Last fall, Autosavant’s Kevin Gordon and I were both fortunate enough to drive the Scion FR-S. His was equipped with the sweet-shifting six-speed manual, which offers the driver complete control in extracting the goodness out of what is arguably Toyota’s sportiest offering in some time. My fate? Spending a week with the automatic-equipped FR-S. Was it as good? Continue Reading →
About Jeff JablanskyJeff Jablansky was born with his hands planted firmly at 10 and 2. He has written for automotive enthusiast publications in the United States and abroad. His favorite road trip memory involves a Hyundai, a winding desert road and a herd of sheep. He is convinced that there is a car culture that goes beyond taxis in his current city of New York.
The Lexus ES, originally a part of Toyota’s effort to penetrate the luxury market by adding high-end features to a reliable lineup of sedans. As time went on, and Lexus reached into the upper echelons of the luxury market, the ES grew distant from its Camry underpinnings on the surface, but retained a position as a solid competitor to domestic and import brands. For 2013, the ES moves to a platform shared with the larger Avalon, and the lineup also expands to include the ES300h, the first ES hybrid. Is the ES hybrid the car the luxury market was asking for?
Museums that celebrate car culture and the colorful history of the automobile rank high on enthusiasts’ minds when planning a vacation. What could be better than stepping into a time capsule of hobby?
What’s that, you say? There’s a hidden collection? Follow the jump for the explanation. Continue Reading →
Any Manhattanite worth a grain of overpriced, designer salt understands the value of making an understated, classy entry into a crowded room. By that logic, when the opportunity arose to test the Ford Focus Electric — which wears the same sheetmetal as the gasoline-powered Focus hatchback but packs substantial, though invisible whizbangery under its skin — I vowed to remain impartial. Could it make a statement, albeit a quiet one? Continue Reading →
In 2009, Hyundai launched a sedan/coupe duo deemed to be so revolutionary as to be called “Genesis.” They took the establishment by storm by undercutting top competitors on price and value for money while delivering similar, if not better, performance. The Genesis Coupe, in particular, upended the rule that inexpensive, sporty, compact coupes came solely from North America and Japan. Four years later, has it aged well?
If you live in Manhattan and own a car larger than, say, a Lotus Elan, you become the urban equivalent of That Guy with a Pickup Truck Down the Street. Your weekends, once set aside for relaxing with a cup of coffee at a neighborhood cafe, are suddenly filled by new friends’ moving and hauling tasks. And as much as you fight the urge, you suddenly find yourself ready, willing, and able to do favors at a moment’s notice. Could the car-based, 2012 Mazda CX-9 stand up to the task? Continue Reading →
If you’re like Autosavant writers, you’re pretty intrigued by the Scion iQ’s tiny footprint and impressive utilization of space. However, the iQ, like the Smart ForTwo and Chevrolet Spark, struggled to hit the magic 40-mpg mark — despite its size and weight. For 2013, Scion has a solution to appease consumers looking for a microcar with the frugality to match. Continue Reading →
The last time Ford affixed a “SPORT” badge to its Explorer sport-utility vehicle, it was to distinguish the two-door model from the four-door. Some two decades after that vehicle’s launch, for 2013, the range-topping Explorer has been fitted with a hi-po, EcoBoost V-6. Would it be sufficient oomph to allow the Explorer to compete with the current crop of full-size SUVs?
Quick! When you think of Comic Con — “the biggest and most exciting popular culture convention on the East Coast” — which automaker springs immediately to mind? Still thinking? Follow the jump for the answer you might not be expecting. Continue Reading →
This is the Autosavant Weekly News Digest — your last stop for a recap of the week’s top stories in automotive news across the wide world of cars. A true Autosavant knows the value of a good story, well told. Continue Reading →
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