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A Cross-Continent Learning Experience
From the Rockies to the Ocean
Day three looks the longest, with a total of 1,121 miles to drive over an estimated 16 hour and 21 minute period.
Luckily, there will be an overnight pit stop in Sacramento to drop Tony off at the airport before I begin the final three hour drive to Monterey.
From Farmland to the Mountains
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.
East Coast to the Mid-West
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.
Cross-Country in a Roadster
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.
Jaguar will showcase three high-performance limited production vehicles during the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
You Want Odd? We Got Your Odd Right Here
The Barrett-Jackson auction has been selling more than just cars and trucks for awhile now. In the past, virtually everything with an engine or a motor has found its way across the auction block.
For 2014 things are much the same. Obscure items we had no idea still existed will be sold later this month as well as insane mechanical Frankenstein-style creations. How strange are these auctions items? Here’s a hint; the Captain America Chevrolet Camaro pictured above is going up for auction in Scottsdale this year, but didn’t crack our top ten list. Click on to see what did.
Google announced a partnership today with four automakers and chipmaker Nvidia.
The IIHS just released its list of vehicles that earned its “Top Safety Pick +” and “Top Safety Pick” designations for the 2014 model year, marking a drastic reduction in the number of vehicles that qualify.
It’s been a big year for crossovers and SUVs
Last year AutoGuide crowned the Scion FR-S with our inaugural Car of the Year award. In the coming weeks we will be announcing our 2014 Car of the Year winner, but in the meantime it is time to introduce a new award; the AutoGuide.com Utility Vehicle of the Year.
A wholly capable and fun crossover
Time flies. It seems like just yesterday we picked up our long-term Mazda CX-5 with a little over 600 miles on the odometer. But it is now nearly half a year later, our three-month evaluation period turned into four months during which time we drove nearly 8,000 miles behind the wheel of the CX-5.
The New Face of Zoom-Zoom
Zoom-Zoom, it’s what sets Mazda apart from other car companies. The small Japanese manufacturer focuses on driving dynamics far more than other mass-market automakers. The result of that relentless toil is a lineup of cars and crossovers that are more entertaining than their competition. Paraphrasing one of the company’s TV commercials, if it’s not worth driving it’s not worth building.
One of Mazda’s most important products is the compact Mazda3. Available as either a hatchback or sedan it’s the cornerstone of the brand’s global sales. It’s never an easy task updating a successful product; drastic changes can attract new buyers but they also risk alienating existing customers. Fortunately for everyone the company has made common-sense updates to the 2014 model that should actually please everyone. Here are 10 things you absolutely must know about the new Mazda3.
Like a Broadway premiere the 2014 Mazda3 will take a bow in New York City today. Mazda’s best-selling compact car has received a bumper-to-bumper redesign along with some significant improvements. The company’s latest C-Segment offering brings a healthy dose of style, performance and technology to an extremely competitive slice of the market.
What has and hasn't changed
In case you hadn’t heard, the Toyota Corolla is receiving a complete overhaul for 2014.
The same design we have seen more or less since 2003 is finally being put to rest. This overly conservative approach to the Corolla has been a great sales success for Toyota. Last year it, along with the Matrix, sold 290,947 units. That was good enough to claim the title as America’s 8th best-selling vehicle; up one spot from 2011.
So the refresh this year is a big deal for the folks at Toyota. Although they do want to attract new customers to the Corolla, the manufacturer needs to be careful to not alienate existing customers either. Here are the top ten most important features of the new Corolla.
Mazda’s compact crossover begins a three month test
After impressing us during a comparison test earlier in the year, we get our hands on a 2014 Mazda CX-5 for an extended test drive. Over the next three months we will put this vehicle through a barrage of tests and situations to see how well it stacks up during everyday life.
The AutoGuide family is constantly growing and we would like to welcome our newest family member. No, we haven’t hired another caroholic into our ranks. This new addition is a little more mechanical, it is the 2014 Mazda CX-5.
For the past few decades, the Corolla has been as exciting as watching grass grow in real time. But this hasn’t hampered sales one bit. Most new car buyers don’t care about exciting style or an engaging drive. They just want an efficient vehicle that is as reliable as beer kegs being found at a frat party.