2010 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is the latest in what I like to call “Boxcar Chic” automotive design. Also known affectionately as the “cookie box” or “shoebox” look, the first example of this was the Scion xB, followed by the Nissan Cube and now the Kia. The difference between these cars and a Minivan or SUV is
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2009 Nissan Versa 1.8 S HB

I was all ready to not like the Nissan Versa hatchback. After all, it’s a basic low-cost model, probably outfitted with an anemic engine, and it had an automatic transmission. That’s about as far from a Jeff-mobile as you can get. But once again, I was reminded that the general state of the car-building art has advanced far beyond my memories of cheap loss-leader hatchbacks. I knew the Yugo GV, and this Versa is no Yugo.

2009 Honda Fit Sport

The 1970 Clean Air Act was, in its time, the most stringent emission standard in the world. Under the new law, the carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide levels in emissions of 1975- and 1976-model vehicles had to be at least 90% lower than for 1970 and 1971 models. That’s a massive leap forward in
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2009 Subaru WRX

When Subaru introduced the new-generation 2008 WRX it was met with disdain from a large segment of its enthusiast community. The WRX was always a rally car bred for the road, but now Subaru was using the name on a bread-and-butter hatchback. This was something very different than the car enthusiasts knew and loved: the
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