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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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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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driving in NYC

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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