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  • Keepers: Turbo Dodges—Community (363 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 18, 2009 12 a.m.

    One thing is for certain when it comes to Turbo Dodges; they’re backed by a very broad, dedicated enthusiast community that ranges from armchair admirers to technical wizards who can rattle off specific engine tolerances and decode VINs, while rebuilding transmissions, and yes, I do mean multiple transmissions at once. Having that kind of support base makes owning a turbo Dodge even sweeter, and for the enthusiasts who happen upon one of the rarer model/engine combos, it’s borderline necessary.

  • Driven: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox (1109 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on June 17, 2009 12 a.m.

    General Motors, among financial turmoil and brand sell-offs, has decided to use its most well known brand to usher in the new generation of GM. The vehicle it chose to do it with, however is a crossover: the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Why? Because the company is confident that it will sell. The redesigned, reengineered Equinox, in the mind of the company, is the perfect package of comfort, safety, utility, and, most importantly, value.

  • Keepers: Turbo Dodges—Shopping (494 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 16, 2009 12 a.m.

    Stepping into the world of turbo Dodges can be somewhat intimidating for the uninitiated. While our first Keepers report on these cars covered only four vehicles (arguably the pinnacle of Dodge’s turbo efforts of the time), in reality the 2.2 turbo and later variants were used in everything from sleeper sedans, hatchbacks, in-your-face sports cars, or even minivans. The good news here is that no matter what you’re into, there’s likely a turbo Dodge to suit your tastes. Even better, because so many of these power plants were produced, parts are cheap and relatively easy to come by, with some ...

  • Driven: 2010 Kia Forte (1090 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on June 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    While sitting around a candlelit table at Chandler’s Crabhouse in downtown Seattle, we talked with other journalists about our recent drive in Kia’s all-new Forte sedan—the replacement for the long-running Spectra. We discussed our generally lukewarm driving impressions, but still resolved that the Forte is a good competitor in the compact segment. One colleague said, “If I only write about the drive experience, it could come off as a bad review—but it isn’t actually a bad car at all.” So stay with us here, because while there may not be any juicy, exciting, sports-car-type bits about the Kia Forte, it’s ...

  • Keepers: The Turbo Dodges (665 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    In the pursuit of finding cars worth keeping, there’s not always a clear connection between pedigree, price and performance. Sometimes, cars that people expect to be good turn out to be rubbish, despite their ancestry. And sometimes, you come across performance heroes in the most unlikely of places.

  • Blog: Chevrolet Volt—Enthusiast Driver’s Car? (546 views)

    By Tom Martin on June 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    Reading the comments on our Tesla drive, and about the Volt’s roughly $32,500 pricing (after subtracting the $7500 federal incentive), got me to thinking that we may misunderstand the Volt and other battery-powered cars. I haven’t driven the Volt, so only time will tell, but here’s the logic.

  • Keepers: Honda S2000 - Community (746 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 02, 2009 12 a.m.

    Current or future S2000 owners are blessed with an active enthusiast community spread across the U.S. as well as several countries overseas. And we’re not just talking about occasional parking lot gatherings; these folks love the S2000 but more importantly, they love driving the S2000. Three websites— , , and —should be in every S2000 owner’s bookmark list because they are the definitive sites to visit for complete model information. Within these digital library stacks are a wealth of information, including technical help and aftermarket performance tips, all crafted from the folks who know these cars best.

  • Keepers: Honda S2000—Shopping (1924 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Traditionally, even well maintained sports cars tend to be maintenance-heavy due to their high-strung personalities. There is good news, however, for all you would-be Honda S2000 owners, because the S2000—aside from being a high-strung sports car—is still a Honda. That means high levels of reliability despite its performance car status.

  • List: 2009 Lotus Elise SC from Las Vegas to Menlo Park, the Hard Way (1264 views)

    By Rex Roy on June 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Recently, Winding Road mainstay Rex Roy took a pretty magical two-day drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Menlo Park, California in a 2009 Lotus Elise SC. Not one to let the time pass idly; Rex captured some amazing photographs along the way. Click through the gallery above where Rex narrates his journey for our benefit. Trust us, this was a good one.

  • Blog: Getting Environmental Policy Right (352 views)

    By Tom Martin on May 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    ’ve said that the domestic automakers will emerge from their recent financial difficulties in better shape than in recent memory. My point in that blog was that the so-called bailout of the Detroit Three is the news, but it isn’t the key issue. The Detroit Three will restructure and emerge in decent shape. I’ve also said we should care about what happens after that point. That’s because if there’s one lesson from the problems of the automakers it should be that apparently simple decisions often have lasting negative consequences. What we are deciding now are the policies for 7-20 years ...