Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Plans for The Rage (aka our 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage)

We've now had our 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage about six months, and frankly we dig it. It's simple, economical, the prefect size, and different. But we have plans to turn the Mirage into a ragin' subcompact. It won't stay stock.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: 2018 Toyota CH-R XLE

2018 Toyota CH-R front

Some cars answer a question that nobody asked. The CH-R might be one of those vehicles. This makes me wonder, what would the question be? Maybe it's, where are all the funky-styled front-drive crossovers? Or perhaps, do you really need good rear visibility? We know it has to involve bringing teal back, however.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Manual Mania: Why I'm a Stick Shift Die-Hard

The car I learned to drive on - a 1979 VW Rabbit diesel
This is the car I learned to drive stick shift on: a diesel-powered 1979 VW Rabbit.
 “Why do you drive a stick-shift (aka: manual-transmission) car? Isn’t it a pain in the butt?” Yes, it's 2018, and some people still do enjoy driving a car with a manual transmission.

People may ponder if it’s the control factor, the fun factor, fuel savings or just simplicity. Perhaps, it's owning the ultimate millennial theft deterrent? To us, it’s all of the above. My humble opinion? Stick shifts are where they’re at.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Subcompact Surprise: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster N NAIAS
Photo courtesy of Exploring Elements
Well looky here: Hyundai has debuted the all-new 2019 Veloster at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. OK, that's not really that much of a surprise. However, the promise of a 275 hp Veloster is. Let's see what Hyundai has in store for the little hatchback.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Subcompact Sales Summary

2017 Kia Soul

Here's 2017's subcompact/small car sales info. There were a lot of big drops in sales vs. 2016, likely due to low fuel prices as well as a strong economy. And while both of those things are good for the U.S., they're not good for small car sales.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Doug DeMuro Doesn't Like the Mitsubishi Mirage. We Do. Here's Why.

Doug DeMuro Mitsubishi Mirage
Doug DeMuro on why the Mitsubishi Mirage is the worst new car on sale today. 
Maybe you've seen the 22 minute video that Doug DeMuro made about the Mitsubishi Mirage and why he says it's "the worst new car on sale." Hey, we're all entitled to our opinions, right? Personally, I found the video tedious to watch as Doug goes into infinitesimal detail about how cheap the car is, down to the color on the interior door lock mechanism. He makes more noise about the car's shortcomings than the the Mirage's CVT at full throttle. Doug can have his opinions, and I'm OK with that—really I am. However, I'd like to point a few things out.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Yes, You Can Still Have a Small Car With a Family

By Scott Huntington

Can you name the truck with four-wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats thirty-five? If you’re not a “Simpsons” fan or you somehow missed this episode, check this out.

The long-running animated series may have lost a step in recent years, but “The Simpsons” was never more on-point than it was with the satirical SUV archetype. Even in the 1990s, this is what it took for people to ask the question: “Does a typical family really need a seven-seat SUV?”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Here Are All of the New Subcompact Models From the 2017 LA Auto Show

Here is a photo of all the brand-new subcompact vehicles launching at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Impressive.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch Diesel

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatch - Subcompact Culture
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatch.
Words by Andy Lilienthal. Photos by Mercedes Lilienthal.

Let's just get all this out on the table. Volkswagen was the king of diesel cars in the U.S. until this whole dieselgate thing happened. As you're likely well aware, VW was caught cheating on emissions testing in late 2015 and the whole thing resulted in a global scandal. At this moment, VW no longer offers its formerly popular TDI-powered cars in North America.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Is Mitsubishi Getting a Turbo Mirage from Renault/Nissan?

2018 Nissan Micra
The latest Nissan Micra
In the not so distant past (aka, October, 2017), Mitsubishi announced it was investing a bunch of cash into its automotive brand and hoped to grow it up to 30%. In addition to that, it was reported we wouldn't simply see a host of re-badged Nissan products, since Mitsubishi is now part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. But is that now not the case?