Four doors and 415 horsepower. Need I say more? Yes I do, and I'll say it in my 2014 Chevrolet SS review. Enjoy -- I sure did! -- Aaron Gold
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I'm just back from my first drive of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible as well as the Chevrolet SS, which is Chevy's new 415 hp rear-drive full-size sedan. I'll have a review of the SS tomorrow, Internet Gods willing, and a 'Vette write-up to follow; for now, here's my quick take on the new drop-top Vette. Read More...
The all-new 2014 Mazda3 puts me in a bit of an awkward spot: I'm a car fan at heart, and there's a reason people like me (and you) are so fond of this car. On the other hand, there are a few areas where it falls short compared to the competition -- critical areas that are more important than ever as compact cars become the wheels of choice for many American families. I did my best to give the Mazda3 a fair shake -- check out my 2014 Mazda3 review. -- Aaron Gold
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My plan was to post my long-overdue 2014 Mazda3 review today. But then I found out I was going to get just twenty-four hours with this:
This, of course, is the new entry-level Maserati, the 2014 Ghibli. Maserati is trying to grow market share -- they want to increase it by nearly 9x by 2015 -- so the mid-sized Ghibli will be priced to compete with the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 (and, come to think of it, the Hyundai Equus). With just one day to drive, I've got some serious miles to cover, so you'll excuse me if I keep this short and hit the road. (And after my test drive, we hop in the long-term Cruze for a Thanksgiving trip to Arizona.)
So I'd like to hear from you -- what do you expect from a Maserati? What would (and wouldn't) you be willing to give up for a Maserati with a Mercedes price tag? Looking forward to reading your comments. -- Aaron Gold
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The Los Angeles Auto Show is now open to the public -- and it's a very, very good one, with lots of significant reveals and some fantastic concept cars. Highlights include the Jaguar F-Type coupe, the Chevy Colorado pickup, and the Kia K900 -- but the star of the show, in my eyes, is the Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo concept (too bad it's not destined for production). Check out all of the reveals in my 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show photo gallery -- and be sure to tell us about your faves. -- Aaron Gold
Los Angeles Auto Show: Visitor's Guide now, photos coming soon
I'm just back from the two-day press preview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and I have lots of photos to share with you -- I'll be posting those this weekend. Meanwhile, for those in the L.A. area, check out my Visitor's Guide to the Los Angeles Auto Show, which tells you when to go, how to get there, and -- soon -- what to see. (My quick recommendation: Don't miss the Mercedes concept car, it's stunning!) Stay tuned for photos, and you can also check out the gallery from last year's LA show. -- Aaron Gold
Long-term Cruze Eco: October update
This is the update we've been waiting for -- the one where I finally got to put the Cruze Eco's 42 MPG highway claim to the test, with not one but two road trips to Arizona. How did the Cruze Eco acquit itself -- and how is our American-built Chevy holding up after 7,000 miles? All will be told in our long-term Cruze October update. -- Aaron Gold
PS -- I have to apologize for the lack of photos. I took a nice shot of the Cruze basking in the sunshine with a layer of desert dirt, and then forgot to copy the photo to my travelin' laptop. Look for dirty Cruze photos as soon as I get home...
A lot of people have asked me why I didn't include the Pontiac Aztek on my list of Twenty Truly Terrible Cars, and the answer is because I was saving it for my list of the ugliest cars of the last five decades. (As always, you'll need to scroll down below the pictures to see why I think these cars are complete design disasters.)
I'm sure lots of you will suggest cars that should be on the list -- so please do (and who knows, maybe I'll have enough to do a second addition!). A few may disagree with some of my choices, and I welcome you to defend them, so we can all make fun of your bad taste. Kidding! Kidding! (Well, sort of.)
Anyway, make sure your previous meal is fully digested, then check out my picks for the ugliest cars of the last five decades. -- Aaron Gold
The domestic auto show season kicks off in earnest this month with the Los Angeles Auto Show, but I'm just back from one of the smaller shows that wants to be a big player -- the Miami International Auto Show. This was where Maserati chose to make the US debut of the new 2014 Ghibli. And with it comes an interesting prospect: Would you buy an Italian exotic if you could get it for the same price as a Mercedes E-Class?
The new Ghibli (the third Maserati to use the name) is based on a shortened version of the Quattroporte platform. Power comes from a 3-liter V6 built by Ferrari (which, like Ferrari and Alfa-Romeo, is part of the Fiat group). In keeping with Maserati tradition, the engine uses two turbochargers (Biturbo, to use Maserati's preferred term), with output of 326 hp in the base-model rear-drive car and 404 hp in the Ghibli S. The former is priced at $66k (plus options, of course), the latter at $75k, both within striking distance of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-series, and Audi A7.
I've never driven a Maserati in my life -- a condition I hope to remedy in the coming weeks -- so I can't say how the driving experience compares to the Germans; being Italian, I would imagine the Ghibli will be spirited and a bit finicky.
But I can also tell you that I like the car already. It's beautiful to look at, and it's unique -- you won't find many Maseratis among the scores of Bimmers and Benzes at the Beverly Center parking lot.
If it was your $75k, would you take the risk of a firey Italian temper over proven German solidity? Discuss, please. -- Aaron Gold
Photo © Aaron Gold -- Thanks to the Miami International Auto Show, the South Florida Auto Dealers Association, and Southern Automotive Media Association for hosting me at the show.
Jason Fogelson, our Guide to SUVs, once again asked me to put on my SUV-reviewing hat and check out the 2014 Nissan Rogue. This was an interesting one to write -- not because I have some deep obsession with the Nissan Rogue, but because Nissan has made some significant changes... but not necessarily all of the changes I would have like to have seen. The new Rogue has turned from plain-Jane to mega-fancypants, but the driving dynamics still leave a lot to be desired.
Reviews like this sometimes put us critics at odds with our own preferences -- what do we want, versus what does the consumer want? And is it our job to get the consumer to aspire to more? As always, your comments on the matter are always welcome. Check out my 2014 Nissan Rogue review and tell me what you think. -- Aaron Gold
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