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About urbandriverchicago

Mechanical engineer and automobile enthusiast with extensive auto industry experience now writing about vehicles for urban and city use.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Drive Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was awarded Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green SUV of the Year. With all-wheel drive, 22 miles of pure-electric range plus room for five and decent cargo space, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is unique in the … Continue reading

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2019 Mazda3 Hatchback – First Drive

For 2019 the Mazda3 is an all-new design and offered in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles. Sedan prices start at $21,000 and is offered in base, Select, Preferred and Premium trims. The hatchback starts at $23,600 and comes … Continue reading

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N – on the track and on the road

Hyundai has upped its game with the new Veloster N that’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. The base model N has 250-HP and is priced at $26,900. With the optional Performance Package the power is boosted to  275-HP … Continue reading

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2019 Lexus UX – Drive Report

The UX is an all-new compact crossover from Lexus for 2019. The UX 200 is front-wheel drive with a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter priced at $32,000. The UX 250h is all-wheel drive with the same 2.0-liter mated to a CVT and two … Continue reading

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Driving the Ford Police Interceptor

Ford invited a number of local auto writers to join in with a contingent of police officers from various Illinois communities to drive the new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL. A derivative model of … Continue reading

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2020 Kia Soul GT-Line turbo – Drive Report

Kia has revamped the Soul for 2020 and now there’s a GT-Line with a 1.6 Turbo engine. The 1.6 Turbo puts out 201-HP and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. A sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, 18-inch wheels … Continue reading

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2019 Honda Passport – Road Review

With its 280-horsepower V6 backed up by a 9-speed automatic, the midsize SUV Honda Passport is quite a joy to drive.  There’s room for five, plenty of cargo space and it can tow up to 5,000 lbs. I did a … Continue reading

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