Jeep Compass Latitude Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2018
Drivetrain:
4WD
Trim:
Latitude
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
180
Torque (lb-ft):
175
Type:
SUV
Country:
US
Thank you to Blasius of Middletown for allowing me to test drive this 2018 Jeep Compass Latitude!

Going into this one, my previous Jeep experiences had been a couple of automatic early 2000's Cherokees and a manual 2015 ......
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Kia Soul LX Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2021
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
LX
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
147
Torque (lb-ft):
132
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
Thanks to Crowley Kia, once again, for letting me take this 2021 Kia Soul LX out for a drive!

The Kia Soul's styling isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for a practical new car with a stick shift, this one is definitely wor......
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Ford Mustang GT Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
RWD
Trim:
GT
Doors:
2
Speeds:
6
Seats:
4
Power (hp):
435
Torque (lb-ft):
400
Type:
Coupe
Country:
US
A big thank you to Stephen Cadillac for giving me some time with this 2017 Mustang GT!

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Mazda Mazda3 Premium Hatchback Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2021
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Premium Hatchback
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
186
Torque (lb-ft):
186
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
Thank you to Modern Mazda for allowing me to take this 2021 Mazda3 Premium Hatchback out for a drive!

The Mazda3 holds a special place in my heart, as a 2012 i Touring SKYACTIV was my first manual car. I learned manual on the st......
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Kia Forte GT Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2021
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
GT
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
201
Torque (lb-ft):
192
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
Thank you to Crowley Kia for allowing me to take this 2021 Kia Forte GT out for a test drive!

The Kia/Hyundai group has long been overlooked, and some people haven't come to terms with the weight the badge used to carry. But they......
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Ford Fiesta S Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2018
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
S
Doors:
4
Speeds:
5
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
120
Torque (lb-ft):
112
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
Thanks once again to Dowling Ford for letting me take this 2018 Ford Fiesta S out for a drive!

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Ford Focus SE Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
SE
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
123
Torque (lb-ft):
125
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
Thanks to Blasius of Middletown for letting me take a drive in this 2017 Ford Focus SE!

Walking up to the car, I've gotta say I like this Nitrous Blue color on this car. Other than the color, it looks fairly compact and un......
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Ford Mustang EcoBoost Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2020
Drivetrain:
RWD
Trim:
EcoBoost
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
4
Power (hp):
330
Torque (lb-ft):
350
Type:
Coupe
Country:
US
Shout out to Dowling Ford for letting me take this beautiful 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost with the High Performance engine out on a test drive.

Let's just get this out of the way: The biggest knock against this car is the existence ......
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Chevrolet Camaro SS Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2015
Drivetrain:
RWD
Trim:
SS
Doors:
2
Speeds:
6
Seats:
4
Power (hp):
426
Torque (lb-ft):
420
Type:
Convertible, Coupe
Country:
US
Thank you to Wallingford Buick GMC for allowing me to take this car for a spin!

I stepped out of my FWD, 228 hp, 4 cylinder, turbocharged hot hatch and into this RWD, 420 hp, 6.2L V8 beast of a car.

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Nissan Sentra S Rating: 6 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
S
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
130
Torque (lb-ft):
128
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
Thank you to Middletown Nissan for allowing me to take a drive in this Nissan Sentra S!

The enthusiast community has not been particularly kind to Nissan, but most of the flak seems to come due to issues with their CVTs (continuo......
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Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5 FT Rating: No Rating Given
Year:
2019
Drivetrain:
4WD
Trim:
TRD Sport Double Cab 5 FT
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
278
Torque (lb-ft):
265
Type:
Truck
Country:
US
Thank you to Middletown Toyota for letting me take a drive in this 6 speed manual Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab w/5 ft bed!

First things first. After driving this truck and talking to some people in the manual truck community, I do......
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Mazda CX-5 Sport Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2013
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Sport
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
155
Torque (lb-ft):
150
Type:
SUV
Country:
US
A manual SUV has become an especially difficult thing to find. The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most popular crossovers on the market, and I was able to track one down with a 6-speed manual.

The Interior: Standard cloth seats that are surprisingly comfortable. Plenty of space inside in the front ......
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Honda Civic SI Rating: 6 / 10
Year:
2018
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
SI
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
205
Torque (lb-ft):
192
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
I drove the 2015 Civic SI the other day, so I needed to find the latest generation for comparison. My hopes were high for this one after loving the previous generation.

The Interior: The black cloth seats with the SI logo stitched into them are tasteful and comfortable. The space on the insid......
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Subaru WRX Limited Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2016
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
Limited
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
268
Torque (lb-ft):
258
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
The WRX is the default option for an AWD sedan with 3 pedals and some power, so I figured I'd see what all the hype is about. And I wanted to compare it with the STI I drove the other day.

The Interior: The limited trim gets you a nice leather interior with heated front seats. All black i......
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Honda Civic SI Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2015
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
SI
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
205
Torque (lb-ft):
174
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
The Civic SI has been a staple in the enthusiast community for a long time, and for good reason.

