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Second impressions: Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost

Thursday April 17, 2014

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoostBefore heading out for the New York Auto Show, I drove a 2014 Ford Fiesta with the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. You'll recall that I had a quick preview drive a few months ago; this time, I got to spend a full week with the car. Read More...

Updated: Visitor's Guide to the New York Auto Show

Tuesday April 15, 2014

2014 NYAIS logoThe New York International Auto Show is upon us! This is significant, as it marks the end of the major auto show season (and by major, I mean the shows where new vehicles are unveiled). After this, we get on to testing the upcoming 2015 models en masse. New York is my home town, so I never miss this show; as you read this, I'll be winging my way East. If you're considering a visit, my Visitor's Guide to the New York Auto Show will tell you when to go and how to get there; the press preview is Wednesday and Thursday, so I'll add "what to see" on Friday -- with a full photo gallery, of course. Meanwhile, check out the vehicles that made their debut at last year's New York show. -- Aaron Gold

Long-term Mirage: Our first month

Monday April 14, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi MirageAs always, I'm running behind on my long-term car updates. So today I bring you the February update, with the March update to follow later this week. I've been going back and forth about posting this first-one as is; it started as an update, but turned into an essay on the joys of living with a car that a lot of people seem to despise. Check out the update and tell me what you think in the Comments section. -- Aaron Gold

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Poll: What constitutes great MPG?

Friday April 11, 2014

This week, I'm driving a Ford Fiesta with the 1.0 EcoBoost engine. I mentioned to one of my friends on the Ford PR team that I was averaging about 35 MPG, not quite up to the 40 MPG or so we're averaging in our long-term Mitsubishi Mirage. (In the Fiesta's defense, I haven't yet done many highway miles.) My friend, who works in the truck division, pointed out the irony in being disappointed by 35 MPG.

This reminded me that fuel economy really is relative. I wouldn't be happy with 38 MPG in the Mirage, but Jason, who runs our SUVs site, would be thrilled to see 20 MPG in his ancient 4Runner. Hence today's poll: Considering what and how you drive, what, to you, constitutes good fuel economy?

Test drive: 2015 Honda Fit

Wednesday April 9, 2014

2015 Honda Fit

Take me straight to the review!

Ah, the Honda Fit -- one of my all-time favorite cars, because it's just so darn useful. The Fit has always been about Honda doing what they do best, which is packing as much interior space into the smallest possible exterior package. But times are changing, and people expect more than just utility and economy from small cars. So where does the new Fit fit in? Find out in my 2015 Honda Fit review. -- Aaron Gold

Related: 2015 Honda Fit photo tour

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Coming soon: 2015 Honda Fit review

Wednesday April 9, 2014

2009 Honda FitHonda has an all-new Fit coming for 2015. I've driven it, I've reviewed it, and I'll be posting it a little later on today. Funny thing is, I just reviewed a Honda Fit (well, okay, maybe it was last year) and I had a hard time believing it was ready to be replaced -- the old car was just right.

So, anyway, stay tuned for my 2015 Honda Fit review -- and if you're feeling nostalgic for Honda Fits of the past, check out these reviews:

UPDATE: Here's the 2015 Honda Fit review!

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Test drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Monday April 7, 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis

Take me straight to the review!

Back in 2009, Hyundai foisted the first-generation Genesis on a nation of unbelievers -- as in, those who never believed Hyundai could build a credible rear-drive luxury car. Now the second-generation Genesis is here (Perhaps they should have called it Exodus? *rimshot*) and the mission is much the same: Germanic levels of luxury and driver appeal with a South Korean price. Has Hyundai succeeded, or is this a failure of Biblical proportions? Check out my review of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. -- Aaron Gold

Photo © Aaron Gold

Test drive: 2015 GMC Yukon

Wednesday April 2, 2014

2015 GMC Yukon XLTake me straight to the review!

General Motors introduced the Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and Yukon XL in one massive event. Jason, our Guide to SUVs, couldn't possibly cover them all, so he enlisted my help. I wanted to cover the GMCs -- after all, I own one, so that makes me an expert, right? Maybe not, but regardless, here is my review of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. -- Aaron Gold

Photo © General Motors

Chrysler to purchase Fiat in reverse buyout

Tuesday April 1, 2014

New Chrysler Fiat Automobile logoAfter an unexpectedly profitable first quarter, Chrysler today announced that it would acquire its parent company, Italian automaker Fiat, in a reverse buyout.

"Chrysler has thrived under Fiat ownership," said Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau. "Thanks to the investment Fiat has made in our processes and our people, we've been able to turn our product line into world-class vehicles in a very short amount of time. We want to invest the resulting profits wisely, and what better investment than an automaker like Fiat, with a proven track record of turning around companies like Chrysler?"

Just as recent Chrysler products such as the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 have been based on Fiat platforms, Deneau says future Fiat Group vehicles will be based on Chrysler platforms.

"We have great plans for Fiat's world-class lineup of cars. For example, the Fiat Panda, one of the most successful minicars in the world, will move to a shortened version of the rear-drive platform we use for the Chrysler 300. We're already working on an Alfa-Romeo Giulietta hatchback that will have 95% parts commonality with the Dodge Durango. And the upcoming Ferrari Florida GTZ will be based on the Ram 1500 pickup truck."

Deneau says the company, currently called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will be renamed Chrysler Fiat Automobiles, and that the transaction should be completed by April 1st, 2015. -- Aaron Gold

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Test drive: 2014 Nissan Versa S

Friday March 28, 2014

2014 Nissan Versa S

Take me straight to the review!

As I've mentioned several times in the past, cheap cars are big business here at About.com -- my list of the least-expensive new cars remains one of my most popular articles. Heading that list is the Nissan Versa S, priced at $12,800. When I reviewed the Versa at its introduction in 2012, I spent most of my time in nicer SV and SL models, with only a bit of time to crawl over the mechanically-similar S. This time 'round, the good folks at Nissan located a Versa S for me to drive -- a bare-bones, option-free, no-frills Versa with a $12,800 sticker price. So what's it like to live with America's least-expensive car? Better than you might think -- and good enough to perhaps make us re-think our car-buying priorities. Check out my review.

As always, I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Buying a new car on a used-car budget means giving up amenities, but gaining peace-of-mind. What's your thought on the trade-off? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. -- Aaron Gold

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