Ask AutoGuide No. 20 – BMW 335i xDrive vs. Audi S5

Ask AutoGuide No. 20 – BMW 335i xDrive vs. Audi S5
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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...

10 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Audi A3

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10 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Audi A3
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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...

Ask AutoGuide No. 19 – Nissan 370Z vs. Ford Mustang GT

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Ask AutoGuide No. 19 – Nissan 370Z vs. Ford Mustang GT
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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...

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Sports Car

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Top 10 Reasons to Get a Sports Car
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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...

Ask AutoGuide No. 9 – Scion FR-S vs. Ford Focus ST vs. Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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Ask AutoGuide No. 9 – Scion FR-S vs. Ford Focus ST vs. Hyundai Veloster Turbo
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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...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Manual

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Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Manual
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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...

Should You Buy a Car With a Manual Transmission?

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Should You Buy a Car With a Manual Transmission?
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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...

2015 Volkswagen GTI Reworked, Gets Slight Power Boost

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2015 Volkswagen GTI Reworked, Gets Slight Power Boost
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Performance hatchback enthusiasts brace for impact! The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is locked, loaded and aimed at America. Continue Reading...

2015 VW Golf Announced with Three Engines

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2015 VW Golf Announced with Three Engines
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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...

BMW M Performance Power Kit Adds 20 HP for $1,100

BMW M Performance Power Kit Adds 20 HP for $1,100
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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...

Ask AutoGuide No. 1 — Rusty’s Request

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Ask AutoGuide No. 1 — Rusty’s Request
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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...

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?
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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...

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Announced: 2012 New York Auto Show Preview

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Announced: 2012 New York Auto Show Preview
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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...

Parents Push Teens To Drive Stick to Avoid Distracted Driving

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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 Cutting Back On Manuals For Europe

Audi Cutting Back On Manuals For Europe
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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...

MINI Keeping Manuals Alive with 34% Take Rate

MINI Keeping Manuals Alive with 34% Take Rate
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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...

Porsche Will Build Manual Sports Cars As Long As There Is Demand

Porsche Will Build Manual Sports Cars As Long As There Is Demand
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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 ‘Manualhood’ Marketing Campaign Aims to Get You Driving Stick

MINI ‘Manualhood’ Marketing Campaign Aims to Get You Driving Stick
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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...

Lamborghini To Discard Manual Transmissions On Future Products

Lamborghini To Discard Manual Transmissions On Future Products
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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...
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