Category: sport compacts

  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R – Drive Review

    2022 Volkswagen Golf R – Drive Review

    The new 2022 Golf R ups its game, now with 315-hp (a 27-hp increase) coming from the 2.0-L turbocharged engine. Both a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission are offered. A Driving Mode Selection feature offers six modes: “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Race,” “Drift,” “Special,” and “Custom.” The originator of the hot hatch is […]

  • 2022 MINI Cooper S Convertible – Drive Review

    2022 MINI Cooper S Convertible – Drive Review

    MINI has freshened the Cooper for 2022 with new front and rear styling, new wheels and new colors. More tech, safety and comfort features have also been added. The powertrain choices are unchanged and price has been bumped minimally. Check out the new MINI here. @1ChicagoCarGuy

  • 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. I road tripped in a Corolla XSE with its new power plant, a169-horsepower 2.0-L 4-cylinder […]

  • 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 in base, Preferred and Premium trims. New for the Mazda3 is the availability of all-wheel […]

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Drive Review

    The original hot-hatch pocket rocket GTI has grown up over the years. Now for 2018 it has gained 10 additional horsepower, now at 220-HP, and matured to a family-like 4-door only. S, SE and Autobahn trims are offered with starting prices ranging from $26,415 to $36,170. The GTI also offers a full array of driver-assistance safety features […]

  • 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 mere $40K it’ll make your heart pump. If you’re an adrenalin junky, the RS will […]

  • 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 market. The Elantra has received some structural, chassis, brake and tire changes to help keep […]

  • 2016 VW Golf R – A wolf in sheep’s clothing

    What’s not to like about this hot hatch? 292HP, 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel-drive, 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, 155 mph top speed–on the track only please. And on the more practical side, seating for 5, a big rear trunk, and driver-assistance safety features that cost some extra money but […]

  • 2016 Ford Focus – Drive and Review

    Hot and spicy or sweet and mild, that’s the 2016 Ford Focus. Hatchback or sedan, high fuel economy or high horsepower and even an EV version. Ford has done a nice job in offering lots of variety in just one very practical compact car. Check out my thoughts on the 2016 Ford Focus right here. […]

  • 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman – Drive Report

    It’s bigger and better, but not really that big. With two engine choices and yes even the chance to get a “stick shift” transmission, the new Clubman makes for a very “right-size” city car. It seats five and has a roomy rear cargo area. Its go kart-like handling makes for a lot of fun-to-drive. Read […]