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SLINGSHOT by POLARIS; A Different Kind of Road Therapy, Review By Steve Purdy

SLINGSHOT by POLARIS; A Different Kind of Road Therapy, Review By Steve Purdy

For the past few weeks (a long stint for a review vehicle) my ride has been the hard-to-define, grin-inspiring Slingshot by Polaris, an “auto-cycle,” three-wheeled (in the spirit of Messerschmidt, Morgan and Big Wheel) roadster - open, simple, fast and gloriously noisy with only about five inches of ground clearanc ... Continue reading

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Review By Steve Purdy

Kudos to Mazda for continuing to offer manual transmissions in these little cars. The low-end powertrain (2.0-liter, 155-hp) would feel quite adequate if you could manage your own rpm ranges. The more powerful, direct-injected, 2.3-liter in our Grand Touring test car makes 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. ... Continue reading

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

You can get the base Encore for just under 23-grand without any extras. Our top-of-the-line Premium model shows a starting price of $31,000. With a nice list of options, the bottom line on the sticker shows $35,630. That includes: leather, navigation with real-time traffic, power sunroof, all the driver assistance stuf ... Continue reading

2018 Kia Optima PHEV Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Kia Optima PHEV Review By Steve Purdy

Of course, the big story here is the super-efficient powertrain based on a smallish 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection, good for just 154 horsepower, and a 67-horsepower electric motor (replacing the fly-wheel) fed by a 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery. The systems are remarkably well integrated with a sophis ... Continue reading

Latest Auto News Digest, Week Ending August 4, 2018 Edited By Larry Nutson

Latest Auto News Digest, Week Ending August 4, 2018 Edited By Larry Nutson

Last Weeks Automotive News Headline Stories: July Auto Sales Down; No Old Diesel For Big Rigs; GM Tariff Complaints; FCA Complains Of Mahindra Jeep Look Alike; Another Audi EV; Electric Harley; NACTOY Cars Of The Year; Concurs of America Winners; Automotive Heritage Awards; Collector Car Crime; VW Recall; RAM Recall ... Continue reading

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review By Steve Purdy

SUV Buyers have plenty of great choices in compact crossovers, think Equinox, Escape, CR-V, Rogue, RAV4, Sportage and plenty more. The Tiguan, in this reviewer’s opinion, is fully in the hunt for your consideration, particularly now that is has a bit more length, 7-passenger capability, a great warranty and an update ... Continue reading

An Enthusiastic Thanks! To All That Supported The Automotive Heritage Awards!

An Enthusiastic Thanks! To All That Supported The Automotive Heritage Awards!

😎 Automotive Heritage Awards UPDATE July 31st, Our 2018 Automotive Heritage Awards program reached its apex on Sunday, July 29th. A buzz filled the Brembo media hospitality tent on the Concours d’Elegance of America show field at 10AM, just as they opened the public gate to the Concours. AHA producer, Steve Purdy, ... Continue reading

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review By Steve Purdy

Redesigned for 2018, Crosstrek is loosely based on the Impreza compact sedan but it is quite a different vehicle. It gets a tiny bit bigger than the outgoing model, the result of styling that follows modern trends for small crossovers. It is most certainly not flashy, eschewing excess sculpting, jewelry and aggressive ... Continue reading

AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE AWARDS PRESENTED

AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE AWARDS PRESENTED

List Of Winners HERE Our 2018 Automotive Heritage Awards have been presented during the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in the Brembo media hospitality tent at 10 AM, EST. ... Continue reading

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Review By Steve Purdy

Inside we find much of its charm. We first notice the red stitching and red piping on the dark gray (they call it black) leather seats. At the same time, we see red metal trim around the simple, functional interior that really sets it off as something special. The multifunction screen sticks up from the low dash for go ... Continue reading

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

The new 2018 Kia Niro has much to admire and should be on your shopping list. 2018 KIA NIRO The Newest Little Hybrid Review by Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau Looking for a really small, efficient crossover? Well, here’s a brand new one just out of the box – the 2017 Kia Niro, a hybrid subcompact, fron ... Continue reading

Autonomous Driving May Kill The Automobile Industry And Our Freedom Of Mobility

Autonomous Driving May Kill The Automobile Industry And Our Freedom Of Mobility

The Mercedes of the future will drive not only with zero emissions but also autonomously." This sentiment and intention has been stated unanimously proclaimed - more or less - by all automaker executives and futurists. Personally, I don't believe that autonomous open road driving will ever become commonplace. I think t ... Continue reading

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

Our first slide into the driver’s seat triggered a little thrill when I realized we have the manual transmission. A five-speed manual is the starting point for the Impreza powertrain. A CVT is optional on the lower trim levels and standard on the top. Only one engine powers the Impreza, a tepid, 2.0-liter boxer that ... Continue reading

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review By Steve Purdy +VIDEO

2018 Jaguar E-Pace Review By Steve Purdy +VIDEO

One of the newest in the luxury compact crossover class caught our attention recently – the Jaguar E-Pace. ... Continue reading

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2019 VOLVO XC40 - FIRST DRIVE BY STEVE PURDY

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2019 VOLVO XC40 - FIRST DRIVE BY STEVE PURDY

Our introduction to the XC40 involved a circuit around Austin visiting a variety of craftspeople who helped the Volvo folks flesh out the story of its design philosophy. ... Continue reading

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