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MX-5 to Monterey: Ames, IA to Grand Junction, CO

From Farmland to the Mountains

 |  Sep 01 2014, 3:57 PM

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Day two begins with a cars and coffee event hosted by Steve Myers at his fantastic Skunk River Restoration shop in Ames.

To say he has a little bit of everything is an understatement. With 945 miles and over 13 hours to drive today, Tony and I are going to have to pull ourselves away from all of the fantastic machinery on display. If he begins pulling out his race cars, it’ll be game over.

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 |  Aug 31 2014, 12:48 PM

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Day one is going to be our longest single day, spanning 998 miles from Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA.

According to Google maps the drive should take 14 hours and 37 minutes, but I’m hoping to cut that down by a few hours. Accompanying me on the trip is Tony Intrieri, President? of Rally North America.

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MX-5 to Monterey: A 3,000 Mile Journey Begins

Cross-Country in a Roadster

 |  Aug 30 2014, 9:01 AM

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At AutoGuide we love road trips. Any chance there is to drive somewhere instead of walk/fly/boat, we take it.

I may be the guiltiest party here. Aside from my yearly adventures with the charity organization Rally North America, I’ll take any opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive.

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Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Equinox?

Good Value, But Not Problem Free

 |  Aug 28 2014, 3:21 PM

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Vehicle Overview

The first generation Equinox bowed in the 2005 model year. Although the Equinox was similar in size to many mid-size crossover of the same era, Chevrolet officially classified the vehicle as a compact crossover. As a five-seater, it lacked the third row seating option found in many mid-size crossovers and even a few compact ones.

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 |  Aug 25 2014, 9:26 AM


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Sporty cars are not dead. Rumors of their demise are premature. Thrill-packed machinery litters the automotive landscape, available to suit nearly every budget.

When it comes to motoring fun, one of the most intriguing segments is the under $30,000 price bracket, where several enticing choices can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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2015 Volvo V60 Consumer Review

Power and Sophistication Comes at a Price

 |  Aug 14 2014, 9:00 AM

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This year has finally brought the conventional Swedish wagon back to North America.

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Should I Buy a Used Acura TL?

Stylish and Powerful for its Day

 |  Aug 13 2014, 8:02 AM

 

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Vehicle Overview

The 2004 model year saw the introduction of an unofficial third-generation Acura TL. Although this was the first time just the TL moniker was used on an 2004-2008-Acura-TL-08.jpgAcura model, two previous generations of mid-size luxury sedans used the letters TL after a set of numbers designating the engine.

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Should I buy a Used Toyota RAV4?

A Stalwart of the Compact Crossover Segment

 |  Jul 23 2014, 1:05 PM

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Vehicle Overview

Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover entered its third generation on the market for the 2006 model year. Having grown in size, two features previously not found on the RAV4 were added: a V6 engine option and a third row of seating.

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Rally North America 2014 Rally US 50

A Five Day Trip through Americana

 |  Jul 19 2014, 7:02 PM


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Another successful Rally North America (RNA) event has come and gone. The last of the stragglers have finally made their way home and 75 cars are getting a well-deserved rest.
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 |  Jul 09 2014, 7:32 AM

Trouble-Free Commuting

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Vehicle Overview

In 2009 a new Corolla went on sale in North America. Not entirely “new,” the 10th generation Corolla feature carried over mechanics on a newly style body and interior. A staple in the compact car market, Toyota kept to the winning formula of offering a basic car with high reliability and dependable reliability.

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 |  Jul 03 2014, 9:03 AM

The Workhorse Not-So-Minivan

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Vehicle Overview

After a decade on the market, General Motor’s “mid-size” vans received their one and only update for the 1996 model year. The short wheelbase version of the van was dropped this year and styling was modified to better resemble the larger full-size GM vans. Base model Astros/Safaris featured a utilitarian front end complete with sealed beam headlights while higher trim models featured a more modern look with stacked horizontal headlights.

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 |  Jun 27 2014, 12:12 PM


Impressive Compact Hatch with a Few Quirks

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The Focus is an important vehicle for Ford. The compact car category continues to grow and the Focus is a solid seller within the segment. Offered in either sedan or hatchback body styles, the Focus features contemporary styling and a lot of unexpected technology for a compact car.

