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2008 VW GTI VS. 2016 VW GTI

Just how much of a difference does two generations make?

By: Anthony Fongaro | April 2016

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...


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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC

The quintessential hatchback-on-stilts.

By: Anthony Fongaro | March 2016

As luxury automakers continue to make their vehicles bigger and bigger, smaller and cheaper models are created to fill the gap. Case-in-point: the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC. Not only...


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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

When cheap doesn’t equal cheerful.

By: Anthony Fongaro | March 2016

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...


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Kia Niro

2016 Chicago Auto Show - 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Another new SUV, this time with added battery power, from Kia.

By: Anthony Fongaro | February 2016

Hybrids and SUVs have come hand-in-hand over the last few years and Kia is throwing its hat into the fray. Being one of the first debuts of the day,...


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WE ARE ONE

Jeez, we are so old!

We turn one years old today.

By: Anthony Fongaro | February 2016

February marks the one year anniversary since Gr8 Rides Reviews went public to the world of the internets. It has been an interesting journey with many ups, downs, sideways, and various other angles. Thank you...


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Do You NEED An SUV In The Midwest?

Now you never have to ask this question again. You're welcome.

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

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....


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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

An affordable Chevy with good range? How shocking!

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

With the unveiling of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Expo, Chevy has leap-frogged ahead in the electric vehicle frenzy. Being a Chevy, you would expect it to...


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2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The original makers of the minivan look to have hit a homerun.

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

When I was growing up, there was only van we owned. A Chrysler Town & Country. In fact, a lot of people did. It was a great vehicle to move kids, groceries, equipment, and...


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2017 Honda Ridgeline

The pickup for non-pickup people

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

Take a Honda Pilot, chop off part of the rear- end, and insert a truck bed. What do you get? The new Honda Ridgeline! Although this isn’t the first Ridgeline, the 2017 Ridgeline looks more like a pickup...


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Best of 2015

Best of 2015!

By: Anthony Fongaro | December 2015

Wow, what a year! 2015 has been a huge year for Gr8 Rides Reviews. During the year, we have driven literally tens of vehicles. These vehicles range from a small sedan, a large sedan, whatever the BMW i3 is, and a pickup truck. 

Even though we...


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Twenty Sixteen

Look To The Future! Cars For 2016.

By: Anthony Fongaro | December 2015

 Now that we are in the twelfth month of the year and we only have a few weeks until 2016, let's take a look at new cars that we will be talking about and possibly reviewing. We selected four vehicles that we deemed...


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2016 Smart ForTwo - L.A. Auto Show

The new Smart ForTwo. Now for Americans!

By: Anthony Fongaro | November 2015

When the original Smart ForTwo arrived in the United States, many people were quite concerned about how massive an accident could happen with such a small car. Its small size made...


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Coming Soon! 2016 Nissan Sentra

Nissan's small sedan FINALLY looks like it's trying.

By: Anthony Fongaro | November 2015

Oh the poor Nissan Sentra. Compared to rivals like the Mazda3 and the latest Honda Civic, the Sentra has been the forgettable sitcom no one cared about. But wait! What's...


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2015 Audi S3

A sublime surprise.

By: Anthony Fongaro | November 2015

Sometimes, you just want more. More power, more speed, and more noises from your car. Manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi take their regular compact sedans and turn them from ordinary businessman cars to...


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Chicago Rally & Fall Colors Run Event

It’s a cold 46° on a typical fall Sunday in Chicago. I’m sitting in my car outside a coffee shop, waiting for “a few” cars to show up for the annual Chicago Rally (a local car club) “Fall Colors Run”. The peaceful stillness doesn’t last long though – the...


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What Should You Not Drive in NYC?

Jeffrey | October 2015

Big city driving sucks! Out east, the roads are narrow, it’s crowded and space is tight. In Manhattan, pedestrians take the right of way whether they have it or not. Blame the Pakistani taxi drivers if you want, but the average driver...


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Tesla Finally Unveils Their SUV!

 

By: Anthony Fongaro | September 2015

 

September 29th, 2015. This will go down in history as the day that Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and soon-to-be Lex Luthor, finally launched the company's first SUV: the Model X. Tesla is extremely proud that they made this...


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Test Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8 V6 AWD

How Koreans do luxury.

By: Anthony Fongaro | September 2015

These days, the word “luxury” is thrown around a lot in auto world. Every country that produces cars has either a luxury brand or upscale cars to sell to the...


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Should You Learn How To Drive Manual?

By: Anthony Fongaro | August 2015

If you take a look at modern cars, you'll notice something missing. No, it's not a Pimp My Ride style gumball machine. The vast majority of new cars come with an automatic transmission only. 

Cars with the dreaded clutch...


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Guilt-Free Pleasures: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320

By: Anthony Fongaro | July 2015

The first generation Mercedes-Benz SLK took the world by storm! Here was a petite roadster with a hardtop convertible roof that was actually “affordable” (for a Mercedes). Out of the three models that were...


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Coming Soon! 2016 Nissan Titan XD

The Titan is back with a new heart.

By: Anthony Fongaro | July 2015

Are you the type of person that looks at the trucks from Chevy, Ford, and Ram (formerly Dodge) and thinks that they just aren’t tough enough? Well good news! The second generation Nissan Titan...


