Just as our long-term Cruze Eco left, a new long-term car arrived, and this is it: The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, which has just taken over from the Cruze Eco as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid non-diesel car on the market. Now, if you read my original review, you know what I think about the Mirage: It's small, inexpensive, and a bit crude. So why did I choose to use one as our family car for the next few months? My 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test introduction will explain all. -- Aaron Gold
Another Geneva report from Frank Aukofer -- and this time, it's personal...
With his unaccountable affection for old Dodge cars and Chevy Suburban SUVs, my colleague and friend Aaron Gold needs a makeover, and the Geneva International Motor Show is just the place to do it. Read More...
Frank Aukofer, who writes the DriveWays column, just attended the Geneva Auto Show (that lucky bastard!). Here's the first of two reports.
It's an offer that's hard to refuse, here at the Geneva International Motor Show. All over the Toyota display are versions of a cute little city car, the Aygo. Signs tell you, "Go fun yourself." Read More...
It's funny how many of my colleagues were jealous when they found out I was going to spend a week with Ram's new Promaster. We drive so many cars and SUVs, but it's rare we get to try something truly different -- and the Promaster really is different, at least as far as American vans go: A front-wheel-drive box with the carrying capacity of a small barn. What is the Promaster like? It was really cool and very useful -- my 2014 Ram Promaster review will tell you why. -- Aaron Gold
P.S. I have a Promaster video review for another site that should be posted soon -- keep an eye on my Autonerd facebook page for the link.
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A lot of you have commented about what an awesome job I have, and for the most part, you are right -- but it has its un-awesome moments. Like when I had to go to New York to defend against a traffic ticket the same week that Subaru invited me to drive the all-new 2015 STI... at Laguna Seca Raceway, of all places (one of my very favorite tracks in the universe). Having reviewed (and loved) the WRX, I was dying to try the 305 hp STI -- but I was not dying to lose my license at the hands of the Ulster County magistrate. So while I was in New York to plead my case, Jason Fogelson cruised up to Northern California to test drive the STI -- and here's his review. -- Aaron Gold
P.S. I got my $250 failure to keep right ticket reduced to a $25 parking ticket. Small consolation, if you ask me!
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Related: 2015 Subaru WRX review
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I reviewed the Camaro ZL1 when it first came out, and as you may remember, certain parts of my test drive did not go well. (Fortunately, there were no such problems when I drove the convertible version.) So when Chevy added a facelifted ZL1 to the fleet -- all Camaros have been updated for 2014, by the way -- I asked Jason Fogelson to have a go. What did he think of Chevy's 580 horsepower monster? Check out his review. -- Aaron Gold
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I was tempted to compare the all-new 2015 Kia K900 to the then-new 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton. There are parallels: The Phaeton really was an excellent luxury car that could rival Mercedes and BMW, especially with the optional 12-cylinder engine. Likewise, the new K900 is as nice as its competitors from Mercedes and Lexus. The difference is in price: The Phaeton was priced right along side its established rivals, while the difference between the K900 and a comparably-equipped Mercedes S-Class is enough to buy a BMW 3-series.
Of course, the K900's purpose goes well beyond sales: It's there to elevate the brand as a whole. Will the K900 make other Kias look better? Will it usher in a new age of affordable luxury? Check out my review and please share your thoughts in the comments section. -- Aaron Gold
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At the beginning of this month, we said good-bye to our long-term 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. In the beginning, this long-term test was all about fuel economy -- but I really came to enjoy the fact that I was driving an American car, and more specifically, a Chevy. I drove American cars (Chrysler products) when I was young, and I always felt a sense of inferiority compared to my friends' imported cars (and with good reason). Six months with the Cruze -- a design that dates back a few years, mind you -- and I can honestly say that it does the job just as well as its imported competition. And I would know, since I've driven them all.
Our final two updates:
So long, Cruze Eco, and thanks for six great months and 14,243 trouble-free, fuel-efficient miles.
They say that every ending is also a beginning, and "they" are right -- the Cruze Eco left just as our next long-term test car arrived. I'll introduce you to it soon. -- Aaron Gold
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A quick behind-the-scenes update for my regular blog readers: You may not see a lot of new content being posted; this is the time of the year when I work on some of our most popular articles -- updating Best Cars for Teens, expanding Least Expensive Cars (incidentally, I've just done the same to Least Expensive Convertibles), and making tweaks to popular articles like Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips and How a CVT Works. That may not seem terribly exciting, but it's all part of the job. Read More...