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[cc] 2010 Mazda 3i × 2010 Kia Forte SX Review - Lake Houston, United States

Adam Barrera at highmileage.org evaluates the Mazda 3i and Kia Forte SX compact sedans, pits them head-to-head, and places them in the context of their competition. Let me know what you think -- start a conversation with me on Twitter. http://twitter.com/highmileage The first Mazda3 was a Great Little Car! It would've been the best among its peers... if it hadn't trailed the Ford Focus by 8 miles per gallon. Time has passed, and the 3 has evolved... but it faces new competition. The Kia Forte is the first Korean compact car engineered to be at the top of shoppers' lists... instead of a second-tier alternative. Tedious automotive clichés mean that some compact car buyers will bypass these cars altogether on their way to Honda and Toyota showrooms. What a bummer. The Forte feels as solidly built as any Civic or Corolla, and it's backed by a longer warranty. Inside the Forte, there are no positive or negative surprises just a well-crafted and inoffensively designed interior with slightly more passenger room and cargo volume than its main competition. The new Mazda3's interior lies on the same plane. The last-generation 3's deep, dramatic gauge lighting is gone. Also gone is the eye-catching contrast-check upholstery that used to set this car apart in the segment. In the New 3, drivers sit in a vast expanse of unaccented cloth. Thankfully, the head unit's reactive LEDs have been retained. They're the only design element that saves the 3's interior from monotony. On the road, both vehicles bring memories of a better time when '90s compacts were light and fun to toss. Kia has never built a vehicle as dialed in as the Forte. Its above-average reflexes seem held back only by its tires. But where the Kia surprises, the Mazda thrills. At Mazda, Zoom-Zoom isn't a marketing slogan it's an engineering guideline. Not a single bushing drowns out the base 3's connection to the road. The 3 is still *so* fun to drive, but its interior has become marginalized and severe. Without an interior edge, the only parameter that makes the Mazda3 more desirable than the Kia Forte is the way that it drives. If Kia sharpened the Forte's steering and suspension, Mazda could have a problem. But for now, the Mazda delivers a complete package: competitive fuel economy, declarative sheetmetal, and soulful road feel. Both cars are more engaging than the Toyota Corolla and more rationally priced than the Honda Civic.


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[cc] 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Road Test Review - First Drive
Adam Barrera at highmileage.org evaluates the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan and places it in the context of its competition. Let me know what you think -- start a conversation with me on Twitter. http://twitter.com/highmileage In a market saturated with low-denominator midsize sedans that try just hard enough to earn buyers' attention, Hyundai has taken a radical tack with the wildly styled Sonata Hybrid. Manufacturers obsessed with selling vehicles in bulk tend toward conservative exterior designs. Hyundai, on the other hand, has retained bravery. Even the base Sonata wears daring sheetmetal strakes and a swooping rear roofline. The Hybrid's unique front air dam allows for an aerodynamically tight grille-less hood design. Blue logos and clear taillamps seem to be staples of hybrid differentiation. It also seems as if every hybrid must have a gimmicky display to reassure owners that they are, indeed, helping the planet. Four different screens in the navitainment system can be used to monitor the driver's behavior, the flow of energy to and from the wheels, and fuel economy statistics. Only the last two screens provide useful information at a glance. An Eco Guide needle swings to indicate live fuel consumption. A traditional tachometer would be more useful, but, unfortunately, there's not even an option to monitor engine speed through the driver information center. This Blue Drive button on the steering wheel seems to have no effect other than turning the driver information center blue. One screen 'grades' drivers' habits via an Eco Score, which never exceeded nine during this test. No matter. In heavy Chicago traffic, the Sonata returned an average of 40 miles per gallon by aggressively cutting fuel during deceleration and staying in EV mode until the battery pack reached less than half-capacity. At freeway speeds, the Sonata often cycles into pure EV mode. Hyundai says their hybrid will enter EV mode at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour, but this pre-production car entered EV mode when coasting down from speeds of over 70 mph. On the road, powertrain transitions are seamless. At parking lot speeds and at idle, however, the Sonata whirs, pops and buzzes in a cacophony that, again, probably serves to remind its drivers that they are indeed inside a hybrid. Imperceptibility was once the goal of any hybrid vehicle. Now that driving a hybrid is a social statement, certain types of aural feedback may possess an important sort of novelty. Otherwise, the hybrid shares the base Sonata's quirks and assets. The steering wheel is admirably designed with a sense of motion, but curiously, the leather wrap doesn't cover the touch points at 9 and 3. The same dynamism is captured in the design of the center stack, but the navitainment system cannot split radio and map data. Hyundai's famous premium leather grain is perforated to stay comfortable during long roadtrips. The battery pack does annex some trunk space, which leaves a very narrow pass-through slot to accommodate long cargo. However, passenger volume remains unchanged from the standard model. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes sense for midsize sedan buyers who spend lots of time in bumper-to-bumper city traffic. However, like most other hybrids, high-speed commuters may find that the conventional non-hybrid Sonata delivers similar highway fuel efficiency -- at less cost.

