Mountain Drive! 2017 FIAT 124 Spider – By Anthony Fongaro

Colorado is an amazing place to drive! While visiting this great state, I was lucky enough to attend RMDE, or the Rocky Mountain Driving Event. This event had different vehicles from various manufacturers. Part of this event included driving 90 minutes, or 3,000 feet up a mountain. If you couldn’t guess, the car that I drove was a little black Fiat convertible. The car in question was a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso. Before the drive, I put down the manual convertible top and let the beautiful scenery of Colorado surround me. Then I put the car into gear. And by gear, I mean I put it into Drive because this was an Automatic 124 Spider. As I set off, the car in front of me, a Kia Sportage SX, was also driving to the same destination as I was. Since this particular 124 Spider did not have the Premium …

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Best Ride-Share Cars – By Anthony Fongaro – Featuring 2016 Toyota PRIUS

  By now, you’ve inevitably heard how easy it is to make a little extra cash driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. All you have to do is sign up, sign in and get paid to drive people around whenever you want. You probably even know a couple people who moonlight as drivers using their own vehicles. And if you’re like a lot of cash-strapped Americans, maybe you’ve considered signing up yourself. But not all cars make for great ride-sharing vehicles. Usually, the car has to be a 4-door and 2001 or newer unless stated otherwise in major cities. With that in mind, there are a few vehicles that are great when it comes to ride sharing programs. After being in literally some cars, I’ve made a list of the cars that would be great in certain scenarios. Scenario # 1: The full time driver. Solution: A 2008+ …

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Can the New BBC TopGear Survive? By Anthony Fongaro

(Note: this is only about Top Gear, not about Extra Gear which airs right afterwards). May 30th, 2016. That date will be known as the day that “New Top Gear” was born. Officially known as season 23 of Top Gear, everything from the cast, set design, and track were changed. Gone were the three middle-aged buffoons that we knew and loved and in their place comes a couple of Brits, an American, and a German. Guess what? It sucked! As soon as host Chris Evans opened his mouth (whispering that Top Gear was back), nothing felt the same. Matt LeBlanc and Queen of the Nürburgring Sabine Schmitz were in a few videos with Evans, but they could not save him from the plethora of issues surrounding the show. For starters, Evans has a huge ego problem and cannot deliver a good review of a car while driving.  As a viewer, …

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Hands-On with Apple CarPlay + List of VW USA Models Offering Full Smartphone Integration

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Nowadays, distracted driving is on the rise. Android and Apple phones can be used for navigation but people also use them to text while driving. With technology evolving, it was only time before our phones became a part of our in-dash infotainment systems. Not surprisingly, both Android and Apple have created Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to simulate your phone on your current infotainment systems. For 2015 and on, some cars come with either Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or both. My car has the option for both, but since I own the much superior iPhone, I have the option to use Apple CarPlay. How it works is quite easy. Grab your iPhone charger, plug it into the USB port, connect your iPhone and ta-dah! Apple CarPlay becomes available. The screen won’t show you Tinder or Instagram, but you can use the essentials such as Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, Audiobooks, and …

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GTI for an Eye! 2016 Volkswagen GTI Avenges MkV GTI Sins

GTI Battle: 2008 VW GTI DSG vs. 2016 VW GTI Autobahn with Performance Package & DSG Just how much of a difference can two generations make? I love hot hatchbacks. Being able to have a practical performance-oriented vehicle is immensely appealing. For nine years, I drove a Mk5 2008 Volkswagen GTI whose sole option was the DSG automated-manual gearbox (Yes, it wasn’t a manual and no I don’t care). It was a fantastic car, but the time finally came when I wanted to upgrade. What to get? Something sporty like a Nissan 370Z? Some American muscle in the form of a Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro? How about a fast German sedan such as a used Audi S4? Well, I went into a semi-local dealership and four hours later was home with my brand new car. Guess what I bought? Hint: Not a Toyota Prius. Instead I bought…another GTI! Now settle down because …

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First Drive Review – 2015 Mitsubishi MIRAGE ES

When cheap doesn’t equal cheerful. Light and nimble city cars – what they lack in power they joyously make up for with quirky styling, low price tags, and interior accommodations. Enter Mitsubishi. Previously, the smallest car in Mitsubishi’s lineup was the mid-size Lancer, but in 2014 they rolled out a small car priced around $13,000. On paper, the 2015 Mirage seemed like it could it be a decent city car. Then you take a look at it and the mirage vanishes (pun intended). Without even giving away any stats about the Mirage, you look at it and straight away shake your head. A small car doesn’t have to have the sex appeal of a Ferrari but there has to be some effort in the design. The Mirage manages to combine “boring” and “ugly” into one little hatchback. While the front of the car looks like a bulldog, the rear seems …

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Do I NEED An SUV In The Midwest? Introducing Anthony Fongaro

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  By Anthony Fongaro They’re everywhere. You can’t go more than two feet in suburbia without bumping into one. They’re hard to ignore and more popular than a boy band in the 90s. Yes, we are talking about SUVs/crossovers. High driving position and four-wheel-drive is appealing but brings us to a question that literally no one has ever asked me: “Do I need an SUV in the Midwest”? While it’s nice to have a SUV, thinking that it’s a necessity to own an SUV just because white powder falls from the sky under certain conditions is ridiculous. Yes, driving in the snow can be a pain in the ass but driving with some of the current SUVs or crossover vehicles does no difference. Why? Because you are recommended to own one with all-wheel-drive. Basically, an SUV with front-wheel-drive only is just a tall car – which is what a crossover …

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