2014 Toyota Tundra: Bred By Uncle Sam

2014 Toyota Tundra

Toyota has endured sorted success with its full-size pickups. The T100 was nice, but underwhelming. Same was true of the first-generation, not-quite-butch-enough Tundra. By gen-3, Toyota had constructed a new plant in Princeton, IN to assemble its full-girth full-size truck. It later moved to a gleaming new plant in San Antonio, TX, where the 2014 fourth-generation pickup, the first major update since 2007, is exclusively built.
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Revisiting The 2014 Lexus IS F-Sport: A Car for The Fast, Fastidious, And Fabulous

2014 Lexus IS

A few months back, I wrote a glowing (as in gay glow stick) review of the 2014 Lexus IS, a fabulous, beautiful car with some improvements that make it worth more than just a Google shopping visit. In particular, you can now get a leather hybrid material for your seats, a “Bed, Bath and Beyond meets Mr. S. Leather,” if you will. Jamba Juice or Astroglide spill, be gone.
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2014 VW Passat 1.8 Turbo Offers Thrills, Thanks To A Heart Transplant

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Last year the Volkswagen Passat had one major flaw that took away from the fact that it is a roomy, well designed, high quality family sedan on every other count. Its entry level engine, a wheezy (no, we don’t mean Mrs. Jefferson) 2.5 liter 5-cylinder, did little but spur any buyer with the means to do so to opt instead for the superior 2.0 liter TDI turbodiesel motor.
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We Let The Dog Decide: 2014 Honda Civic EX-L Vs. 2014 Mazda3i Grand Touring

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When the 2012 Honda Civic was first released it was raked over the coals for uncharacteristically subpar driving dynamics,interior quality and the continued use of a five-speed automatic which apparently was outlawed during the time of Moses. Fast forward to last year and Honda gave every journalist human and canine who complained a serious smack down by improving the interior quality to best in class, bettering the ride, lowering road noise and improving the steering and handling feel. Frankly, we thought Honda perfected the Civic in 2013 but this year the company made yet more changes. Continue reading

We Let The Dog Decide: 2014 Lexus GS350 Or 2014 Audi A6 3.0T?

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When it comes to mid-level luxury sedans, many people instantly gravitate to the “usual suspects” at their local Mercedes Benz or BMW dealers but quite honestly the latest E-Class and newest shape 5-Series sedans are both a bit of a snooze fest. What if you desire something different that not everyone on your block is driving that is both sporty, solidly built, has a premium badge and can also manage more than to just “impress the clients” during business lunches? Continue reading

2014 Cadillac CTS Whips The Germans

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

The fact that the 2014 Cadillac CTS won Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year is not astonishing: the last-generation CTS did the same thing in 2008. But this year, it won against redesigned Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series sedans, making a frontal attack on the German Bismarcks. It also beat the Corvette Stingray, Mercedes S-Class, Infiniti Q50, Mazda3, Mazda6, and Kia Cadenza. Take a breath. Continue reading

“Fagbug Nation” Documentary Coming Soon! (Until Then, Enjoy This Trailer)

Screencap from Erin Davies' FAGBUG NATION documentary

When last we heard from Erin Davies, she and the Volkswagen New Beetle dubbed the “Fagbug” were doing just fine.

As you might recall, that Beetle was just a plain ol’ Beetle until 2007 when — on the morning of GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence — Erin walked out to her car in Albany, New York and saw that it had been spray-painted with the words “fag” and “u r gay”. Some people might’ve been demoralized by that double-whammy of homophobia and poor spelling skills, but not Erin: she transformed her car into a rainbow-striped LGBT-friendly beacon, emblazoned with the word “FAGBUG” on both sides. Continue reading

Lotus Apologizes For Tweeting Its Support Of LGBT Rights

Roger Moore as James Bond astride a Lotus Esprit Turbo

As the Winter Olympic games began in Sochi last week, British sports car manufacturer Lotus did something unexpected: the social media team for its Formula One racing division sent out a tweet offering its best wishes to all Olympic competitors, accompanied by a photo of two men kissing. This was presumably in response to the spate of appalling (and appallingly vague) laws recently passed in Russia to restrict the rights of LGBT citizens. Continue reading