Reviewed: 2015 Mazda3s Grand Touring 5-Door

The fast lines and athletic stance of the Mazda3 convey this compact is a driver’s car. After spending significant time helming the top-spec’d Mazda3s Grand Touring model, it can be said it drives just as sporty as it looks.

Continue Reading →

Ford F-150: “The Future of Tough” May Cost You More than the Competition

Ford Motor Company officially launched the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150 late last year and sales have been strong. That said, we’re not just talking about overall sales volume but, actual transaction prices. According to J.D. Power data, roughly 65 percent of new 2015 4WD Crew Cab Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost-equipped models sold have carried transaction prices above $56,000 since January this year (J.D. Power data does not include cash incentives).

Continue Reading →

It's Official: You Can Now Control Your Car With Your Watch

Made available in the Google Play store earlier this week (Wednesday to be exact), Hyundai has released their Blue Link smartwatch app. According to the Korean manufacturer, “The app is compatible with first and second generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models.”

Continue Reading →

Will the New Honda Civic Type R Come to the US?

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the Honda Civic Type R looks to be a hit. The big question Type R fans in the U.S. are asking: "Will it be available here in the United States?"

Continue Reading →

Reviewed: 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata PRHT

It’s been said often among enthusiasts that, for the money, you really can’t get a higher performing car with all of the enthusiasm and sporty character of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The 2015 Grand Touring PRHT (power retractable hard top) in this review is the company’s last offering before a complete redo of the roadster for the 2016 model year. And boy, does the new model have some big shoes to fill.

Continue Reading →

Consumer Reports’ 2015 Top Picks Surprised Everyone, Almost

Consumer Reports recently released its 10 Top Picks of 2015, and while the Tesla Model S won the overall best car award for the second consecutive year, some of the other winners might really surprise you. After years of mediocre product offerings, depressed sales and recall woes, American automaker General Motors saw two of its cars mixing it up with the best of the best.

Continue Reading →

Part III: Practicality Abound at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors debuted a refresh of its Chevrolet Equinox, the highest volume Chevrolet model­—excluding the Silverado pickup truck. Consumers looking for major changes will be disappointed, as the mid-cycle update is more of an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” refresh. However, the brand is hoping it mixed things up enough this time around to keep the model fresh over the coming years.

Continue Reading →

Part II: Practicality Abound at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

For 2016, the refreshed RDX received more technology, an improved powertrain and enhanced interior treatments.  By adding optional fog lights as well as new LED headlights, the updated lighting design keeps with the illumination scheme seen on the rest of the brand’s lineup. Powertrain improvements include a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Engineers were able to raise the fuel economy of the RDX by utilizing cylinder deactivation technology. The 2016 front-wheel drive model is capable of achieving 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. All-wheel drive versions see one mpg less in both city and highway driving.

Continue Reading →

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show in Pictures

Focusing more on the interests of the mainstream buyer, the Chicago Auto Show is the preeminent consumer event of the auto show season. Consequently, automakers were keen on showcasing products that are most impactful for everyday consumers. Crossovers and SUVs from Honda, Acura and Chevrolet stood out from the pack, while concept vehicles from Kia and Mitsubishi hinted at what may be to come in their utility vehicle lineups. Of course, the stars of the recent major auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit came in full force as well, and we were sure to get another look at some of the most exciting models.

While not the flashiest auto show, Chicago plays an important role for consumers and we were sure to capture the event for you through the digital lens. Be sure to check out our Facebook photo album and Twitter feed to revisit all that transpired.

Continue Reading →

Part I: Practicality Abound at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Arguably the most anticipated press conference in Chicago, Honda took center stage and showcased its all-new Pilot. Last redesigned in 2009, the current boxy look of Honda’s SUV fell behind the style trend as competing crossovers moved toward more fluid, sleeker design language.  Shifting sales within the segment reflected consumer affinity for less utilitarian styling, with Pilot deliveries falling by 14 percent year-over-year in 2014, while the industry exhibited 6 percent growth. For a model that realized 1.4 million sales in North America since its 2002 introduction, its recent performance has been uncharacteristic of a vehicle that has contributed to roughly 25% of Honda’s light truck deliveries over the past dozen years.

Continue Reading →

 

    

LIVE CHAT
Search Blog