11.09.2014

Substance Over Style: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE.
Nine years without major changes can transform just about any car into rolling wallpaper...with zero chance of sticking out from the crowd.  Factor in said car never having been a hot seller, and from a company that is a perennial favorite on the list of car companies that won't be doing business in the USA much longer, and you've got a recipe for invisibility.

Which, in the case of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE, is a shame.


The Start Of Something Big, Part II: The 2015 Kia K900

Front 3/4 view of the 2015 Kia K900
The 2015 Kia K900.
A couple of months ago, we reviewed the 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 and suggested that it should be regarded as a serious competitor to Lexus' flagship LS460, at a significantly reduced price. Now, from Hyundai's corporate cousin Kia comes the K900.  And it is every bit as impressive, if not more so.

Why The 2015 Mazda 3 Is Our Favorite Compact Sedan

Front 3/4 view of the 2015 Mazda 3
The 2015 Mazda 3.
It takes a lot to stand out in a crowded field.  Take compact sedans. You've got Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Dodge Dart, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer, Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra.

And then there's the Mazda 3. Which, for our money, tops 'em all.


The 2015 Honda Accord: Another Model Year of Greatness (with one drawback)

Front view of 2015 Honda Accord EX-L
The 2015 Honda Accord EX-L.
It was only nine months ago that I wrote about the Honda Accord EX-L...suggesting that buyers go for the four-cylinder version of this benchmark family sedan because I honestly thought I was driving the more expensive and thirstier six-cylinder for the entire week I had it.

That was the 2014 Accord.  Now we've had a week in the '15.  What's changed?


11.08.2014

Beauty Is As Beauty Does: The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
The previous generation Hyundai Sonata was such a styling breakthrough...lithe, lean, more than vaguely Italian....that the new one, blockier, with a more upright nose, has a lot of my fellow automotive journalists whining about how Hyundai's great styling revolution may have been a flash in the pan.

Let's set the record straight, shall we?  There are factors (pedestrian safety, placement for the distance-keeping smart cruise control) that pretty much dictate the taller hood and more upright grille. And beyond the subjectives of styling, the new Sonata is simply better than the one it replaces.