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 |  Jun 25 2014, 11:32 AM

Long in the Tooth but Still a Bargain

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Vehicle Overview

Although Europe had been enjoying a new generation Focus since 2005, North America made due with the original model that made its debut on our shores in 2000. In 2008 an unofficial second generation Focus was introduced which wasn’t much more than a heavily updated edition of the original Focus.

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 |  Jun 18 2014, 1:02 PM

The Classic Tale of the Saabaru

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Vehicle Overview

In 2005 Saab wanted a compact vehicle to sell in North America against products like the Audi A3 and Volvo V50. At the time GM owned Saab completely and had an influential ownership share in Subaru. To fill the gap in Saab’s lineup, the company began to sell a version of the Subaru Impreza wagon with Saab family styling front and back as well as a more premium interior. Other than that, the vehicle was mechanically similar to the Subaru and features the Impreza’s basic body shell.

Like the Impreza, the Saab 9-2x was offered with the regular 2.5-liter horizontally opposed engine as well as the WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four. In 2006, a few 2.5-liter turbocharged vehicles were produced and to this day are the rarest of the model line.

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 |  Jun 11 2014, 2:02 PM

The Beginning of a Legend

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Vehicle Overview

In 1990 Mazda introduced a back-to-basics sports car. Utilizing the same philosophy as British roadsters did in the 1950s and 1960s; the MX-5 Miata was a lightweight, front engine roadster that offered moderate power, a well-balanced chassis and top down motoring fun.

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Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX?

Street Legal Rally Car

 |  May 21 2014, 12:45 PM

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Vehicle Overview

For 2002, Subaru sent its rally-inspired WRX to North America. Based on the Impreza, the WRX brought in a new era of compact performance cars thanks to its all-wheel drive capability and a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine.

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Cooper CS5 Touring Tire Review

Introducing the Wear Square

 |  May 21 2014, 10:09 AM

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Being a successful, profitable company in today’s challenging global marketplace is not easy.

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Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Camaro?

Return of the Chevy Pony Car

 |  May 14 2014, 2:15 PM

 

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Vehicle Overview

In 2009 Chevrolet resurrected the Camaro nameplate. Using a mix of retro inspired style and futuristic design elements, the reborn Camaro commanded road presence and has become a sales success.

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Should I Buy a Used Dodge Charger?

2006-2010 Dodge Charger Used Car Review

 |  May 07 2014, 1:02 PM

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Return of the American Muscle Sedan

Progeny of the ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler merger, the Dodge Charger came to be in 2005 as a throwback to classic muscle nostalgia in a full-size sedan body. With retro looks, paint schemes and a throwback for a name, the Charger was more than just a pretender thanks to models like the R/T, R/T Daytona and SRT8.

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Should I Buy a Toyota Prius V 2012-2014

2012 - 2014 Toyota Prius Used Car Review

 |  May 03 2014, 8:00 AM

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Vehicle Overview

The Prius V joined the expanding Prius lineup in 2011 as a 2012 model. For the North American market the “V” is basically a wagon version of the regular Prius. In other markets the Prius V is sold as a three-row multi-person vehicle, which means all versions worldwide include second row seating set on adjustable rails. This cargo flexibility combined with 50 percent more interior volume compared to the regular Prius gives the Prius V a sizable utility advantage.

Power for the Prius V comes from the same 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-engine gasoline engine paired to an electric motor as found in the regular Prius. Total system power is rated at 134 hp which is adequate for the 3,274 lbs. hybrid wagon. Since its introduction in 2011, not much has changed for the Prius V other than minor shuffling of the features available in each trim package.

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2014 Minivan Comparison Test

Still the Champions of Practicality

 |  May 01 2014, 2:02 PM

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Minivans may no longer be the default vehicle for growing families, but that doesn’t mean these practical do-it-all boxes should be ignored.

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 |  Apr 29 2014, 10:33 AM

A Deeper Dive into Subaru’s Super Sedan


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The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is the real deal. Ignore the detractors who have yet to drive the new car; it’s not at all a mildly updated carryover.

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2006-2011 Toyota Camry Used Car Review

Best Seller for a Reason

 |  Apr 23 2014, 12:00 PM

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Vehicle Overview

The 2007 model year saw the introduction of the sixth generation Toyota Camry. Styling was a departure from previous Camrys, but Toyota continued to sell this car in large numbers.

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Long-Term Tire Test

The X-Ice Survives the Worst of Winter

 |  Apr 14 2014, 1:32 PM

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When a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires on hand for evaluation, we hoped for a bit of wintery weather.
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