Tag: manual

Kaizen: 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Nismo’s approach to the 370Z can be captured in a single word: kaizen. Kaizen simply means “change for better”. In the corporate world, kaizen has become MBA jargon synonymous with continuous improvement as it pertained to Japanese auto manufacturing. As a philosophy, it refers to the practice of […]

Reset: 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

Halfway up the mountain, I remembered. I remembered the pleasure of honest steering as I sliced into a hairpin. I remembered the confident click of a well-tune gear lever as I powered up the next incline. I remembered the proper balance of a well-sprung sports car as I […]

Better, Not Bigger: 2015 Honda Fit

Bigger is better. Or is it? The new Fit challenges new-car trends by being smaller than the previous generation. But while 1.6 inches have been cut from overall length, there are many improvements to this second generation Fit. While the car is shorter, the wheelbase has grown. Honda […]

Follow Up: 2015 Scion FRS Automatic

We’ve done this before. That was the thought when the Scion FRS arrived at LSB HQ. Unlike last time, however, this particular FRS was fitted with a 6-speed automatic. There were, admittedly, a few other noticeable differences. First off: the weather. Our first drive of the FRS came […]

Ronin: 2015 Subaru WRX STi

There are few cars that are more synonymous with the enthusiast. This isn’t a car bought to go from A to B. It’s not perceived as a sensible car for a family. It probably won’t impress your lady-friend. Subaru didn’t design this car to please a focus group […]

Rude: 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

The Fiat 500 is a hot hatch in caricature: small, nimble, and visceral. But like any good caricature, the most prominent features are accentuated to the extreme. Among its counterparts, it’s rather small, darty, and very vocal. I mean loud. Disturb the neighbors loud. It’s all part of […]

Chrysler “What’s New” 2015

A low fog hung in the sky, preventing the early-morning sun from warming the asphalt. For a moment, there was silence. Four gleaming vehicles sat before me, and I had first pick. This was how I began my day at Chrysler’s “What’s New 2015” event at their Chelsea […]

Escape: 2014 Honda Civic Si

I didn’t plan this. It’s was just past 7:30pm on Friday night, the sun was setting, and I was scything through central New Hampshire behind the wheel of the 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe. It had only been a few hours since my phone rang – a call […]