Category Archives: compact cars

2020 Volkswagen Golf – Drive Review

For 2020, the Golf, now in its seventh-generation, comes only one way as a 4-door Golf TSI.  A 1.4-L turbo is under the hood and you can still get a stick shift or, of course, an automatic. Get one now … Continue reading

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2020 Jaguar XE – Drive Review

The British entry in the multinational compact luxury sedan class is the Jaguar XE. For 2020 the XE has gotten a bit of a refresh both out and in. Two different turbo 4-cylinders give you choice in the power or … Continue reading

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2020 Toyota Corolla – Road Trip

The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla made its arrival in two chapters: the all-new Corolla Hatchback arrived in 2018, while the sedan has been redesigned from the ground up for 2020, with an available hybrid for the first time in the U.S. … Continue reading

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2020 Nissan Versa – Drive Review

Versatile and with good value. The 2020 Versa is all new. It’s a bit larger and a bit roomier and has a bit more performance. Technology is a top priority in the all-new Nissan Versa, featuring available Nissan Safety Shield … Continue reading

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2019 Nissan Leaf Plus – Drive Review

With 215 miles of driving range, and maybe even more with some additional effort, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is a near perfect car for getting around any big city. There’s plenty of room and plenty of performance. With EV … 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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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 Kia Forte – First Drive

Kia’s entry in the compact car market is the Forte which has been updated for 2019. It’s entirely new. Kia made it longer, wider and a bit taller. It’s got some design cues from the Stinger and has a 5-passenger interior layout … Continue reading

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2019 Nissan Altima – First Drive

Nissan has completely re-done the Altima for 2019. Now after 25 years on the U.S. market Nissan still sees a place for the Altima in its lineup. Even as many folks jump into SUVs, sedans still strike a cord with … Continue reading

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta – Drive Report

A modified 2019 VW Jetta went 210.16 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new record in the SCTA Blown Gas Coupe class. I drove a new, stock 2019 VW Jetta across lower Michigan and got 43 mpg, beating … Continue reading

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