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Posts by: Danny Chang

Learning from the last time it brought the 5-door A3 to the US, Audi is selling the sedan and the cabriolet versions of the new A3 first to American car buyers who have a strange dislike for hatchbacks and wagons.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is undeniably Lincoln’s best effort at making a premium crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The MKC shares much of its innards with the Ford Escape, which is not a bad thing in itself considering the latest version of the Escape is a confident example of a compact SUV.

Grading the New 2015 Ford Mustang GT as a Family Hauler Likes: Sweet, sweet note of a good old American V8 Ample torque and power on tap A nice advancement of the classic design Dislikes: Driving it in the snow Tight backseat space Uninspired MPG I don’t know who was more excited to get the Mustang GT to evaluate,...

Middleburg, Virginia is only an hour’s drive outside of metropolitan Washington, D.C., but it is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s fair capital. Instead of crowded city streets where cabs, buses and bicycles vie for space between tall buildings, there are two-lane country roads meandering their...

If you answered yes to more than three questions and your eyes are tearing up by now, then my dear family man/woman friend, you’re ready to consider a 2014 Toyota Highlander.

Lexus’ response to the dominant BMW 3-Series is now in its third generation. The first-generation IS300 made a pretty great statement with a balance of performance and styling inside and out and established the Japanese on the scene of near luxury RWD compact performance sedans. The IS300 was the first production...

Likes: Good low-end torque and high-end horsepower Responsive turning ratio Quality fit and finish, satisfying door-closing oomph Dislikes: Torque steer Interior space a bit tight Ford Sync touch screen not made for fat fingers With the launch of the third generation of Focus in 2011, Ford reunited the divergent...

Likes Distinct Volvo retro P-1800 styling Responsive low-end torque Fun-to-drive 6-speed manual Black alloy wheels provide a mean sporty look Dislikes High-end power a bit lacking MPG doesn’t meet expectations Limited cargo space Nowadays it seems like every major manufacturer has a compact hatchback offering on...

Ford Orchestrates an American V8 Symphony Likes: Exhaust note sounds like butter. The kind of butter that’s about to kick your a**. The power. Oh, the sweet power. All 444 HP of it. Super smooth-shifting 6-speed manual Dislikes: Less-than-ideal mpg Attracts cops like an umbrella girl attracts teenage boys at a...

Likes: Rugged styling with offroad capabilities to match Fun driving off pavement High driving position affording great visibility Dislikes: Lackluster boxer engine/CVT combo Touch screen entertainment unit is a throwback in time Limited cargo space The compact SUV / Crossover segment has grown very crowded over...

The Baby Bentley Gets Redesigned for 2012 Likes: Refined 5.7L Hemi V8 power: 363 HP + 394 LB-FT of torque Distinct badass styling Understated luxury and performance Dislikes: The SRT8 Hemi is more powerful but gets the same MPG ratings High beltline restricts visibility Rear legroom is less than ideal With...

The Mini Italian Stallion Likes: 170 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm from the turbocharged 4-cylinder Unique styling of the Cinquecento now with badass quotient Low bellowing exhaust note Dislikes: Steering wheel lacks enough adjustability Missing a 6th gear The Fiat 500 Abarth starts at exactly $22,000....

The Refreshed 2013 VW CC is Suitable for Business or Pleasure Likes: Sporty Coupé styling Torquey for a 2-liter engine Smooth 6-speed manual gearbox Dislikes: Long front overhang throws off the stance of the car Low sport car-like height makes it unfriendly to tall people 200 horsepower not exactly blowing it out...

Road Tripping in Style Likes: Commanding view of the road from the high seating position Silky smooth and powerful twin-turbo direct injection 4.6L V8 Advanced safety features that are perfect for long road trips Dislikes: Conservative styling High riding height makes it a pain to get into the cabin Power...

Likes Smile-inducing Go kart handling Decent MPG even with spirited driving Smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission Dislikes Ungraceful roofline Bad visibility The MINI Cooper Coupe is the first sports coupe of the modern MINI line-up. It only seats two people and has a more rakish windshield. It also...