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MT Poll: Focus ST, Mazdaspeed3, or WRX Special Edition?

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When you need more space than a two-door Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ can provide but still want some automotive fun, enthusiasts can pick from cars like the Mazdaspeed3, Ford Focus ST, and Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition. Each offer four doors, plenty of power, and driving entertainment under $30,000. We’ve just shared what we think of these cars in a comparison test, and now it’s your turn. If you were in the market for ...

Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of ...

WOT Opinion: What the 2015 Ford F-150 Needs to Stay on Top

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The hard-working Ford F-Series is the best-selling truck in the U.S. for good reason. In fact, the current generation Ford F-150 has won the coveted Motor Trend Truck of the Year award twice: first when it arrived in 2009 and again in 2012 when new engines and a six-speed automatic transmission replaced the aging power plants and base four-speed automatic. With the competition stepping up their game, though, the next generation F-150 needs more than ...

Vintage Ads: 1964-1967 Ford Mustang – Pick Your Favorite

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There was a time when car advertisements touted cars as a way for men to get women, or for a young secretary to impress her co-workers. Nowadays car ads are all the same – they toss around buzz words like “40 mpg,” “innovation,” and “technology.” Simply put, they’re boring, and that’s a shame. With that in mind, we’re starting up a new semi-regular feature dubbed “Vintage Ads, and this week we’re featuring four selected 1964-1967 ...

Insurance Costs Comparo: Focus ST vs. Mazdaspeed3 vs. WRX Special Edition

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You’ve read the Motor Trend comparison test about the Ford Focus ST, Mazdaspeed3, and Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition, but how do the sporty four-doors compete when it comes to insurance costs? CoverHound has taken a look at the insurance considerations of the three cars to find out. As it relates to vehicles, insurers factor in the following four characteristics to calculate their pricing: safety ratings, rates of theft, cost to replace parts, and damage ...

Top 10 Quickest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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When it comes to chest-beating and proclamations of vehicular superiority, the 0-60 mph acceleration time is the go-to metric for straight-line enthusiasts worldwide. It’s hard to fault, really – there’s nothing quite like the brute force of launching a car from a dead stop to 60 mph. Which are both perfectly legal speeds in the U.S. of A, might I add. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of vehicles ...

The Apoca-List: 10 Cars You Must Drive Before the End of the World

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It’s nearly December 21, which means we’ll soon know whether the end of days is truly at hand. Before the world does go up in flames from an enormous solar flare or gets sucked into a black hole – as some believe will happen – we feel it’s important for you to experience some of the best automotive creations humanity has to offer. As such, we’ve assembled our top 10 vehicles you must drive before ...

Ranch Dressing: 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch vs. 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

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Toyota kicked off the 2013 Chicago Auto show by announcing substantial updates to its Tundra truck. Along with new styling inside and out plus updated ergonomics and electronics, the 2014 Tundra receives two premium trim levels above Limited: Platinum and 1794 Edition. The latter attempts to establish a link to America’s farming roots (paging Paul Harvey) and take market share currently dominated by Ford and its fancy F-150 King Ranch editions. Why 1794? That’s the founding ...

2013 Shelby Focus ST Quick Drive

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When Shelby American President John Luft stopped by Motor Trend headquarters and offered us a quick drive in the production version of the all-new 2013 Shelby Focus ST sporting the complete Shelby kit, we couldn’t say no. Our tester came in Oxford White with the Azure Blue Shelby Competition graphics package – just one of the three graphics package, which also includes Checkered Flag Splash and Shelby Traditional stripes – as well as the optional ...

Top 8 Wagons We Want in the U.S. – With Poll

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American car enthusiasts read about a ton of foreign-market cars that we just don’t get. Though we would love to have in the U.S. vehicles like the Ford Ranger and Australia’s V-8-powered utes, most automotive forbidden fruit are of the station wagon variety. With so many wagons offered overseas, here are the Top 8 we want most in the U.S. Click through to see all eight choices and to vote in our poll! 2014 Audi RS6 Avant: ...