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Here Comes Tesla’s Competition

March 28th, 2014

Commuter Cars Tango and George Clooney

When you think of electric cars, the first maker to come to mind is probably Tesla. The company has done an amazing job branding itself as the leader in vehicles powered by electrons. With sexy car designs, lots of media coverage and a personable-yet-eccentric CEO, Tesla has become the gold standard in electric vehicles.

That doesn’t mean Tesla is alone, though.

Other carmakers build and sell vehicles that use alternative fuels, and there’s no way the legacy automakers are going to sit down and watch Tesla silently drive into the sunset with all the cash.

From the big boys to some small guys with big ideas, it seems EVs are here to stay. Keep reading for some interesting competitors Tesla may face.

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Our Favorite Drives of 2014

March 21st, 2014

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Over the past months we’ve been hard at work testing out this year’s new cars. From the East Coast to the West Coast, we’ve searched high and low to find and test some of the best cars that have yet to hit America’s roads. While there are still many more out there for us to test drive, we thought it was time for us to tell you a little more about our favorites (so far).

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The Best Cars You Haven’t Driven

March 21st, 2014

2014-mazda3

We, as humans, tend to fall into ruts. We find something we like, and then we either forget to try anything else or get so wrapped up that we just assume our choice represents the best choice possible. This is true in everything from ice cream to cars.

Personally, I’m a vanilla guy. I go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt, or “fro-yo,” as the kids say these days, and I always get vanilla, because I like it, and I know what to expect. Oddly enough, I’m not like that with cars. I like variety and have driven nearly every make and model out there. I’ve owned models from Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru, Jaguar and Audi.

Because of my vast experience behind the wheel, I can help you find the diamond you might never have considered. In return I’ll just ask for your advice on branching out from vanilla.

Here are the best cars you haven’t driven, but probably should:

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10 Cars We’re Going to Miss Next Year

March 14th, 2014

2014 Ford Mustang

Cars are no different than anything else in this world—even the best will meet their end at some point. It happened with the original Volkswagen Beetle, it will happen soon for the Land Rover Defender, and there are rumors swirling about the future of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

With all the announcements of new models in Geneva last week, we got to thinking about what won’t be around next year. There are a lot of truly great cars that will not see 2015 (along with plenty we wished never made it to 2014). While not all of them will be gone forever (some are simply moving on to their next incarnation with a redesign), others will be saying their final farewells once automakers start shipping 2015 models to dealer lots. For a closer look at what we’re going to miss, keep reading to see the 10 cars we’re not quite ready to see go.

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What to Drive If You Want to Look Rich

March 7th, 2014

1980 Porsche 911

A Kia will never make you look rich. Nor will a Ford Focus.

I don’t care how shiny and sleek it looks on the showroom floor, once it’s out on dirty roads and covered in grime and leftover road salt, you’re going to look like any other guy or gal in a value econobox. There’s nothing wrong with having a cheap Ford or Kia, it’s even a bit admirable, but don’t think for a second that you’ll be perceived as having a lot of money.

For some reason an article at Men’s Magazine included the Kia Soul and the Focus on their list of cars that make you look rich. The list sinks in quality from there.

If you want to look rich, you simply need to be seen in the brands that are perceived as “for the rich.”

Keep reading to find out how to really do it.

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10 Best Convertibles for All Seasons

February 28th, 2014

2008 Land Rover Defender

Every once in a while, Mother Nature likes to throw us a real curveball. This February was a perfect example here in New England. After weeks of getting pounded by heavy snow, the clouds went away, the sun came out, and the temperature shot up. It was a little taste of spring—just enough of a taste to get us thinking about things like convertibles.

In a move any good New Englander should have predicted, Mother Nature ripped that all away after just a few short days, sending the region back into a bitter cold and bringing intense snowfall to some parts. Even with the temperature below 30, we still can’t get our minds off convertibles. If you’re like us, you probably don’t want to wait any longer to put the top down and drive with the wind in your hair. There are likely to be a few days in the near future when that will be possible, but what if Mother Nature changes her mind again, and you find yourself stuck with a convertible in the middle of a snowstorm?

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What to Drive in Sochi

February 14th, 2014
2014 BMW 5 Series

Photo courtesy of BMW in Russia

Last week, the world turned its attention to the resort city of Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast for the 2014 Winter Olympics. While television has showed endless montages of athletes winning gold medals, people enjoying the sights and sounds of Sochi, and breathtaking shots of the seemingly endless Caucasus Mountains, one integral part of Russian life has thus far been left out: cars.

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Our Favorite Super Bowl Car Ads

January 31st, 2014
2011 Volkswagen Passat

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

This Sunday night, Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning will duke it out in New Jersey’s Meadowlands as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos fight for NFL supremacy in Super Bowl XLVIII. While millions will watch to find out who will take home the Lombardi Trophy, even more will tune in to witness what are widely considered to be the year’s best commercials.

Year after year, Budweiser has reigned supreme as the undisputed king of Super Bowl commercials. That being said, car manufacturers are making serious inroads in the Super Bowl advertising game. While we wait to see what car makers will come up with this year (Volkswagen and Audi have already released some pretty hilarious commercials online), we thought we’d take a look back at our favorite car commercials from Super Bowls past.

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Small and Fun, Not Big and Heavy

January 24th, 2014

MAZDA MX-5 Miata

There’s no better time to think about a small, sporty roadster than in the middle of winter.

That must be why a friend asked yesterday what car I’d recommend if he’s looking for a somewhat low-maintenance, small, sporty convertible to add some fun into his otherwise mundane life. Naturally, my thinking went straight to cars like the Porsche 911 before he dropped this little factoid:

He doesn’t want to spend any more than $5,000.

My friend mentioned a Miata, a used version of which could certainly be had within the budget. But come on. What self-respecting man drives a $5,000 Miata for fun? Here are the options he should consider, even if it means plunking down a few extra bucks:

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Our Favorites from Boston

January 18th, 2014

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Thursday was by all accounts an awesome day. The sun was shining, the temperature was above freezing and, oh, the New England International Auto Show started! We were lucky enough to get to check out the annual show (which runs until January 20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center), and boy oh boy did we see some amazing cars. For anyone interested in checking out the show, 35 automakers are showing off their newest creations this year and have loads of manufacturer representatives on hand to answer questions.

While we had a great time checking out 2014′s latest and greatest (and believe us, the show has tons of really great cars to see), there were a few we saw for the very first time that really caught our attention. We’ve covered many of these cars in the past, but never had we actually seen one in the flesh. We’re extremely grateful that changed yesterday, and if you haven’t had a chance to see these cars yet, get down to Boston’s Seaport District and check them out.

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