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2014 Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback Review and Road Test
The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous "driving appliance." The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because they are the middle-of-the-road "white bread" option, not in-spite of the vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don't find anything wrong with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder Bread. But sometimes you feel like a pumpernickel, and that's where the 2014 Mazda3 comes in. Accounting for 30% of Mazda's worldwide volume, calling the Mazda3 their most important product would be putting things lightly. As a result 2014 brings a complete overhaul to every aspect of the 3 and the compact sedan now rides on a platform derived from the larger 6. The "Kodo" design language of the larger sedan has also been brought down to its smaller stablemate to astonishing effect. While the old Mazda3 was all smiles and bubbles, the new 3 is all grown up and aggressive with Mazda's incredibly attractive grille. Before the 3′s release I was quite torn about who was the fairest of them all but now there is no contest. The 2014 dimensions play a huge role in the way the 3 looks on the road. Mazda moved the A-pillar 3.5 inches to the rear making the hood longer, lengthened the wheelbase by 2.5 inches, dropped the height by 6/10ths and made the whole car 1.6 inches wider. So far so good, but somehow Mazda managed to slash the front overhang and increase the wheel-to-front-door distance to an almost RWD like proportion. That would probably have been enough in a segment dominated by slab sides, but Mazda puts two distinctive character lines to separate the 3 from the pack. Out back we have tail lamps that mimic the front styling and your choice of a hatch or a trunk. Opting for the hatch gives the Mazda3 a side profile reminiscent of BMW's X1, not a bad thing to be reminded of. With pricing that ranges from $16,945 (sedan) to a hair under $30,000 (loaded hatch) if you check all the option boxes on a Mazda3 hatch, it's obvious the Mazda spans the price spectrum from white bread in a bag to a paper-wrapped organic artisan cheesy sourdough. Like the Ford Focus, this large price span means the $19,495 iSport and $20,645 iTouring compete with the bulk of Corolla/Civic shoppers while the upper level trims compete with the Ford Focus, Acura ILX, Lexus CT200h, Buick Verano, and the few that shopped Volvo's defunct C30. Compared to the Civic and Corolla, the Mazda3 delivers superior dynamics and more premium dash materials in exchange for less tech and no touchscreen infotainment. This is a dangerous trade in a segment known for placing features before fun. On the flip side, the Mazda3 has everything it needs to compete with the Focus, ILX, Verano and CT200h. Mazda's chassis tuning makes the Mazda the most fun to drive (even considering the ILX 2.4′s Civic Si roots), the infotainment system is entry-level luxury worthy and 2014 brings all full-speed range radar cruise control and ever gadget the Buick and Lexus shopper could want. So is the Mazda3 the perfect pumpernickel for Wonder Bread prices? As good as. Civirolla shoppers who can be convinced to cross-shop will be pleased with Mazda's sexy exterior, comfortable seats and road manners, but those after large seats and large trunks will return to the white bread alternative. I suspect the near luxury shoppers are the ones that will miss out the most however thinking that nothing this tasty could come in a package with a Mazda logo on it. Their loss. Music contained inside is licensed ubder Creative Commons http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/licenses/ Sweeter Vermouth Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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