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2015 Kia Soul EV+ Electric Vehicle – Review and Test Drive

The Kia Soul EV sneaks up on you, quite literally. Like other electric vehicles, it moves quietly. Indeed, there’s something to be said about the strong but silent type, and that description fits the Kia to a T.
The Soul EV is extremely quiet as it glides by, and there’s a distinct lack of powertrain noise or engine vibration when behind the wheel. With an 81.4kW AC synchronous permanent magnet motor developing …

The Future of Diesel in America: Has Volkswagen Finally Done What GM Couldn’t?

It was 1981 in America, and diesel was in its heyday. Sales of diesel-powered automobiles that year reached 520,788 (out of roughly 6.5 million), and 60% of those came from General Motors. These included the General’s biggest sedans, the Cadillac Fleetwood and Sedan de Ville, the Buick Electra and LeSabre, and the Oldsmobile 98 and 88.
Buyers, shell shocked from the oil crises of the 1970s, were putting up with the …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Test Report

“Hey Siri!”
“Yes, Jonathan?”
“I’m sorry I called you a bitch so many times. Truly sorry.”
“There’s no need for that.”
Over the past week, I actually started to like Siri. Although she still refuses to tell me which planes are overhead – something she was fond of doing back in the day – her manners, while we drove around for a week in a Cadillac CTS, were impeccable.
The Cadillac boulevard cruiser is one …

2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD – Review and Test Drive

Honda, which sold the first mass-produced hybrid automobile in the United States but fell behind thanks to the popularity of the Toyota Prius, has a secret weapon for the hybrid market available at the Acura dealer nearest you.
It’s the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and it combines the best attributes of a luxury sedan, hybrid, and supercar that money can buy. The car is literally a showcase for Honda’s engineers …

As Labor Day Weekend Starts, Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level in 11 Years

As Americans take to the roads this holiday weekend, low gasoline prices are fueling more driving than ever.  Over 8,000 gas stations in 24 states – roughly 5% of the total – have prices below $2 per gallon, a dramatic shift since Labor Day in 2014, where gasoline was simply not available at that price anywhere in the country.
On Friday, as the Labor Day weekend started, the national average for …

2015 BMW i3 – Road Test and Review

Although clearly a Bimmer, the BMW i3 isn’t only different from any BMW that’s come before but it’s also different from almost every car currently on the road. Its appearance is polarizing: “stubby,” “futuristic,” and “tall” were the comments we heard frequently while it was in our short-term fleet for close to two weeks.
George Jetson, your car is ready!
The BMW i3 with optional range extender is built on an aluminum …

2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Review and Road Test

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 …