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  • Driven: 2009 Subaru WRX SPT (1736 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on August 12, 2009 12 a.m.

    While this generation of WRX may have officially debuted as a 2008 model, it’s the 2009 car that we’ve really spent most of our focus on. Subaru gave its WRX sedan and hatchback a big cosmetic refresh for 2008, but it wasn’t until the following year that Subaru heavily updated this car. For 2009, the WRX received an all-new, 265-horsepower version of the Boxer four, as well as some upgraded suspension parts similar to those on the STI. And while we’ve discussed both our vast praise and minimal displeasure for this car many times since then, we eagerly accepted an ...

  • First Look: 2010 Nissan Sentra (397 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on August 12, 2009 12 a.m.

    Nissan has released pricing and images (three of them) for the updated 2010 Sentra. The news here: the prices have been reduced, and the Sentra offers a navigation package for the first time, which has been priced at a mere $400. A rearview monitor has also been made available.

  • List: Ten Cars We Wish Were Still Sold Here (892 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on August 12, 2009 12 a.m.

    In honor of our sad farewell to the Honda S2000, we bring you this list of fairly recent cars we wish we could still buy in the U.S.

  • Keepers: GMC Syclone/Typhoon—Community (705 views)

    By Christopher Smith on August 10, 2009 12 a.m.

    Every hardcore performance ride has an enthusiast following, and while the same kind of race-inspired pedigree may not surround the Syclone/Typhoon, a small but faithful group of gearheads congregate to , online home to the International Syclone Typhoon Owners Association (ISTA and yes, they opt to go O-less for the acronym). International is no typo either; despite a limited production run, Syclones and Typhoons have found homes in such faraway lands as England, Sweden, Germany, and Austria. also lists club chapters for Brazil and Japan, though a visit to both websites suggests activity in those areas might be ...

  • Driven: Saying Goodbye To The Honda S2000 (1142 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on August 10, 2009 12 a.m.

    Throughout the 1990s, the Mazda Miata was the go-to choice for inexpensive, lightweight, whipping-boy roadster fun. But all of that changed in 1999 when Honda launched the S2000 with its mean little style, simplistic interior, and high-revving (9000 rpm!) 2.2-liter four. And while the Miata went through a series of refreshes and shortened its name (to MX-5) since that time, the Honda proved to be a very stiff competitor without many changes over its lifespan. We grew to love the S2000 because of its taut, firm suspension, incredible steering feel, and impeccable transmission—the six-speed manual gearbox is, to this day, ...

  • Driven: 2010 Acura TSX V-6 (738 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on August 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    Long before a V-6 was ever in the cards, Acura told the world that its four-cylinder TSX was perfectly equipped to do battle with entry-level luxury sedans like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series. Sure, it had the looks, the technology, the interior refinement, and the size, but when it came down to performance, the 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four running through only the front wheels just couldn’t hold its own. So in a segment full of six-cylinder (and turbo four) engines and rear- or all-wheel drive, the TSX sort of became the bargain basement choice in the class.

  • Keepers: GMC Syclone/Typhoon—Shopping (841 views)

    By Christopher Smith on August 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    The Syclone/Typhoon (often referred to as SyTy by owners and enthusiasts) super trucks were always intended to be niche, limited-production vehicles. Save for a few outlier units in 1992, Syclones were exclusive to the 1991 model year and exclusively black, while Typhoons offered more color and less exclusivity thanks to a production run that spanned 1992 and 1993. As one would expect, the Typhoon is a bit easier to find; nearly 5000 came off the assembly line during its two-year run as opposed to 3000 Syclones, so while these trucks are rather rare, they’re not impossible to find.

  • Driven: The Softer Side of Mustang (487 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 04, 2009 12 a.m.

    In generations past, the convertible versions of Ford’s Mustang have offered relatively cheap, fast, open top motoring, but not without paying a pretty big dynamic price. Despite Bill Ford’s proclaiming the Mustang convertible has his desert island vehicle of choice (see above for one of the nearly unforgettable “No Boundaries” commercials from earlier in the decade), driver’s interested in a real performance vehicle have always been forced to opt for the tin-top pony car. The convertible has always suffered from far too much chassis flex to make it serviceable as anything more serious than a quick, weekend tourer—sorry Bill.

  • First Look: 2011 Nissan Leaf EV (325 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 03, 2009 12 a.m.

    Nissan unveiled its all-new electric vehicle called the Leaf yesterday, which is to be launched in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. in late 2010.

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost—The Flattop Flexes its Muscles (1001 views)

    By Rex Roy on August 03, 2009 12 a.m.

    Ford Motor Company talks about its Plan For Sustainability at nearly every major product press conference. The plan highlights how FoMoCo will deliver vehicles that people will want to drive while meeting the government's new CAFE and emissions regulations. Greenies and government types rejoice when they hear phrases like "enhanced sustainability," and "reduction in carbon consumption."