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Joe Santos


5 Surprisingly Quick Honda and Acura Cars

Hondas and Acuras have historically been known for their reliability and easiness to own and drive. However, they’re not typically known for their speed. Sure, there have been many sporty Honda and Acura models in the past, however, they have always been meant more for a road course or autocross track than a drag strip. …


Fuel-Saver Flashback: Honda CR-X HF

Taking a look back at the history of Honda’s compact car lineup, it’s easy to see why the brand has garnered such an amazing reputation for achieving stellar fuel economy. During the mid- to late-80s, while gas prices were on the rise and large American cars ran rampant, Honda was producing cars like the CR-X; …

A car salesman showing a customer around
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Truth About Car Sales

With car sales at an all-time low around the country and many car salespeople currently without jobs, I figured it would be a good time to tell you the truth about selling cars. Over the years, there have been many stories published around the web, and even on Motorbiscuit, detailing the “lies” and “tricks” that …

Hybrids & Electrics

Fuel-Saver Flashback: Audi A3 e-tron

Over the past decade, Audi has been taking massive steps toward bringing electric cars to the market. In fact, they have a lofty goal of bringing 30 electric cars to their lineup by the year 2025. But every giant leap is usually preceded by smaller steps, in which case, the Audi A3 e-tron was part of …

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What is Variable Valve Timing?

Cars today have all kinds of technical gadgetry and wizardry to make the most horsepower and get the best mileage. One such technical system is called “variable valve timing,” in which the car’s engine control unit, or computer, opens up the engine’s valves at various times and for different durations to get the most power …


Fuel-Saver Flashback: 1992-1995 Honda Civic VX

Long before the first hybrid car was introduced in the U.S., manufacturers had to rely on smaller engines and longer transmission gearing to save fuel. During the 1990s, when gas prices were steadily increasing and SUVs started to become popular, Japanese brands like Honda made some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. One …

Hybrids & Electrics

Fuel-Saver Flashback: Honda Civic Hybrid

At first glance, you might see a Honda Civic Hybrid on the road and think that it’s just another Civic. Technically, that’s what Honda wanted you to think, but that Civic had a little trick up its sleeve. Let’s take a look back at the fuel-saving Civic variant that upped the fuel-economy quotient in Honda’s …

Hybrids & Electrics

Fuel-Saver Flashback: Fisker Karma

Over the past decade, electric cars have been all the rage, thanks mostly to Tesla and its successful product line. However, the decade also brought about lesser-known brands like Fisker, who didn’t have as much to celebrate as Tesla did when they produced the Karma. Never heard of it? Let’s take a look back at …


The Journey is the Worst Dodge Vehicle You Should Never Buy

You might think that a compact, seven-passenger crossover that’s been around for the past decade would be a tried-and-true combination for reliability and practicality. With some manufacturers and models, like a Toyota RAV4 or Kia Sorento, you would be right, however, if you’re thinking of the Dodge Journey, you would be wrong. The Journey didn’t …


Was The Plymouth Prowler Really That Bad?

With retro styling that looked more fitting for a cartoon than an actual production piece, the Plymouth Prowler proved to be better for “show” than “go.” It was produced during the late 90s, a time when boxy and otherwise bland cars roamed the streets. And while the Prowler stood out, it was discontinued after only …

2019 Honda Passport

The Passport is the Worst Honda You Can Buy

The Honda Passport was reintroduced into the market for the 2019 model year after a 17-year hiatus. Previously a re-badged Isuzu Rodeo, the Honda Passport is now an all-original, five-passenger SUV that fills the void between the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot. While it has served its purpose and celebrated some mild sales success in …

2016 Honda CR-Z
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is the Honda CR-Z Worth Buying?

When the Honda CR-Z debuted in 2010, it was touted as a spiritual successor to the renowned Honda CRX of the early ’90s. Its hybrid powertrain has an option for a six-speed manual transmission and its purpose was to bring about sporty hybrid fun. However, it was discontinued in 2016 due to dismal sales during …


Is the Lexus IS F Worth Buying?

When the Lexus IS F debuted in 2008, it was quite the hit. Lexus was always known for soft, luxurious rides up until then so it was a bit of an anomaly to have a V8-clad version of the IS sedan with an eight-speed transmission and quad exhaust tips. The Lexus IS F has since …


Why the Chevrolet SS Failed

The Chevrolet SS sedan was like that distant relative you always heard about, vaguely remembered, and rarely ever saw. It’s a shame because the SS was a rear-wheel-drive sedan with a V8 engine under the hood and the option for a six-speed manual transmission. It was gone just as quickly as it arrived, which makes …