We’ve driven cars with tiny little engines and big turbochargers before, and few satisfy. Even the relatively costly Volkswagen turbo is rather obviously just that — a well-executed four-cylinder turbo, with a slight lag when you first take off, and a definite buildup in power as the turbo spins. The […]
Peterbuilt 387 Class 8 tractor truck with Cummins ISX diesel engine long term road test
Known in most of the world as the Mazda Axela, the compact Mazda has that fine sense of being in touch with the road, without being punished by it; the engine balances acceleration with mileage nicely, and the light feel makes it a joy to drive. Keeping things like banned […]
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was recently refreshed, and it came out better for it. Well-equipped, smooth, and pleasant, we generally liked this compact and inexpensive crossover. The 2.4 liter engine ( 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque) has an aggressive tip-in to make it feel more powerful at launch, which could require […]
The American-made Chevrolet Cruze boasts strong gas mileage, good handling, and just about ever safety and comfort item you can find on cars at twice the price. Buyers now have a single engine, a turbocharged 1.4, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission; you can option up to […]
The eponymous 2016 Mazda3: Fun, flawed compact car.
Courtesy of Skinned Knuckles Bob W., a reader in Woodland Hills, California, wrote that he had called his classic car insurance company and asked if he would be covered if: (1) He took an antique vehicle to a local restaurant for dinner. (2) He drove to a local grocery store for a […]
Meet the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune. It’s a ball of fun even if, on paper, it’s not the best in the bunch.
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