It’s a go kart with everyday amenities. The Fiesta isn’t fast but it’s unforgivingly engaging and quick for it’s class. The car forces you to constantly correct, correct, overcorrect, recorrect (is that a word?) and correct again. I had a chance to drive the car on an autocross in second gear. To read how well the car performs in second gear – head over to my full review at Autobytel here.
That’s the lead-in to several Elantra GT reviews. Lets be honest, GT is the automotive equivalent of quartz movement – a vague marque designed to generate desire. No one really knows or cares what it actually means.
While the GT handles better than any other front-wheel-drive car in Hyundai’s lineup, the car is plagued by a lack of torque, an overly-engineered rear-view camera and a loud panoramic roof. [Read more...]
Let me begin by saying the Ford Focus ST is an astonishingly fun and entertaining vehicle. This front-wheel-drive turbo hatchback offers respectable fuel economy (32MPG HWY), accommodates 4-to-5 grownups and will hold its own against its German (Volkswagen GTi) and Japanese (Mazda Speed3) rivals.
Having said that, this post intends to highlight a handful of flaws I found with the car after 200 miles of seat time. This is a hypercritical assessment and not a comprehensive review. Consider it a first impression of displeasures.
Bottom line – I love the ST and I think most other people will too.
The Focus ST is equipped with Recaro sport seats. These seats are designed to minimize driver movement during cornering through the use of
destructive aggressive bolstering.
The seat bolstering is tolerably firm, yet the absence of lumbar support pushes the needle from ‘aggressive seating’ to ‘hostile body trap.’ After 100 miles [Read more...]
The design is a love-it or hate-it. It’s short, squatty and square. The Soul reminds me of what might happen if you placed a large SUV into one of the crushing machines at the junkyard and stopped it short of its full crush-cycle.
There are benefits to its square-ness, the main one being roominess. Think of it like a house. A Cape Cod has an aggressive roofline that limits closet space and [Read more...]
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Its 5 a.m. and a chilly morning here in Virginia. The Elantra Limited is parked in the driveway warming up, with both front seat heaters on high. Because Baby travels in a plastic bucket, the rear seat heaters won’t get much use this trip. And yes. You heard that right. This car has heated rear seats.
As the wife runs through the house for last minute items – I entertain the cats with an old shoelace. We finally make our way out the door, Baby and stuff in tow.
Loading the trunk I marveled at how something so small could hold so much. It was like watching Baby eat. Our four-day trip required the following: 1 stroller, 3 large bags, 1 baby bath chair, 1 Pack n Play, 1 laptop bag and countless toys. Starting a family does come with baggage, literally. The Elantra holds its own in rear cargo space, besting the Honda Civic in total cargo volume by over 2 cubic feet (14.8 vs. 12.5).
Looks [Read more...]