Thursday, December 8, 2016

Latest Article in OutdoorX4 Magazine: Trailer Supported Adventuring

Issue 18 OutdoorX4 magazine

The Teal Terror and our Dinoot J Series trailer are the focus of the latest installation of the Trailer Supported Adventuring series in OutdoorX4 magazine. Despite the fact the Suzuki is gone, it lives on in print. The Dinoot, however, is still safely parked under our carport.

You can check out the magazine at and read the PDF there, too (starts on P. 60).

Suzuki Sidekick in Moab

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Custom Daihatsu Midget II Thinks it's a 1935-1937 Ford ... Sorta

Weird Daihatsu Midget II - Subcompact Culture
What the actual hell is this? I mean, I know what it is, but what the hell?

Well, it's technically a 1996 Daihatsu Midget II kei truck. Yes, the same one everyone drove in Gran Turismo. However, this one has been, well, customized to look like a 1935-1937 Ford if you're on acid. These are weird little beasts to begin with, but how do you make a weird car even weirder? Do I even need to explain? Look at at this damn thing.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

For Sale: The Teal Terror

The Teal Terror is for sale

Well, the time has come. It's time to sell the Teal Terror. It's been an awesome little vehicle for us and for this website, but it's time to move on.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Respecting People's Automotive Passions

Lowered Toyota Yaris

Some self-professed "car people" turn their nose up at our modified Toyota Yaris. Some 4x4 people think our mildly lifted Suzuki Sidekick is a joke.

We're all entitled to our opinions, but remember: We're all gearheads.

No matter what you drive, if you have a passion for automobiles, congrats: we are one in the same. You should respect people's automotive enthusiasm, regardless of make/model.

Read more ...

Monday, November 21, 2016

The New and Refreshed Small Cars from the LA Auto Show

Ford EcoSport - LA Auto Show

Our friend, Sean Murphy, attended the LA Auto Show and photographed some updated models from the event. Here are some quick takes:

By Sean Murphy

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan on the street

As you’ll recall, The Mitsubishi Mirage made a return to the U.S. market as a 2014 model. While it could be equipped with options like Bluetooth, cruise control, and a touchscreen infotainment system, the Mirage felt mostly unrefined and dated as we noted in our review. It did, however, deliver 44 MPG on the highway. There was a minimalist, simplistic quality to the Mirage that was somewhat endearing, but the Chevrolet Spark was fierce competition. Nonetheless, the Mirage sold better than most would’ve expected.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2018 Ford EcoSport Coming to the U.S.

2018 Ford EcoSport - Subcompact Culture

Ford has finally decided to jump into the subcompact crossover craze, and it's doing so with the EcoSport. The little EcoSport has been sold in other parts of the world since 2004, but is finally coming stateside. In fact, we saw these in New Zealand and Australia and can confirm they are a great size—not too big.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Chevrolet Spark ACTIV is Ready to Crossover

Chevrolet Spark ACTIV - Front

North America is in love with the crossover, or at least the idea of a crossover. Ideally, they're more rugged than a wagon, less truck-like than an SUV. And as we've seen, compact crossovers are selling like hotcakes. Small, slightly lifted hotcakes with additional plastic body cladding.

Now Chevy has decided to try something a bit different: A "trail-inspired" version of its front-wheel-drive subcompact Spark, which will be called the Spark ACTIV. The Spark already sells surprisingly well for a subcompact, so maybe a butched-up version will sell even better?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sales: What's the Future of Small Cars in the U.S.?

2017 Nissan Versa Note
2017 Nissan Versa Note
No matter who you voted for, I think we can all agree on one thing: thank God for alcohol we're glad it's over. But from a car enthusiast perspective, specifically small cars, I wonder how the change in presidency will affect things?