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2020 Mazda3 – the best small sedan you can buy

The fourth generation of the Mazda3 went on sale as a 2019 model. It looked a little like a smaller Mazda6, which is a good thing as the 6 is a handsome vehicle. Unlike the 6, the 3 came in two variants: a sleek sedan and a sporty hatchback. Unfortunately ...
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Harbor Freight is good

Harbor Freight is good

The jack stand recall is... tough.  Especially when it's compounded by replacement jacks stands failing. This looks bad because it is bad. But I'm here to say that Harbor Freight is still a good company, and it's a great place for gearheads and DIY fans to continue to shop. And I'm ...
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wrangler vs bronco

Things the new Ford Bronco has to do better than the Jeep Wrangler

There are many reasons why people love the Jeep Wrangler so much. The open top feel, sun and wind in your face. Another is the idea of being able to go wherever, in any weather. There is also its ruggedness and the fact that it does not need special love ...
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The McLaren Senna is an ugly machine, and these laps shows why that's a good thing

The McLaren Senna is an ugly machine, and these laps shows why that’s a good thing

A McLaren Senna is a focused, purpose-built machine. It's a true race car for the road. Normally that is quite a cliche phrase, but it's perhaps most honest when uttered about the Senna. McLaren employs a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 which produces 789 horsepower. That juice is sent rearward through a ...
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Being a car enthusiast during COVID-19

Being a car enthusiast during COVID-19

Under a turbulent, early summer sky a line of Radical RXC GTs trails behind a C8 Corvette pace car appropriately painted Elkhart Lake Blue. There's a track-wide caution as the parade passes in front of me, slowly lapping around The Carousel. It's a quiet Saturday morning at the track and ...
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Last Call: Theres no better time to engine swap than on the side of the road

Last Call: Theres no better time to engine swap than on the side of the road

Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. In this case, that means ripping the entire motor out. I don't know what the back story is here but if there's ever a situation where this is required I feel bad. I'm no master mechanic but I would guess that ...
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Hellcat

The News for July 3rd, 2020

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week: Dodge is celebrating Independence Day the only way it knows how - with Hellcats, lots and lots of Hellcats, and two American icons and the ...
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Last Call: Mitsubishi Evo or Subaru Sti?

Last Call: Mitsubishi Evo or Subaru Sti?

I've wanted an Evo X for years now. There's something about the track weapon sedan that I find intriguing, plus I like the looks more than any STi. If I do ever get one this would be the style I would go for. Small bits of aero scattered around without ...
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Off-The-Road-Again-Episode-24 Breeo

Off The Road Again Podcast: Episode 24 – Jonathan Miller & Breeo

Welcome back to the Off the Road Again podcast! We’ve missed you. The focus is on the off-road adventure but we also dabble in all things SUV and truck, maybe even some rally cars. Chris and Ross welcome Jonathan Miller to the show. Jonathan is one of the driving forces ...
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Twisted arrives in North America and brings proper V8 Defender goodness with it

Twisted arrives in North America and brings proper V8 Defender goodness with it

There are a number of companies cranking out modified Land Rover Defenders. Some do it well. Others need some help. But one of the best in this space is Twisted in the UK. They take the Defender, keep the style awesome, and add American V8 power under the hood. That's ...
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Subscription-based options are terrible for consumers

Subscription-based options are terrible for consumers

Unveiled recently at an appropriately digital presentation, BMW's latest software update -- imaginatively dubbed Operating System 7 -- has sparked outrage among car enthusiasts. Why? Because BMW plans to convert many optional features into subscription-based services. Simply put, you pay for a feature as long as you use it. The ...
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Last Call: The refreshed Bentley Bentayga looks much better

Last Call: The refreshed Bentley Bentayga looks much better

I think it's kind of ironic that the new Bentayga is revealed so shortly after my last call about the design looking dated. It looked a little disconnected from the rest of the fleet but this brings it back in line. The backside is what really does it for me ...
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Jason Fenske explains a supercharger

How to supercharge a Mazda Miata

Step 1 is to be friends with the Humble Mechanic. Step 2 is to buy a used Mazda MX-5 Miata. Step 3 is to slap an Edelbrock supercharger. And finally, Step 4 is to drive the crap out of the thing once you get it down off the lift. Friend ...
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Last Call: When you need the engine to cool down but don't have time to wait

Last Call: When you need the engine to cool down but don’t have time to wait

I saw this and was instantly intrigued. That's some serious dedication if you get $500 worth of ice to get your engine cool enough to race. Plus they have to have the beer obviously. But that's just part of racing, the wacky solutions that somehow work and become the best ...
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Ex-McLaren Engines Ford Motorcoach is one of the coolest vehicles ever listed on Bring a Trailer

Ex-McLaren Engines Ford Motorcoach is one of the coolest vehicles ever listed on Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer has established itself as a platform to buy and sell some truly special vehicles, such as Miuras, 300SLs, and other eye-catching classics. They list some incredibly cool cars. And also old Porsches. One of the most unique automobiles ever listed on the site, however, is not a ...
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The new 2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia K5 arrives to try and keep the midsize party alive

Out with the Optima, and in with the new. Kia has applied the K5 name to its Optima-sized replacement for the 2021 model year. This is the 2021 Kia K5, and it packs a pretty good punch for the midsize sedan space. Sadly, it's not Kia's take on the K5 ...
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