The Interior: Cloth interior, decently comfortable seats, but nothing to write home about. Has the typical funky digital dash that all the other Civics of this generation have. Decent legroom in t......
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Subaru WRX STI Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
STI
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
305
Torque (lb-ft):
290
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
The WRX is the default option for an AWD sedan with 3 pedals and some power, and the STI takes a step up from there. So I figured I'd take one out on a cold, rainy day in New England (CT, USA).

The Interior: Comfortable seats, black with red trim, but nothing too aggressive looking. Heat......
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Honda Civic Sport Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2020
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Sport
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
The interior: It's pretty basic, but looks decently refined inside. It's got stardard cloth seats that are comfortable enough for a dialy commute. It's got plenty of room compared to the other hatchbacks I've been driving (other than the Type R of course). I could surely fit both chi......
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Hyundai Veloster N Rating: 9 / 10
Year:
2020
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
N
Doors:
3
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Coupe, Hatchback
Country:
US
The interior: It's actually roomier than expected. The space in the front and back seats are decent, and could actually work for the 2 kid seats in the back. The salesman actually had a kid seat in his Veloster N, so that's a pleasant surprise. It is a 4 seater though, so that's a bit of......
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Honda Civic Type R Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2018
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Type R
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
The Exterior: I don't usually mention the exterior because, personally, I don't really care too much about the looks. Practicality, driving, comfort, and driving again. But this one looks like it should be on a tarmac. It's pretty aggressive looking, and a lot of people either love it or......
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Ford Focus ST Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
ST
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
252
Torque (lb-ft):
270
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
The interior: Comfortable cloth seats, fairly plain in general. The front seats have decent space, but the back seats are really tight. I think that having an infant seat in the back would mean that the front passenger would be eating knee sandwiches. The hatch space also looked very small to me, an......
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Toyota Corolla SE Rating: 5 / 10
Year:
2020
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
SE
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
The interior: It's small. I'm only 5'7" and this car feels really small. The hatch area is very shallow and tight. The back seats are tight. Theres no way it can fit an infant seat and someone in the front passenger seat, and there's definitely no way to fit a 60 lb dog in the h......
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MINI Cooper S Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2016
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
The interior: Very nice leather interior, with Mini's quirky circular infotainment center. It's a little bit tight in the back seats, and the hatch is pretty small. It is also only a 4-seater (which I didn't realize until seeing it). This isn't an ideal car for someone that's goi......
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Volkswagen GTI Autobahn Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2017
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
Autobahn
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
The interior: The interior is much nicer than I expected. It has nice leather seats that are very comfortable. There seems to be just enough space inside, which is exactly what I'm looking for. The hatch space makes me visibly excited, since this is the first small car to actually look to be a c......
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MINI Cooper S Countryman All4 Rating: 4 / 10
Year:
2016
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
SUV
Country:
US
The interior: There's a lot of space for something called a Mini. It's smaller than most SUVs out there, which I call a win. There looks to be plenty of room in the back seats, and plenty of room in the trunk. Whoever bought this one initially didn't tick any of the boxes, because it doe......
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S Rating: 7 / 10
Year:
2019
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
S
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Wagon
Country:
US
The interior: Nice enough interior. The base S trim is decently comfortable, with standard cloth seats. I'd probably spring for the leather and the sunroof in the higher trims, but the cloth is fine. The back seats seem to have about the same amount of space as the GTI, which makes it feel small......
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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rating: 3 / 10
Year:
2015
Drivetrain:
4WD
Trim:
Unlimited
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
SUV
Country:
US
The interior: It's got the typical sort of bare-bones Wrangler interior. Cloth seats that are fairly hard, a standard radio without any kind of infotainment screen, and it's pretty tight space-wise. If you've never been in a Jeep, they look roomy from the outside, but tend to be fairly c......
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Volkswagen GTI SE Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2019
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
SE
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
228
Torque (lb-ft):
258
Type:
Hatchback
Country:
US
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Porsche Cayenne Base Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2013
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
Base
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
300
Torque (lb-ft):
300
Type:
SUV
Country:
US
The interior: Fairly dark, with approximately 400,000 buttons. Plenty of space for 2 car seats, the wife (with lots of legroom), and the dog in the back. Even having someone between the car seats wasn't unbearable for short trips. The leather seats were very comfortable (and heated!).

The......
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Subaru Forester 2.5i Rating: 5 / 10
Year:
2018
Drivetrain:
AWD
Trim:
2.5i
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
5
Power (hp):
170
Torque (lb-ft):
174
Type:
SUV, Wagon
Country:
US
The interior: Standard cloth seats. Not super comfortable, but not awful. Space is great, everyone fits comfortably, and the trunk area is great for the dog.

Driving: It's...fine. The shifter is pretty long, and it feels...fine. The clutch actually has a pretty decent feel and grab point.......
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Mazda Mazda3 i Touring Rating: 8 / 10
Year:
2012
Drivetrain:
FWD
Trim:
i Touring
Doors:
4
Speeds:
6
Seats:
Power (hp):
Torque (lb-ft):
Type:
Sedan
Country:
US
The interior: Cloth seats that are fairly standard. They're comfortable, but nothing to write home about. Also, the car is not big. There's not much room in the back seat, and an infant seat makes the front passenger seat very uncomfortable. But if small kids aren't a concern, it'll ......
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