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Wednesday
Jan012014

Reviewed 2013 Chevy Cruze Diesel: 45+ MPG Is Easy Like Sunday Morning

 

The auto enthusiast community has been clambering for a small diesel car, from a U.S. manufacturer, for quite some time.  Chevy has answered their call by bringing the 2.0 Turbo Diesel engine from Europe to the U.S. and placed it in the Cruze, and it is set to go head to head with the Volkswagen Jetta.
The Cruze on it's own is a pretty solid car, however, once you put the clean diesel engine in the car, does it make it better, worse, or the same?  Will American's take to a clean diesel car from a U.S. manufacturer that gets 30mpg in the city and almost 50mpg on the highway?
That is what we find out on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.

 

Thursday
Jun062013

Reviewed: 2013 VW Beetle TDI, Having Your Cake And Eating Too 

A little over a year ago we had the VW Beetle in for a week of testing, it was the 2.5L 5 cylinder with an automatic. We never published a review on it, because we flat out didn't like it, though it was for personal reasons more than anything else. It felt like a pure nostalgia play, and it wasn't enjoyable to drive.

When our VW rep called and asked if we wanted to try the Beetle with the TDI Clean Diesel, we said, "sure, why not". We wondered if Volkswagen's terrific TDI engine could be a saving grace. Turns out it absolutely transformed the car!

This TDI Beetle with a manual was not only a hoot to drive, it returned 47-48mpg on the highway at 80mph! Sit back and have a look as Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive have a go with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.


Friday
Mar222013

Support MPGomatic's Kickstarter Project "Ain't Fuelin'!"

Dan Gray from MPGomatic.com has been a friend of the site for some time, and he's got a Kickstarter project that we think is fantastic!  He wants to take a 10 year old car, and show you not only how to keep it running in tip top shape, but how to get better gas mileage with simple upgrades!

We like the project so much we have pleged money to the project and created a support video for him which you can see below.  If you'd like to help Dan achive his goal of raising $7,777 by April April 5th you can donate here.

Monday
Sep102012

Reviewed: 2012 Toyota Prius C

 

Back in January we went down to Florida to do a first drive on the new Toyota Prius C, the latest member of the Prius family within Toyota.  While we didn't get to spend much time with the car on that drive, we came away with a good first impression.  That impression was that the Prius C felt like a car first and a hybrid second.
Now we've spent a week with the car, and the question is, good car, or just another hybrid gimmick.  Let's dive in a see if Toyota has come up with a hybrid that a non-hybrid lover would drive.  Make sure you check out our full photo gallery below the video.

 

 

Monday
Oct312011

Reviewed: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to spend a week with the all new Jetta, in this case the 2011 2.5 SEL model, and came away with some good impressions.  We also got some great feedback from that post which was most appreciated.  What we really wanted to try though was the TDI Clean Diesel version of the car.

Recently we got to spend a week with the TDI Jetta and these our our thoughts: