With automatic transmissions coming with Sport and Sport+ modes and manual gear selection via paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel or, in some cases, the steering wheel column, vehicles equipped with manual transmissions continue to fade from the market.
According to various sources such as Carfax.com and autowise.com, just over 40 vehicles for 2020 come with the capability of the traditional clutch and shift operation, which sounds like a decent number of options. Read more
Introduced as a 2017 model, the Alfa Romeo Giulia gets technology updates for 2020 that makes it an even more attractive option for those looking for “something different” in the compact luxury sedan segment.
Its Italian styling and lively handling made it an immediate hit among critics, and now such new features as a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display for infotainment functions and connectivity features like a wi-fi hotspot and SOS call add to its appeal. Read more
Ford Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost Convertible (2020)
Say the words Ford Mustang and for a lot of people, it means a classic American sports car that over the last 55 years, has become an iconic shape and design. The current generation has well placed retro touches both on the exterior as well as the interior, paying homage to its storied legacy. Ford, for the most part (yes, we will exclude the Mustang II of the 70’s) has done a great job with the ethos that the Mustang represents and the 2020 model, with the 2.3-liter high-performance Ecoboost engine is no exception. Read more
If you still cling to the notion that a gas-electric powertrain has to be a boring vehicle that is no fun to drive, you need to check out the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. You will likely change your mind. Read more
Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster (2020)
The AMG-GT C Roadster is the latest from the Mercedes-Benz AMG division and it is one of the most aggressive and dare we say it, insane roadsters available for sale. Read more
Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe (2021)
Are you feeling as if there are not many sports cars to choose from any more and all SUV’s are nothing more than giant tuna clippers that are dull to drive? Then go and test drive the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe. It will make you a convert! Read more
Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier (2020)
When introduced in 2016, the Chevrolet Bolt had something unique that few other electric cars had. Range! Fast forward to 2020 and with technology advancement marching on, that is no longer a major point. Several other competitors, namely the Tesla Model 3 and lately the Hyundai Kona electric, have almost identical range capability. Read more
While it is an outstanding vehicle that takes performance to the extreme, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is not for everyone, and not just because of its six-figure price tag.
This is a vehicle that requires you to give your full attention to matters behind the wheel, which is not all bad but sometimes you just want to relax and cruise along without worrying about running over some unsuspecting econobox in your path, not to mention an occasional cyclist. Read more
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth (2019)
Take the brilliant mechanicals and engineering of the Mazda MX5 Miata, combine them with the flair and elegance of Italian design and what do you get? A great roadster called the Fiat 124 Spider, with the Abarth version being more sporty and aggressive looking. The name 124 is revived from the classic Fiat 124 roadster of the late 60’s and 70’s.
Why aren’t people buying roadsters anymore? I honestly don’t get it. I have one in my collection and love driving alfresco every time I get the chance to do it. Of course, living in sunny South Florida it’s quite easy to do often. Read more
Chevrolet was an early player in the plug-in hybrid game of post-2000 with the 2011 Chevy Volt, which at the time was considered revolutionary with an extended range of driving on electric power only for everyday commutes paired with the convenience of a gas engine for longer treks.
Early reaction was mixed. Read more
Hyundai Sonata Limited (2020)
The all-new, 8th generation Sonata is one of Hyundai’s most important name plates and for the 2020 model, everything has been revamped or redesigned and you know what? It’s a winner!
The American mid-sized sedan market is a gradually declining segment yet still represents an important volume for the Korean automaker. Read more