A track shootout pitting the Ford Fiesta ST against the Subaru BRZ was the most popular article on Autoguide this past week.
Both cars offer affordable performance in a compact package, but each goes about it differently. The Fiesta ST is front-wheel drive and uses a turbocharger, while the BRZ is naturally aspirated and send its power to the rear wheels. So which one is faster around our test track? Click the link below to find out.
A redesigned icon makes the second spot this week, the 2014 Mini Cooper S. The 2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop starts at $24,385 including $795 for shipping and handling, and gets power from a 2.0-liter turbo-four that cranks out 189 hp with 207 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota’s smallest truck, the Tacoma, makes the third spot on the list. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 with 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, the Tacoma is need of an update if it hopes to keep up with the new lineup of General Motors midsize pickup trucks.
The latest Civic from Honda, the 2014 Coupe, makes the fourth spot this week. The big news for the Civic this year is the inclusion of a CVT, a transmission that is usually disliked by the enthusiast crowd. But, does it improve the Civic, or does this new transmission leave something to be desired? Read the review to find out.
Finally, the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i review rounds out the list. This is one SUV that still carries the trademark BMW handling characteristics, feeling like a sports car when thrown into a corner. Our tester used a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder making 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
So whether you’re shopping for a new car and looking for advice, you want to keep up to date on the auto industry or you’re just looking for a good read, check out the hotlinks to each of the stories below and see more new car reviews here.