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Piloted Parking: Way Cooler Than Self-Driving

July 16th, 2014

Audi auto parking

In my humble opinion, self-driving cars would kill the auto culture in our country. Why would we want to cede control of our cars to a computer and give up the thrill of manually shifting gears and accelerating from stoplights?

Sure, there would be fewer human-caused accidents, but how many more computer-caused accidents would happen?

I don’t want to live in a world where my car decides which route to take or how quickly I arrive. I want the thrill of getting lost if I make a mistake and the pleasure of finding my own way to a new destination.

I adamantly oppose self-driving cars.

A self-parking car, though, is an entirely different subject.

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The New Breed of Muscle Cars

July 14th, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

Just because it’s available doesn’t mean it’s controllable.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the three big automakers in the United States were engaged in an epic power struggle. Building the car with the most horsepower and the best ability to smoke tires was all part of the car culture back then.

It was a time of cheap gas and power that was fun, but manageable. Heck, even a car like the ’68 Barracuda produced 300 horsepower tops.

Today, the automakers are at it again, only this time their arsenal has gone nuclear.

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Falling for Mazda and a Turbocharged Wankel

July 11th, 2014
Could a new RX-7 look like this?

Could a new RX-7 look like this?

I officially love Mazda.

I’ve slowly developed a crush on the scrappy little automaker and have been thoroughly impressed by the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. I even had a few scintillating hours with an older MazdaSpeed3.

She rocked my world, and I thought she was a one-time thing. But now I think I’ve transitioned into love.

How did this happen?

Maybe I’m just a sucker for rumors and the promise of future greatness. Maybe it’s talk of turbocharging the Wankel. Whatever the source of my newfound love affair, I dare you to read more and not fall in love, too.

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Time to Redefine Off-Road Adventures

July 10th, 2014

Subaru off road

When you think of off-roading, do you think of massive Jeeps, dirty Land Rovers and ’72 Fords?

I sure do.

My mind conjures images of massive boulders and mud-caked fenders. The vehicles I imagine conquering these obstacles are either old and beaten up or gigantic and customized to the gills.

Off-roaders are formidable and strong. They aren’t Subarus.

Right?

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$30,000: Honda or Audi?

July 9th, 2014

2015 Audi A3

Remember the parties Audi decided to throw for the 20-something crowd in an attempt to market the new A3?

To refresh your memory, the shindigs were by invitation and thrown by Audi dealers for hip young folks, the A3′s target buyer.

At the time, we said,

Not much more is known just yet, but the idea is to corral well-off potential buyers, woo them with food, drink and music, then hope the experience translates to new-car purchases.

It’ll probably work, since everyone loves a good party.

Well, it worked.

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Subaru BRZ Won’t Become a Classic… Yet

July 8th, 2014

2013 Subaru BRZ

Sometimes the best things in life don’t last long.

Puppies turn into dogs, fireworks last only about 20 minutes, and our favorite cars typically last only a generation or two.

When a new car comes out and people freak about how great it is, there’s always a chance the automaker will pull the plug and end the love affair early. That was the fear with the Subaru BRZ, which some people thought might exist only to satiate a niche and then disappear forever.

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Honeymoon or Porsche?

July 7th, 2014

2002 Porsche 911

My son just wanted to look. As a young car-obsessed kid interested in a future of car design, he is desperate to own a sports car. The kid has taste, though, and knows the value of a Porsche over a Corvette.

He wants his first car to be a Boxster so he can drive to high school in style.

He wants my new bride and me to own a 911.

Wishful thinking, right?

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Futuristic Cars You Can Buy Today

July 4th, 2014

Nope, not going to happen

Forget flying cars and hoverboards. The future of personal travel won’t look anything like it did in movies like Total Recall, Tron or Back to the Future. 

The way I see it, there are two options for how the future will turn out. It’ll either be a peaceful world full of light and love, or it’ll be a wasteland of post-apocalypse Americana. I’m hoping for the first option, but already there are cars available that will serve us well in both situations.

Keep reading for the cars of the future that you can buy today!

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The Car You Need to Buy Right Now

July 3rd, 2014

1992 Subaru SVX 2_dr_ls_awd_coupe-pic-20483

In the early 1990s, Subaru unleashed a car it would never introduce today. It was expensive and heavy, didn’t come with a manual transmission and performed only reasonably well.

But oh man, was it awesome.

The Subaru SVX was sold during a time when the Nissan 300ZX and Mitsubishi 3000GT jockeyed for position in the entry-level sports coupe market. It was also a time of financial hardship in the United States, which made the SVX a tough sell.

Today, it’s a car you should buy immediately if you can find one.

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1987 Jeep Lineup: Best Ever?

July 2nd, 2014

1987 Jeep Comanche

Remember when Jeep was awesome?

Back in the day, which is when everything cool and amazing happened, Jeep was the king of everything off-road. Even better, Jeep was affordable. If you were in the mood for a sturdy SUV that could go anywhere, Jeep was the only place you had to look.

But then things started to change. Maybe it was because the people at Jeep got lazy or greedy or maybe a combo of both, but Jeep split in two directions: inexpensive low-quality and really expensive luxury.

Can Jeep recover from that, or will another automaker step in to fill its shoes?

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