Friday, February 24, 2017
Ford has debuted its next-generation Fiesta ST, or as it's affectionately known, the FiST. The new FiST will come with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine—down one piston from the last iteration. However, power is reported to be 200 PS, which translates to 197 hp, the same as it is now. Torque is going up to 290 Nm (214 lbs/ft) from 202 lbs/ft. Ford is anticipating a 0-62 time of 6.7 seconds.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Word is out that the upcoming Yaris hot hatch will actually be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter engine and will make 210 horsepower vs the previously reported turbocharged 1.6-liter mill.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Who buys an FWD crossover? People who don't need AWD, that's who. And this 240 hp Kia Sportage SX is surprisingly fun, luxurious, and fast. It's quite good and quite entertaining. Read more over at Crankshaft Culture.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
While we get to drive a host of new cars, many aren't necessarily the spec, we'd personally buy. Sometimes we want a lower trim level, a different engine, and always the manual transmission option. So every now and then my curiosity takes me to a dealership to seek out some of these vehicles. Yesterday was one of those days.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
So what exactly are we looking at? This is a Traka conversion, which is based off of a Land Rover. Its 4WD. It has a Rover V8. It's got to be a hoot an a half.
This one belongs to Mule Expedition Outfitters in Issaquah, WA. It's pretty freaking amazing. You can read all about it at Crankshaft Culture. Do it.
Friday, February 3, 2017
The first month's sales of subcompact cars is done and gone, and we have the results here.
Surprisingly, the sales were pretty good overall. The Toyota Yaris is at the top of the year vs. year heap selling quite a few more than last year. It is joined by the MINI Countryman, MINI Cooper Clubman, and BMW i3 for triple-digit increases. Granted, the total amount sold of the four is just less than the Ford Fiesta's overall sales. That being said, impressive improvement over January, 2016.
At the bottom of the list, unsurprisingly, is the Fiat 500L, down 70% from January 2016. And yes, Fiat moved just 106 units—about three units per day nationwide. Not so good. Joining the 500L at the bottom are the four- and two-door MINI Coopers, which are not off to a good start for the year. Together, the bottom three sold just over the total amount of Fiat 500 models moved in January. Interesting.
The biggest seller of January was the Jeep Renegade, which simply crushed it selling 9,365 units—even more than the perennially hot-selling Nissan Versa or Kia Soul. Well done, FCA. Well done.
In other news, we've dropped the Honda CR-Z from the list, since it's not being sold as a 2017. We have added the Chevrolet bolt which moved a healthy 1,162 electrified units.
|Make/Model||%2016 vs 2017||YTD|
|Toyota Yaris Liftback||142.7||1330|
|MINI Cooper /S Clubman||112.3||588|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata||65.9||929|
|Toyota Yaris iA||6.0||1951|
|Toyota Prius c||-35.2||1143|
|MINI Cooper /S Hardtop 2 Dr||-46.1||656|
|MINI Cooper /S Hardtop 4 Dr||-61.6||473|
|MINI Cooper /S Convertible||na||270|
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
We've driven the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact crossover a number of time including in 2011 and in 2013. Back then, they had the anemic 2.0-liter engine. The recently restyled 2017 we tested had the more powerful 2.4-liter mill. Oh, we also ended up putting AWD CUV to the test in a 40-year snow storm in Portland. However, that's not the whole story.
Read the full review over at Crankshaft Culture.
Friday, January 27, 2017
|2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV|
It's that time of year again in Portland, when many of the latest makes and models head to the Oregon Convention Center for the 2017 Portland International Auto Show, held January 26–29. While '17 isn't shaping up to be a highly anticipated small car year, there were some cool—and new—small cars on display.