VW Golf GTI, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, the Alfa Romeo 4C and the new Mazda Miata.
While the Dodge Grand Caravan often falls prey to the anti-minivan stigma, spending a week driving the original name in the minivan segment makes it very clear why these infamously unhip people haulers sell so very well.
While many modern performance cars are adorned with exterior features which make their purpose in the world unmistakable, the Audi S6 packs high performance, twin turbo V8 fun into a sleek, subtle luxury sedan – making it an awesome option for someone who wants a very fast sedan that blends in with the crowd.
I recently had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of the Hyundai Azera Limited and after my experience, I continue to wonder why more people hunting for a luxury level vehicle on a budget don’t give this large midsized sedan a closer look – as it offers all of the goodies that you get from some of the more cost effective luxury brands without the massive price tag.
I recently had a chance to drive the 2016 Lexus RX lineup, including the RX350, the RX350 F Sport, the RX450h and the RC450h F Sport, and while the RX is already the top dog in this luxury SUV segment – Lexus managed to improve the new RX in every way.
I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and while the American car-buying public is hesitant to accept diesel engine technology, I can say without any doubt that this is the best engine option for the Chevy Cruze – both in terms of driving dynamics and fuel economy.
There are plenty of people in the automotive world who have criticized the decision to offer the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder in the 2015 Ford Mustang but having had the chance to spend a week driving the new pony car with the tiny engine, I can safely say that no one should judge this car without first driving it – as this fuel-friendly engine is worth every bit of the hype.
I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum and in my opinion, this is the most underrated luxury sedan sold in America – with a stunning interior, Hemi power and a price around $45,000 when very well appointed making it more powerful, less expensive and just as swanky as the high priced European competitors.
I recently had a chance to spend some time behind the wheel of the 2015 Toyota Prius C and while I own a fleet of V8-powered pickups and muscle cars, I totally get the appeal of this spunky little hybrid for those folks who spend long days battling city traffic – and it isn’t terrible to drive on uncongested open roads, either.