I have mentioned several times over the years about how the opportunity to drive high-horsepower cars has jaded me. The seat of my pants is now calibrated so that 400 horsepower is the baseline, 500 horsepower is fast, and 600 horsepower is nuts. In other words, my expectations are probably about 150 horsepower higher than they should be. Two hundred fifty horsepower is still plenty of power to move almost any car. Heck, the 1985 Corvette that I borrowed to go to my senior prom had 230 horsepower. With that being said, I think I have discovered that 580 horsepower is just as nuts as 600. Say hello to the Camaro ZL1.
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 →
The hassles of urban life often conflict with car ownership; finding and affording a parking spot, and the ability to make monthly payments are chief among them. Assuming no financial obligation, however, cars best-suited for the city are light, chuckable, and fit in tight parking spaces. Enter the 2013 Chevrolet Spark: General Motors’ answer to the likes of the Smart Fortwo, Scion iQ and Fiat 500. On Tuesday, Autosavant had the chance to put Chevy’s newest minicar through its paces in New York City, its natural environment.
Sometimes, spending some extra time with a car makes you develop a sense of fondness for it. Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes, completely the opposite happens. For instance, when reviewing a Chevy Volt for the second time, the car’s weaknesses (namely EV range and gasoline fuel economy) became much clearer to me once the car’s novelty wore off. Which would be the outcome with my second weekly stint in a Chevrolet Cruze? Continue Reading →
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the best full-sized SUVs. It looks good, it rides well, it offers towing capabilities up to 8,500 lbs., and it can haul up to nine passengers, admittedly at a pinch for a couple of them; or two passengers and a bunch of stuff; or numerous variations on these themes. The first two rows—captain’s chairs in the LT and LTZ, split bench in the base LS—are very comfortable and have as much leg- and head room as most sedans but more wiggle room for shoulders and hips, because the hefty Tahoe is 6 ½ ft. wide. If you fold down the second row of seats and remove the third row (not without some heaving and grunting) the Tahoe boasts almost 109 cu. ft. of cargo space.
Looking over the photos in GM’s media website this afternoon, an infographic caught my eye. (Actually, two infographics caught my eye, but this is the more interesting of the two. I’ll mention the other one at the end). In the particular item I’m focusing my attention on, GM defines the competition for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark minicar. It’s an interesting choice for comparison, and seemingly one out of left field. Read on for the punchline.
Of all the cars to have recently attracted the scorn of the motoring press, the hapless Chevy Aveo was right up there with the Pontiac Aztek, if not quite in the same stratosphere of opprobrium as the peerless Yugo. I rented an Aveo once, and have completely forgotten what the driving experience was like, although I believe it extended over several days and across three or four Midwestern states, sufficient indication in itself of automotive insignificance. Well, the Aveo is history, unless you’re desperate for some really cheap wheels fresh off the used-rental lot, which is where you’re likely to find your average pre-owned model. But I’d skip it, because there’s good news in the affordable-car realm, and its name is Chevrolet Sonic.
By Chris Haak
I love the Corvette. There’s just something awesome about the classic shape, front engine/rear drive layout, V8 power, and an awesome soundtrack that gives me goosebumps when I drive one. The car is getting old, though – not to the point that it is approaching 13 model years like the C4 did, but competitors have offered better interiors, more refinement, and in a few cases, better performance.
By Chris Haak
Is it cool to own a GM car? I believe the answer depends on who you’re asking and which car you’re talking about. For instance, I have close family members who have an anti-Buick bias because of Buick’s image as the chariot of choice for blue-haired old ladies. I love the Corvette, but its reputation is that its target buyer is an older male in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
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