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Is the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi the Affordable Performance Sedan You Have Been Waiting For?
Is the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi the Affordable Performance Sedan You Have Been Waiting For?

Although you might mistakenly assume that the new Suzuki Kizashi is just another plain as oatmeal family sedan from a Japanese auto manufacturer, this is no rehash of the Accord playbook from two generations ago. In designing the Kizashi sedan Suzuki has come up with an entirely new kind of...Read More»

Twin-Turbocharged BMW M V-8
Forced Induction: Supercharged vs. Turbocharged

Forced induction has had a home in motorsports for decades now, but it's found its way onto the streets more recently. Small, turbocharged engines aren't anything new to Europeans, but it seems the economy has forced the American companies to start adopting them. Ideal for drag strips...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
The 2011 Kia Sorento 7-Seat Crossover SUV Is A Budget Family Hauler

As the first Kia built in the United States at a very pricey new North American plant, the 2011 Kia Sorento had to be pretty darn impressive to make all that expense worthwhile. Unlike the last version it had to be the right size to fit your average super-sized American and it had to have...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
2010 Mazda CX-7: A Sporty Family Crossover With A Twist

When I was a kid, black lights and glow-in-the-dark posters were de rigeur.  Clock radios had flip-digit numerals that cast an atomic glow. You can relive that era in the Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring, a small, all-wheel-drive crossover with black-light instrumentation.  During the day, you get...Read More»

2010 Acura TL
Testing Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive TL (SH-AWD) in Southern California’s Torrential Rain

Life in Southern California just isn't supposed to be like this. Where did the sun and the semi-azure blue of the skies that used to hover so peacefully over my head disappear to? If it's not sunny here then where is it sunny? When will the endless monotony of all these rainstorms finally pass?...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner (Natl) Front Exterior View
Why Don't We Have a Choice of Compact Pickups in America Anymore?

It took years for the major truck makers to give us a choice of midsize four-door trucks. Now, the American market has only two choices for compact pickups. Ford's Ranger is only available in standard cab and extended cab. Chevy / GMC gives us standard/extended/crew cab, the only maker to do so in...Read More»

2010 Audi TT 2-door Coupe S tronic 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
Audi TT RS Roadster

Today the www.leasecarsdirect.co.uk test driver Gary Hunter drove the Audi TT RS and boy did he have fun. Gary Hunter " The moment i put the key in the ignition of the Audi TT RS and turned to hear a fantastic roar of the deep exhaust tones I thought to myself maybe the TT isnt a girls car...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD 5dr EX Open Doors
Wagons, SUVs and Crossovers, Oh My!

The last couple of decades have produced lots of new buzzwords and categories related to automobiles and automotive technology.  Station wagons have been around forever, and pioneers like Jeep and the Ford Explorer have made the SUV a common name.  More recently, we are hearing more about...Read More»

2010 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
The Weeklong Test Drive: 2010 Acura RDX

Although it isn't the newest vehicle in Acura's ever expanding fleet that isn't to say that the 2010 Acura RDX isn't full of its own unique delights. Powered by a turbocharged 2.3 liter 240 horsepower 4 cylinder engine, the RDX is punchy and powerful at all speeds yet the powertrain always remains...Read More»

hartge bmw z4 v10 004
How To Sell Your Used Car

Getting a new car is exciting, no doubt about that. Getting rid of an old one can seem like a hassle though. Do you trade it in? Sell it on eBay? Stick it out in the yard with a For Sale sign? You have probably invested a lot in the car by now, and feel like you'll be losing out on some of that...Read More»

2010 kia forte 009
Battle of the Korean Economy Sedans: Kia Forte SX VS. Hyundai Elantra SE

While many people may look upon Korea's Hyundai and Kia as the bargain basement auto manufacturers with the 10-year warranties, few people realize that this duo outsold Ford Motor Company last year in worldwide sales. That's a pretty impressive figure for two car makers whose models were considered...Read More»

Mercedes-AMG turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Engines: Bigger Isn't Always Better

Automotive manufacturers always seem to highlight some aspect of engine performance when they market new vehicles. They'll toss around horsepower and torque ratings, cylinder count, valve and timing technology terms, fuel economy, and all other kinds of performance numbers to make their power...Read More»

Bentley cold climate accessories range
Accessories To Help Get You Through the Winter

Some of you know you can count on a cold, snowy, icy winter every year, while others expect it to vary from mild to arctic. Either way, here are a few items that will help you cope with the cold, dark, damp, slippery, windy, ok you get the idea... WINTER. Remote Engine Starter There are a few good...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Detroit Auto Show: Is the 2012 Ford Focus the American Family Car of the Future?

Ever since it was introduced there near the start of the new millennium the Ford Focus has been one of the hottest selling family hatchbacks in Europe. They are renowned for their keen driving dynamics and high quality. Europeans even got a second generation re-style where we were left with a...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima leak
Fun To Drive Family/Commuter Cars: 2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

Nissan Altima 3.5 SR: (Prices Starting at $24,520) Do you lust after a Nissan Z sports coupe but realize, heck, that car doesn't have a backseat and you have a wife and two kids under 5? Well, it must just be your lucky day because Nissan makes a sporting version of its Altima family sedan with the...Read More»

Mercedes-AMG M178 engine
What You Need To Know About Motor Oil

Maybe you're a DIY-er and change your own oil, maybe you don't like to get your hands dirty but you're still curious about how your engine works, or maybe you just feel left out when car guys start talking numbers. Here's a basic guide to motor oil to get you started. Introduction to Viscosity The...Read More»

1997 Ford Mustang
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Troubles: Pt. 5

Brakes Pull Hard To The Left Question 1 I have a 1965 Ford Mustang with a 289 V-8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission and original equipment drum brakes. Just prior to putting my baby away for the winter, the brakes were pulling to the left every time I stepped on the pedal. The car has only about...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Side Exterior View
Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie: Spring Forward?

Spring Forward: Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie   Dodge's new crew cab 4X4 offers truckers innovative storage compartments called RamBoxes and a new rear coil-spring suspension attached to the vehicle's box-frame with stout car-like control rods.  The result:  side panel and below-the-floor storage...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2010 Jetta SportWagon Diesel: VW Has Put Sport Into Wagon

I dont like station wagons, but the new VW SportWagen is a fun one to drive. I really enjoyed the last Jetta I drove (an 08 Jetta SE), so I was looking forward to testing the 2010 Jetta wagon. I test drove the new SportWagon TDI, which is the turbo diesel version. This is the way Europe drives...Read More»

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