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Top 10 Cheapest Convertibles

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The weather is warmer, the days are longer, spring has arrived, and we find ourselves once again lusting after a top-down road trip. While few of us can enjoy the glamor of, say, a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible (MSRP: $238,000), there are plenty of more affordable droptop cars. Here are the ten cheapest new convertibles on sale today. 1. 2013 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet Engine: 1.0-liter inline-three, 70 hp, 68 lb-ft Base Price: $18,640 What it lacks in ...

Cocktail Chatter: June 21, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. To mark the first official day of summer, we’re drinking a creation by associate web editor Donny Nordlicht. Called the Indian Summer Sip, add three ounces of Absolut Mango vodka to a highball glass with ice, top with seltzer, and top with a splash ...

2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals. As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 ...

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 ...

Nov. Compact Crossover Sales: Honda CR-V On Top, RAV4 Slips Below Rogue

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The Honda CR-V took the lead in the November sales battle in the compact crossover segment with 22,333 units sold, beating the second-place Ford Escape by a margin of more than 1300. The CR-V edged out the Escape by less than 1000 units during the month of October. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Equinox, with 16,821 units sold, completes the top three. While there was a pretty sizable gap separating the crossovers in the top-three spots, the battle ...

Your Say: Top 10 New Cars to Put in a Time Capsule for 25 Years

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With concerns of depleting nonrenewable energy sources and constantly evolving automotive technology, we have no idea what the automotive landscape will look like in 2038. Highways full of autonomous and fully electric cars are a possibility, though anything is possible. Earlier this month, we asked our readers what new car they would put in a time capsule for 25 years, and we’re sharing 10 of our favorite responses in this top 10 list. Commenters had to ...

2012 Compact Sales: Honda Civic Leads, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus on Podium

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The Honda Civic overtook the Toyota Corolla to become the best-selling compact in 2012, while the Ford Focus came in third place – up from its 2011 sixth-place finish. While the Chevrolet Cruze was the best-selling in the segment for several months early in 2012, the compact sedan finished fourth overall. Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales ...

Thread of the Day: Name an Upcoming Car You Hope Will Perform Well

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With the auto show season well underway, many concept cars and future production models are on display. While futuristic concept cars often get our attention, the vehicles heading to showrooms make the biggest difference for automakers and enthusiasts. In light of all the upcoming production cars on the way this year, we want to know which new car you’re hoping will perform well. Motor Trend forum member MSIDUDE hopes the upcoming Cadillac ATS-V will be the ...

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 Cars That Could Use a Corvette V-8

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General Motors makes a damn good V-8. The company’s small block pushrod V-8s are among the most loved by enthusiasts not only because of the power and reliability they offer, but also because its compact size allows it to squeeze into all but the smallest of engine bays – even engine bays designed to accommodate a four-pot and some electric motors. To celebrate the mighty LS series V-8 as it makes way for the 2014 ...