New engines, refinement spark 2011 Mustang

Ford Mustang 2011

My rule of thumb regarding new vehicle introductions is that the hyperbole seems to be inversely proportional to the substance. But while some automakers have compromised reality with hype, Ford might be guilty of understatement with the introduction of the 2011 Mustang. If you don’t think it looks different, drive one through city traffic and see how many people in other cars, or on foot, ... Read More

Ultra-connectivity gives 2011 Edge to Ford

Ford Edge Sport

Anyone who has ridden in a new vehicle in recent years can appreciate all the creative technology in navigation systems, and the ability to link to cell phones, and miniaturized musical devices. But with the new 2011 Ford Edge the emphasis goes beyond the numerous styling and driveability changes. Think of the 2011 Ford Edge as the most futuristic multiple-connectivity device on the planet, and it ... Read More

Jaguar XFR is a refined rocket of a luxury car

Jaguar XFR featured

Got an itch to feel like James Bond and yearn for the panache of a slinky European model, but don't want to pay the six-digit price tag? Jaguar has a stunning answer with its XFR, a sporty sedan that hints at Aston Martin styling and delivers a supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower. This R model is a guided missile, though one with British refinement and class. I had driven the base model ... Read More

Hyundai Sonata flashes style and quality

Hyundai Sonata featured

Hyundai has figured out the U.S. market, which is why it's growing so fast. The formula seems pretty simple: Deliver a good, reliable car at a bargain price and back it up with a big warranty. Now it's adding a new wrinkle. It's creating good-looking vehicles. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE is a gorgeous family sedan that looks like a blend of Mercedes and Lexus styling with a racy nose and ... Read More

Toyota Sienna LE is a pleasant, spacious, affordable ride

Toyota Sienna featured

Minivans are the prime people movers of our time, and Toyota has been cranking out solid Siennas to fill that niche for years. Now comes the revamped 2011 version, and much of what has made this a prime choice remains. This is still a big box: The tested LE model, with a four-cylinder engine, rides on a 119.3-inch wheelbase, about an inch longer than the Honda Odyssey and 2 inches shorter ... Read More

2011 Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit featured

What's with this business of getting sensible? Doesn't everybody know that the only way to haul stuff is in a monster pickup truck, or at least in a cavernous van? It's the American way. But it's being challenged by none other than the quintessential native son, the Ford Motor Co., purveyor of ponderous pickups. The instrument is the Ford Transit Connect cargo van, designed in Europe and ... Read More

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

VW Jetta featured

The automotive equivalent of marching to a different drummer probably is something like motoring to a different gear ratio. Whatever, it's been a Volkswagen hallmark from the get-go. The first car from the German manufacturer was the venerable Beetle, which arrived on these shores shortly after World War II. It had a rear engine when other cars had one up front. The engine was air-cooled ... Read More

2011 Kia Sportage EX

Kia Sportage featured

Kia continues its relentless product onslaught with the 2011 Sportage, a redesign of an existing nameplate. It joins the new Soul, Forte, Koup and Sedona in the Kia lineup, and precedes the redesigned Optima. The Sportage strengthens the South Korean manufacturer's bid, along with its Hyundai corporate sibling, for an increasing share of the U.S. market. Sales of both nameplates have been ... Read More

Muscular Mustang looks great, drives great

Ford Mustang 2011

There are very few special cars - fun cars, exciting cars - that most of us can afford. Sure, there are Ferraris and BMWs, and even Chevrolet's Corvette. But only Ford's Mustang has a working man's starting price. An entry-level V6-powered Mustang Coupe starts at $22,145, about half an average working Joe's annual salary. And this car looks great and drives great, and its upgraded V6 ... Read More

CarSoup Partner Announcement

Rob Young, Vice President of Classified and Retail Advertising for the Post Dispatch and Sam Barbee, Executive Director of MADA

MADA TEAMS UP WITH THE ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH St. Louis, MO. (November 28, 2012) – The Missouri Auto Dealers Association (MADA)announced it has reached a cross-promotional and sales representation agreement with the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Effective December 1, automotive account representatives from the Post Dispatch will handle sales and service for is a ... Read More

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