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2010 Chevrolet CorvetteHow much better can the Chevrolet Corvette get? The current generation Corvette is so spectacular that improvements have to be incremental. The modern Corvette so long ago surpassed domestic performance cars as well as most foreign competitors that there doesn’t seem like much point in going quicker or faster.

Changes for 2010 are very minor. There is the new Grand Sport model. This model reaches back to a historically significant read more »

 
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2010 Ford Mustang GTI think the Ford Motor Company knows something about longevity. Ford started the whole pony car segment before the segment even had a name. The segment was named after the Mustang. Ford has done very well with many other well-known models and series such as the Model T Ford, the Model A, and the F-150. Besides building excellent vehicles, Ford knows how to inspire customer loyalty.

Other pony cars (e.g. the Challenger and the Camaro) are making strong comebacks, but the Mustang never left. read more »

 
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2010 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT8Chrysler designers nailed the Dodge Challenger styling forty years ago and they were smart enough not to mess it up later. Some companies try too hard to throw a new spin on a classic design, but Dodge was very careful. Dodge did such a great job that the 2010 Challenger can be deceiving. From a distance it looks very much like a 1970 Challenger, but the closer you get the more you realize that this is a larger car. Some retro cars are scaled down, but the Challenger is scaled up. The Challenger shares the same platform as the four-door Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

Walkaround: The new Challenger is surprisingly read more »

 
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2010 Ford Escape HybridThe big $4.00/$5.00@ gallon gas scare seems to have subsided in the wake of tougher economic times, but the push to save resources and “drive green” hasn’t. The fact that people aren’t panicking about gas prices makes now an even better time to purchase a hybrid. When crazy second stickers were in force they wiped out much of the financial savings afforded by hybrids. If you buy one now with a more noble green philosophy you’ll still end up saving the folding type of green. read more »

 
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2010 Acura TSXAcuras are wonderful long distance cars. They’re built so well and so comfortable that the miles just melt away. I’ve always felt that Acura cars were based on outstanding engineering. That super solid basis comes through when covering multi-state distances.

The precision engineering shines on boring freeways and even more on secondary roads. The Acura TSX is a nimble sedan read more »

 

It’s amazing how $4 a gallon gasoline can change the status of different vehicles. As gas prices rose, big SUVs became pariahs and anything with a “Hybrid” emblem became desirable. Hollywood types quickly jumped on the Ed Begley, Jr. bandwagon.

Then gas prices fell, but other negative economic factors kept big SUV sales depressed. Frugality became fashionable, which continues to bolster hybrid prestige. read more »

 

The Kia Amanti is a full-size car at a medium-size price. As such, value is one of the car’s key attributes. The Amanti is pretty proficient in most areas, but nothing really stands out.

We’ve been extremely impressed with the tremendous progress Kia has made since entering the US market. In a very short time span Kia products have gone from bargain basement punch lines, to first class cars that compare favorably to the titans Honda and Toyota. read more »

 

The last car I ever talked my mother into buying was a Rally Red 1970 Dodge Challenger with the gutsy 340 V-8, slap stick TorqueFlite transmission, hood scoops, spoilers, mag wheels and black bucket seats. I hoped the hot Challenger would eventually makes its way into my sweaty hands, but that dream died at a Volvo dealership during the first gas crisis. read more »

 

Small and affordable doesn’t have to mean boring and lethargic. The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a subcompact car that packs a great deal of sportiness and fun into a handsome, very practical package. And it does all this with an outstanding warranty and prices well under $20,000 .

The SX4 comes in two body styles, a 5-door hatchback called the Crossover and a more traditional sedan. We drove the SX4 Crossover with AWD. read more »

 
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