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Worth the Wait: 2017 Ford Focus RS

The wait, enthusiasts, is over. We watched helplessly as Ford’s European division launched the first Focus RS in 2002 and greedily kept it to themselves. Again, we were spurned with the launch of the European-only second generation Focus RS in 2009. Ford’s return to a single, all-new Focus […]

Instigator: 2016 Ford Focus ST

The hot hatch Cold War has gone hot again. With horsepower levels reaching 300 or more and all-wheel-drive now part of the equation, the VW Golf R and Ford Focus RS are on a path towards mutually assured destruction. But it didn’t have to be this way. VW […]

Too Grown Up: VW Jetta SE

The Volkswagen Jetta has an impressively diverse range of engines – from the efficient Jetta Hybrid and TDI Clean Diesel to the performance-oriented GLI. Unfortunately the Jetta that doesn’t get much attention is the middle child, the 2.5L inline-5 powering the Jetta SE and SEL. For some reason, […]

Fiesta on Fire: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta is a brilliant little car. It’s the ideal mass market subcompact; well built, efficient, and enjoyable to drive. For an enthusiast, though, the Fiesta doesn’t stand out from the crowd. The hot hatchback market is full of cars that are more exciting to look at […]

Living on the Edge: 2013 Kia Rio 5 SX

We enjoy hatchbacks for their good looks and real-world practicality. We’re especially fond of hot hatches with their added power and driver involvement. This Spring we’ve driven a wide variety of hatchbacks, from the Kia’s hot hatch cousin, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, to the efficient and stylish Lexus […]