Mitsubishi Will Bring Back the Eclipse… In Name Only

If you were a teenager in the 1990s, there’s a good chance you wanted to own a Mitsubishi Eclipse. More than likely, it was the Eclipse Spyder that caught your eye and teased you with thoughts of sun-soaked road trips and the admiration of all your friends.

“One day,” you thought, “I’ll own one of those cars.”

Who wouldn’t want that sleek sports car with exotic looks and an affordable price tag?

The Eclipse was one of my teenage dream cars. However, if the 1995 me jumped ahead to 2017 and read about Mitsubishi’s plans for the Eclipse, the old me would be beside himself.

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Chevy Announces Price for Raptor-Like Colorado ZR2

When I first saw the press release announcing a starting price of $40,995 for a new trim of the Chevy Colorado, I thought, “Well here we go, we’ve entered the era where a $40,000 midsize truck is normal.”

Prices for the Toyota Tacoma can eclipse the $40K mark, and the addition of the Colorado just made the number all the more normal.

Except on closer inspection, there’s nothing normal about this $41,000 Colorado. In fact, you should probably go get one. Continue reading >>>

Why GM Might Not Want to Sell You a Malibu

Maybe the people at General Motors aren’t used to selling a lot Malibus.

For as long as I can remember, cars like the Malibu and Impala existed just to provide an option for the very few people who wanted a sedan but simply had to have a Chevy.

GM’s bread-and-butter vehicles have always been its full-size trucks, SUVs, and, more recently, crossovers. The profit margins on those rigs are much higher than on sedans and small cars, so the company doesn’t like to push its smaller vehicles too hard.

Some recent redesigns have turned Chevy’s cars, the Malibu and Cruze specifically, into genuinely competitive vehicles. Much to GM’s dismay, consumers are noticing. Continue reading >>>

America’s Car of Choice: British?

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British cars were once known in the United States as being luxurious but notoriously unreliable. Think about the 1990s era Jaguars, any Land Rover sold before 2008, and the exceptional cost of maintaining Aston Martins.

Sales were limited to people who were willing to deal with electrical gremlins and frequent repair visits in exchange for some prestige and exclusivity.

Today the British brands have turned things around and the American car-buying public has taken notice. Or have they? Continue reading >>>

Nissan Rogue Star Wars Edition Isn’t so Hot

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Do you remember the Chevy Venture Warner Bros. edition?

You’d be forgiven if not. The special edition lasted from 2000-2003 and was produced in limited quantities. It included leather and cloth seats, built-in child restraints, Warner Bros. badging with Bugs Bunny leaning against the logo, and a DVD or VHS entertainment system.

Chevy managed to use the famed studio’s name to sell a few extra vans, but it certainly can’t be classified as a smashing success.

Today’s version of that special Venture is a Star Wars edition of the Nissan Rogue.

But once again, no one seems to want it.

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Faraday Unveils its Future: The FF 91

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Even though its factory is still just a patch of Nevada desert, Faraday Future has finally unveiled its first production vehicle, the flagship FF 91.

So far, the reception isn’t good.

The car is being panned online for a design that is miles short of Tesla’s sexy EV lines and mocked for failing to drive itself offstage when intended after the big reveal.

The FF 91 comes after a disappointing 12 months that has included reports of dysfunction from within the organization, financial problems, and key staff departures. The company still hasn’t announced how much the car will cost, but will happily take a $5,000 refundable deposit from folks who think they might be able to afford one.

Yes, Faraday Future faces some steep hurdles to finding success, but the FF 91 does have some positives going for it.

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Can Sinking Hyundai Right the Ship?

2017 Santa Fe

2017 Santa Fe

An automaker can’t survive without crossovers.

All the major car companies that operate in the United States have a wide assortment of crossovers and SUVs available to consumers. Some, like FCA, are even dropping slow-selling sedans in favor of increased SUV, truck, and crossover production. Others, such as General Motors, offer heavy incentives on sedans but make up for the discounts with profitable SUVs.

Of the 44 automakers doing business in the U.S., only eight don’t offer a crossover, and most of those are supercar makers. (Thanks Autoblog, for doing that research.)

Hyundai has an assortment of crossover SUVs available, but wasn’t prepared for the SUV boom that is currently engulfing the world’s automotive markets.

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2017 Trucks: Getting Better All the Time

2017 Nissan TITAN SV Single Cab

Remember when American pickups had a single bench seat and vinyl upholstery? When trucks were built to cart heavy stuff, in the bed or on a trailer, and didn’t need to do much more than that? The explosion of the crossover category proves shoppers want cars that deliver more practicality than your average sedan, and given the generally larger profit margins in the truck business, we’re not surprised truck makers want their products to offer more capability, too. That’s why truck lineups are growing, boosting capacities, and adding lots of useful cargo-management, safety, and driver-assistance features—not to mention leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheels, and plenty of chrome.

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Let the Bronco Versus Blazer Debate Begin!

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

I think we’re all used to the fact that Ford will bring back the Bronco. We’re excited about it, no doubt, but the information isn’t new anymore. The return of the Ranger will happen at the same time, probably in 2020, and both new trucks will be built right here in the United States of America.

We’re also pretty used to the idea that once Ford announces something especially cool, a General Motors announcement of something equally amazing isn’t far behind. We see it every couple of years with the Mustang/Camaro competition and now it appears we’ll see it with the Bronco/Blazer battle.

Yeah that’s right… looks like the Blazer is on the comeback path, too.

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Hey Off-Roaders, Don’t Jump Your Raptors

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Owning a Porsche doesn’t make you an expert on the track. You can buy the top-end 911, take it the Nurburgring or Laguna Seca, step on the gas, and end up with one very expensive repair bill.

Driving a performance vehicle at its full potential requires a level of skill that the average driver doesn’t possess. It shouldn’t need to be said, but making the purchase doesn’t make you an expert.

The same applies to performance trucks. Drivers are learning the hard way that the advertised off-road sprints and dramatic jumps aren’t for trying at home.

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