Tag archives for Thread of the Day

Thread of the Day: Would You Spend $40,000 on a Modified Focus ST?

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST already packs quite a punch with its 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket companies from putting their own spin on the new hot hatch. We’ve driven the Shelby Focus ST and today shared details on the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, and it’s got us wondering: Would you spend about $40,000 on a highly modified Ford Focus ST or drive a stock version of another car? Both the ...

Thread of the Day: What’s the Best Car You’ve Ever Driven?

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Sometimes the stars align and we’re given a chance to drive a really special car. Whether you’re particularly smitten with a Ford Mustang GT you drove in a dealership test drive or can’t forget about the time you drove a family member’s Porsche, we want to hear your stories. Did you drive a classic Cadillac around the block? Take a lifted Jeep off-road? Some picks in the original thread started by TOTS include a Porsche 911 ...

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 ...

Thread of the Day: Ford Fiesta ST, Fiat 500 Abarth, or Chevrolet Sonic RS

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There’s a battle brewing for king of the pint-sized hot hatch segment. For years the Mini Cooper S was the only entrant in the segment, but recently a slew of contenders have joined the fray looking for pint-sized hot hatch supremacy.  First came the Fiat 500 Abarth, then the sporty Chevrolet Sonic RS, and as of the L.A. auto show, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. For today’s Thread of the Day (inspired by mconsbruck), we want ...

Thread of the Day: What New Car Would You Put in a Time Capsule for 25 Years?

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While we have a rough idea of where the automobile is headed, it’s difficult to predict exactly what the automotive landscape will look like in 25 years. Will we all merely be passengers in our autonomous, self-driving cars? Will fossil fuels still power our vehicles? Whatever the case, chances are you won’t be able to buy anything similar to the new vehicles of today in the year 2038. That notion led forum user SickSeries to ...

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 ...

Thread of the Day: What New Car Would Make the Best Santa Sleigh?

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With Christmas just around the corner, Santa Claus is readying his sleigh to deliver presents around the globe. When the reindeer get tired, though, what if Santa temporarily upgraded his sleigh to a newer, more modern vehicle? A modern sleigh would have to meet Santa’s requirements like having more than nine reindeer-power to move him swiftly through the night without being seen, room to haul all the toys for the good boys and girls, and if ...

Thread of the Day: Should Ford, Chevrolet Follow the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s Lead?

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With the official announcement of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the automaker has confirmed it will offer a new and highly anticipated powertrain choice for light-duty pickup buyers. Should the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and others follow Ram’s lead into the half-ton diesel market? Diesel-powered light-duty trucks isn’t without precedent: Ford once considered a 4.5-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine for the F-150 pickup, about the same time GM was developing a 4.5-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine for ...

Thread of the Day: What New Cars Have the Best Names?

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An evocative car name is sometimes nearly as important as the quality of the car itself. Take the Ford Mustang — the muscle car’s name was inspired by executive stylist John Najjar, recalling the P-51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II. Had the Mustang been given a different name, would it still have as strong of a following today? After yesterday’s Thread of the Day in which we picked new cars that should be ...

Thread of the Day: Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE or Ford Mustang GT Track Pack? W/Poll

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Few automakers have had a rivalry as polarizing as the one between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, and in a new Motor Trend comparison test we cover the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack. In our latest comparison, both muscle cars are based on entry-level V-8 models with standard horsepower ratings and manual transmissions, but upgraded with some track-friendly components. The Mustang GT Track Pack adds a shorter ...