Just because you’re the smallest kid in class doesn’t mean you have to be the meek one. Chrysler’s the ultimate example of this idea, and we’ve seen them innovate or direct the car market in different ways since it got its start. In 1934, despite its failure, the Airflow was the first car designed in a wind tunnel for mass production; nowadays, almost every car on the road is tested in one. In 1982, they resurrected the convertible market with the LeBaron–a terrible car in most respects, but it made the market relevant again. And, in 2005, the 300C brought the classic, comfy RWD sedan back to relevance, and they haven’t looked back.
Main Street in Motion is a free promotional event put on by GM where anyone can come test drive their cars and some of their competition on a closed course. It is a bit of an automotive traveling circus that travels to cities all over the country. As I said it is completely free, even the refreshments, so all you have to do is sign up online and go to the event to take part. Al and I went to their recent event in Philly, here is what I have to say about it. Continue reading Main Street In Motion, a great experience for anyone to try
This is one I have been waiting to do for a while now, the much hyped Volt from Chevy. I knew of course that the Volt was a new sort of hybrid car and I knew that its design was far superior to that of other hybrids already on sale, like the Prius. However, the way it drove surprised the hell out of me. What I expected was a mushy, slow econobox, what I got was totally different. Continue reading Test Driven: Chevrolet Volt
Last month, I intended to test drive a Buick Regal Turbo, but after a walk around the used-car lot, I discovered this little gem on the used car lot. It’s a 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, and I’ve been seriously considering one for after I graduate next spring. Faced with the opportunity, I decided to postpone driving the Buick and take this LGT for a drive instead. Continue reading Test Driven: 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited
Of the six cars I drove on the Gotham tour the one I would want in my driveway has to be the Gallardo LP-560 Spyder. It offers all of that supercar feel, speed, performance, and image, but with none of the drawbacks of the Murcielago. Although because it lacks some of that outrageous idiocy, it is very different than its bigger brother for better and worse in various ways, but as a car, that will be driven in the imperfect and chaotic world, it is far better. Continue reading Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 Spyder
Hot hatchbacks represent one of the market’s easiest ways to get into a brand-new sporty car without paying an exorbitant price. Although the segment has expanded drastically over the years, Volkswagen is still the company that seems to win every single comparison test. The GTI is the yardstick by which the others are measured, and I decided that I should go and find out why. Continue reading Test Driven: Volkswagen GTI DSG
As most of our readers are aware, I bashed the new Honda CRZ in a previous article. However, after reading the sales results for it since January 2011, I noticed that it’s been selling in similar numbers to the Volkswagen GTI, which is an established, award-winning hot hatchback. So, I decided to test my own personal opinion: Would Al have to (and not for the first time) eat his words? Continue reading Test Driven: Honda CR-Z EX Automatic
It is interesting how the supercar experience really boils down to two things, the drive itself and being the star of your own parade. In many cases, seeing people’s reactions is almost as fun as driving the car fast, there is a sense of occasion that a supercar brings and this Ferrari no exception. Continue reading Test Driven: Ferrari F430 Spider
I’m going to start by listing all of the awful things about the Murcielago. It is hard to get in and out of, the driver position is awkward and not straight, the seat pokes you in many places and isn’t very comfortable, it has a small trunk that is almost useless, The steering is really heavy, the car feels absurdly huge, you have to avoid every pothole (expensive fix if you don’t), you have to be careful not to cut turns because you may scrape the car (like in a box truck), the car is cramped, there are blind spots everywhere except directly in front of you, its offensively impractical and vulgarly ostentatious, Its wider than the lane, rearview mirror is useless and only show you the engine, the side mirrors are useless and only show you the intakes for the engine, it is terrible on gas, nothing on the car is conventional or easy, no part of the car is socially acceptable, and because of the money at stake and the blindness, it is a terrifying car to drive and extremely stressful. So what is the appeal then? Continue reading Test Driven: Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640
The Lamborghini Gallardo is a fantastic, well-executed supercar for the street. Like most cars in this sector, it is still impractical in many regards, but nowhere near to the degree of the Murcielago. Overall though, it can be quite useable as a second car, that you drive for fun on nice days, because it is practical enough for most basic tasks, and a lot more fun than your other car would be.
The way to describe the Bentley Continental is “solid”. The car is extremely overbuilt and it has such a feel of presence and occasion to it on the road. It is extremely refined and relaxed about everything it does whether you are just cruising or charging full steam ahead. The way it retains this laid back feel in all situations really sets it apart from any other car I have experienced. The Continental is a serious Grand Touring car to be sure. Continue reading Test Driven: Bentley Continental GTC
This past weekend, I became a man in terms of driving. Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe