List: Top Ten American Cars On The Comfort Index

In case you haven’t heard, we are in the process of ramping up for our inaugural Comfort Index Awards. These awards will highlight the most comfortable vehicles in a variety of categories. So to whet your appetite for the awards, here’s a list of the most comfortable American cars on the Winding Road Comfort Index.

By Peter Nelson | October 13, 2011
Quick Drive: 2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye

I like what is being done with the V-6 versions of muscle cars today. I like that you can’t always tell the difference between a V-6 and a V-8. After all, muscle cars have never been completely about performance. The styling has always been an important factor, and what these new V-6s lack in speed, they make up for with the looks of their high-powered brothers. This Challenger is a prime example. It drives well enough, has a decent exhaust note, and even gets manageable fuel economy. But its looks are what sells it.

By Winding Road Staff | September 28, 2011
List: Ten Cars That Would Make Great Convertibles

It’s no secret that there is near-universal love for convertibles here in the Winding Road offices (with the notable exception of cabriolet-hater John Beltz Snyder). In fact, we have an unwritten rule here at WR HQ, that unless it is raining, the top must be down, regardless of other weather conditions. The problem is, convertibles are, for the most part, a precious commodity.

By Peter Nelson | August 16, 2011
Driven: 2011 Dodge Charger Rallye

On the road, the new Charger leaves the old one behind in a few key areas. For a start, the ride feels more balanced between involvement and comfort. Whereas the old car had a tendency to float along, oblivious to the goings on between it and the road, this new model feels decidedly more planted and stable. We did experience a bit of suspension and tire noise, but this is more likely due to the large chrome wheels than anything else.

By Brandon Turkus | August 11, 2011
List: Top 15 American Cars From Winding Road’s Involvement Index 2.0

In Winding Road Issue 72, we will be announcing the winners of the 2011 Involvement Index Awards, where we select the most deserving, engaging vehicles from a range of categories. In anticipation of honoring the winners in about a month’s time, we’d like to take a look at the most involving American cars from our Index.

By Corey Rueth | June 17, 2011
Blog: Driving New England In The Dodge Challenger SRT8

Planning to see my fiancé Molly’s parents and extended family—stopping first in Boston, and then heading north to New Hampshire and Maine—I really wanted to borrow a car that was both fun and kind of laidback to drive. I’d always thought that the Challenger SRT8 would make a hell of a good GT car, so this seemed the perfect opportunity to try out that theory.

By Seyth Miersma | June 14, 2011
Third Look: Ford Flex—The Most Fun Minivan In America

In the three-row world, what else comes close to having the chops to hang with the 355-horsepower, 350-pound-feet of torque turbocharged Flex?

By Seyth Miersma | May 17, 2011
Top 10 Worst Ways To Spend $10K On eBay Motors

For every amazing deal we spot on eBay Motors, we find maybe a dozen or more horrendous potential bilkings. Especially around times like these, where very high gas prices are throwing many established values out of the door, there are more than a few sellers out there with some awfully wrong-headed ideas.

By Guest Contributor | May 10, 2011
First Look: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Dodge has just given its 2011 Charger a very large shot of adrenaline in the form of the SRT8 version. The already rapid 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 from the 2010 SRT8 has been swapped for a 6.4-liter powerplant, with numbers jumping from 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, up to a matching 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

By Brandon Turkus | February 09, 2011
Driven: 2011 Year In Review(s)

2011 has been a busy year in the Winding Road offices, with auto shows, new model launches, and the usual comings and goings of the automotive industry filling the virtual pages of our website. Even with all the activity, there has been a near-constant stream of automobiles filtering in and out of our parking lot, giving us no shortage of vehicular material to write about.

By Winding Road Staff | February 07, 2011
First Look (Sort Of): 2012 Fiat Freemont

While those of us Stateside anxiously await the arrival of products from the Fiat portfolio, our friends in the Boot country are finally getting their own taste of the Chrysler/Fiat relationship. This is the Fiat Freemont. And yes, it is a Dodge Journey with Fiat badges and a slightly modified grille.

