11.30.2014

Victory Lap: 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT.
I've said it many times in 17 years of reviewing cars...the Mazda MX-5 Miata makes me smile.  And in this, the final year of production for this generation of Miata, nothing has changed, including its spot atop the TireKicker's Best Cars list.

Find me, if you can, a two-seater weekend toy that is also so thoroughly livable as a daily driver...especially in PRHT (Power Retractable Hard Top) form.


There's Life In The Old Brand Yet: The 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 L SH-AWD ADV

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Acura TLX
The 2015 Acura TLX. 
Regular TireKicker readers know of my deep respect for the now-departed Acura TSX, which spent more than two years on our TireKicker's Best Cars list.  And you may be aware that less than a month ago, I wrote that the new Lexus IS250 had taken its place in my heart, if not on the list.

I may have spoken (okay, written) too soon.


11.29.2014

Consistency Is A Virtue: The 2015 Lexus GX460

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Lexus GX460
The 2015 Lexus GX460.
The 2014 Lexus GX460 endeared itself to us late this spring, when we took it on a lengthy road trip through the Eastern High Sierra and Yosemite. A big, brawny SUV, it's an uncanny melding of luxury and rugged utility.


The Start Of Something Big, Part III: The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Hyundai Genesis
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8.
If, on the day I launched TireKicker in August of 2008, I had posted that the day was coming when Hyundai would be a threat to Lexus, this blog likely would not be here today.  No one would have believed me. Credibility would have been lost on day one. I didn't believe it then. What a difference six years and three months makes.


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.