Project Car SOTU: Toyota MR2 “Someday” Race Car

It’s a situation that us car lovers fantasize over: a car somehow falls into your lap and you feel not only morally obligated, but genuinely excited, to accept it as your own. You welcome it with open arms, tell your friends of the new addition to your fleet, spend hours ...
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Project Car SOTU: Subaru WRX

I’ve been posting a lot test-drive reviews lately, and not without weight to them. It’s probably been easy to pick up on, but it’s time to spell it out: I’m shopping for a possible replacement for my WRX. Not yet entirely sold on getting rid of it, I’m simply driving ...
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PCSOTU 2017: Stormtrooper 4Runner

  There must be some unwritten rule, something of a taboo, about not thinking positively about a project vehicle while in its presence. It’s almost like the car, or truck, knows when your brain inwardly speaks well of it and, as if it has a special sense, proceeds on its ...
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2017 Volkswagen GTI DSG & 6MT Test DrivesA Tale of Two Transmissions

Comfortable, reserved, and still dynamically enjoyable, the 7th-gen GTI is a dual-natured car that’s properly satisfying…so long as you pick the right gearbox Having spent the majority of my automotive life around rear and all-wheel-drive platforms, my bias has always been somewhat inherently against front-drive even in spite of how ...
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2017 Subaru WRX Limited 6MT Long-Term Update: Year Gone By

A riot when driven hard, but nearly unpolished for it’s own good…or simply for mine? Evaluating my Subaru WRX after one year of ownership A quick Google search, the pinnacle of in-depth and fact-backed research, reveals that the average American drives around 13,500 miles per year, or about fifteen-thousand if ...
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War, revisited: Camaro SS vs Mustang GT test-drive comparo

It’s been referred to as war, a heated half-century long battle with roots deeper than those of just about any automotive fight out there. It’s Mustang vs Camaro once again and here it’s not about numbers, but rather a non-professional opinion, the impressions and take-aways of a normal enthusiast after ...
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Friday Fun: Four-by-four, by four

In last week’s Friday Fun we explored the Forbidden Fruits that taunt our wildest automotive dreams, exploring the parts of our imagination where the cars unavailable to us become accessible at the touch of our fingertips. And since all of my choices were street-oriented, this week we’re going to look at ...
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Friday Fun: Forbidden Fruit edition

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Friday Fun. Let’s make it a good one, shall we? Ah, the forbidden fruit. It lingers and teases the mind of every car enthusiast who knows well enough that not all of the best cars in the world make it to their ...
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Dear automakers: bring back the sports trucks!

SVT Lightning. Syclone. 454SS. Ram SRT-10. X-Runner. Xtreme. The street-oriented “sports truck,” a factory-modified pickup that could simultaneously pull off practicality and pleasure, is a sorely missed niche vehicle that would be a fun territory for automakers to explore today. Sports trucks were the antithesis to the supercar: they could ...
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Sampling 2004 Pontiac GTO: Is my Australian dream car any good?

The Pontiac GTO was the unloved bastard child of the muscle car resurgence of the 2000s. You don’t have to be an automotive designer to know the styling pushed the wrong buttons, leaving the LS1 engine to write checks the Holden-derived body couldn’t cash. That didn’t stop me from wanting ...
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Used Car Review: 1995 Land Rover Discovery V8 5-speed

This morning we revealed that of the more than 120 cars that Hooniverse writers have owned, a Land Rover Discovery wasn’t one. While we can’t rectify that by just randomly buying one, Ross did take a quick spin in one. -KK There’s something inherently charming about a two-decade-old big British four-by-four ...
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This is how the Borla S-Type Exhaust sounds on the Subaru WRX

There’s a lot to love about the current generation of Subaru WRX. It’s quick, practical, gets decent gas mileage, handles quite well, and is easy to live with every day. But even the best of cars have downfalls, and for the FA-powered engine that powers today’s WRX that downfall comes with ...
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Review: Borla S-Type cat-back exhaust for 2015+ Subaru WRX

Listen to as many YouTube clips as you can, it’s always the first startup that makes the biggest impression. Then you dive further into the video, assessing the other crucial checklist items: Will it put a smile on your face under hard acceleration? What does it sound like when you drop down ...
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Stormtrooper 4Runner: First off-road trip report

Off-roading isn’t anything that’s new to me. I’ve been around the hobby my entire life, having grown up with my dad’s lifted YJ Wrangler taking us on weekend excursions to local wheeling spots. I came home from the hospital in a Jeep, spent most of my childhood and young adulthood ...
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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Near-Production Images

After months of waiting, speculating, and hoping that the design lives up to those of yore, we may finally know what the upcoming JL Wrangler Unlimited looks like. Two photos were posted yesterday on JLWranglerForums, a site for which you can probably guess the purpose, showing us what very much look ...
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“There’s no bad new cars anymore”

We’ve all heard it before, and with increasing regularity: “Twenty-thousand miles? That’s just getting broken it! It’s practically new!” In the times of once unimaginable engineering and manufacturing processes, 20k truly is nothing these days. But where twenty-thousand miles isn’t “new” though is with the machines that so regularly get ...
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Friday Fun: $100K on/off-road dilemma

And we’re back, another Friday Fun here to clear your mind at the end of what was a very snowy week for many. Last time we had some fun pretending our bank account had limit and yet there were only five garage spaces worth of real estate to fill, so this time ...
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