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[ 28 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on WRX grows up without losing youthfulness ]

Subaru’s WRX has been known for it’s all-out raw performance at a somewhat budget price. It’s the kind of car that enthusiasts love because it is so raw.
So what happens when Subaru decides to give it a good ride along with all that performance. Heresy? Not quite. The 2015 (yes already) WRX has gained acceptable road manners while keeping most of its wild child attitude.
The WRX is still wild. There is much horsepower, handling capability …

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[ 18 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on IS350 F-Sport shows Lexus has lots of life ]

A few years ago I thought Lexus had lost its mojo.
It always built cars that were great value in the luxury field as well as those which you could drive the wheels off, buy new tires and drive for another dozen years or so. Yet, the SC 300 was the last true sexy thing the company made.
The IS was a good attempt, but it lacked until you moved up to that fire breathing V8. Then …

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[ 1 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Fiesta ST is fiery, fuel efficient hatchback ]

Ford’s Fiesta  has enjoyed much success during its second run as a vehicle for the company. Small cars with good gas mileage and a willing spirit for the driver are all the rage.
That’s why Ford keeps tinkering with the Fiesta. How do you make a good thing great? How about adding a 197 horsepower engine, hot body work and a race inspired suspension and calling it an ST? Yep, that does the trick.
Yes, the zippy …