2009 BMW 750Li – Four Seasons Update – December 2009

2009 BMW 750Li – Four Seasons Update – December 2009
2009 BMW 750Li - December 2009 Four Seasons Review - Automobile Magazine
Our 2009 BMW 750Li is back in Ann Arbor and racking up miles at a more typical pace again.

Months in Fleet: Nine
Miles to Date: 31,967inline_mediumwraptextright23526259/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/0912_2009_bmw_750li_december_update0906_02_z+2009_bMW_750Li+rear_three_quarters_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited
2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited - Subaru Midsize Sedan - Automobile Magazine
There’s no discounting the power offered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four, but mating it to a six-speed transmission is simply brilliant.

Subaru bills the 2.5GT as its “enthusiast” model, and although it’s not quite as fun as a WRX, it is by far the most enjoyable Legacy I’ve sampled in many years. There’s no discounting the power offered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four, but mating it to a six-speed transmission is simply brilliant. Other midsize cars may offer manual transmissions, but they’re only available on lower trim models that focus more on thrift than on thrust.inline_mediumwraptextright27444079/reviews/editors_notebook/0912_2010_subaru_legacy_25gt_limited0912_03_z+2010_subaru_legacy_25GT_limited+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 – Four Seasons Update – December 2009

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 – Four Seasons Update – December 2009
2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 - December 2009 Four Seasons Update - Automobile Magazine
The Genesis is an amazing first-stab at the luxury car class by Hyundai.

Months in Fleet: 11
Mileage: 28,931inline_mediumwraptextright25689467/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/0912_2009_hyundai_genesis_4_6_december_update0910_02_z+2009_hyundai_genesis_46+side_view.jpgTrue

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2009 Honda Fit Sport 5 Door – Four Seasons Update – December 2009

2009 Honda Fit Sport 5 Door – Four Seasons Update – December 2009
2009 Honda Fit Sport 5 Door - December 2009 Four Seasons Update - Automobile Magazine
After nearly a year with us, we can start drawing conclusions about our Four Seasons Fit Sport.

Months in fleet: 11
Miles to date: 21,966inline_mediumwraptextright25873865/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/0912_2009_honda_fit_sport_5_door_december_update0911_03_z+2009_honda_fit_sport+rear_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD

2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD
2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD - Ford Midsize Sport Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
The Fusion Sport is quite engaging to drive, with impressive handling and a ride that is slightly tighter than its competitors’.

I was a bit shocked by the seats that look as if they were inspired by red pleather pants. It amazes me that car companies employ people who specialize in interior colors and materials and then deliver something like this. In addition to the fashion faux pas, these seats also look to be showing quite a bit of wear with just 9000 miles on the odometer.inline_mediumwraptextright26049494/reviews/editors_notebook/0911_2010_ford_fusion_sport_awd0911_09_z+2010_ford_fusion_sport_aWD+rear_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR – Four Seasons Wrap-up – January 2009

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR – Four Seasons Wrap-up – January 2009
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR - January 2009 Four Seasons Wrap-up - Automobile Magazine
It’s not for everybody – and that’s as it should be.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
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2010 Mazda 3 vs MazdaSpeed 3 – Comparison

2010 Mazda 3 vs MazdaSpeed 3 – Comparison
2010 Mazda 3 vs MazdaSpeed 3 - Mazda Sports Hatchback Review - Automobile Magazine
A bright red Mazdaspeed 3 recently showed up at the Automobile Magazine HQ, giving us the perfect chance to compare it side-by-side and back-to-back with our long term Mazda 3s Grand Touring hatchback.

Like Rusty, I’m close to the target demographic of the Mazdaspeed 3. I’ve certainly sung its praises in the pages of Automobile and on these Web pages, and all of that has been well-deserved. But if given the choice, I’d put my own money towards the base Mazda 3 without a second’s hesitation.inline_mediumwraptextright26071454/reviews/editors_notebook/0911_2010_mazda3_vs_mazdaspeed30911_08_z+2010_mazda3_vS_mazdaspeed3+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Nissan GTR Premium – Four Seasons Update – December 2009

2010 Nissan GTR Premium – Four Seasons Update – December 2009
2010 Nissan GTR Premium - December 2009 Four Seasons Update - Automobile Magazine
Sometimes, the GT-R can sometimes seem ill-suited to real life.

Months in Service: Eight
Mileage to Date: 20,389inline_mediumwraptextright27421657/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/0912_2010_nissan_gtr_premium_december_update0912_08_z+2010_nissan_gtR_premium+side_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue

2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue
2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue - Hyundai Midsize Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
If you replaced the “Blue” suffix with “thrift,” you might have a little more semblance of what this car is all about.

I find it funny that Hyundai, a Korean car company, is using “Blue” to identify its most fuel-efficient cars. This move reminds me of the Volkswagen BlueMotion models and the AdBlue name for diesel-exhaust after-treatment fluids, both of which are very German. Identifying products as “blue” makes me think of a marine application, and the label could be confusing for consumers who are looking for products to help save the environment, which are more typically referred to as “green.”inline_mediumwraptextright27300631/reviews/editors_notebook/0911_2010_hyundai_elantra_blue0911_06_z+2010_hyundai_elantra_blue+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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First Drive: Audi E-tron

First Drive: Audi E-tron
Audi E-Tron - Audi Plug-in High Performance Sports Car - Automobile Magazine
Exclusive: We drive Audi’s plug-in two-seater, which will come to market as a $200,000-plus, limited-edition halo car.

The three volume German premium brands are about to introduce electric mobility from the top down – in new models like the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, the electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and the Audi E-tron. We got an early turn in the E-tron, which aims at the niche currently owned by the Tesla Roadster.inline_mediumwraptextright31379283/green/reviews/1001_audi_etron_plugin1001_01_z+audi_e-Tron+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Audi Q5 3.2 – Four Seasons Update – November 2009

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 – Four Seasons Update – November 2009
2010 Audi Q5 3.2 - Audi Luxury Crossover SUV Long Term Review - Automobile Magazine
Armed with Michelin Latitude Alpin winter tires, Quattro all-wheel-drive, and heated seats, the Q5 would appear to be fully prepared for winter.

Months in fleet: One
Miles to date: 3648inline_mediumwraptextright31468374/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/0911_2010_audi_q5_3_2_november_update0911_05_z+2010_audi_q5_3_2+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
2010 Bentley Continental Supersports - Bentley Luxury Sport Coupe - Automobile Magazine
How can a car that weighs so much go so fast so quickly when you merely breathe on the accelerator?

This is the first modern Bentley I’ve ever been excited about. Part of the appeal of the Supersports we’re testing lies in the fact that virtually everything on the car is black, that the seats feature manual adjustments, and that the materials covering every inch of the interior are as soft and luxurious as it gets. The rest of the Supersports’ appeal is apparent as soon as you put even the smallest amount of pressure on the accelerator pedal.inline_mediumwraptextright26065190/reviews/editors_notebook/0911_2010_bentley_continental_supersports0911_08_z+2010_bentley_continental_supersports+rear_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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