Crossovers and family sedans make up a huge part of the automotive market. These sensible, everyday vehicles are safe, spacious and efficient; in short they’re perfect for families, be them planned or… not. But for all their merits these cars are about as much fun as counting grains of sugar in a five-pound bag. Continue Reading...
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Everyone knows “bigger is better,” especially in America. It’s practically our national slogan; the founding fathers should have included it in the Bill of Rights as the 10.5th Amendment. Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave there may be a compelling case for all things large and in charge,… Continue Reading...
Our regular Ask AutoGuide feature is all about helping distressed shoppers find the perfect vehicle, be it a cavernous crossover, a sensible sedan or something else entirely. Patrons send us a list of what they need and we get to work separating gold nuggets from gravel to generate a list of recommendations. But this week… Continue Reading...
Your grip on the steering wheel tightens. Your eyes fixate on the yellow line. Your brain screams about the trees just beyond the shoulder. Wait for it… wait for it… ok, NOW! You pounce on the clutch as your right foot stabs the accelerator. A wrist-flick completes the downshift. Feather the brake, turn into the… Continue Reading...
Ah to be young again. AutoGuide’s nationally recognized, board-certified Oracles remember their youth vividly… it was terrible. People often say age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, unfortunately they were born wearing elastic-waist jeans and Science Olympiad fanny packs. Gingivitis arrived when they were in middle school. Continue Reading...
It’s unwise to purchase a home without having a qualified expert give it a thorough going over, why should new cars be any different? Top-to-bottom, front-to-back, inside-and-out, the 2014 Subaru Forester is on the receiving end of AutoGuide’s weekly Five-Point Inspection. Continue Reading...
Is the manual transmission dead? Die-hard auto enthusiasts may shout out: “No way” but is anyone listening? If you’re in the market for a new car, a manual transmission might be a good idea, for a few key reasons. Continue Reading...
Performance hatchback enthusiasts brace for impact! The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is locked, loaded and aimed at America. Continue Reading...
Grab your three wood and don your Tam o’Shanter because Volkswagen just revealed the North American version of its 7th generation Golf. This 2015 model is larger and roomier inside than its predecessor but lighter and more fuel efficient at the same time. Continue Reading...
Attention late-model BMW 335i drivers. Are you looking for a skosh more firepower under your Bimmer’s hood? If so the monks in München have answered your prayers and it comes in the form of the M Performance Power kit. Continue Reading...
Welcome to the first installment of “Ask AutoGuide!” a brand-new weekly feature where we help you find the right new car or truck. Think of it as internet community service, our way of giving back to the loyal people who share so much with us. Best of all the advice comes from the heart since… Continue Reading...
As Mercedes sits on the cusp of adding even more AMG models with its 4Matic all-wheel drive system and Audi’s quattro reigns supreme as a reputation booster, it’s hard not to wonder if BMW will capitulate. Continue Reading...
One of the most illustrious names in German sport sedan history, the BMW M3 will transition away from its naturally aspirated engine roots in the upcoming model meant to bow at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, doing so without a manual transmission. Continue Reading...
Toyota’s performance-minded push with cars like the LFA and GT 86 is about to go high-tech, with plans to develop an electric sports car. Continue Reading...
Pricing will increase for the Hyundai Tucson with the 2013 model year, though it will still be cheaper than the competition. Continue Reading...
Back by popular demand, the 2013 BMW M6 will sport an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Continue Reading...
Counterintuitive as it may be to think that demand for manual transmissions may be increasingly in demand among U.S. consumers, sales numbers are showing just that. Continue Reading...
Bringing another crossover vehicle into its family, Subaru announced today that it will debut the 2013 XV Crosstrek at the upcoming New York Auto Show. With a 2.0-liter, 148-hp Boxer engine, though not the same as the company’s hotly anticipated BRZ coupe, and the underpinnings of an Impreza, the XV Crosstrek is set to arrive… Continue Reading...
Just when an earlier study suggested that teenagers today prefer owning smartphones and electronic devices over owning a car, a local study by news channel Sacramento News10 revealed that there is a resurgence of manual transmission automobiles for young drivers. Worried about teen drivers texting and driving, parents have started a trend of purchasing stick… Continue Reading...
Audi drivers across the pond are getting the short end of the stick, or to be more precise: no stick at all. What’s all this stick business, you may ask? The new version of the Audi S4 and S5 will only be available with an automatic transmission in Europe, cue the snickers and sneers from North American… Continue Reading...
Sadly, manual transmissions are a dying breed. For many, the convenience of an automatic far outweighs the many advantages of driving stick, from the lower cost of the car, to improved driving enjoyment and vehicle control, to better fuel economy (although those pesky dual-clutch units are starting to make this argument obsolete). Several months ago… Continue Reading...
As automotive technology and innovation continue at breakneck speed, car enthusiasts and traditionalists have been quite outspoken in their opposition against sequential gearboxes and dual clutch systems, arguing that there’s an irreplaceable purity from rowing your own gears. To the men and women who love to drive, don’t despair. Porsche has been listening. According to… Continue Reading...
MINI has launched a new marketing campaign entitled ‘Manualhood’ which celebrates the manual transmissions found in the hardtop, Clubman, convertible, and Countryman. MINI is hoping to entice even more manual-friendly buyers into showrooms that feature a full line of vehicles offering manual transmissions. The campaign also provides a platform to teach drivers how to operate… Continue Reading...
With Ferrari having done away with manual transmissions already, Lamborghini is the next supercar manufacturer to follow the two-pedal trend, with the Bolognese outfit announcing that the next Gallardo will not be available with a manual gearbox, similar to its Aventador sibling. Car enthusiasts will undoubtedly cry foul at this announcement, but Lamborghini R&D boss… Continue Reading...