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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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 |  May 20 2014, 11:02 AM

The Yaris is sold as a Hybrid, just not here.


Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The Toyota Yaris is generally a pretty lamentable little car. This sub-compact hatchback is about as stylish as the grease-disposal bin behind your local truck stop.

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 |  Apr 16 2014, 12:10 PM

2015 Ford Focus

In a push to retain strong global sales momentum Ford has restyled its popular Focus compact car for the 2015 model year. It’s on display for all to see at the New York International Auto Show.

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 |  Apr 16 2014, 12:11 AM

Audi A3 TDI Sportback

When it comes to cars, pretty much all automotive journalists lust after diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagons with manual transmissions. Believe it or not, Audi is happy to answer the call… sort of.

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 |  Apr 09 2014, 11:59 AM

2016 Mazda2 Spy Photo

A redesigned version of the spunky little Mazda2 was spotted frolicking in Europe. The car was dressed in a festive zebra pattern, but not because Easter is nearly here; it’s so we can’t get a good look. Still some information about this 2016 model can be gleaned.

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 |  Mar 05 2014, 5:45 AM

MINI Clubman Concept Front

MINI revealed an intriguing design study at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Clubman Concept hints at a future “higher class” automobile from the famous British brand.

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 |  Mar 04 2014, 1:11 PM

MINI Clubman Concept

Every vehicle seems to get bigger with each generation; it’s really news if something is lighter or more compact than its predecessor. Of course not even is MINI immune to this diabetic swelling; you could say it’s because they’re so sweet to drive. The company’s latest Hardtop is a good bit larger than its forebear. But the vehicle I’m standing next to takes the cake, and eats it all in one sitting.

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 |  Mar 04 2014, 5:20 AM

Mazda Hazumi Concept

Small cars are BIG, especially in places like Europe where space is at a premium. Foreshadowing an upcoming next-generation subcompact model the folks at Mazda revealed their Hazumi Concept here in Geneva.

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 |  Mar 04 2014, 2:05 AM

Volvo Concept Estate

This beautiful vehicle is the Volvo Concept Estate and it just made its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It may simply be a design study but what exactly is it? Is it a station wagon, a hatchback or a shooting brake? Volvo calls it a three-door sports wagon but we call it beautiful.

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 |  Feb 12 2014, 10:03 AM

Audi S1 Sportback

The latest and smallest Audi S model was officially revealed today, set to compete against the Mercedes A45 AMG.

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 |  Feb 11 2014, 3:32 PM

Two turbos, six cylinders to power four wheels


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Reese’s Puffs might be the single greatest invention since beer, the automobile or YouTube.

They successfully marry candy and breakfast in a symphony of synthesized taste that makes ordinary corn-based cereal irrelevant. This stuff gives a new meaning to “most important meal of the day.”

Putting General Mills’ chocolate salty balls aside for a moment, Porsche is another company that managed to mash the essence of being awesome and useful into one product. They call it the Panamera and you should probably take out a second mortgage to own one.

OK, that’s a bit extreme, but if you’re in the market for a luxury sedan names like BMW and Mercedes carry a lot of cache, but not this much. Yes, it may have four doors, but this Porsche is also at home at a race track.

 |  Feb 04 2014, 9:45 AM

Grab a piñata we're having a Fiesta!


2014 Ford Fiesta SE Five Door Main ArtSmaller is better. Obviously this isn’t true in every situation but for many drivers a compact or sub-compact car will meet their needs just as nicely as a midsize sedan or even some crossovers. After decades of neglect, automakers have finally started to share some of their excellent B-Segment offerings with American motorists. If you’ve been thinking about downsizing there really hasn’t been a better time to do it.

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 |  Jan 14 2014, 7:45 AM

Volvo-Concept-XC-Coupe-First-Look-Main-ArtVolvo showcased a new two-door design study at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today and it’s called the Concept XC Coupe.

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 7:57 PM

2015-Nissan-Micra

Nissan is bringing back a nameplate once known in North America for cheap, affordable motoring.

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 |  Jan 08 2014, 9:00 AM

2015-Volkswagen-Golf-R

With 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R will make its North American debut in Detroit.

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 9:43 AM

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The penultimate AutoGuide.com Car of the Year Award finalist hails once again from Mazda. Yes this is the second car to be nominated from the SkyActiv company.

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 |  Oct 16 2013, 11:02 AM

One Fast Limo


2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
The Panamera has undergone a lot of changes for 2014; enough for Porsche to claim this is the second generation of the four-door model.  The big news this year is that for the first time ever, the Panamera will be available in two body styles: regular and long-wheelbase “Executive.”
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 |  Sep 24 2013, 10:02 AM

A Cheap Box, and Not Much Else


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When the Scion xB was first introduced in 2003, it was a funky looking little square box aimed at youths involved in the tuner car scene. However, like many vehicles of this era targeted at younger buyers, it never really caught on. Blame the lack of power, blame the quirky looks, blame an unknown brand, but the xB look was destined to disappear into the automotive hall of shame with Edsel, the Aztek and the Vehicross.

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 |  Aug 27 2013, 7:36 AM

Infiniti Q30 Concept

In a mix of contemporary design and everyday practicality, Infiniti just released the first image of its Q30 concept bound for the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10.

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 |  Jul 30 2013, 12:32 PM

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It’s human nature to want what you can’t have. American car enthusiasts stare longingly across the Atlantic at all the cool and unusual products their European counterparts have access to.

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 |  Jul 23 2013, 10:47 AM

The New Face of Zoom-Zoom


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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.

 |  Jul 19 2013, 1:50 PM

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Another week, another opportunity to assist a struggling motorist; that’s what Ask AutoGuide is all about. Just like populist presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan we’re here for the people. Specifically, folks like Zach, who e-mailed us asking for help picking out a compact car.

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 |  Jun 28 2013, 6:15 PM

2007-honda-fit-recall

More than 685,000 Honda Fit sub-compact hatchbacks are being recalled globally because of a fire risk, the company announced today.

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 |  Jun 28 2013, 12:01 PM

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After years on the market, today’s Mazda3 is still one of the best C-Segment cars available, but it’s something of a controversial vehicle. It may be great to drive, exceedingly functional and built to last, but a lot of people take issue with its grille. The car’s front end looks like the face of a mouth-breathing mudpuppy. To the relief of many that gaping maw is a thing of the past with Mazda’s brand-new 2014 model.

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