Mar 052012
 

In honor of the upcoming new season of Top Gear on BBC America, these people have done a top ten list of the “most bad ass car movies” ever made. The concept sounds cool and the link was posted by the Top Gear Twitter account, so I figured it must be pretty good. Intrigued, I decided to have a look.

What I found was the most appalling, underresearched and worthless list of drivel that I have ever read. And that’s saying something, since I was at one time a subscriber to Super Street magazine. For those of you who couldn’t be bothered to watch the video (and I just can’t recommend that you do), here is what they came up with: Continue reading »

Mar 052012
 

Fast sedans are a staple of American car culture. Indeed, there is an undeniable appeal in a car that is versatile, fast and stylish, all in the same package.

Americans aren’t the only ones that think so, though. I read this short feature from the Top Gear people this morning and it got me thinking. Most of the cars they mention are European-market models, not available in the U.S. Given America’s obsession with all things fast and big, it stood to reason that we must have some pretty decent examples of hot sedans as well.

In true Top Gear spirit, I decided to find out what options are out there for those of us looking to go fast and look good – on a budget.

The criteria for my search were simple: The car must have four doors, a manual transmission and be between $4999 and $9999 in asking price. Autotrader dutifully returned about 200 options fitting this description within 25 miles of my house. In sorting through all obligatory Hyundais, Civics, Corollas and Jettas, I found five gems. Each of them will get you where you’re going in a hurry, keep a smile on your face on twisting backroads and assure that whenever you arrive, you do so in style. Continue reading »