Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We Drive the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid


For 2020, Toyota has given the ever-popular Corolla the hybrid treatment. It's only available as a sedan, and it's surprisingly fun to drive. More over at Crankshaft Culture. Read More ... 

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Last New Beetle Visits Roswell for R2R 2019

R2R 2019

No, this wasn't an group of rogue VW enthusiasts headed to Area 51, this is just a tiny sample of the VW Beetles that went to R2R (Return to Roswell) 2019. The author, William Jinkins, took the 2019 VW Final Edition Beetle to the event. You can read all about it on Crankshaft Culture.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Top 3 Things to Make the Mitsubishi Mirage More Fun to Drive

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES - Subcompact Culture

The 2014+ Mitsubishi Mirage isn't known to a be the enthusiast's choice or a "driver's car." However, there are a few things that will help turn this frugal runabout into more of a hot hatch.

Monday, August 5, 2019

1992 Mitsubishi Road Test via MotorWeek

1992 Mitsubishi Expo LRV MotorWeek Review

Admittedly, I have a thing for the old MotorWeek reviews. Maybe it's because I watched them growing up. I recently stumbled upon a review of my first car: the 1992 Mitsubishi Expo LRV.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Seven Month Sales Report: 2019

Ford EcoSport

We're more than halfway through the sales season in 2019, and I thought to myself, I wonder how small car sales are doing this year? So I looked into it. The answer is rather surprising.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2019 Oregon Trail Rally Coverage

McKenna Motorsports Ford Fiesta

One of our favorite annual motorsports events is the Oregon Trail Rally presented by the American Rally Association. After missing the last few events, we were able to return to the Columbia River Gorge to get in on the rally action featuring a host of vehicles, some of which were small and powerful. You can read more about our exploits over at our sister site, Crankshaft Culture.

Toyota Yaris Rally Car

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Track Time: Fiat Abarth 500 and 124 Spider

Fiat 500 Abarth on track

The snap … the crackle … the pop. The hissing, growling, and popping that Fiat’s turbo-charged Abarth make is infectious. Their grunting and crackling sounds boost me as I swoop around corners, downshifting through all the gates in order to catch the steep downhill chicane successfully. Cornering in an Abarth makes me smile. Straightaways in an Abarth make me giddy. I didn’t want to leave the racetrack. I wanted to stuff my Abarth 500 and 124 Spider in my back pockets and run away forever.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Subcompact Showcase: Ian's Ford Festiva

Ian Cassley's turbocharged 1993 Ford Festiva

Photos courtesy Ian Cassley

There was time when I wasn't sure which way I was going to go with my automotive obsession. I knew I wanted a project vehicle but didn't have much money. I wanted bang for the buck, something different, and something with potential to be fast or capable. I somehow found myself looking at Ford Festivas. Stay with me here ...

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Three Small Sleeper Projects

Twin-turbo LS-powered Geo Tracker. Photo via EngineSwapDepot.com
If you’re a gearhead, you no doubt know what a sleeper is. If you’re unfamiliar, a sleeper is a vehicle that may not look like much, but it’s actually a high-performance vehicle in a dowdy package. Think wolf in sheep’s clothing. Think high horsepower with hubcaps. Not all sleepers need to look super boring; they can simply be a platform that’s not generally associated with performance that is a surprising performer.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nissan Announces New 2020 Versa

2020 Nissan Versa

While some automakers are pulling out of the subcompact marketplace, Nissan has recently announced its all-new 2020 Versa sedan.