VB WRX – Make Your Own STI

The VB Subaru WRX offers a really strong performance value, especially today when value of any kind seems hard to find in the new car market. For instance, at 30-grand, you can get a turbocharged AWD WRX with a manual transmission… with enough room for a bike rack on...

Bronco Sport – Is it Worthy?

Reality is - the Bronco Sport will always live in the full-size Bronco’s shadows. But let’s get that out of our heads for the moment & critique it on its own merit. Because if the Bronco Sport is nothing else, at minimum it's a departure from yet another generic...

Mazda 3 Turbo Sedan – Who does Number 3 work for?

The Mazda 3 Sedan is a strong vehicle that seems to get overlooked. It just doesn’t fit in. Here’s what I mean: The Mazda 3 Sedan doesn’t have the perceived status of something like a 3-series BMW or Audi. But it’s not a basic/generic appliance like a Kia or Nissan...

California Dreamin’… of the Past

There was a time when California was the ultimate playground for car enthusiasts. The canyons & picturesque coastal routes made it a haven for anyone who loved the open road. From the legendary routes along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), to the adrenaline-pumping...

K-Swapped RA1 Honda Odyssey – slam the minivan

This is a 1st generation RA1 Honda Odyssey - radicalized. And here’s the thing about a modified minivan like this. Beneath the sheet metal and all the oddball awesomeness - it’s a totally epic conversation starter. An 'icebreaker' anywhere it travels. See, this Honda...

VW Rabbit Pickup – Nothing Amazing

“It’s nothing amazing, but it looks cool.” That’s how Eric Garrison describes his daily-driven 1981 VW Rabbit pickup (aka Caddy). And you know what? A lot of people don’t realize the full truth & wisdom of that statement. Because the truth is, "nothing amazing,...

BMW 2002 – Family Ties

Old vehicles have a way of capturing moments in time & bottling-up vivid memories & nostalgia. They have a way of transcending their mechanical/utilitarian nature, and becoming sentimental family heirlooms… passed down through generations. Such is the case...

Stand-up Jet Ski – new vs old?

I got into stand-up jet skis 3 years ago. No, I can’t do flips, I’m by no means a pro, and I’m not an OG in this world. But I’ve spent my life around visceral cars (mostly of the 80s & 90s), I’ve run an automotive magazine for 18 years, and I’m very in touch with...

Ford Maverick – You Can be my Wingman Anytime

Ford Maverick understands its mission. The modern truck market has gone off the rails in size & in price. And the Ford Maverick returns as an economical, versatile, usable entry-point back into the truck segment. But there’s MORE to the Maverick than that. Call it...

Supercharged S550 Mustang – Prosport boost gauge install

Mike bought this S550 Mustang GT brand new in 2017 for $27,000. I’m not done. He also got it with 0% financing on a 6-year loan. The same GT today would cost you something like $50,000 with 7% interest lol. RIP affordable/impulsive/fun cars. Anyway lol - this article...
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2024 Ford Ranger – middle child syndrome

2024 Ford Ranger – middle child syndrome

The 2024 Ford Ranger has become a middle-child in Ford’s truck line… between the best-selling F150 & the funky new Maverick. So how does the Ranger fit in to its new family dynamic? Here’s the key impressions…  The 2024 Ford Ranger has filled-out nicely... The...

K Series EG Civic – VTEC is greater than Tech

K Series EG Civic – VTEC is greater than Tech

As I approach the end of my 30s, I keep getting reminders that an inevitable transformation is happening. I’m rapidly becoming “out-of-touch”. Whether it’s the latest sounds pop-culture attempts to pass off as music, or the abhorrent look-alike aesthetic of most new...

Creamy 4-door EF Civic – Euro lowrider

Creamy 4-door EF Civic – Euro lowrider

This 4-door EF Civic takes me straight back to the late-80s & early-90s. A time when entry-level vehicles were affordable... but not lifeless. Because back then in the rad era, even economical vehicles were often functional, fun, & funky. But to be fair, our...

Find Your Happy Platz – Off-Road Porsche Cayenne

Find Your Happy Platz – Off-Road Porsche Cayenne

So you wanna go off-road, but you also want perplexing electrical problems? Then a Porsche Cayenne might just be the one for you bruv. Let’s get to it:  When it comes to the wide-world of 4x4 off-road vehicles…  Some of us like freedom I mean ducks I mean Jeeps. While...

2024 Mazda Miata – perfecting perfection

2024 Mazda Miata – perfecting perfection

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a legend. It’s been consistently true from the start. More than almost any other sports car at this point. For example - consider the original Miata from 1989... compared to this 2024. It’s an evolution, but in no way is it a change of species....

Civic Type-R Review – always 10% better

Civic Type-R Review – always 10% better

I've been gushing over the FL5 Civic Type-R like Buddy the freaking Elf. “I’m in love, I’m in love, & I don’t care who knows it.” Yeah - the Civic Type-R is that good. All things considered, it might actually be the best. Here we go: A few years ago…  We had an...

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