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2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Review and Road Test

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What may be our final droptop this season arrived in early August: a Ruby Red Metallic 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
The completely redesigned 2015 Mustang bears the traditional Mustang profile, albeit with a lower roofline, wider stance, and tri-bar taillights that evoke the original ’64 model much more closely than prior models.
It’s important to remember that Ford singlehandedly created the pony car class with the introduction of the Mustang in …

2015 Chevrolet Impala – Road Test and Review

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The Chevrolet Impala is not only one of the most successful cars that General Motors has ever built but it has tremendous staying power. While other successful nameplates were discarded by their manufacturers – think Buick LeSabre, Cadillac Sedan de Ville, Chrysler Imperial – the Impala holds the record for the fourth longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production in the world. Only the Chevrolet Suburban (since 1933), the Ford …

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T quattro – Review and Test Drive

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The third droptop to join Frequent Business Traveler’s short-term test fleet was a blue 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet. Having had a Corvette Stingray convertible as well as a BMW 228i convertible at the start of the droptop season, we were eagerly awaiting the Audi ragtop.
Audi completely redid the A3, taking the five-door hatch and reconfiguring it first as a four-door sedan and now as a soft-top two-door convertible (albeit without …

2015 BMW 228i Convertible – Review and Road Test

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June means one thing in my book: droptop season. No sooner had the calendar turned and Memorial Day passed than convertibles and roadsters began their pilgrimage to the Frequent Business Traveler garage. One of the first in line was a Glacier Silver Metallic BMW 228i Convertible (Cabrio in its home market), the ragtop version of the new two-door 2 Series that replaced the two-door 1 Series (BMW now reserves even …

2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible – Review and Road Test

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At Frequent Business Traveler, we know summer is here when we start seeing an invasion of convertibles in the driveway. The first to arrive was the 2015 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible. There it stood, a Z51 in Blade Silver Metallic with an aptly-named Adrenaline Red interior. It was… curvaceous – and hot, the latter both in a figurative and literal sense. So hot it needed to be cooled down, regularly.
Last year, …

6 Tips for Summer Driving

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It’s that time of year again, when the sun shines bright and people across the country embark on vacations with their friends, families, and loved ones. While there may not be any snow to deal with on the road, there are still numerous factors that can make summer driving a challenge. Indeed, U.S. Department of Transportation data shows that summer is the most dangerous driving season, with an average of …

2015 Honda CR-V Touring – First Drive and Review

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When the SUV first arrived in my driveway, I looked at it thinking, “this is a Honda CR-V?” A recent refresh of the vehicle’s exterior gave it a less utilitarian, more modern look and I was soon to find out that the changes weren’t skin deep. It’s still somewhat of an enigma – the front more resembles a wagon while the back screams SUV – but it’s all designed with …