[singlepic id=45 w=320 h=240 float=left]I didn’t expect much from the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO. In fact, I’ve never been a huge fan of “econo-boxes”, but expectations are one of the things that can pass or fail a car during a first drive. Those expectations may even continue to sway one’s thoughts during successive encounters. My expectations were pretty regularly exceeded while driving the Cruze. This was the first Chevrolet car I’ve driven which seemed well thought out, designed well, and implemented well.
After somewhat of a sports car theme lately, it’s time to take a look at the polar opposite by Nissan, the 2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X. The thing about the Xterra, since the first one hit the road in 2000, is … Continued
NISMO. It is a word that is respected by many. It is also a word associated by others to racing decals on a bone stock Altima with a giant carbon fiber wing. Regardless of pre-conceived notions, the NISMO 370Z is a force to be reckoned with that’s not for everyone. My only knowledge of the NISMO Z, aside from statistics, is that I watched one lose it in the rain on turn seven at H2R, and sink itself in the mud, and that everyone I know who has driven it complained of the back-jarring ride. Yet, I was quite excited to experience the car, being a two-time VQ owner myself.
Infiniti has been on a quest to be globally competitive. I believe the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) is a key factor in that quest. Much anticipation revolved around the IPL, and many hoped for a true BMW ///M and Mercedes AMG competitor. Infiniti says that is not the goal of the IPL. After a week driving the IPL G Coupe, I can reinforce the truthfulness of that statement. But does that make it a bad car? Is Infiniti wasting its time? Let’s find out.
The last time I made the trip from the suburbs to Hotel ZaZa down in Dallas was over a year and a half ago to photograph the Infiniti Essence Concept car. Last week I received a message saying I should … Continued