Commuter Cars

The Chevy Spark: A Sign Of Things To Come?

Posted in Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, Micro Cars by Kurt Ernst | September 19th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The 2011 Chevy Spark, as sold in Argentina. Image: © GM Corp.

Sometime next year, Chevrolet will introduce the smallest car it’s ever sold in the United States. Classified as a “minicar,” the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will go head to head against the likes of the Fiat 500, the Smart Fortwo and the Scion iQ. It will likely be powered by a 1.2-liter engine, also the smallest ever offered in a Chevy product in the United States, mated to either a five-speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission. The Spark’s size may make it nimble (and easy to park), but it won’t make it quick: expect a zero to sixty run in the neighborhood of 12 seconds with the five speed, even longer with the four speed automatic. Read More…

A (Very) Brief Drive In The Nissan Leaf

Posted in Commuter Cars, Electric Cars, Nissan, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | January 22nd, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Back in November, Mike and I had a chance to drive a Chevy Volt from New York City to Detroit. Spending two days and seven hundred miles behind the wheel of a car tells you a lot about it, especially when your rear seat passenger is one of the engineers who designed the car. Surprisingly, I haven’t had a chance to drive the battery-only Nissan Leaf, so when Nissan announced a Leaf tour stop in Jacksonville, I signed up for the first available time. Unfortunately, a parking lot course and a few miles of on-road driving don’t give you a lot of feel for a vehicle, but that’s what Nissan was offering and anything was better than nothing at all. Read More…

Tour of the Edison2 VLC

Posted in Auto Show, Commuter Cars, Detroit Auto Show, Event Coverage, Gas Prices, Videos by Dustin Driver | January 17th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The Edison2 Very Light Car (VLC) positively stomped the competition a few months ago during the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize challenge, returning an impressive 102.5 miles per gallon on E85 ethanol. Now the aeronautical four-seater is at the North American International Auto show in detroit to show off its wind-cheating body and hyper-efficient engine. Hit the jump to see a video tour by engadget. Read More…

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Ridelust Review

Posted in Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Domestic Review, Featured, General, Promoted, RideLust Review by MrAngry | January 4th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ

PRO’s: Great interior, great styling, great road manners and oh so quiet.

CON’s: Short on power, may be tight for taller drivers.

FINAL THOUGHT’s: An American small car that just rewrote the rules on what an American small car should be.

Believe it or not but the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was one of those rare vehicles that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I’d had first seen it in person back at the Washington DC Auto Show in early 2010, and from that moment on I had a feeling that the car was going to be a hit. With its sights dead set on stealing customers away from such cars as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the Cruze seeks to deliver consumers a compact car that is anything but. The first thing you notice about the Cruze is that it is a good looking automobile, not a good looking small car, but a good looking automobile. This particular Cruze was an LTZ model equipped with the RS appearance package. That means unique rocker moldings, RS emblems on the lower front doors, as well as a unique front fascia that incorporates stylish fog lights. The rear fascia is also unique and includes a blacked-out center section with chrome strip and rear deck-lid spoiler. Combine that with the Cruze’s sporty 18-inch wheels and you now have a car with a decidedly European look about it.
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How will higher fuel prices affect your car buying decision?

Posted in Chevrolet, Commuter Cars, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Fuel-efficient by MrAngry | December 28th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

Fuel Prices

With the average price of regular fuel in the United States teetering around $3.15 per gallon I got to wondering if die-hard car enthusiasts would change their buying habits. My daily driver for instance gets a whopping combined mileage of about 15 mpg. Obviously it’s not the most efficient vehicle on the planet, but as a performance vehicle I make the compromise to pay more at the pump so I can have more fun on the road. There are however times that filling up my tank to the tune of $60.00 does make me reconsider my choice in vehicles. This week for instance I happen to be driving around in a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, a car that gets about 35 mpg on the highway. It’s a car that gets economy car mileage, but one that doesn’t feel like an economy car.
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Jay Leno Flies the Carver One/Persu Mobility Trike

Posted in Bizarre, Blogging the Bloggers, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Corner Carvers, Design, EcoLust, FAIL by Dustin Driver | December 26th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

I haven’t seen Jay Leno smile this much since he got the Tonight Show. And the thing that put that smile on his substantial visage? A 65-horsepower three-wheeled commuter vehicle, the Persu tilting trike. The aerospace-inspired contraption is actually the Carver One, a Dutch invention that didn’t quite make it off the ground. Thankfully, the technology has been licensed by Persu, who plans to sell it stateside with a new, sleeker body and a hybrid drivetrain.

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage, Persu

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Honda recalls 1.35 million Fit compact cars worldwide.

Posted in Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Honda, Safety by MrAngry | December 17th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Honda Fit Recall

According to Autonews.com the Honda Motor Corporation said it would be recalling over 1-million Honda Fit compact cars due to some defective headlight wiring. The recall encompasses all 143,000 cars that have been exported to the United States, the 385,000 that have been sold across Europe as the Jazz, as well as all cars sold in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. A Honda spokesman stated that the entire cost of the recall would run around $43 billion U.S. dollars, an amount that would have a small impact on Honda’s overall earnings. The good news is that as of yet there have been no accidents and or related incidents due to faulty wiring.

Source: Autonews.com

What’s your least favorite modern car?

Posted in Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Featured, Promoted by MrAngry | December 15th, 2010 | 11 Responses |

This past weekend I found myself talking to a few buddies about cars we loved and which cars we could simply do without. Most of the cars built today are actually quite good. Sure they may have some flaws here and there, but for the most part they’re comfortable, well built and drive ok. We conversed about every major manufacturer, but when it came time to single one company out, we almost all unanimously chose the car that you see above – the Smart Car. People, I absolutely hate this little thing. So much so that I would rather see it pushed off a cliff on fire than have it sitting in my driveway. Now I know that there are some of you that are going to chime in and say that the Smart is a great little car, that it’s economical and fits a certain lifestyle, but I am here to tell you that for the most part…. your wrong. Keep in mind also that one of the people in this conversation was a Smart car owner and he hates the flippin’ thing.
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First 2011 Nissan Leaf Delievered to California Resident.

Posted in Commuter Cars, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Electronics, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Newsworthy, Nissan by MrAngry | December 14th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2011 Nissan Leaf

Well it’s happened, there is finally a new 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car roaming the streets of California. This past weekend in Petaluma, CA, 31 year old Olivier Chalouhi received the keys to his brand new Leaf and with it came a media opportunity that Nissan simply could not resist. Flanked by four other Leafs Mr. Chalouhi drove his new car to a press conference at San Francisco’s City Hall, which, believe it or not already has a public charging station (how convenient). Elected officials, Nissan representatives and even Mr. Chalouhi took the podium to speak about the wonders of the electric car. As of right now San Francisco has plans to install around 100 charging stations throughout the city as officials have claimed its residents are responsible for more orders than any other region thus far.
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Would you buy an electric car?

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Not long ago I was asked as to whether or not I would actually pony up the cash and purchase an electric car. My knee jerk reaction was HELL NO! Then after thinking about it for awhile I started to rethink the question in terms of; what would an electric car have to become in order for me to purchase it? So much of what I love about the automobile is visceral. The looks, feel, sounds and smells are all part of what make an automobile attractive to me. For me to like a car you can better believe that it needs to have one hell of a presence to it. Today’s cookie cutter jelly bean rides are crap, and although they do serve a purpose, they have no place in my garage. Seriously, my version of hell would be having to drive a Toyota Camry everyday for the rest of my life… dear God that would suck.
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