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 drive, making it a rarity in the compact car segment.

Hatchbacks make a great choice for urban-dwellers. Read more here.

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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 for $29,000. Plus there’s a host of more performance enhancements with this package.

The N is a lot of performance and fun for the money. A good value pocket-rocket that will give you lots of grins.

Read more about the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N right here.

Save the manuals.

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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 separate, dedicated electric motor-generators producing 181-total system horsepower, priced at $34,000.

The hybrid UX 250h has better fuel economy and also better performance that the UX 200.

I found the UX to be very car like. Check it out at this link for more details.

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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 the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, the Ford Police Interceptor (PI) comes standard with a hybrid engine designed to provide all the needed performance and yet save lots of the taxpayer’s money on fuel.

Here’s my run-down of the Ford PI at this link.

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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 with P235/45 R18 tires round out the GT-line’s driving dynamics. Shift paddles and a sport mode are there for those who want more go and more fun.

On the outside and also inside the Soul GT-Line has unique design features and trim.

Read a bit more on this fun-to-drive urban use pocket rocket right here.

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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 bunch of road tripping in this Lunar Silver rig and easily exceeded the EPA highway mpg ratings.

Read more here.

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2019 Maserati Levante GTS -Drive Report

The Levante GTS is powered by a 550-HP twin turbo 3.8-L V8 built at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. It’ll push the GTS to 60mph in 4 seconds flat and top things out at 181mph. It’s the same engine as used the flagship Quattroporte GTS. Driving through an 8-speed automatic, the Maserati Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system puts the power to the ground.

The base price of the GTS is $120,980. The one I drove was optioned out to $136,890

Read a bit more on this Italian gem here.

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