Category Archives: compact cars

2017 BMW i3 – Drive Report

The BMW i3 was named the 2017 World Urban Car of the Year. The i3 is the bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle in the premium compact segment worldwide since it was launched in 2014. Driving range is 114 miles on pure battery … Continue reading

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2017 Ford Focus RS – On Track and Street

The Ford Focus RS is, basically, a street legal race car. I drove it around the 4-mile Road American circuit, criss-crossed Chicago’s streets and made a highway run almost to Iowa in search of a little more freedom. For a … Continue reading

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Drive Report

Perhaps a perfect Chicago car! Yes, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric with its 124 mile driving range, compact exterior combined with 5-peson seating and a roomy rear cargo area would do the job very adequately. It’s priced at $29,500, before … Continue reading

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime – Drive Report

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid may just be a perfect car for Chicago residents. Well, not only Chicago but for residents of any large, crowded, densely populated city. With a pure-EV battery operation of up to 25 miles, … Continue reading

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2017 Kia Soul Turbo – Drive Report

Kia added some punch to its Soul with the addition of a new 201-HP turbocharged engine in the Soul Exclaim (!) model. The boxy, 5-passenger compact hatchback/wagon not only has more go-power but better fuel economy too. A 7-speed dual … Continue reading

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Drive Report

A new pocket-rocket has arrived courtesy of Hyundai. The 2017 Elantra Sport with a 201-HP turbo 1.6 liter and either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed direct shift automated dual clutch transmission provides the new found fun in the auto … Continue reading

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – First Drive

It’s all electric and can go over 200 miles on a  full charge. You’ll never have to buy gas because it uses none. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is being called a game-changer but you can call it what you … Continue reading

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