Reviews

  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT

    It took years for Americans to embrace Japanese performance cars and the different philosophy behind them. If the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is any indication, it won't take South Korea nearly as long to gain a foothold with American performance shoppers. That's because there's something intrinsically American in the way the Stinger GT drives. It feels like a muscle car, like a downsized, twin-turbocharged Dodge Challenger. This Kia doesn't have the soundtrack to support the designation, but it has the straight-line speed, the sensation of acceleration, the in-your-face looks, and the affordable...

  • 2016 Chevrolet SS
    Chevrolet SS: the sport sedan that could, but never caught on

    It was a common practice of American automakers decades ago. Take a family sedan, swap out the plain-Jane engine, drop in a big V-8, and you have a muscle car. The Chevrolet SS was one of the final examples of such a practice, albeit not a very American one from the start. For those unaware, the...

  • 2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road
    2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road review

    Term limits don't apply to the new car industry. If they did, the 2017 Nissan Frontier you see here wouldn't be a dead-ringer for the 2005 Nissan Frontier that hit dealer lots during George W. Bush's first term. A lot has changed since 2005. But not the Frontier. Sure, it's up for a redesign, but...

  • The 2013 Nissan GT-R at Palm Beach International Raceway
    2013 Nissan GT-R: First Drive

    Nissan's 2013 GT-R is an improvement over last year's model, which itself upped the bar considerably from earlier models.

  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
    2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid: Driven

    GreenCarReports took the 2011 Cayenne Hybrid S for a spin and found it's not just kidding around with its hybrid system--and it's a fun-to-drive luxury SUV to boot.

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe First Drive

    Fighting for a top spot in the affordable sports coupe market means one thing: measuring up the BMW M3. That's been the game for decades now, and it hasn't changed with the latest iteration, despite the newest model's departure from much of the past M3's formula. In fact, the departure has been so...

  • 2011 Acura RL Advance

    What makes the RL distinct or alluring among luxury cars? How is it much different than the same-sized TL? And shouldn't a brand flagship feel a little more exclusive, a little less mainstream-lux? These are all questions shoppers will be wondering, and we couldn't help but be left pondering them even after several days with a 2011 Acura RL Advance. In short: Performance was satisfying enough, and we felt comfortable and at ease, but as soon as we thought about what else we could get with the same money, we couldn't help but think that we'd jump ship for a Jaguar XF, BMW 5-Series, Infiniti...

  • 2012 BMW 650i Convertible
    2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible: First Drive

    If you've never been to the Los Cabos region of the southern Baja California peninsula, you should start making plans now. While you're at it, try to find a way to secure a 2012 BMW 650i Convertible to drive while you're there. I make the recommendation based on my recent trip to drive the car at...

  • Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
    Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed: Full Review

    Brushing the red line, grabbing top gear and clipping the apex, AllCarTech brings you our full review of the latest racing title to hit your PlayStation 3, Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed. Last week we brought you our first impressions of the EA Games and Slightly Mad Studios racer and with a few...

  • Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
    Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed: First Impressions

    Thanks to the kind folk at EA Games we've got hold of a copy of the latest game in the long-running Need For Speed franchise, Shift 2 Unleashed (S2U), in PlayStation 3 format. As with the previous Shift title, Unleashed errs more on the simulation side of racing titles rather than the franchise's...

  • 2011 Jaguar XKR Convertible review
    Video: 2011 Jaguar XKR Convertible - Two Minute Review

    The 2011 Jaguar XKR Convertible is one of our favorite drop-tops here at High Gear Media, and for good reason. With a supercharged V-8 belting out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, oodles of luxury and street cred in spades, what’s not to love? See what else gets us excited about...

  • 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
    2011 Subaru Impreza WRX: Another Take

    I’m kind of ornery when it comes to affordable performance sedans. Above all, I’m looking for a car that’s fun, with the right mix of decent horsepower, but more, exceptionally good reflexes without a punishing ride. People buy sports sedans as daily drivers, so they have to be...

  • 2011 Scion tC

    This will be a partial defense of the Scion tC. I find myself in this odd position having read Bengt Halvorson’s less than glowing overview of the car. Mind you, I get where Bengt’s coming from. The tC has been upgraded, but it’s a poseur in the cheap two-door sports car market; he rightly says it doesn’t have the chops of either the V-6 Mustang or the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. So why defend the tC? Because that narrow, sub-$20k sports coupe slot in the market is fading for a reason. Young buyers simply haven’t been exposed to enough tossable, speedy machines...

  • 2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe
    2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe vs. 2011 Infiniti G37S Coupe

    I'm a car nerd. I’ll confess, I love digging through stats for nuggets about performance. And I lean hard toward thinking a lot can be made of power-to-weight ratios. I’m always in favor of lighter cars, because low weight allows so many other efficiencies: a smaller engine, which leads...

  • 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
    2010 Dodge Challenger R/T: Falling in Love With Power

    Going through a mid-life crisis? The 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T is the perfect cure for that. A member of the 1970s hot-rod posse, the Challenger came back to life in 2008 as a modern take on the aggressive two-door muscle car. Dodge has been very successful with this new Challenger. It has all the...

  • 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
    Driven: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

    I've had several encounters with the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe before, including the press launch in California. But this past week with the most visually striking member of the standard CTS lineup shed new light on the car. Living with a car in the real world is a different experience from driving...

  • Driven: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited
    Driven: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan

    On the surface, the 2011 Subaru WRX doesn't sound all that exciting. Sure, it's got a turbo 2.5-liter Boxer four, but only 265 horsepower? The Honda Accord makes more than that. Yeah, it has all-wheel drive, but so does the Lincoln MKS. It wears the widebody treatment of the WRX STI, but it's about...

  • Synergy Green Camaro
    The Chevrolet Camaro: Award For Best Hollywood Actor?

    This year marks the 44th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro and the popular muscle car is still one of the most loved vehicles in the world. Originally created by Chevrolet in 1966 to compete against the Ford Mustang, American consumers were quick to embrace the car. Chevrolet just launched the...

  • Driven: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

    The 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster is a great cruiser, and a competent bruiser.

  • Nissan Sentra SE-R Goes R/C Drifting For Canadian commercial
    Car Connection Comparo: Nissan Sentra SE-R vs Honda Civic Si

    These two models are considered staples in the sports compact world. Before Subaru came with the WRX, front wheel drive sedans like the Honda Civic Si and the Nissan Sentra SE-R were popular among people who were looking for a practical and fun daily-driver. While the cars disappeared for a while...

  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
    Driven: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

    The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is a Z06 in Coupe's clothing.

  • Bottom Line Comparisons: Genesis Coupe vs MAZDASPEED3

    Two, true performance cars from Asia that really can’t be beat on price are the Mazda’s MAZDASPEED3 and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T. Both are cars, equipped with turbocharged inline-four engines with available six-speed manual transmissions, but both offer something different. The Genesis...

  • Pair of Shelby GT500's
    2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - Brief Review

    Recently I had the opportunity to have a couple of rides in a 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Mustang. What I learned during that brief time was pleasantly surprising. I used to be ‘down’ on the car due to the weight. And actually still am. It's woefully overweight at 3917 pounds as...

  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
    The Car Connection Reviews The 2011 Mustang GT and V-6

    The media blackout for the 2011 Ford Mustang is finally over and The Car Connection’s Bengt Halvorson has had the luck to drive both the V-6 and GT. Bengt is pleasantly surprised with the $23,000 V-6 Mustang’s performance, especially with its rental car stigma the base mustang always gets stuck...

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