2016 Volkswagen Jetta
May19

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Okay here is the thing with the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.  It’s one of the best bang for the buck deals out there.  It costs the same as its compact sized competitors but the Jetta is significantly larger and comes with a class leading drivetrain.  The 1.8 liter turbo 4 cylinder ‘makes’ 170 horsepower and 184 ft/lbs of torque.  But in true German fashion it’s woefully underrated and is making closer to 190 horsepower and 200 ft/lbs...

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
May01

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

With the way that Mitsubishi has fallen off the map, I was really hoping for more from this 2016 Outlander GT. They have been marketing the new Outlander GT heavily on TV, and I thought, “Hmmmm maybe this is the beginning of a bold & calculated comeback.” I wanted that to be the case. But it’s not. The car isn’t bad. But it’s just not innovative. Past that big chrome-swooped bumper, there’s nothing exciting that you get with the...

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2016 Mazda3 Review
Apr27

2016 Mazda3 Review

  OK – honest thoughts on the 2016 Mazda3 5-door: It’s a good car. The shape/design of the 5-door is understatedly sophisticated & slick compared to previous generations. It portrays a sense of motion, even when sitting still. The design is more interesting than you might initially give it credit for… just passing by one on the road. Design cues get better & better the longer you look at it, or walk around it. And...

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review
Apr25

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

Quick spin in the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid. Whats new for the 2016?  Revised front and rear facias with the obligatory LED running lights.  The interior is now adorned with a beautiful leather lined dash in some models and improved soft touch accents.  The Hybrid model is now the most powerful and quickest in the lineup. How is it to drive?  This is not a hot hatch trying to be a crossover.  So don’t expect it to set your pants...

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2016 Camaro SS review
Mar28

2016 Camaro SS review

  Look I’m going to be candid here – and criticize my own team. Before I drove the 2015 Mustang GT, I was not a Mustang guy. Before I drove this 2016 Camaro SS, I was definitely not a Camaro guy. I’ve grown up around imports, and until this point, I would have never seriously considered a Camaro/Mustang. But after spending time behind the wheel of these two rivals… these have become the two cars that I now stack up all...

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2016 Mazda CX-3 Review
Mar22

2016 Mazda CX-3 Review

Zoom-Zoom.  It’s not just Mazda’s cute little marketing slogan.  Zoom-Zoom defines Mazda’s mindset when it comes to the automobile.   So what does it mean?  It means: “Let’s inject some fun into this”.  That philosophy bleeds across all of their model range.  Fun doesn’t necessarily mean you need a 600 horsepower, highly strung and insanely expensive machine.  The Mazda way is a lightweight, highly toss-able chassis,...

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2016 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Review
Mar14

2016 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Review

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is one crossover that stands out for being trim & lean… when a lot of the competitors tend to be uselessly bulky, over-designed, and over-chromed. If you’re in the market for a crossover, and you actually LIKE to drive, then the CX-5 is definitely worth consideration.   The CX-5 is noticeably agile for an SUV. I would say – it’s even agile by most ‘sport sedan’ standards – especially when...

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2016 Lincoln MKC Review
Mar11

2016 Lincoln MKC Review

What a difference a year can make.  Last year when we reviewed the new 2015 Lincoln MKC we found it rather underwhelming.  We found it too expensive, the seats lacked any real support and the performance was meh inducing.  Now fast forward a few months to the 2016 model and with the overall changes, the feel of the MKC has completely changed. Officially for 2016 the MKC comes with a revised interior, the new SYNC 3 infotainment system...

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2016 Kia Optima SXL Review
Mar05

2016 Kia Optima SXL Review

When I first heard that we were getting the 2016 Kia Optima to review, I really didn’t know what to think. I’ve always been drawn to the styling of these cars since the 2011 redesign, but I’ve never driven one so I really didn’t have any preconceived ideas other than “it’s a Kia”. Now I’m not going to lie, that thought was really all I could think the first time that I got into the car...

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2016 Ford Focus ST Mountune Review
Mar02

2016 Ford Focus ST Mountune Review

If you haven’t considered the ST because you’re one of those people who “Wouldn’t buy a Ford”… please go drive one before you fall into that default response. Manufacturers change & evolve. And time & time again, when we get these test cars, the ST/GT/Ecoboost Fords are the ones we’re getting most excited about. There’s an energy behind them. And a lot of times, you can’t explain, or quantify that energy. You’re either feel...

