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2013 Acura ILX 2.4 Premium: RideLust Review

Posted in Acura, Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | February 4th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Acura ILX 2.4 Premium

Thumbs Up: Far more refined than its cousin, the Honda Civic Si

Thumbs Down: Navigation unavailable, average fuel economy

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for a commuter car that isn’t boring to drive

Had things gone according to plan, Acura’s ILX sedan would have been an instant success the moment it hit dealer showrooms, allowing Honda’s luxury brand to put the aging TSX sedan out to pasture. On paper, at least, the ILX delivers the goods: it’s available in models ranging from hybrid though sport-tuned, looks good and delivers a fair amount of content for the price. Acura even wrapped it in a slick ad campaign that said, effectively, dad would have bought this car if he hadn’t been burdened with the responsibility of a family first. We weren’t sure what it meant, either, but then again we’re not exactly in the ILX’s target demographic. Read More…

2013 Buick Verano Premium: RideLust Review

Posted in Buick, Car Reviews, Domestic Review, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | January 28th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Buick Verano Premium

Thumbs Up: Comfortable ride, quiet cabin

Thumbs Down: Turbo engine and manual transmission, but little entertainment value

Buy This Car If: You prefer to row your own gears, yet want comfort over performance

Buick’s Verano sedan was built to deliver the fuel-sipping advantages of a compact, while serving up more content than buyers in the class are used to. While the Verano was new for the 2012 model year, a turbocharged variant, dubbed the Verano Premium, has been introduced for 2013. Now that GM brand Pontiac is history, the company is hoping that Buick can pick up some of the enthusiast buyers left in the cold by Pontiac’s shuttering. Read More…

2013 Volkswagen Passat S: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, European Review, Featured, RideLust Review, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | January 14th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 VW Passat S

Thumbs Up: Impressive build quality, surprising chassis, plenty of rear legroom.

Thumbs Down: Not quite the beauty it used to be.

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for an affordable German-designed family sedan.

Volkswagen’s Passat sedan has traditionally been a hard sell in the U.S. market. Though stylish and well-equipped, it got expensive quickly when options were piled on, and many buyers realized that the step up to an Audi A4 or a BMW 3 Series wouldn’t cost considerably more than a well-equipped VW Passat. Read More…

You’re Doing it Wrong: Trailer Fail

Posted in Beater Cars, Best of, Chevrolet, Dodge, Domestic Rides, FAIL, FAIL / Funny, Funny, Funny Videos, General, Other, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | January 10th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Truck Fail

Ever find it amazing how some people get through life? Take these two icons of society for example. They’re just two guys looking to make a buck by driving a fully loaded truck with no brakes or clutch onto a trailer. It appears however that they’ve failed to put any loading chocks underneath the trailers wheels, a mistake that unfortunately cost them dearly.

Source: Youtube.com

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Hyundai, Import Review, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 24th, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

Thumbs Up: Great content, great value, surprisingly entertaining.

Thumbs Down: Automatic transmission won’t hold gear selected to redline.

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for a hatchback with impressive content at a great price.

It’s easy to love what Hyundai is doing these days, since the Korean automaker seems to be turning out hit after hit after hit. First it was the new midsize Sonata sedan, followed by the compact Elantra sedan. Next came the new Accent and the new Veloster, which seemed to fill the brand’s need for a compact hatchback. Read More…

2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Chrysler, Domestic Review, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 17th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible

Thumbs Up: Much better put together than Chrysler convertibles past.

Thumbs Down: Interior is on the bland side, not much fun to drive.

Buy This Car If: You want an affordable, four-passenger convertible.

Chrysler has not always been known for assembling solidly-built four-seat convertibles. Back in the LeBaron convertible days, we literally had rental cars shed interior pieces as we drove. The Sebring convertible was a step in the right direction, since it had less cowl shake than the LeBaron and stayed screwed together throughout every rental car experience we had behind the wheel, though we never really warmed up to its sub-standard ride or interior. Read More…

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: Reinventing the All Season Tire

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, General, Other, Promoted, Rides, Tires by MrAngry | December 17th, 2012 | 5 Responses |

Michelin Pilot Sport Alll Season 3 Side

They’re round, made of rubber and are one of the most important and overlooked parts of your automobile. I’m speaking of course about your cars tires and I must say there’s a helluva’ lot more to them than meets the eye. Since tires are a consumable item people tend to spend more time choosing what they’re going to wear in the morning, than on a piece of equipment that could end up saving their lives. Thankfully though, you have us. The motoring press, the journalists and the die-hard car enthusiasts who try and do our best to educate you on what’s good, bad and downright junk.

This past week I had the opportunity to head down to New Orleans and test out Michelin’s newest all-season tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. However before I share my thoughts with you I want everyone to be aware of something. First off, I’m not getting paid to write this review. Second, I go through A LOT of tires, both high-performance and all-season. And third, I was extremely curious to see if this was going to be some kind of bullshit media event or an all out real life test in real world conditions.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Domestic Review, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 10th, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ

Thumbs Up: Takes styling cues from the Camaro, inside and out.

Thumbs Down: Takes styling cues from the Camaro, inside and out.

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for a solid value in a domestic family sedan.

Chevrolet sold a boatload of its previous Malibu sedan, which critics panned for not being as stylish, refined or well-equipped as the competition. The engineers at GM’s mainstream division took that criticism to heart when they set about designing an all-new Malibu for the 2013 model year. It’s better-looking and far more refined than the model it replaces, but that may be where the good news ends for Chevrolet. Read More…

2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe: RideLust Review

Posted in BMW, Car Reviews, European Review, Featured, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 3rd, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe

Thumbs Up: A real head turner; as stylish a car as BMW builds.

Thumbs Down: Rear leg room lacking, options quickly escalate price.

Buy This Car If: Your bank account allows this big of a fashion statement.

In a perfect world, all coupes would have two doors and all sedans would have four. If nothing else, this would allow those of us who write about cars for a living to keep things simple when we describe new vehicles. We don’t live in a perfect world, though, and the hottest segment in the luxury car world these days appears to be the four-door coupe. Mercedes has its CLS550, Porsche has its Panamera, Audi has its A7, and as of the 2013 model year, BMW now has its 6 Series Gran Coupe, available in 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive variants. Read More…

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Advanced: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, RideLust Review, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | November 26th, 2012 | 12 Responses |

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Advanced

Thumbs Up: If you want fuel economy and range, this is your car.

Thumbs Down: Nothing here for driving enthusiasts, cheap interior.

Buy This Car If: You care more about spending as little as possible on gas than you do about performance or handling.

This may come as a shock to driving enthusiasts, but the cold, hard truth is this: most people don’t like to drive. For the masses, driving is an act to be tolerated, not enjoyed, and any conveyance that gets them from point A to point B with as little fuss and expense as possible is optimal. Read More…