Category Archives: sport compacts

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 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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2016 #Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

¬†With its exclusive Matte Blue paint, a limited production run of just 1,200 units and a significant fun-to-drive quotient, the Rally Edition of Hyundai’s Veloster might just be your hot ticket for weekend back-road motoring. Read about the Rally Edition’s … Continue reading

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R. Unleash your Rrrr with this wolf in sheeps clothing.

The 2015 VW Golf R is no doubt the ultimate pocket-rocket. Fast, fun, practical for hauling your family, and very big-city friendly with its compact exterior. The 2015 VW Golf family was named the North American Car of the Year … Continue reading

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