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First Drive: 2017 Honda Civic Si

Solid performance, great handling, pleasing price.

by on May.30, 2017

Longer, lower, wider, the 2017 Honda Civic Si also is a bit lighter than the outgoing model.

The Winding Course at Honda’s Mojave Desert proving grounds is a challenging place to test out a new car. The nearly two-mile track boasts a series of steep hills, sharp and often blind corners, little run-off, and a menagerie of wildlife ranging from coyotes to several different types of rattlesnakes.

So, strapping on helmet and slipping inside the new Civic Si, we decided to take things slow the first time ‘round the course. The track lived up to its treacherous billing, but so did the new Honda which, by day’s end, we had the chance to drive in both coupe and sedan configurations.

Performance News!

There’s been a lot of buzz, in recent months, about the all-new Honda Civic Type-R. Set to arrive in U.S. showrooms for the first time ever later this year, there’s good reason for all the excitement. For serious performance coupe fans, it will become the most powerful Honda compact ever sold in the States. Too bad, however, that it’s drawing attention away from the 2017 Honda Civic Si. This eighth-generation model might not deliver all the muscle of the Type-R, but it is a solid performer, with good power and great handling yet the ride and comfort you’d want for an everyday driver.


First Drive: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Affordable? Yes. Cheap and cheerful? Not anymore.

by on Apr.01, 2009

Turning heads and leaving tire tracks, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe should redefine the Korean brand.

Turning heads and leaving tire tracks, the Genesis Coupe should help redefine the Korean brand.

If you’re a comedian, there are some things that automatically ensure a laugh.  You can slip on a banana peel or take a pie in the face.  You usually only have to mention New Jersey – and before you Joisey boys write me hate letters, know that I grew up off Exit 117 – or you can say the word “Hyundai.”

Since its American debut, two decades ago, the Korean carmaker has been the butt of Leno’s late night jokes, and not taken very seriously by automotive aficionados.  That was well-deserved in the days of the original Hyundai Pony, but not anymore.  If you hadn’t heard, the automaker’s first luxury car, the Genesis sedan, was named North American Car of the Year by a panel of 50 U.S. and Canadian autowriters, early this year.  (I’m one of those judges.)

Now comes the second car to bear the Genesis badge, in this case a striking blend of styling, power and sporty handling dubbed the Genesis Coupe.  Its debut should have the competition seriously concerned.  And that’s no joke. (more…)