2012 Toyota Prius C: Ridelust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Domestic Rides, Featured, General, Hybrid Technologies, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Toyota by MrAngry | October 30th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2012 Toyota Prius C

PRO’s: Great mileage / economy, nicely styled.

CON’s: Simply adequate power, performance and handling.

FINAL THOUGHT: A decent hybrid that you’ll enjoy as long as you’re not a rabid automobile enthusiast.

Believe it or not but the Toyota Prius has been around for 15 long years. It debuted in Japan in 1997 and since that time it’s been the go-to hybrid for those looking to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Now by this time we know all the cars in the Prius family get good fuel economy, but the real question is – are they any good to drive? I was recently given a 2012 Toyota Prius C, the baby of the Prius family and although yes, the mileage is great, the car itself is simply “OK” in my opinion.

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2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Nissan, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | October 22nd, 2012 | 3 Responses |

2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

Thumbs Up: More stylish and more comfortable than the car it replaces

Thumbs Down: Only gearbox choice is a CVT

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for a fuel-sipping commuter that still looks good

Nissan’s midsize Altima sedan is perpetually among the best-selling cars in the United States, and with good reason. Even in its prior form, it served up a reasonable blend of style, comfort, fuel economy and value, putting it near the top of the “must shop” list for many consumers. With that much in its favor, you can bet that Nissan was careful when it set about redesigning the Altima for the 2013 model year. Read More…

2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport: Ridelust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Lexus, Other, RideLust Review, Rides by MrAngry | October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

PRO’s: Great brakes, superb interior, handling and a media center that is one of the best in the business.

CON’s: High price, could use a bit more grunt.

FINAL THOUGHT: A fantastic automobile that proves Lexus is committed to building one of the best premium sports sedans money can buy.

If you were to open my garage you’d end up with two old muscle cars, a new pony car and a 20-year old station wagon that I use as a daily driver. None of these machines contain leather interiors, sunroofs, air conditioned seats or navigation, as they were all bought (and built) to serve a specific purpose. I tell you this because all my vehicles are bare bones and no frills, which is somewhat similar to how I live my life.

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2013 Scion FR-S: Ridelust Review

Posted in Best of, Car Reviews, Featured, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion by MrAngry | October 8th, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 Scion FR-S

PRO’s: Nice transmission, good brakes, great handling manners

CON’s: Harsh ride, somewhat cramped interior, needs more power

FINAL THOUGHT: This is the perfect vehicle for the first time sports car buyer regardless of age. It provides decent power and great handling with enough forgiveness that it will only help one advance as a driver.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably not the first review of the 2013 Scion FR-S that you’ve read. However since every automotive journalist out there is different, I felt the need to say “screw it” and throw my hat in the ring. The Scion FR-S and sibling Subaru BRZ, have done a wonderful thing in 2013. You see they’ve injected some much needed life into an automotive segment that was all but dead here in the United States. For years, if you wanted a small, inexpensive, front-engined rear-drive sports car you had but one option, the Mazda Miata. It’s a great little car no doubt, but let’s face it, after 23 years on the market it’s starting to show its age. Therefore when rumblings of these two little guys started surfacing a few years ago, the enthusiast crowd immediately stood up and took notice.

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2012 Hyundai Azera: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Hyundai, Import Review, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | October 1st, 2012 | 1 Response |

2012 Hyundai Azera

Thumbs Up: A lot of car for the money.

Thumbs Down: Luxury yes, but not much sport.

Buy This Car If: You’re shopping for the best bargain in a front-drive luxury sedan.

The old Hyundai Azera was the Rodney Dangerfield of front-wheel-drive luxury sedans: try though it might, it simply couldn’t get any respect. In all of 2011, Hyundai managed to sell just 1,524 Azera sedans, never selling more than 222 copies in a single month. Even the flagship Hyundai Equus outsold the Azera by more than two-to-one, making the old Hyundai Azera the slowest-selling car in Hyundai’s lineup last year. Read More…

Ridelust Review: 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, Rides by MrAngry | September 17th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2013 Nissan 370Z Touring

PRO’s: Great chassis, interior and handling characteristics.

