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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 ...

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 ...

MT Poll: 2013 Ford Focus ST vs 2013 Subaru BRZ – Which Would You Choose?

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The Subaru BRZ has taken on all comers in the sub-$30,000 sporty car field, and in its latest bout with the 2013 Ford Focus ST, the boxer-powered coupe again emerged victorious. Still, the Focus ST’s ability to keep pace with a rear-drive sports car was impressive. Though the two cars are as different from one another as can be, both are worthy enthusiast machines. If it were your money, which budget sporty car would you ...

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 ...

Staff Picks: The Best and Worst Cars We Drove in 2012

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And just like that, we’re closing the book on 2012 and preparing to start 2013. Motor Trend staffers were lucky enough to drive a wide assortment of fantastic cars, with everything from the 74-hp Volkswagen Up! to the 691-hp Lamborghini Aventador passing through our garage. Of the hundreds of cars we’ve driven this year, these are the cars that stood out most to our editors in 2012, for better and for worse. Erick Ayapana, Associate Online ...

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 ...

On the Money? Hagerty’s Top Future Collectibles List Includes VW GTI, Audi RS5

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Hagerty has released its annual “Hagerty Hot List” of the top 10 cars the insurance company believes will become collectible in 20 years. Hagerty’s list is comprised completely of 2013 model-year vehicles that the company thinks will still be desired by enthusiasts in 20 years. Unlike our own list of future collectibles, Hagerty’s rules are a bit less stringent. To qualify as a future collectible on the Hagerty list, the vehicle must be mass-produced, and available ...

January Compact Sales: Toyota Corolla Passes Civic for Top Spot, Focus is Third

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After winning the crown for best-selling compact car during 2012, the Honda Civic finished second during January, with 21,881 units sold. The Toyota Corolla had a better start to 2013, with 23,822 copies going home to customers, good enough for a first-place finish in its segment. The Ford Focus didn’t crest the 20,000 mark, but still took third place with 16,161 total sales. Fourth and fifth place went to the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra with ...

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: How Does It Compare to Mazda, Volkswagen Hatches?

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With the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door, the automaker is positioning the four-door hatchback as a sportier alternative to the also-new 2014 Forte sedan. While the Forte 5-Door shares its hood and headlights with the sedan, the hatchback’s front end has a slimmer grille to complement the more aggressive sheetmetal. Under the hood, the Forte hatchback’s standard engine is the sedan’s optional 173-hp 2.0-liter I-4, while the Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo’s 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is ...

No Competition: Toyota Camry is Best-Selling Midsize Sedan of 2012

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The Toyota Camry consistently led midsize sales throughout 2012, so it should come as no shock that the sedan is the best-selling vehicle in its class overall for the year. The Camry sold a total of 404,886 units for the year, a full 73,014 cars more than second-place finisher Honda Accord, at 331,872. In third place at 302,934 units sold was the Nissan Altima, a new model of which was introduced mid-year. The Ford Fusion came ...