Category Archives: Cars We’ve Driven

This is our road test section. We use whatever means we can to get whatever cars we can.

Test Driven: 2005 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas

Very classy looking car, from the Leaper up front to the chrome trim at the rear.
Jaguar’s been having an interesting decade since 2001.  The XJ’s been redesigned twice, they’ve attempted to branch into the low-price luxury car market (without success), and Ford sold them to Tata Motors of India.  So, while all that’s been going on, how have the cars that they made in the middle of the last decade aged? Continue reading Test Driven: 2005 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas

Test Driven: Infiniti G25x vs. G37x


Infiniti’s G sedan has catapulted the brand into legitimacy over the last 8 years. It offered a solid sport/luxury sedan package (based on the Nissan Z) at a price that has made it continually one of the best bargains around. The G was so well placed in the market that it never needed more than one model, and it solid in vast quantities. Because of this I was a bit skeptical when Infiniti announced they were brining out a lower model, the G25, for the G lineup. My question going into this test drive was, is the G25 a legitimate consideration in its market or should people just forget it even exists and spend a little extra for a G37?     Continue reading Test Driven: Infiniti G25x vs. G37x

Test Driven: Porsche Boxster Spyder PDK

Minimalism at its Germanic finest.

I’m not normally the guy who will say that a car is completely faultless in the way that it drives.  I like to pick things apart, try to find a flaw, no matter how hard it may be to do so.  I do it because I know nothing’s perfect and I’d rather not blow sunshine up anything’s rear end without reservation.  But, Porsche’s Boxster Spyder was so good, that I gave up looking. Continue reading Test Driven: Porsche Boxster Spyder PDK

Test Driven: 2007 Honda S2000 (9.5/10)

Honda S2000 (AP2)

When the S2000 came on the scene it was hailed by much of the media as being one of the best affordable sports cars money could buy. Having tried one out, I would have to agree wholeheartedly. The S2000 offers everything you would want from a pure roadster, a lot like a Mazda Miata, but it is a much more serious performance car all around. Honda has a long history of racing and when they decide to really make a proper car, it shows. It is just a shame they don’t make more cars like the S2000, and that they stopped its production altogether in 2009, with no successor yet planned.     Continue reading Test Driven: 2007 Honda S2000 (9.5/10)

Test Driven: 2011 Buick Lacrosse Lineup vs. 2011 Acura TL FWD

2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS (18 inch rims).

At Mainstreet in Motion at the Meadowlands at the end of July, I was already somewhat familiar with the LaCrosse, having driven one for two laps around the Buick circuit in Philadelphia.  But, I took the opportunity to drive the rest of the lineup during the event in New Jersey, so here’s a few thoughts on it. Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Buick Lacrosse Lineup vs. 2011 Acura TL FWD

Test Driven: 2006 Mazda RX8

Mazda RX8

I have always been a bit hot and cold on the RX8. I always saw it as a downgrade from the FD generation RX7, and I thought it was underpowered, especially when compared to the likes of its competition. I had also heard it had no torque at all and needed to be pushed hard if you wanted to go anywhere at all. Everyone I had ever met who owned one loved it and swore by it as a proper driver’s car, and of course on Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson loved it as well. So, there are a lot of people who like it, but I was left wondering why. I realized the only way I could really finalize my opinion was to go out and drive an RX8, so I did.     Continue reading Test Driven: 2006 Mazda RX8

Test Driven: Chrysler 200

Chrysler 200 (Front)

All things considered, Chrysler was probably the worst choice of the entire midsize car field for the past couple of years.  Thanks to a multitude of bad qualities, such as frumpy styling, a rental-spec interior, and cringeworthy driving dynamics, the Sebring, and its Dodge Avenger brother, was one of the most hated cars in the segment.  Jeremy Clarkson, for example, doesn’t usually hold back when he finds things wrong with a car, but when he ranked the Sebring Convertible as his least favorite of 2008, clearly, something was wrong.  So, Chrysler went back to the drawing board with a dull pencil and not a lot of outright cash, and the result is the red sedan you see above. Continue reading Test Driven: Chrysler 200

Test Driven: Mini Countryman S

Mini Countryman S

The Countryman is a big Mini, their entry into the emerging small crossover market. Honestly, for this new segment of SUV hot hatches, the Countryman is pretty much the poster child. I would be very disappointed in Mini if they didn’t have a car in this segment because it seems like it is literally tailor-made for them. All of the haters who say it is too big are comparing it to the Cooper, which is stupid because they don’t take part in the same market segment at all.    Continue reading Test Driven: Mini Countryman S

Test Driven: Chrysler 300 and 300C

Chrysler 300 Limited (18″ rims)

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.

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Main Street In Motion, a great experience for anyone to try

Corvettes at Main Street In Motion

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

Test Driven: Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt, savior of AMERICA!!!!

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

Test Driven: 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited (front)

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