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  • Driven: 2009 Honda Fit Sport (761 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on August 19, 2008 12 a.m.

    Even though the original Fit debuted in 2001, we Americans were deprived of the little Honda that could until it finally arrived Stateside in 2006. After years of successful sales in Japan and Europe (where it sold as the Jazz) the folks at Honda decided to see how the diminutive hatchback would do in the bigger-is-better United States auto market. At that time, a gallon of regular unleaded still cost less than three dollars and consumers were lined up for miles waiting for new crossovers and sport-utilities to hit dealer lots. Not even Honda had anticipated that the Fit would ...

  • Driven: We Drive the 2009 Mazda6 (822 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 13, 2008 12 a.m.

    Hard as it may be to fathom, we automotive journalists get things wrong every once in a while. Despite perpetually cheering for the 2003-2008 Mazda6’s ragtag charms and dynamic excellence in a crowd of somnambulant sedans, it never really sold. Nevermind that it was a wieldy package and fun to grab by the scruff on winding roads, it languished on showroom floors while far duller drives poured out of showrooms like so many bags of rice. Heck, we even heartily applauded the availability of a segment-best three separate body styles (sedan, wagon, and touring), as well as a genuine high-performance ...

  • Driven: We Drive the 2009 Acura TL (711 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 11, 2008 12 a.m.

    Before we had even spent one minute behind the wheel of Acura’s new-for-2009 TL sedan, we could already pick out the feature that will ultimately divide shoppers into potential buyers and those who will choose to look elsewhere: the in-your-face grille.

  • Driven: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte (636 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 08, 2008 12 a.m.

    We at Winding Road and NextAutos frequently get the chance to sample luxury offerings from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, et cetera. And while all of those German manufacturers make wonderful vehicles, it’s a rare occasion that some Italian blood works its way into our test fleet. Our Maserati Quattroporte test car proved to be a sporty, elegant cruiser, and can turn heads in a way that none of the German automakers can.

  • List: Ten Driving Video Games We'll Never Stop Playing (1256 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 04, 2008 12 a.m.

    Thousands of video games are developed each year but truly impressive driving games remain relatively rare in the world. We may be a little on the picky side when it comes to our motoring entertainment, but we just can’t stomach the idea of forcing our way through a title like Hot Wheels Ultimate Racing (seriously bad) when there are Pole Positions in the world.

  • Driven: 2007 Bosch BMW 535d (2007 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 31, 2008 12 a.m.

    While it may be a year old, the diesel BMW 5-series was never sold in America, but it’s still something we wish we could have the option to shop for in this market. Our friends at Bosch imported a Euro-spec 535d for us to test, featuring a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six capable of producing 286 horsepower and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque. Our test car also adorned BMW's M Sport appearance package, available on the European 5-series. This, combined with tinted rear windows and a badge-less rear end made this 5-series our stealth bomber of choice for cruising.

  • List: Ten Forgotten Small Cars (Now with Bonus Car!) (4867 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 31, 2008 12 a.m.

    Talk about new and better small car offerings for the North American market is thick in the air these days, and while it’s true that many of the best compact offerings have been only sold abroad throughout the years, there are more than a few cars that have been simply forgotten about.

  • Driven: 2009 BMW 7-series Gives Less Bangle, More Bimmer (1059 views)

    By Matt Davis on July 28, 2008 12 a.m.

    This was an incredible sensation we have to tell you about first. We’ve melted tires and drifted BMW M3s, M5s, and M6es without any effort whatsoever. We tried getting the 128i or 135i to do these things and it wasn’t easy. We tried the 335i and it’s just too composed to make it easy, though it can be done under certain circumstances. Bottom line is that BMW makes cars that must seize the driver’s heart and soul without much ado. They should goad us to play.

  • List: Top Ten Cars that Look Great in Bizarre Colors (2745 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 23, 2008 12 a.m.

    It’s no easy job to design a car that most people will agree is attractive. Start to throw wild shades of paint into the mix and the job becomes exponentially harder. While it’s safe to say that Jaguar’s XKE is a stunningly beautiful car, we’d imagine that Atomic Orange might be a tough sell to Jag owners when it comes time for new paint.

  • List: Top 11 Animal-Themed Vehicle Names of All Time (1691 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 17, 2008 12 a.m.

    Manufacturers have long relied on symbolism to push their metal on the public, hoping to create a long-lasting connection between their vehicles and a commonly understood concept. No stronger does this play out than in the name of the vehicle itself, where car makers have looked to animal names to imbue a set of characteristics not captured by the spec sheet alone.