Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We Bought a Mitsubishi Mirage. Here's Why.

We bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Well, we added yet another small car to the Subcompact Culture stable ... er ... carport. We bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. And we'll be selling our 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. Before you have us committed to an asylum, read on.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt LT

2017 Chevrolet Bolt LT - Subcompact Culture

When you think about electric cars, what’s first to come to mind? Range anxiety? A steep price tag? A vehicle not worthy to take on long road trips? What if I tell you that the new Chevy Bolt EV scoffs at those issues? At 238 miles of range and starting at $36,620 ($41,885 fully loaded) the Bolt may make you think twice before giving up the electric vehicle idea. Keep in mind you may also gain up to $7,500 worth of federal tax credit too.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spy Photos of the 2018 Suzuki Jimny

2018 Suzuki Jimny spy photos

The folks over at Motor1.com have posted photos of what appears to be the 2018 Suzuki Jimny. As you can see, it's boxy, tiny, and looks a little like a tiny G-Wagen, Defender, or even maybe Ford's old Bronco concept! Where do we sign up?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

10 Years With a Toyota Yaris

2007 Toyota Yaris - Subcompact Culture

I can hardly believe it, but we have owned our 2007 Toyota Yaris for 10 years now—a whole decade. That's three times longer than I'd ever owned any vehicle. And I've owned a lot of vehicles. So what is it about the Yaris that has allowed it to remain in our stable for so long?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ford Saying Adios to Fiesta


It was a big deal for small car fans when Ford debuted the Fiesta as a 2011 model in North America. Remember the Fiesta Movement? It was not only a huge promotion for a little car (and an amazing case study in social media marketing), but it showed Ford would react to the idea that Americans would buy small cars. Well, it looks like the the latest "movement" will be for the vehicle to exit the North American lineup.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Small Cars of the Gambler 500

Subaru at Gambler 500

Andy and I just attended Oregon’s Gambler 500. With approximately 500 miles of pavement pounding, dirt trail tackling, and rocky road wrestling—this navigational non-race two-day event was just plain crazy and awesome.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DIY Metro-Drop Camp Trailer

Geo Metro Camper Setup

I recently went camping with family and friends at the Oregon coast. Our friends had arrived and set up a little earlier in the day. Once our tent was up and our camp set up, my friend Jeremy and I went out on a supply run. As we set off he said, "There's something you've got to see on the way out." Boy was he right!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Subcompact Showcase: Toyota Yaris Overlander

Off Road Toyota Yaris

Let's face it—the Toyota Yaris isn't known for its ability to be a "soft roader" or overland travel rig. However, I spied this on Facebook and had to learn more.

Monday, May 1, 2017

#BuyMyVitara Is The Best Used Car Ad Ever.


Without a doubt, this is the absolute best for-sale video ever made. Plus, it's for a '96 Suzuki Vitara, so it's even better. The amount of work that went into this must've been staggering.


How the Off Road Community Helped Us Get to Moab

The PDXJ in Nevada

Last month, Mercedes and I headed town to Las Vegas for the Jp Dirt 'N Drive and then onto Moab for Easter Jeep Safari. However, our Jeep Cherokee, The PDXJ, had a few issues. Thankfully we ran into some extremely helpful people who restored our faith in humanity ... and helped fix our Jeep.

More over at Crankshaft Culture ...