2018 Audi A5 Coupe – Drive Review

Two-door coupes will always have a place in the market. And, personal use premium or performance cars will continue to be of interest to those who like to drive. The Audi A5 is one of the better ones when it comes to style and performance. The A5 has been redone for 2018 — outside, inside and underneath too.

The engine output has been upped to 252-HP, Quatro all-wheel drive is standard, and lots of new tech and driving-assistance safety features have been added.

Read more on the new 2018 Audi A5 right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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2017 BMW 540i – Drive Review

This Ultimate Driving Machine is comfortable and refined and loaded with driving-assistance safety technology. It’ll park itself in a tight garage while you stand beside it. The audio volume can be changed with a rotation of your index finger and you can answer your mobile phone with a swipe of your hand.

The 2017 BMW 5-series has been revamped from the ground up. The 540i may be the most-balanced of all the 5-series variants in terms of power, driving dynamics, comfort and features.  But, the choice is yours from the milder and more fuel-frugal 530i to the higher performing M550i or 600-HP 2018 M5 that will arrive in spring of 2018.

Have a read on my drive with the 540i right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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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 mere $40K it’ll make your heart pump. If you’re an adrenalin junky, the RS will get you high all day long.

In spite of its four doors, seats for five and large rear hatch opening to a roomy and convenient grocery holder, the RS may just chatter your teeth a bit too much. But it’ll be up to you to decide if you can live with the RS all week so you are alway ready for a weekend outing at a convenient race circuit.

More specifics on the RS, now in its last year, can be found here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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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 any Federal tax credits or local incentives, and available right now to buy–no deposit needed and no long wait for your car to show up.

Check out more details right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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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, the Prius Prime will easily let you criss-cross a city to run your Saturday errands without using a drop of gasoline. Head out of town for the weekend and with its 640 mile total  driving range there could be no gasoline stops at all.

I drove silently around Chicago for a week. Well not completely in silence, the gasoline engine did run from time to time. Read a bit more about the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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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 clutch trans makes for quick shifting and lot of fun.

Read more right here with just one click.

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2017 Lexus LX570 – Drive Report

The very large and very luxurious Lexus LX 570 can be a bit big for negotiating crowded city streets. But with seating for eight and 7000 lbs. of trailer pulling power the 2017 LX 570 is great for touring the wide open spaces. Just hook up your favorite Airstream and hit the open highway.

Its 383-HP 5.7-L V8 is a bit thirsty on gas but it has plenty to move you down the road. At around $90K it can be all yours.

Read a bit more right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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