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Preview: Audi A3/S3

This is the Master Landing Page for the Audi A3/S3. From now on, as we further review this car, we will be updating this page with whatever fresh content we create. Future drive reviews, updated specifications, videos, and other relevant information will all be found right here, in one convenient spot.

By Winding Road Staff | March 27, 2013
First Look: 2013 Ford Fiesta

Europeans got an early look at the new Ford Fiesta today, with a few styling and technology changes to boost appeal, convenience, safety, and fuel economy.

By John Beltz Snyder | September 05, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Kia Rio

Slow and noisy engine and lifeless steering hurt the Rio’s involvement. Great small car if you don’t want to have any fun on your commute. The ride is decidedly soft for a small car, and this is reflected in the level of lateral movement during hard cornering. Might not be so bad if there weren’t so many more competent alternatives.

By Winding Road Staff | April 27, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

The Malibu Eco has a smooth, unfussy ride, but it hardly communicates with its driver at all. The hybrid system neither intrudes, nor adds to the driving experience. Steering feel is slightly more talkative, but is outclassed by other vehicles at this price point. Seating position is surprisingly conducive to aggressive driving.

By Winding Road Staff | April 25, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Infiniti QX56

Quite a lot of fun for such a big vehicle. Big V-8 delivers more than enough grunt all over the rev range. Surprisingly agile, despite its enormous size, the QX’s primary fault is in its so-so steering, and overall lack of an involving character. Then again, since when are vehicles of this size meant to be involving?

By Winding Road Staff | April 24, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Kia Sportage SX Turbo

Sportage is a good name for this CUV. Its turbo motor feels very peppy, and it responds crisply to inputs. A little more steering feedback would be good. The ride is firm, but compliant, marking a nice balance between the average crossover and something more.

By Winding Road Staff | April 21, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD

CVT is a bit more friendly, but still a drain on overall driving dynamics. Big and soft when it comes to handling. 3.5-liter V-6 isn’t bad, but could stand a bit more power.

By Winding Road Staff | April 20, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport

Not very powerful, but its six-cylinder song is old-school Honda awesome. Handles like a larger vehicle, tipping too much into turns and lacking steering feel.

By Winding Road Staff | April 19, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Honda Civic Sedan

Completely put to shame by other cars in this class. Light, lifeless steering, slow, and overly soft in the bends. Do yourself a favor and buy a Ford Focus.

By Winding Road Staff | April 18, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

Actually has a touch more steering feel and athleticism than we expected. Still, it’s difficult for a three-quarter-ton pickup to be truly involving.

By Winding Road Staff | April 17, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2013 Acura RDX FWD

Goodbye, fun-to-drive RDX. The new model is here and Acura has removed all of the punchy, turbo’d, quick-handling fun in favor of bland competence. Yawn.

By Brandon Turkus | April 13, 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee Pricing Drops Slightly For 2011

Jeep has announced pricing on the 2011 Grand Cherokee, and it will cost $465 less than the outgoing model. The starting price for the Laredo 4×2 is $30,995, while the four-wheel version starts at $32,995.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 14, 2010

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