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 |  Jul 26 2013, 10:03 AM

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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 things are a little different. James forwarded us a message asking for guidance choosing between two different vehicles. Making things easy for us he’s done all the hard work, now all we have to do is share our opinion.

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Retro Ride: 1993 Mazda RX-7 Review

Is this car still legendary, or just past its prime?

 |  Jun 18 2013, 1:22 PM

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The 1990s was a great time for Japanese sports cars. Pretty much every manufacturer was building a world class performance machine including Mazda, with the third generation RX-7. But that was twenty years ago and what may have been great then, might not be any good today. So, we have gotten our hands on a pristine, low mileage 1993 Mazda RX-7 to see if it was all hype, or the real deal.

The 1990s is a decade known for things like flannel shirts, grunge music, Barney the purple dinosaur and Napster. But for those who live and breathe high octane fuel, the ‘90s was also a great time for performance vehicles. With the world economy in fine shape, manufacturers everywhere were producing some impressive machinery. This is the decade that gave birth to the Dodge Viper, McLaren F1 and Lamborghini Diablo.
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Commute, Toy or Destroy – Honda S2000 vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Scion FR-S

Battle of the well balanced rear-wheel drivers

 |  Jun 01 2013, 6:33 PM

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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.
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 |  May 03 2013, 2:31 PM

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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.

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 |  Apr 19 2013, 12:51 PM

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Fuel economy… who needs it? Luggage capacity, rear-seat legroom, creature comforts, they’re more overrated than all the bacon memes on Facebook put together and raised to the power of Justin Bieber. That’s one hell of a confusing math problem, but it’s true. Needless add-ons and frou-frou features waste more time and energy than a month-long filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Anyone up for reading the phonebook?

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 |  Mar 08 2013, 8:10 PM

Earlier reports that the 2015 Ford Mustang will get a turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost exclusively for the European market have turned out to be false. That turbo 4-banger is headed to America too.

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 |  Mar 07 2013, 9:31 AM

It’s no secret; the next-generation Ford Mustang is going global. The iconic American ponycar has finally applied for a passport, but in order to get visas for some countries it needs to make a few changes, namely what’s under its long, bulging hood.

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 |  Mar 06 2013, 12:44 PM

The Camaro is Chevrolet’s red, white and blue ponycar. It’s as American as gun ownership and obesity and it’s just been confirmed that a refreshed version of this rear-wheel-drive performance machine will debut at the New York International Auto Show in just a couple weeks.

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 |  Mar 01 2013, 12:15 PM

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 it’s not court-ordered and we don’t have to check in with a parole officer.

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 |  Feb 27 2013, 3:32 PM

Top 10 Affordable Rear-Wheel-Drive Cars


Lawmakers in Washington D.C. and California are armed with a legislative battleaxe and they’re bringing it to bear against the automotive industry. Fuel-economy regulations are hitting like a war hammer, disrupting the market and crushing carmakers. In a mad dash to meet upcoming CAFE standards manufacturers are dramatically shifting their product offerings. Downsized vehicles, hybrid drivetrains and diesel engines are some of the tools in their defensive arsenals.

SEE ALSO: Why Front-Wheel-Drive Cars Are More Efficient

One unfortunate victim of this efficiency stampede is rear-wheel drive. Slowly but surely over the last 30 years automakers have made the switch to front-drive, a layout that’s more economical in a number of ways. But not everyone is content driving a Nissan Sentra, or getting by in a minivan. For enthusiasts that care about performance rear-wheel drive is king, but it’s a monarch that’s under siege. Keeping the dream alive, here’s a list of the Top 10 (reasonably) affordable RWD cars on the market today. Act fast before they’re gone in a puff of tire smoke.

 |  Feb 20 2013, 9:01 AM

Front-wheel drive dominates today’s automotive landscape, powering everything from subcompact hatchbacks to full-size SUVs. However, it wasn’t always this way. Back in the day rear-wheel drive was king, but over the last 30-odd years carmakers have made a dramatic shift from back to front. Why the flip-flop? No, they weren’t impersonating John Kerry; in reality, they didn’t have a choice.

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 |  Feb 08 2013, 10:01 AM

Kia showed off the shocking Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show yesterday, previewing a potential luxury crossover from the Korean automaker.

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 |  Feb 07 2013, 11:10 AM

With the reveal of a third new vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show today, Kia is firmly planting its flag in the Midwestern city. The 2013 Cross GT concept is a look into the future at a possible rear-wheel drive luxury crossover.

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 |  Jan 17 2013, 5:32 PM

GM might be toying with the idea of building a car to compete with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sports cars.

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 |  Jan 17 2013, 1:51 PM

Debuting its new naming structure, Infiniti just unveiled its Q50 sport sedan during the 2013 Detroit Auto Show this week. 

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 |  Jan 14 2013, 8:45 AM

Dropping the cloth from what’s the first to fall under the brand’s new naming structure, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 kicked off the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with a little help from Cirque Du Soleil.

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 |  Aug 21 2012, 1:01 PM

Kia is planning to launch a four-door coupe based on the GT concept (seen above) from last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show with crosshairs set on the Mercedes CLS.

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 |  Jun 21 2012, 3:45 PM

Scion recently released a video explaining one of the key components to its new FR-S rear-drive sport coupe: the torsen limited-slip differential. 

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 |  Jun 08 2012, 12:53 PM

Despite being co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, both brands with solid reputations for reliability, the Scion FR-S might be running into problems a week after its official release.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 1:43 PM

This is it: the wildly-anticipated Scion FR-S is arriving at dealers nationwide today, at least in theory. There won’t be any of them actually sitting on the lot waiting for a buyer.

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 |  May 21 2012, 3:45 PM

Tucked away behind the list of new cars in Cadillac’s lineup like the upcoming XTS seen above, the Omega platform that could underpin a new rear-wheel drive flagship for the American luxury marque seems to be gathering steam.

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 |  May 09 2012, 11:01 AM

Buick is the latest brand to leave a breadcrumb trail for its future products by filing for a tradermark on May 3 to cover its Riviera moniker. While that doesn’t prove anything on its own, the company isn’t known for flippantly filing for trademarks on the off chance they might one day come true.

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 7:32 AM

While Subaru is targeting 5,000 units for its new BRZ sports car, Scion believes its version of the joint Toyota-Subaru project will more than double that forecast.

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 |  Feb 03 2012, 11:32 AM

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Toyota GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada is turning to the virtual world in hopes of making cars fun for the younger generation.

It might come as a surprise to our readers, but there are actually people out there who couldn’t care less about cars or driving them. In fact, the man behind one of the cars we’re most excited about, the Toyota GT 86, or Scion FR-S as it will be called here, has two sons who fit that description.

Tada’s plan is to allow people driving the FR-S to sync up driving data via the controller area network bus in their car with their home gaming console or computer. We’re not exactly sure how it will work yet, but that data will translate into people being able to “drive in the real world against a virtual F1 driver. They can have fun with the data,” he said.

“Manufacturers like to blame young people for having no interest in cars. Maybe we should blame ourselves,” he said. “Manufacturers provided boring cars and focused on older people, because this is where the money is. We have abandoned young people.”

We’re not sure what he’s worried about, considering the FR-S is going to be a budget-conscious rear-wheel drive sports car, but it will be hard to argue with anything that lets us take our rides to task both in and out of the real world.

GALLERY: 2013 Scion FR-S

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[Source: The Truth About Cars]