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Saying Farewell To The Turbocharged Inline-Five
A Challenger To The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Appears!
A Well-Rounded Midsize Sedan?


Quick Drive: 2014 Volvo S60 T5 Premier Plus

Apr 10 2014 06:45 AM | Quick Drive
Volvo is known for a few things: Safety, boxy designs, and wagons. Volvo also happens to be known for a specific engine, the T5. Introduced in the 850 in the mid-nineties, the T5 was a turbocharged and intercooled five-cylinder engine unbeknownst to the company, this engine in its various forms would go on to power a number of models and take number of race wins in Europe. The T5 engine would become part of a rarified company of engines that have long lives such as GM's 3800 V6 and Nissan's VQ engine family.
But with all things, there has to be an end. Before too long, the T5 engine will be retired. In its place will be a new range of four-cylinder engines called Drive-E which will come turbocharged or turbo/supercharged...

Quick Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel

Mar 27 2014 04:45 AM | Quick Drive
For the longest time, the Volkswagen Jetta has had it all to itself. I’m of course talking about the diesel compact sedan marketplace. Since the first Jetta came over the to the U.S. in the eighties, Volkswagen has offered a diesel engine as an option. Within the past few years, the popularity of the Jetta diesel has skyrocketed. But this past year, another contender has come in to challenge the Jetta’s dominance in this small niche. That would be the Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel. How does it stand up to the Jetta?
Much like the Jetta TDI, the Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel doesn’t scream out that it's a diesel at all. The only clues that reveals its true identity are a set of seventeen-inch aluminum wheels...

Review: 2014 Honda Accord EX

Mar 06 2014 05:45 AM | Reviews
The current Honda Accord and I had a difficult beginning. When the automaker introduced the Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, I was wondering what real changes had been made and being more interested in the early 80’s Accord on loan from The Henry Ford in their exhibit. Then when Honda revealed the production Accord Sedan and Coupe, I was wondering what was going at Honda because it looks almost the same as the old one. But recently, I spent a week with a 2014 Honda Accord EX Sedan and I said, “Oh, I get it now.” Read on to see what I mean.
On the face of it, the 2014 Accord EX Sedan doesn’t look that much different from the last-generation model. The two models have a similar de...

Review: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ & GMC Sierra 1500 SLT

Feb 26 2014 05:45 AM | William Maley in Reviews

For the past few years, General Motor’s pickups were getting sand kicked in their faces by Ford and Ram. The two truck manufacturers were introducing refreshed models with new powertrains, improved interiors, and clever technologies that made GM...

Review: 2014 Scion tC

Feb 19 2014 05:45 AM | William Maley in Reviews

If you have ever taken a class in economics, then you were most likely taught the economic cycle. The cycle explains periods of growth and decline in a economy via four different parts; expansion, boom, recession, and depression. A perfect example of t...

Review: 2014 Kia Forte EX

Feb 05 2014 05:45 AM | William Maley in Reviews

The past few years have seen Kia rise up from its cheap car roots and become a major player in some of the key areas of the automotive marketplace. But there has been one area that the automaker hasn't been quite able to wrap its hands around; the comp...

Review: 2014 Acura MDX Tech Entertainment

Jan 29 2014 05:45 AM | William Maley in Reviews

American Honda CEO Tetsuo Iwamura told reporters at Tokyo Motor Show in November that his biggest challenge is Acura. Sadly, it's easy to see why Iwamura says this. Most of Acura's lineup are either half-baked ideas or showing their age. Even with thos...