Back in 2001, Lexus got a lot more serious about competing with the likes of BMW and Audi, by increasing its model range. The new IS, on sale in Japan for a period of time as the Toyota Altezza, ended up in the United States as the Japanese answer to the BMW 3-Series. On the surface, it is structurally very similar to the German, with an inline-six at the front, rear-wheel-drive, and sporty personality. However, these cars are fast becoming something far greater than Lexus imagined a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »
The first car I drove with my license was a Volvo S60 sedan, so I’ve always had a huge soft spot for it. The R was the ultimate version of the previous-gen S60. While it was supposed to be an M3 competitor, it was more of a fast luxury sedan than anything else. However, it is by no means a bad car to have. Read the rest of this entry »
The Subaru Legacy GT, when it was launched, was a very successful car for Subaru back in 2005. A year later, Mazda decided to fire back with a hot-rodded version of their otherwise-milquetoast family sedan–the MazdaSpeed 6.