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review
Feb25

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

Here’s the thing with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4x4s. They’re part of a long lineage of Toyota 4x4s that have always been, and will always be a go-to, trusty pair of work boots. It’s the pair of boots you wear when you’re not sure what the day holds, what the weather will be like, or even exactly where you’re gonna be going. It’s got a style that spans across styles… and decades. But it’s not...

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2016 Ford Explorer Review
Feb17

2016 Ford Explorer Review

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.  It’s the poor man’s Range Rover.  Let me explain.  It looks like a Range Rover, it has comparable room, digital dash, massaging seats, and a terrain select controller.  But the Explorer can park itself and has a twin turbo V6…for all about $30,000 less! Now I’m not deluded enough to think that someone is going to cross shop an Explorer with a Range Rover.  But if you’re cross shopping or even thinking...

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2016 Nissan Murano Review
Feb09

2016 Nissan Murano Review

  The Allusion of Performance.  This is what the average consumer wants.  They want an exciting ‘looking’ vehicle without all the sacrifices an actual performance vehicle gives you.  Like noise, comfort, practicality, efficiency, cost and wear/tire items.  That’s the overall concept behind the 2016 Murano.  All the style without the sacrifice. The interior is akin to a nouveau Vegas hotel.  It’s shod full of modern...

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2016 Scion FRS AUTOMATIC??!!! review
Feb08

2016 Scion FRS AUTOMATIC??!!! review

When I first got in this 2016 FRS, and saw that it was an automatic, I was like… But but but…. the FRS/86 auto does have a few tricks up it’s sleeve. I literally never, not once even for a minute, drove the car in full ‘auto’ mode. Nor did I want to. I always went straight to the ‘manual’ version of the auto tranny. And driving the car in this way, it was pretty stinking fun. The car...

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2016 Kia Sorento Review
Jan29

2016 Kia Sorento Review

Bottom line is: The 2016 Kia Sorento offers stylish design in a usable package – with that awesome 100,000 mile stress-free Kia warranty.  It’s competitors may offer more room but it comes at the sacrifice of style and personality.  If you want something with panache and are in need of a 3 row crossover…this is your choice. The exterior is one of it’s best traits.  In a sea of forgettable design this is the...

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2016 Audi S3 Cabriolet review
Jan14

2016 Audi S3 Cabriolet review

If you’ve driven a newer Audi or Volkswagen, then the Audi A3 Quattro Cabriolet is exactly what you think it would be – with a top that comes down. It’s a play-toy for a sophisticated, cultured buyer. IE: someone who doesn’t put large drinks in the cupholders. The exterior is striking in the subtle details. The interior is remarkably quiet for a drop-top. And interior trim pieces are soft & pleasurable to the touch…...

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2016 Lexus ES350
Dec29

2016 Lexus ES350

by:  Yousef Alvi & Jonathan Wooley Editor’s note: Let’s be honest for a second.  If you’re an enthusiast, you’re probably not going to even consider this car.  BUT your mom, uncle, aunt, grandparents, & sister’s-cousin’s-former-roommate will love it.   This is the 2016 Lexus ES350. This car is engineered to be forgotten… but in a good way. Hear me out. A lot of us look for cars that...

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2016 Honda Civic Review
Dec22

2016 Honda Civic Review

This is the 2016 Honda Civic, and we are going to get this out of the way first:  We hate the CVT transmission. It might be a decent tranny for a commuter. And it might technically keep the car right in the boost sweet-spot. But it sounds dumb & we don’t like it. Now – that is the only time we will bring it up. Why? Because the 2016 Civic is that good.  It’s not just good.  It’s faith reaffirming.  For the past 15...

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2016 Scion iA Review
Dec21

2016 Scion iA Review

Speaking as a ‘car guy’ snob – the new Scion iA sucks. It’s slow, and it’s about as sexy as a tadpole. BUT – speaking as a big-brother to all you millennial guys & girls out there… I understand why Scion made it, and why you might want/need it. You’re trying to get life started. The system hasn’t exactly made it easy on you guys. You want to do something with your life that matters. And the fact of the matter is...

