Sam has a 2005 Mini Cooper S, which is a fine little car, but not quite practical for a growing family. He wants something sporty, fun, and practical and has a pretty healthy budget to accomplish this task. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I’m a new dad who needs more space than my ‘05 Mini S (manual) can provide. We’re planning on having a second kid in the near future, and I’d love to be able to operate car seats without dying and not need to drive with the steering wheel in my throat. At the same time, I’m not at all ready to hate my time in the car. I need space for two car seats in a reasonably sized car that can still fit in my garage and parallel park. I would like something that is a sneaky joy to drive (think performance lines from mainstream brands). I would love … [Read more...] about I Need a ‘Cool Dad’ Car for $60,000! What Car Should I Buy?
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Don Sherman of Car and Driver is back talking about the near-future of the Chevrolet and what the next 18 months should bring. As the technical editor for C&D, the long-time 1967 Corvette owner has many friendships and sources inside GM and the Corvette team. That doesn’t mean Don is 100% up on what’s going on with both the launch of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 or the C8 mid-engine Corvette. No one is. But we like to think of Sherman’s articles on Corvettes like a modern-day EF Hutton commercial. When he speaks, we need to shut up and listen! Don recently posted about the future of the Corvette on Hagerty.com and he had some interesting takes after visiting the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and taking part of the public tours before they recently closed them down. Don was the guy who first put out there that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 will be introduced on August 6th at Road America during an IMSA race. He still believes that’s where the public will first see the … [Read more...] about Car and Driver’s Don Sherman Looks Into Crystal Ball for the Future of Corvette
► CAR lives with an Audi Q5► Our car is a TFSI S line...► ...and it has big shoes to fill Like a graphic design guru with a secret admiration for Comic Sans, there are things people interested in cars aren’t meant to like, or at least not admit to liking. Such as: automatic transmissions, autonomous cars and SUVs.Disgruntled reader Christopher Lloyd (not that one, though it sounds like he’d be keen to jet back to 1955) wrote to us recently to question our passion for cars after I said you’d be mad not to pick an Alfa Stelvio SUV over the Giulia saloon (which has no estate derivative).Surely we’re past SUV hating? If you don’t need practicality, buy a sports car. If you do need practicality get an SUV or crossover. Modern versions are actually nothing more than differently shaped cars, and make much better family vehicles than saloons. And 14,000 miles with this Q5 has us convinced it’s the best of the bunch this side of a much more … [Read more...] about Audi Q5 long-term test: if you can’t have a sports car, have this
Value for money is not a phrase that springs to mind when the conversation turns to BMW, unless you’re talking about the BMW M135i.Prices start at around £12,500 for 2102, 62-reg cars with 90,000 miles on their clocks. See BMW M135i for sale on PistonHeads Feeling brave? Last time we looked, there was a 2013, 13-plate, five-door auto with 129,000 miles for £400 more. The one-owner car had full BMW service history and a new set of the recommended Michelin Super Sport tyres. It also had an Evolve Stage Two remap, taking it to 400bhp. Shame, since even in standard 316bhp tune, an M135i is a proper handful. Just ask our own Dan Prosser, who, with the help of Birds, a renowned BMW specialist, is midway through taming his M135i with a bespoke suspension set-up and a Quaife differential before even thinking about taking it to 400bhp. Follow his progress in ‘Our Cars’, or here online.Dan’s car is a 2012, 62-reg three- door with the rare … [Read more...] about Used car buying guide: BMW M135i
Autoweek Racing is ringing in the New Year with a look back at the best and worst of the 2017 season. Check back all week as Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar all get report cards to determine the most memorable moments of the most recent season.Without further ado, here is what IndyCar provided the racing community in 2017. Best Race: Select the best overall race of the yearBruce Martin: Rediscovering a new home combined with some thrilling oval action made IndyCar’s return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003 in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 the best race of the year. The heavily promoted race produced a bigger than expected crowd that was at near capacity of all the seats available (the grandstands between Turns 1 and 2 were not opened up for ticket sales). That created a lively crowd of over 40,000 fans saw a fierce battle between Team Penske teammates and championship contenders Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden that culminated with Newgarden knocking … [Read more...] about Autoweek Racing report card: Our picks for the best and worst of IndyCar 2017