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The 2015 Honda Fit is Biggie Smalls

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A good compact car is capable of magic. It needs to pretend to be quite small on the outside, but reveal a large interior space once the doors are opened. The 2015 Honda Fit should be named David Copperfield then there’s some serious prestidigitation going on here. By the way, I spelled prestidigitation right the first time I typed this out… which is some sort of black magic.

Honda engineers have managed to create a interior world that’s deceptively vast. Fold down the rear seats and you basically have the cargo space of a crossover. You have the fuel economy of Honda Fit, however, and that’s a wonderful thing.

[Disclaimer: Honda tossed me the keys to the Fit for a week, and included a tank of gas. I am pretty sure I never needed to fill it up despite putting a good amount of mileage on the tires.]

Dodge Viper: More charm needed for this snake?

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The Dodge Viper returned to the world in 2013 and everyone… kind of went, huh. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the styling is excellent, the V10 makes amazing noise, and the performance capability of the car is higher than that of most drivers that will climb behind the wheel.

Still, it’s priced a bit high in its 2013 and 2014 model years, and the sales are sluggish. Dodge has decided to fix that for 2015 with a massive price drop and a minor power bump.

We’re curious what would make the car sales figures so flat though, as this seems like something that fans of the well-to-do fans of the brand would be snapping up. Is it simply a matter of a car being priced too high?

Pretty much… yes.

[Disclaimer: Dodge loaned us the Viper for a few days, and included a tank of gas. I believe I used one tank for each day I drove the car... worth it.]

Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Ballin’ on a budget or the real AMG deal?

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For many years now, AMG have been churning out ballistic machines with hand-built engines. The cars sole purpose has been to generate power, noise, and tire smoke. Now though, there’s a new generation of AMG vehicles and one of the interesting spots in the lineup is occupied by the CLA45 AMG.

It’s a compact sedan that’s shaped a bit like a coupe and offers up turbocharged four-cylinder goodness. That doesn’t sound like something that the mad minds at AMG would cook up… until you realize that this is one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines ever created.

Still, is it the real AMG experience or is it merely a budget pretender? Let’s watch…

Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT – A $100k steal

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been around for a few years now. It’s been refined a bit during that time, but some might say it’s getting a bit long in the tooth. We’re okay with that… because it keeps getting better while still maintaining its beautiful looks.

There’s a new version for us to love, and it’s called the V8 Vantage GT. While our friends in Europe get the N430 version, which is a luxed up Vantage, we get the version that’s easily one of the best deals in this segment.

Aston Martin offers the V8 Vantage GT with a starting price of just $99,000. To be able to put one of these in your garage for less than the cost of 911 with a few options is a rare treat, and it’s one that should have well heeled shoppers thinking twice about heading to their local Super Beetle dealership…

First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F

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Lexus is looking to join the big leagues of the sport luxury segment. That’s a hefty road to climb considering it’s currently filled with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M4, and the Audi RS5, amongst other machines.

Lexus has an answer to those vehicles, however, and it’s called the RC F. Hooniverse.com Executive Editor Jeff Glucker heads to the Monticello Motor Club in New York to see if it can compete with the rest of the segment.

[Disclaimer: Lexus flew me to New York and put me up in a hotel. I ditched the after-track after-dinner drink-a-thon to hang out with my buddy Matt... we had our own drink-a-thon. I was tired the next day.]

2015 Cadillac Escalade drops the guilty and ups the pleasure

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For me, the Cadillac Escalade has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure vehicle. This is a machine that I shouldn’t like, but for some reason I’m oddly attracted to said vehicle. I once took a 900-mile road trip in a last-generation Escalade Platinum Hybrid. With four adults seated comfortably, the journey was a breeze. Still, that ungainly machine was extremely expensive on the window sticker yet it didn’t quite pair that price with the same level of luxury one would expect when shelling out that much dough.

For 2015, Cadillac has launched an all-new Escalade, and it looks a whole lot sharper than the version it replaces. The exterior has been refined, the interior has been upgraded, and the engine is better than before.

Is it still a guilty pleasure… or has it evolved into something more?

[Disclaimer: Cadillac loaned me the keys to the 2015 Escalade for a week. They also included a tank of gas. Spoiler alert: One tank doesn't get you very far and I made my local Mobil station very happy.]

Video Review: Dinan S3-R BMW 1M
The Real Ultimate Driving Machine

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I harp on BMW a lot. Too much, in fact. The automaker still builds machines that provide a truly engaging driving experience. The problem is though, that the lineup has less and less of that. Still, cars like the new M3 and M4 prove that BMW can still create ultimate driving machines.

Back in 2011, however, they may have created their own modern-day masterpiece. It’s called the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, or 1M for short. This 335-horsepower mighty mobile proved that BMW had not in fact lost its mojo.

Did they leave a bit on the table with the 1M? I wouldn’t have said so back then, but after spending a week with the Dinan S3-R 1M I’m singing a different tune. What Dinan has done is take a great car… and made it into one of the best true driver’s cars that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

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Video Review: 2014 Audi RS7
Say Hello to Banana Sandwich

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Remember how crazy some cars used to be? Big-block having, lumpy-cam bumping, street beasts crafted with metal and a desire to go straight as fast as possible. Today you have vehicles that produce just as much power, yet aren’t quite as insane as the meaty machines that came before. Still, insane cars do exist… you just have to look a bit harder to find them.

Case in point: the 2014 Audi RS7.

How can a luxury, four-door, shapely sedan be considered insane? That’s easy… just pop the hood and take in the 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. If you don’t think it’s pure insanity that a nearly 4,500-pound sedan can run from 0-60 miles per hour in around 3.5 seconds, then we have different definitions of the term “crazy train”. Your definition is wrong, by the way.

The 190 mile-per-hour top speed agrees with me, as well.

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2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S: The classiest hot rod on the bright yellow block

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It wants to stand out…

From the color, to the noise, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is a high-dollar luxury droptop that looks to make its presence known. It’s the noise that has me most interested, of course, as the color is not my cup of delightful British tea. The noise is produced by the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine mounted under the hood. It generates 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

That’s enough to make the 0-60 run in just over four seconds. It’s also enough to propel this not-so-light on its feet brawler on to its top speed of 191 miles per hour.

Did I say “stand out”? I meant blast out…

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2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD: The big rig for the boss

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A change in perspective. That’s what I got when I first slid my dark blue jeans onto the comfortable leather seat of the 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD. You see, I’m typically quite a bit lower to the ground due to all the expensive/fast/luxurious/loud/exotic machines that I somehow wind up holding the keys to.

The change in perspective was necessary to get my head out of the clouds… but now my head sits a heck of a lot closer to the actual clouds. Still, I’ve apparently not given up any bits of the level of luxury I’ve experienced as of late because this is one truck that knows how to treat its driver and passengers right.

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