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Driving the BMW i3 is like driving the future Featured

Nov 08, 2015
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BMW's i3 is a strong green option for folks seeking to skip the gas station

From the moment you see the BMW i3 -- the plug-in electric-powered hatchback from the luxury automaker -- and you know you’re looking at something evolutionary (or perhaps revolutionary). From its spaceship-esque bubbly shape, to the unique and attractive interior design, this is clearly unlike any other vehicle you’ll ever see.

Beyond looks and design, this is a vehicle that tells the future. No, it’s not what everyone will drive now -- honestly, they will probably sell very few of them compared to gas-powered vehicles due to the “range anxiety” that electric vehicles tend to give potential buyers -- but years down the road we’ll look back at vehicles like the i3 and remember that this was a trailblazer.

My week behind the wheel of an i3 was unlike my usual vehicle testing periods, mostly in a good way, and I’m back with a full report on this visitor from the future.

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2015 Dodge Dart

Every vehicle isn’t for everyone, as we all have our own unique needs in life.

The Dodge Dart, a compact sedan with room for a very tight five passengers, is one vehicle with a definite audience -- namely those without a large group to shuffle around town.

It’s competing against cars like the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Chevy Spark, trying to get young buyers to latch on to the Dodge brand when they first start to get their own wheels.

I had a Dart for a weeklong test driver and I’ll let you know my impressions on how it holds up in this category.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Dart
  • Price as tested: Base price: $16,695 Price as tested: $25,435
  • Best feature: Tech interface, stylish exterior
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Young people looking for an affordable sporty compact sedan
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2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack

 

You’ve got to hand it to the Dodge Challenger, for this reason alone: Cars today simply do not look like this, and the fact that the vehicle was brought back and modernized is a pretty awesome thing all around.

If you’re not familiar with the Challenger, look at some TV shows and movies from the 1970s (“Dukes of Hazzard” is a good place to start) and you’ll see plenty of these long land boats with rockets under the hood. None of the smooth curves of today in little compact packages -- just an extra long, badass vehicle that will win a drag race every time.

I was lucky enough to get a week behind the wheel of this throwback ride, channeling my inner Richard Petty as I struggled to restrain myself from hammering the gas and instead enjoy the speed in moderation.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
  • Price as tested: $47,360
  • Best feature: Tire-squealing speed; Fun sideways ride
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Not for the family; this is a powerful ride for people who want to burn rubber
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The Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T is more fun to drive than the typical midsize sedan

“Fun” is not the first word that comes to mind when you think midsize sedan, but Hyundai apparently didn’t get that memo.

With the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T, the experience is actually quite enjoyable and you’ll forget at times that this is a vehicle that can work as your family ride.

I recently spent a week driving a Sonata Sport 2.0T, and I’m back with a full report. With some strong competition like the Ford Fusion and the Mazda6, how does it hold up in comparison?

 

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
  • Price as tested: Base price: $28,575 Price as tested: $34,460
  • Best feature: Zippy motor
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Anyone looking for a fast sedan that can also work as a vehicle for the family
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2015 Lexus CT 200h

Hybrids are everywhere, and the Toyota/Lexus contingent is perhaps the most versatile in this area, with many styles offered -- from the Prius all the way up to Lexus’ fancier hybrid options.

One of those Lexus hybrid options is the 2015 Lexus CT200h, a small, sporty hybrid that offers a bit more pizzazz than your standard hybrid.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a CT200h and I’m back with a report on what it has to offer.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Lexus CT 200h
  • Price as tested: Base price: $32,050 Price as tested: $39,110
  • Best feature: Fuel mileage (42 mpg)
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Those in search of high gas mileage in a little luxury sedan, and can accept limitations on power that come with a hybrid
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2016 Cadillac CTS sedan

Standing out in the luxury sedan segment these days is a tough nut to crack. The best and brightest are firing on all cylinders in Germany, Japan, the U.S. and beyond, so even a big luxury name like Cadillac has to stay on top of its game to maintain its market share and try to grow.

 

The CTS, a longstanding model from America’s most well-known luxury car maker, gets some fresh life with the 2016 model, which is just starting to roll out of factories.


I got the chance to explore what the CTS has to offer in this new incarnation, from its design to its seemingly endless tech features, and I’m back with a full report.

 

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  • Vehicle: 2016 Cadillac CTS sedan
  • Price as tested: Base price: $45,560 Price as tested: $67,925
  • Best feature: Beautiful design, bevy of tech and safety features
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury car buyers who want a sharp ride with the latest technology and safety features at their fingertips
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The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack features 485 horsepower


Some engines purr, some scream, and some growl in what almost sounds like an angry fashion.

The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack edition, a powerful muscle car, has its own unique sound. It’s sort of a powerful buzz, an anticipatory tone, even when you are stopped, eagerly anticipating being used when you hit the gas and get moving.

After a week in this beast of a ride, I’m back with a full report on what it has to offer.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
  • Price as tested: Base price: $39,995 Price as tested: $42,680
  • Best feature: Muscle car power and speed, sharp look
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Speed demons who aren’t quite bold enough to try the Hellcat but still want a fast and fun muscle car
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2015 Audi S3: Get ready for blastoff in this rocket Featured

Jul 26, 2015
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2015 Audi S3: Get ready for blastoff in this rocket

There are fast cars.


There are really fast cars.


And then there are rockets.

The 2015 Audi S3, which I recently spent some time testing, is a rocket … and offers one of the most fun driving experiences I’ve ever had in a car.


Here’s my full report on my experience in the performance version of Audi’s A3 model.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Audi S3
  • Price as tested: Base price: $41,100 Price as tested: $48,045
  • Best feature: Stellar 0-to-60 speed, overall racecar-esque experience
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Anyone looking for a super sporty luxury ride
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