CON’s: High clutch pedal engagement, buzzy engine, road noise.

FINAL THOUGHT: A true drivers car that retains all the values and fun that made the original Datsun 240Z such a great car over 40 years ago.

It seems that in recent years the motoring public has forgotten that Nissan makes another sports car aside from the GT-R. It’s one that steeped with more than 40 years of history and truth be told, it’s the car that put Nissan (then Datsun) on the map here in the United States. The Nissan “Z” car, now in it’s sixth generation, has always been a competent sports car. During the 1970’s it changed the way America thought about Japanese performance machines. Cars from the 1980’s brought fourth machines that highlighted the cars technology. In the 1990’s we were introduced to some real performance by the way of twin-turbo’s and then during the early part of the new millennium, Nissan went back to its roots by developing a new Z car for a new generation of fans. This is a 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring that’s been equipped with just about every bell and whistle in Nissan’s arsenal and although it’s not perfect, it is one helluva fun car to flog around.

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2012 Nissan Maxima SV: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Nissan, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | September 10th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Nissan Maxima SV

Thumbs Up: Near luxury levels of content.

Thumbs Down: Luxury-sized sticker price when optioned out.

Buy This Car If: You want a slightly detuned, less responsive (and less expensive) front-drive Infiniti G37.

We have a confession to make: we were big fans of the third generation Maxima, built from 1988 through 1994. In our travels throughout the U.S., it was our standard rental car (whenever we could get our hands on one), and it rarely managed to disappoint. We always figured we’d own one someday, but by the time we’d gotten around to shopping for one, the third and fourth generations had come and gone. Read More…

2012 Scion iQ: Ridelust Review

Posted in Best of, Car Reviews, Featured, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Toyota by MrAngry | September 10th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2012 Scion iQ

PRO’s: Park anywhere capability, good front passenger interior room, amazing turning radius, great around town mileage.

CON’s: Useless back seats, very little storage, twitchy handling manners.

FINAL THOUGHT: A compromise car that is best left for city folk who don’t do mass amounts of driving or high mileage road trips.

When I first saw the concept of the Scion iQ back in 2009 at the New York International Auto Show I was actually quite pleased. Here was a micro-sized hot hatch that was well designed with the apparent goal of bringing sportiness to the pocket-car segment. Back then the only micro-car sold in the U.S. was the Smart ForTwo, a car which I wholeheartedly detest. Fast forward now to September 2012 and the little iQ you see before you. It’s small, actually quite peppy and an interesting vehicle that raises and eyebrow from all those who see it. The big question though is – is it any good?

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2013 Lexus GS 350: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Lexus, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | September 3rd, 2012 | 3 Responses |

2013 Lexus GS 350

Thumbs Up: Remarkable build quality, significantly more entertainment value than previous model.

Thumbs Down: Suspension tuning needs more refinement, could use more power.

Buy This Car If: You want a luxury sedan with performance aspirations that will likely last for decades.

If you’re shopping for a midsize luxury sport sedan, chances are good the Lexus GS 350 isn’t on your short list. While previous generations of the car delivered a reasonable amount of luxury (and a reputation for bulletproof reliability), they failed to deliver anything resembling a true sport sedan’s handling. Even power, while adequate, wasn’t exactly class-leading. Read More…

Inside Line: 2013 Scion FR-S Track Test

Posted in Car Reviews, Educational, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Videos by MrAngry | August 30th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Scion FR-S Track Test

The new 2013 Scion FR-S is pretty much the new darling of the automotive world thanks to it’s nimble handling, rear wheel drive and mega-high fun factor. However when driven hard the FR-S suffers from two limiting factors. First and foremost is the lack of power (it only makes 200 horsepower) and secondly are its 215 series tires. Now while adding power can be a costly endeavor, added some handling isn’t really that bad as Josh Jacquot from recently found out.


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