By Brandon Turkus | January 24, 2011
Detroit 2011: Chrysler Highlights Mopar Brand With Six Different Models

When talking about factory-backed aftermarket tuners, fewer names are held in higher regard than Mopar. The brand was synonymous with Dodge and Plymouth performance vehicles during the muscle car wars of the 1960s. Since then, it has turned from pure performance tuner to a manufacturer of aftermarket items for all the brands under the Chrysler umbrella. Seeing an opportunity to demonstrate the its expertise, Chrysler is showing several Moparized vehicles at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

By Brandon Turkus | January 11, 2011
Quick Drive: 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport R/T 4×2

The “performance truck” is in keeping with the general drift of pickup trucks sold in the US in the Swiss Army Knife direction. There is a definite appeal to the idea of a vehicle that can do many things: take the kids to school, haul kitchen cabinets home, pick up a plasma TV, and go on an off-road expedition in a national park. That list of consumer needs has led to the popularity of full-size crew cab pickups. Change up the list to: commute comfortably to work, pick up a plasma TV from Best Buy, haul kitchen cabinets home, and deliver some semblance of quickness and responsiveness while doing it all and you get various sport trucks like the Toyota X-Runner, the Ford Raptor and this week’s Quick Drive, the Dodge Ram 1500 R/T.

By Tom Martin | January 05, 2011
Driven: 2010 Year In Review(s)

It’s getting to be that time of year again—the holiday season is upon us, snowy weather is well and truly on its way, and another calendar is due to be replaced. A time to take stock of the year that’s passed, and look forward to the new one at hand, and all that.

By Seyth Miersma | November 29, 2010
Quick Drives: 2011 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 200, Chrysler Town & Country

The Mopar folks have been pretty busy over the last year and a half, preparing a re-invigoration of the lineups for both brands by extensively updating the full range of vehicles. We were recently invited to join Chrysler and Dodge in Northern California for a busy three days of driving and discussion.

By Seyth Miersma | November 18, 2010
First Look: 2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge has just announced its revamped three-row SUV offering, the personality- (and chrome) laden 2011 Durango.

By Seyth Miersma | September 02, 2010
Quick Drive: 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4×4

True to its image within the sedan/coupe world, it seems that Dodge is hoping to build a reputation for building the most muscle car-like trucks around. The Ram 1500, with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, absolutely backs this up. Lots of full size pickup trucks have shared V-8 motors with sports cars of the same brand, but Dodge has seemingly kept more of the sports car flavor in its new Ram trucks than most are willing to. The exhaust note is loud and meaty, transmission seems to be tuned for more acceleration than most big pickups, and, of course, the multi-link coil rear suspension offers ride and handling traits that feel a lot more car-like. This Ram is a real sports truck.

By Winding Road Staff | July 09, 2010
Quick Drive: 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie 4×4

Let’s not mince words. Dodge’s Ram 2500 Laramie 4×4 is not one of those kinder, gentler pickup trucks you’ve read about that claim to possess certain car-like virtues. No sir, this is a big, burly, muscular, manly truck that looks down (quite literally) upon most of the vehicles with which it shares the road.

By Winding Road Staff | June 24, 2010
List: Ten Concepts We Wish Had Become Production Cars

Concept cars serve many purposes; technology demonstrators, gauges of public opinion, and indications of future design direction, to name just a few. Unfortunately, as cool as some concept cars may be, they aren’t always followed up by production versions. In fact, some of the very coolest concept cars are pure thought/design exercises.

By Peter Nelson | June 16, 2010
List: Top Ten Best Power-To-Weight Ratios Under $40,000

Here, we offer the top ten new cars with the best power-to-weight ratio available for less than $40,000.

By Corey Rueth | May 24, 2010
List: 400 Horsepower For Under $30K

If horsepower is the only thing on your mind when purchasing a car, the current market has no shortage of choices. 200- to 350-horsepower cars can be had at a price that won’t break the bank, but what if you want something more. 400-horsepower cars, from your local dealer, are becoming more and more attainable, but are still a long way from being as common as a 300-horsepower car. The new breed of muscle cars (Mustang, Camaro, Challenger) can all be had with big V-8s that are north of 400, but when you are done with the options sheet, the grand total will still be in the mid-to-upper $30,000s. So what is the best way of breaking 400 horsepower without breaking the bank?

By Peter Nelson | May 11, 2010


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