Author Archive: Danny Chang

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2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
19 Aug

Review: 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD

Likes All the performance specs…and the exhaust grumble Aggressive and distinctive styling makes it easy to spot in the Costco parking lot Surprisingly spacious interior and trunk Dislikes The remote touch controller That aggressive and distinctive styling Terrible, terrible navigation and remote touch interface Lexus’ response to the dominant BMW 3-Series is now in its […]

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2013 Ford Focus ST
21 Jun

Review: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Likes: Good low-end torque and high-end horsepower Responsive turning ratio Quality fit and finish, satisfying door-closing oomph Dislikes: Torque steer Interior space a bit tight Ford Sync touch screen not made for fat fingers With the launch of the third generation of Focus in 2011, Ford reunited the divergent North American and European/Rest-of-world model lines […]

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2013 Volvo C30 R-Design Polestar Limited Edition
26 Mar

Review: 2013 Volvo C30 R-Design Polestar Limited Edition

Likes Distinct Volvo retro P-1800 styling Responsive low-end torque Fun-to-drive 6-speed manual Black alloy wheels provide a mean sporty look Dislikes High-end power a bit lacking MPG doesn’t meet expectations Limited cargo space Nowadays it seems like every major manufacturer has a compact hatchback offering on the market, what with oil prices still sky high […]

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2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
12 Dec

Review: 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Ford Orchestrates an American V8 Symphony Likes: Exhaust note sounds like butter. The kind of butter that’s about to kick your a**. The power. Oh, the sweet power. All 444 HP of it. Super smooth-shifting 6-speed manual Dislikes: Less-than-ideal mpg Attracts cops like an umbrella girl attracts teenage boys at a Formula Drift race Interior […]

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
11 Dec

Review: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Likes: Rugged styling with offroad capabilities to match Fun driving off pavement High driving position affording great visibility Dislikes: Lackluster boxer engine/CVT combo Touch screen entertainment unit is a throwback in time Limited cargo space The compact SUV / Crossover segment has grown very crowded over the past few years with so many manufacturers covering […]

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2012 Chrysler 300C
13 Nov

Review: 2012 Chrysler 300C

The Baby Bentley Gets Redesigned for 2012 Likes: Refined 5.7L Hemi V8 power: 363 HP + 394 LB-FT of torque Distinct badass styling Understated luxury and performance Dislikes: The SRT8 Hemi is more powerful but gets the same MPG ratings High beltline restricts visibility Rear legroom is less than ideal With available options the 300C […]

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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
21 Sep

Review: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

The Mini Italian Stallion Likes: 170 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm from the turbocharged 4-cylinder Unique styling of the Cinquecento now with badass quotient Low bellowing exhaust note Dislikes: Steering wheel lacks enough adjustability Missing a 6th gear The Fiat 500 Abarth starts at exactly $22,000. Sure, you can probably buy a […]

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