Monday, 04 December 2023
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Competition is tough in the luxury sedan world these days — with stout offerings available from upstarts like Genesis as well as long-standing segment leaders such as Audi and BMW.

One brand that always puts up a good fight in this arena is Mercedes-Benz, and their midsize sedan offering, the E-class, should never be left out of the discussion of top luxury rides.

The E-class slots between Mercedes’ smaller C-class and larger S-class. WIth a history of offering sharp looks inside and out, a powerful and smooth ride, as well as leading tech and safety options, it has a strong past to live up to.

The 2022 E-class model sees some minor upgrades in terms of features offered, as well as some new paint schemes — but it’s core competencies remain strong. It’s a sporty ride masquerading as a family sedan, featuring exquisite design and powerful performance.

The 2022 E-class is available as a sedan, coupe, convertible or wagon. I recently spent some time behind the week of a 2022 Mercedes-Benz E450 sedan, and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up vs. its luxury competition.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan  
  • Price as tested $73,350 (starts at $56K)
  • Best feature Smooth and powerful Mercedes performance, comprehensive and user-friendly tech 
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury car buyers seeking a classy, high-tech sedan they will love to drive 
Posted On Monday, 10 October 2022 00:29 Written by
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Subaru enthusiasts love to drive and are loyal to their brand, and their patience has paid off with the arrival of a long overdue redesign of the WRX for 2022, nearly a decade since the previous generation was unveiled.

This sporty, compact hot rod looks better, drives better and sounds better than its predecessors. It also holds up well against tough competition such as the Honda Civic SI and Volkswagen Golf GTI, among others.

I recently tested a 2022 Subaru WRX, and I’m back with a full report. 

Posted On Thursday, 08 September 2022 13:18 Written by
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“Wow. That’s a Nissan?”

This was a common expression I heard all week when people would walk by and stare at the 2023 Nissan Z I was test-driving.

The long-awaited vehicle — the 7th generation of the Z model aimed at driving enthusiasts — has finally arrived this summer, offering a more affordable option to fans of speed and power who don’t want to spend luxury dollars for a rear-wheel-drive coupe offering a pure thrill ride. With few true competitors — most notably the Toyota GR Supra — the latest Z has a great shot at drawing a significant fan base among devoted enthusiasts. 

In an era where most big launches are electric vehicles, the arrival of the new Z is a big deal.

The 2023 Nissan Z is the 7th generation of the Z legacy, which stretches back all the way to 1969. I was able to test a prototype of this highly anticipated sports car, and I’m back with a full report on the vehicle — which aims to continue the Z’s historic styling and sporty nature while adding in some modern tech features.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Nissan Z
  • Price as tested $53,610 (Starts around $40K) 
  • Best feature Thrilling and powerful ride, beautiful throwback styling 
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Fun, affordable sports car that revives a classic brand 
Posted On Sunday, 21 August 2022 03:57 Written by
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Volkswagen’s wee but consistently-lauded Golf has long been a favorite of driving enthusiasts — a vehicle focused on providing a truly joyous driving experience to enthusiasts who appreciate what a vehicle can do and don’t want to shell out luxury-level bucks to get that ride quality.

This vehicle helped bring about the “hot hatch” category that is both performance focused while attempting to retain some level of practicality. It faces stiff competition from Hyundai, Honda, Subaru and MINI hatchback models, but has always been a standout in the category.

Returning for 2022, the Golf GTI debuts the 8th generation of this popular and sporty ride, boosting performance and retooling some physical elements of the car’s design and tech setup.

I recently spent some time in a 2022 VW Golf GTI, and I’m back with a full report on how well it holds up in the realm of hot hatches.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Price as tested $40,185 (starts around $31K)
  • Best feature Truly enjoyable driving experience, sharp but not overly flashy design
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact car buyers looking for a fun and sporty hatchback
Posted On Saturday, 16 July 2022 23:25 Written by
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Four doors are better than two — at least in the minds of some car buyers.

So it makes sense that BMW is bringing back a redesigned 4-series Gran Coupe for 2022. This vehicle is a sort of hybrid between its two-door 4-series coupe, and its 3-series sedan, aiming to be a best of both worlds type of vehicle.

The goal here is to create more accessibility and room for rear passengers without compromising the driving aesthetic that BMW’s reputation brings.

With two powerful engine options, the Gran Coupe delivers — which is essential in the extremely competitive luxury car genre.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, and I’m back with a full report on whether it achieves its goal of maintaining driving excellence while increasing practicality.

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  • Vehicle 2022 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe 
  • Price as tested $56,300 (starts around $46K)
  • Best feature Tremendous speed and power, a driving enthusiast’s dream
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? BMW fans who want a fast ride with four-door access
Posted On Wednesday, 13 July 2022 08:20 Written by
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