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2008 Porsche Cayenne Review – Medium bodied, well balanced, and silky on the palate

Friday March 20th, 2009 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Porsche Cayenne
Photographs and review by Derek Mau

Pros

  • A brawny V8 provides über amounts of torque
  • Traction that’s better than super-glue
  • Big brakes take away speed faster than your can Labrador woof down a bowl of mac-cheese
  • A lot tougher than it looks
  • Porsche Active Suspension Mechanism (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), combined, work harder than James Brown at the Apollo.

Cons

  • The Bose audio system is so weak that the engine and exhaust note sounds better when singing at high revs
  • Drinks more gas than Ludwig at Octoberfest

Verdict: The Cayenne is the anti-thesis to Miles Crane when it comes to power, refinement, and the ability to get dirty with the other off-roaders in the neighborhood.

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2008 BMW X3 Review

Friday October 17th, 2008 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2008 BMW X3

By Holly R.

  • Plenty of interior room for both humans and all their stuff
  • Easy to drive, easy to see out of and easy on the eyes
  • Decent mileage (when driven reasonably)
  • Really nice features
  • X3 was pretty fun to drive and the smart wipers work really well (we had schizophrenic weather that weekend – perfect to test these out!)
  • Odd placement of power lock button
  • A little stiff in the suspension

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Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Review – First in its class

Thursday July 31st, 2008 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder
Review and photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Superb handling and excellent steering feel
  • Power to weight ratio of a true sports car
  • Top-notch gearbox
  • High quality interior

Cons:

  • Headroom not friendly to taller occupants with the top up
  • Road noise may too intrusive to some
  • Limited cargo space forces you to travel very light

Settling for second place has never been Porsche’s mind set. Porsche has a long list of podium finishes on and off of the racing circuit. In 1948 Porsche scored a first place finish at Innsbruck Stadtrennen with the 356, the first sports car to bear the Porsche name, only one month after it was road certified. Fast forward to 1984 for another notable first – Porsche, with the 911 Carrera 4×4, marks its first victory in the Paris–Dakar Rally. At Porsche safety is just as important as winning races. Porsche becomes the first car maker in Germany to equip all production models with an airbag for driver and front passenger as standard equipment. Now it seems that Porsche has taken the gold again in the form of a limited edition GT Silver Metallic Boxster, the RS 60 Spyder.

I was given the opportunity to test drive the RS 60 Spyder at the home of Porsche’s Sport Driving School (PSDS), Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In my opinion, the race track is the best place to put the RS 60 through its paces without scaring the natives on public roads. As an added bonus, I had legendary racer and lead PSDS instructor, Hurley Haywood, show me the race line at Barber Motorsports Park.

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Hurley Haywood

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2008 Honda CR-V Review – the fun little crossover that could!

Monday March 31st, 2008 at 7:33 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2008 Honda CR-V
by Holly R.

Pros:

  • LOTS of room inside
  • Sits up higher than standard cars – easier to see up the road over traffic
  • For only having 166 HP, it feels like it can really get up and move
  • Due to the size, it’s really easy to park (pretty much anywhere)
  • Voice recognition system

Cons:

  • Not-so-smooth shifting which leads to some jerkiness
  • Didn’t like the placement of the gear-shift knob (on lower dash)
  • Volume control for stereo in non-intuitive location
  • Side mirrors are small, which led to head check view between the B pillar and a small sliver of the rear window (eek)
  • Voice recognition system

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2008 Nissan Rogue Review: Stealing the Market for Small, Spunky SUVs

Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 6:33 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2008 Nissan Rogue
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Gutsy 4-cylinder engine
  • Confident handling
  • Sleek, bold exterior style
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Yo-yo for a transmission
  • Less than spacious interior
  • Poor rearward visibility

Small SUVs have become one of the fastest growing segments of the car industry, selling over 300,000 units last year. With gas at over $3 a gallon, it’s no wonder people are looking for cars that offer increased cargo room and all weather capability, yet don’t suffer much when it comes to fuel efficiency. The only surprising thing is that some of the major car companies still don’t offer a model to compete in this lucrative niche. For Nissan, that finally changes this year with the introduction of the all-new Rogue, a crossover SUV that seats 5 and offers optional all-wheel drive. Fortunately, the Rogue lives up to its name and should steal some thunder away from the competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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2008 Scion xB (Review) – Still Ugly, but not Ugly Enough

Wednesday August 15th, 2007 at 2:88 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

by Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • More powerful engine
  • More cargo space
  • More standard features

Dings:

  • More mainstream
  • More boring
  • More hefty

Ruling: More is less, especially in this author’s futile attempt for wordplay.

Some things in life have such endearing characteristics that no matter how much you want to hate it, you can’t help but love it. Take for instance the Pug – a scrawny mutt with no neck and a face that looks like it got bashed flat with an iron skillet. The first time I laid eyes on it I thought, Who could ever find that thing cute? With its bulging eyes, incessant snorting and ungraceful waddle, I found it to be one of the most heinous-looking dogs ever created. But as time went on, my dislike for the animal was replaced by – not love – but an appreciation. Sure it was still ugly, but that’s what made it unique. It stood out from the crowd. It’s ugliness became its greatest asset.

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