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2015 Chevrolet SS Automatic

The Australian Muscle Car America Needs.

Kushagra Pandey | July 2015

Recently, I test drove Chevy’s flagship sedan, the 2015 Chevrolet SS. It’s a four door sedan boasting all the creature comforts you would expect in a BMW 5 Series, while providing an excellent...


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2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3L EcoBoost AWD

Lincoln escaped building a fancy Escape.

By: Anthony Fongaro | July 2015

Oh Lincoln. People think that you only make upscale versions of Fords and price them $10,000 more. While that isn’t exactly incorrect (look at the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ),...


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Should You Buy an Electric Car?

The future is…still not here yet.

By: Anthony Fongaro | June 2015

 

We are constantly being told that we are running out of dinosaur juice (fossil fuel) for our cars and alternative methods must be put in place once we run out. The number one alternative to...


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2015 BMW i3

The ultimate head turning machine.

By: Anthony Fongaro | June 2015

In the last few years, electric vehicles have gone from hideous boxes to machines that resemble what the general public would consider “car-like”. Some people want to drive around in these quiet, no gasoline machines...


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 2015 Chevrolet Captiva Sport 

It's the Corvette of Chevy crossovers...except it isn't.

Josh Koci | June 2015

 

Back in 2011, Chevrolet announced they had a brand new compact SUV and the entire world was excited! It had a cool name called "Captiva Sport", but when it was revealed, it was...


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$10,000 Large Luxury… Part 1

Big Power. Big Problems.

By: Anthony Fongaro | June 2014

A few months ago, I told you lucky readers that you can buy a new car for $10,000 if you want a car with doors and nothing else. Obviously, getting a car for this amount of money means you have to go down the...


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This month on Gr8 Rides Reviews: June Edition!

June 2015

June 2015 is going to be a big month for Gr8 Rides Reviews. Along with our second podcast, we will have a continuation of the What can you buy for $10,000 series where Anthony will explain what excellent automobiles can be bought for less...


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Test Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper S Paceman ALL4

The exclusive mega Mini.

By: Anthony Fongaro | May 2015

 

Pop quiz time! What happens when you take a regular Mini Cooper Hardtop, put it on stilts, add two doors, decide that it looks too “mundane,” and make it into a two-door again? You get the Mini...


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Auto Shows

Kia Niro

2016 Chicago Auto Show - 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Another new SUV, this time with added battery power, from Kia.

By: Anthony Fongaro | February 2016

Hybrids and SUVs have come hand-in-hand over the last few years and Kia is throwing its hat into the fray. Being one of the first debuts of the day,...


Read more ...
2017 Chevrolet BoltEV 013

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

An affordable Chevy with good range? How shocking!

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

With the unveiling of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Expo, Chevy has leap-frogged ahead in the electric vehicle frenzy. Being a Chevy, you would expect it to...


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CH017 049PFL

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The original makers of the minivan look to have hit a homerun.

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

When I was growing up, there was only van we owned. A Chrysler Town & Country. In fact, a lot of people did. It was a great vehicle to move kids, groceries, equipment, and...


Read more ...
2017 Honda Ridgeline 1

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The pickup for non-pickup people

By: Anthony Fongaro | January 2016

Take a Honda Pilot, chop off part of the rear- end, and insert a truck bed. What do you get? The new Honda Ridgeline! Although this isn’t the first Ridgeline, the 2017 Ridgeline looks more like a pickup...


Read more ...
Twenty Sixteen

Look To The Future! Cars For 2016.

By: Anthony Fongaro | December 2015

 Now that we are in the twelfth month of the year and we only have a few weeks until 2016, let's take a look at new cars that we will be talking about and possibly reviewing. We selected four vehicles that we deemed...


Read more ...
Rear Smart

2016 Smart ForTwo - L.A. Auto Show

The new Smart ForTwo. Now for Americans!

By: Anthony Fongaro | November 2015

When the original Smart ForTwo arrived in the United States, many people were quite concerned about how massive an accident could happen with such a small car. Its small size made...


Read more ...
Side

Coming Soon! 2016 Nissan Sentra

Nissan's small sedan FINALLY looks like it's trying.

By: Anthony Fongaro | November 2015

Oh the poor Nissan Sentra. Compared to rivals like the Mazda3 and the latest Honda Civic, the Sentra has been the forgettable sitcom no one cared about. But wait! What's...


Read more ...

front11

Tesla Finally Unveils Their SUV!

 

By: Anthony Fongaro | September 2015

 

September 29th, 2015. This will go down in history as the day that Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and soon-to-be Lex Luthor, finally launched the company's first SUV: the Model X. Tesla is extremely proud that they made this...


Read more ...
2016 nissan titan platinum reserve sl pro4x copper yellow black concrete lot 1

Coming Soon! 2016 Nissan Titan XD

The Titan is back with a new heart.

By: Anthony Fongaro | July 2015

Are you the type of person that looks at the trucks from Chevy, Ford, and Ram (formerly Dodge) and thinks that they just aren’t tough enough? Well good news! The second generation Nissan Titan...


Read more ...
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Coming Soon! 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible

A stylish Buick convertible not for your grandparents.

By: Anthony Fongaro | May 2015

Buick has been on a roll the past few years launching cars that appeal to buyers not old enough for Medicare, and the 2016 Cascada convertible looks to help them...


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