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There is no doubt that these two cars are different in many ways. One is a compact luxury car, the other isn’t. The Lexus is a fully loaded version whereas the Dodge is a basic rental car spec. The Lexus IS250 is a direct competitor to the BMW 3 series (the 328i to be specific) and the Dodge Charger is a larger and more powerful alternative to the Dodge Avenger. Two different cars created for different clienteles. But what if you take away the price and luxury gap out of the equation? They are rear wheel drive and are powered by V6s. In my opinion, I am interested in finding out whether the more expensive Lexus is a better package than the Dodge under these circumstances. On the basis of styling and driving dynamics, which is the better car? Continue reading
It was 1991, two years after Lexus was created, the SC was birthed to complement the successful LS sedan, and to combat the Mercedes SL, Acura Legend Coupe, and the Infiniti M30. Combining stunning looks and superb driving dynamics, not to mention typical Lexus reliability, the SC was a success. Fast forward nine years into its life cycle with no major updates, and the aging SC was in need of an immediate redesign. Then came 2001 when the redesigned SC would debut. In contrast to the previous SC, the SC is a convertible. One of its unique characteristic was that it had a retractable aluminum hardtop which meant that it could combine the looks of a coupe and a convertible. Continue reading
Prior to 2002, Jeep’s compact SUV was the Cherokee. With its lightweight body and excellent reliability, not to mention its off roading capabilities, the Cherokee was a hit. But in the late 1990s, U.S was experiencing a SUV boom which shifted the market from boxy and truck like SUVs to contemporary styled and carlike SUVs. In the compact category, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 were one of the aforementioned car like SUVs. Amazed by these two SUVs’ successes, competitors rushed to produce similar vehicles. As a result, the Liberty was born. Replacing the Cherokee, the Liberty enjoyed success although in a different context. Redesigned for 2008, the Liberty places emphasis on its boxy looks and its Jeep heritage. Continue reading
I grew up in what you might call a Honda family. We had a 1988 Honda Civic DX, 1995 Honda Odyssey LX, and a 2004 Honda Pilot EXL. We kept each of the Hondas for as least 6 years. The 2004 Honda Pilot is still in our family, and it is running strong at 158k miles. In 2002, my father was originally going to get the Honda Accord, but due to its age, he got the Toyota Camry which was brand new at the time instead. As the fourth best selling car in America, the Accord came to fruition in 1976 as a hatchback. It instantly became a successful as it responded well to America’s need for a fuel efficient family car. The success continued as the Accord continued with its generations. The Accord was redesigned in 2008. Compared to the previous Accords, the Accord has grown in size and was now classified as a large sedan by the EPA, and it placed more emphasis on comfort and refinement. Continue reading
Rewind to 15 years ago, and it would have been embarrassing to drive a Korean car. This is referenced in the media. In the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift film, Han gives Sean a Mitsubishi Evo, and he says, “What, you think I’m going to let you roll in a Hyundai?”. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson says your life has hit rock bottom if you drive a Hyundai Accent Diesel. A long time ago, a girl asked me what car she should get, and I said, “You should get a Hyundai”. Big mistake. She never talked to me again. Point is that Hyundais and Kias (Hyundai owns Kia) have always been burdened with the reputation of being cheap and mediocre cars. It’s funny how things can change in time. The Hyundai Sonata always had been a left field contender rivaling the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But the Sonata was redesigned in 2006, and it became a decent family sedan with a roomy interior and civilized road manners. It sold well, but it still trailed the better family sedans. Enter the sixth generation Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata attempts to build on the fundamentals of the earlier sonatas while using eye catching styling and fuel efficiency to garner sales.
It is well known that Chevrolet prides itself on its Suburban and Tahoe SUVs. But then came along the 2008 recession and the fuel crisis, and Chevrolet was forced to think outside the box for its customers who needed a large family SUV but with better fuel economy. Enter the Chevrolet Traverse. Introduced in 2008 as a 2009 model, the Traverse was based off a platform shared with the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. These four SUVs replaced the Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, and Saturn Relay minivans. The Traverse is a first for Chevrolet, as it is its first dedicated unibody large SUV. Lambasted for its fuel economy and unresponsive transmission, the Traverse was refreshed for 2013 with new updated styling and powertrain. Continue reading