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When Pigs Fly | The Burly Brand Sportster Scrambler
Dec18

When Pigs Fly | The Burly Brand Sportster Scrambler

Sportster, Civics, Mustangs, And Doing it Right It’s not what you drive/ride, it’s how you thrash it. That’s the custom mantra. It’s what’s driven us to take inappropriate machines, and drift, race, and drag them against more “proper” opponents. The results, for our culture, are always better – more innovation, more fun, and more speed. Just look at what drifting Mustangs and drag racing...

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2016 Acura RDX Review
Dec16

2016 Acura RDX Review

It’s very rare nowadays that you encounter a car that just does everything right.  There is always some prevailing flaw that will stick out during your time that just annoys the crap out of you.  Well this is not the case with the 2016 Acura RDX.  It’s quick, nimble, roomy, good looking and efficient.  It’s everything you need  in a modern day luxury crossover. It’s powered by their ubiquitous 3.5 liter V6 making 279 horsepower and...

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Battledrift: Mustang vs Lamborghini
Dec16

Battledrift: Mustang vs Lamborghini

What do you get when you take a 650 HP V12 Lamborghini piloted by Daigo Saito vs Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel of his 550 HP Mustang RTR, and thow them on some open roads in Niigata, Japan? You get BATTLEDRIFT, and it is everything that you want. I think by this point we’ve grown accustomed to energy drink brands dropping some great videos, and this clip from Monster Energy is no disappointment. We could go on about the...

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Pint Size Sleeper: MNNTHBX Honda Grom
Dec11

Pint Size Sleeper: MNNTHBX Honda Grom

   The Situation Honda Groms are fun. This is a fact inscribed on stone tablets. But they’re very far away from fast. The question becomes, can they? With the Grom’s arrival, racing series have already popped up across the country, and aftermarket parts are aplenty. but Greg Hatcher of MNNTHBX wants to strike where sportbikes least expect it – in the twisties of Tennessee. The Solution So, how does one go about...

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Android Auto / Apple CarPlay…you need this!
Dec09

Android Auto / Apple CarPlay…you need this!

This is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  It’s the single most important thing to happen to infotainment since the advent of GPS and streaming media.  Why do you ask?  Simple.  Car manufactures royally suck at making infotainment rigs.  We all have felt it.  They are slow, cumbersome, maddeningly frustrating and in all cases…simple voice commands are an utter pain in the ass.  Do you know why?  Because they are always behind the...

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review
Dec08

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review

So this is our third test of the 2015 Ford Mustang and you know what?  It still amazes us!  Let me explain.  The second you chop the roof off of anything, you compromise the structural integrity of the car.  Instead of a nice firm chassis you get something akin to wet spaghetti.  To solve that dilemma, manufacturers have to shove heavy and complicated bracing to get at least a semblance of rigidity back but its usually never the same....

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2016 Honda Accord Review
Dec03

2016 Honda Accord Review

This is the 2016 Honda Accord and its a stupidly important car to Honda’s future.  Why you ask?  Because according to the internet, literally trillions of Americans are running over to Crossovers and the lowly old sedan is being left in their wake. In years past, you go in and swap your old smelly Accord for a shiny new one and the process repeated itself until you died.  There was not a thought process behind it, it was more akin...

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2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review
Nov30

2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review

Here’s the thing with the Miata… and it’s been this way since conception: If you want to like it, then you’re going to like it. If you want to hate on it, then sure – you can find your reasons. But just because the Miata Nation can’t convince you it’s cool… doesn’t necessarily mean you’re right & they’re wrong. I went into driving the new 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 interested & open-minded. On the 1st day – I loved the...

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Koruworks Corolla
Nov28

Koruworks Corolla

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE (See preceding article on 240sx) So despite his best efforts, the S13 chassis got its hooks in Tyler. And I think we’re all better off for it because his 240sx is the tattooed, scarred version of what we all love about cars. Tyler’s Corolla, however, has a more classic beauty. And we’re all better off for that too. Because the drift culture is a battle zone, and it’s nice to see the survivors rise...

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Koruworks 240sx
Nov25

Koruworks 240sx

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE Most of us buy cars that we actually like. You know – cars that we’re attracted to. That’s usually how this works, but not for Tyler. Years & years ago, when Tyler from Koruworks first started getting serious in the import car culture, he loved drifting… but he detested 240s. So the way Tyler figured, that’s the perfect reason to buy one, right? That way – if/when he crashed his...

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2017 Infiniti Q60S
Nov24

2017 Infiniti Q60S

Our friends over at Autoblog caught wind of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60S out in the open!  What do you guys...

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