Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Ford Fusion SE, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: Handling, handling, handling, five-speed manual and handling. And while I find the appearance of the Fusion only half-baked, I know there are those out there who think it snazzy looking. The low price and relatively large size are a rarity in today's autodom. A similarly equipped Accord… » 11/22/06 2:05pm 11/22/06 2:05pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Jeep Compass, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: You're the type of person who thinks "Jeep" is a cartoon character named Eugene from the 1930's Popeye comic strip. You're someone who doesn't give a rat's ass what other people think about them and wants an inexpensive and useful vehicle to go from one place to the next — sometimes even… » 8/29/06 2:01pm 8/29/06 2:01pm

Jalopnik Reviews, 2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: Vee Dub's $25k cruise missile is the financially challenged pistonhead's Porsche. We're talking maximum bang for the buck (discounting the cramped MINI Cooper S and pricier, harder-riding Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Evo). The GTI is also an ideal chariot for less adrenal enthusiasts… » 4/08/06 5:54pm 4/08/06 5:54pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: The Five Hundred is exactly what middle America needs: an old school Yank tank with reasonable gas mileage and laudable safety. If you re in the cop or carriage trade, or have a wife whose idea of packing light squares with Joan Collins , the Five Hundred s cavernous trunk will whale your… » 12/30/05 10:51am 12/30/05 10:51am

Jalopnik Reviews: 2005 Nissan Maxima SL, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: You're a multiple-personality type seeking a luxury fix, but would rather not have to pop a dramamine every time you buckle up. Or you'd rather be in a sports car, but have kids (or more than one friend) or suffer from that fear of being flattened by a wayward SUV. If you're a retiree who… » 10/19/05 10:52am 10/19/05 10:52am

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Mazda MX-5, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: The MX-5 is the bonsai tree of sports cars: a perfectly formed thrashmobile writ small. All the roadster s major controls work with infinite precision and perfect linearity. There s so much intimate feedback through the wheel, pedals and seat that the Moroni Monroney [window sticker]… » 10/14/05 4:40pm 10/14/05 4:40pm