Review: Scion tC 6MT, Take Two
Jul21

Review: Scion tC 6MT, Take Two

By Charles Krome

Here’s a fun little factoid about the Scion tC: According to a recent study by a group called Quality Planning—which provides research for the insurance industry—Scion’s sports coupe is the third-most-ticketed car in the U.S., trailing only the Mercedes-Benz SL and the Toyota Camry/Solara. Of course, seeing the tC so high on the list was no surprise to me, because I’d already been driving one for a couple of days by then and knew full well what a blast the car was. Scion had lent me a tC in “Super White” with a six-speed manual and a full tank of gas, and that turned out to be a surprisingly affordable recipe for some serious driving excitement.

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Review: 2011 Toyota Corolla LE
May25

Review: 2011 Toyota Corolla LE

By Roger Boylan

The past two weeks would have been a good time for me to go on a bank-robbing spree. Last week I was test driving a gray Toyota Prius, and this week my tester has been a gray Corolla. Either one would make an ideal invisible getaway car: “’Getaway car?’ said eyewitnesses. ‘What getaway car?’”  Actually, come to think of it, a Prius seems such an unlikely set of wheels for a desperado that even a gray one might catch someone’s eye. But the Corolla would just melt into the landscape.

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Review: 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GTS
May25

Review: 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GTS

By Charles Krome

After years of lackluster sales—highlighted by a puzzling inability to build on the success of one of the most driver-friendly cars in America—Mitsubishi is in the midst of reinventing itself for the U.S. market. The automaker is stopping production of the Galant mid-size sedan, Endeavor mid-size crossover and style-over-substance Eclipse, and focusing on three key nameplates: The Lancer family of compacts (including the Evolution and Sportback), the Outlander crossovers (among them the recently Savant-reviewed Outlander Sport) and the Mitsubishi i, the automaker’s urban-oriented electric vehicle.

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 6MT
May17

Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 6MT

By Chris Haak

A few weeks ago at the New York Auto Show, I remarked to a colleague that I was amused by the proliferation of asterisks in some of the claims that auto manufacturers are making.  Depending on who you’re asking, there are more than a half-dozen answers to the question of “what’s the most fuel-efficient small car?”  To wit:

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First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Aug06

First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

By Brendan Moore

For those of you that gin up PowerPoint decks for a living, you know that most of the people that want those presentation decks also want an executive summary in the front of the deck.

So, in the spirit of corporate thrashing-around, here is the executive summary for the new Chevrolet Cruze: A huge quantum leap up and forward from the Cobalt it replaces; not the best car in its segment (although it’s a very, very good car in its class), but, probably the best-value car in the segment in terms of what kind of car you get for the money. Also, the Cruze is available in one iteration (CruzeEco) that returns 40 mpg in highway driving.

Yes, to continue in business parlance, Chevrolet would be the recommended supplier, and the Cruze would be the product that would score the highest after passing through a set of tough screening criteria.

Whew. All that business stuff is giving me sort of a headache. It’s a good thing I keep a bottle here in my desk at the office, right?

Okay, let’s move on with the review.

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