All posts tagged: Toyota Corolla

2013 Ford Ford Focus SEL – Road Test

It’s been a number of years since I last drove the Ford Focus. For 2012 we got an all-new model based on the same platform the Europeans have – a first, because we’ve always been at least one step behind them since the initial model came out in 2001. While we got the “completely new” 2001 Focus, the Europeans were already moving on to the 2nd generation of its development in 2002. Now, after much anticipation we’re on par with the Focus development – was it worth the wait? Let’s find out….

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS – Road Test

I’ve never been a fan of budget-priced cars and have always done my best to stay away from them if I could afford a better one — even if it cost more money. That changed when I set my eyes on the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Even the ugliest of chicks will have construction workers doing a double-take, and whistling at her (car) when she drives by. This is a looker from every angle. I have two questions:1) Why did it take so long for a budget-conscious vehicle to look this good, and 2) Until now, why have cheap/reasonably-priced cars been so ugly? It doesn’t cost more money to design a good-looking car, so why are the Nissan Versa/Juke/Leaf so ugly that they give Stevie Wonder the shivers? How many people have become violently ill when a Citroen drives past? Don’t tell me it’s all about cost, because the smaller and cheaper all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent (coming soon) looks just as good as the Elantra!

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE – Road Test

The Mitsubishi Lancer was last redesigned for the 2001 model year, so needless to say it was long overdue for a facelift. Not a moment too soon, with 2008 came the all-new model, and it’s a looker. Based on the 2005 Concept-X show car, many of its features were retained for the actual version available to the public. While not as sexy as the top range GTS, the base model preserves 99% of the good looks that make this compact car stand out in the crowd. It’s also got far more content and safety features than you’d expect in a car in this class and price bracket. In a sea of “blah” generic econoboxes, the Lancer gets people’s heads twisting for a second-glance.

2008 Hyundai Elantra – Road Test

Like clockwork Hyundai introduces a new Elantra every four years. With each new model the appearance changes significantly, as do quality levels and size. The fourth-generation Elantra is no different – it’s bigger than not only the previous generation, but also bigger inside than all of its competition. According to Hyundai its interior space is bigger than the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and even the Acura TL. It’s so roomy the EPA has classified it as a mid-sized car – think Camry, Accord etc. with the price-point of a compact. When I booked the Elantra for a road test I was only interested in the manual transmission, however I was convinced to test the automatic for a week as well. During previous automatic versus manual comparison runs I’ve found the vehicles to be substantially different vehicles, so with that said, this week’s Road Test is another two for one review.

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid – Road Test

The next-generation Honda Civic arrived late in 2005 as a 2006 model, and as with the previous generation, it is available as a coupe, 4-door and as a hybrid. Although Honda has since discontinued the Accord hybrid, they continue offering it in the Civic. Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to road test Ford, Lexus and Toyota’s take on the hybrid, so I was long overdue to give the Honda hybrid a work-out. Visually, the only way to tell the hybrid from the regular Civic is by the 15” full-face aluminum rims that look like wheel covers and the tiny wing on the trunk lid along with the hybrid badge on the back.