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2012 Scion Tc

1 Dec

IMG_9528The Scion Tc, a car that is suppose to be a sporty offering from Scion, but stops short at a true sports coupe. The main issue of the Tc is the engine. The car utilizes the 2.5L 4 cylinder from the Camry, which would not be a problem for a car like the Corolla. However, the Tc was suppose to be a sporty car and instead they placed an anemic engine that produces ample power on paper, but in use does not provide any significant thrust. Will it get where it needs to go? Yes, but that’s not the point. The point the car is suppose to be a fun and quick offering from Scion. In order to do this, Scion should have taken the 3.5 L 6 cylinder from the Camry and used that to power this car. With over 200 HP it would have had an abundance of power to play with. The 4 cylinder is boring and the moment you mash your foot on the throttle, the engine whines and revs up, but does not have any sweet spots where the power flows in. This is disappointing because the Tc is a good looking car with the clean lines and cool looking dash. The rear seats even have enough room for full sized adults to sit comfortably. the Tc has all the offerings of a good sports coupe, but does not deliver the power.

IMG_7937This is truly a shame because I enjoyed driving the Tc. The car rides nicely with a sporty feel to the suspension without sacrificing comfort. The visibility is good for a car with such a small windshield.  The steering wheel is flat bottomed and feels good to hold and compliments the actual steering feel. The trunk is actually a large hatch that opens up and gives a large amount of space to fill. This car could have been perfect for a 20 something who wanted something fun, fast, and practical. The Tc missed its mark to stand out from the rest of Toyota’s offerings and been a good addition to Scion. Instead, we get a car that is good, but ultimately forgettable.

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2009 Mini Cooper S

25 Sep

The name of the paint color is Chili Red and there couldn’t be a more fitting description to the personality of this car.  The 2009 Mini Cooper S is the equivalent of a Go-Kart for the road. It is not the fastest car ever and far from it with a 0-60 of a little under 6 seconds, but it is the pure sensation of acceleration as the turbo four cylinder kicks you in the behind. The sound is intoxicating as you accelerate and the car encourages you to misbehave. The rest of the chassis is more than capable to keep up with whatever you can throw at it. The car corners flat and hugs the road. Thank goodness for the bolstered seats because this car loves to eat corners. Off the line, the car stutters as the turbo spools up before releasing the power. When the turbo hit however, you better hold on because the torque steer will try and take the wheel out of your hands. This is not a car to drag race, but if you want to race someone already at speed and through twisty parts of the road, you’ve got your car.
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The Mini Cooper S is simply a fun car. The large, cartoonish speedometer is stuck in the middle of the dash and the window switches are like toggles from a plane. It is funny to think that this a car made by the Germans, but still keeps the spirit that made the older British Minis so great. BMW is actually the parent company of Mini so the performance pedigree is there, but they allow Mini the freedom to be different and unique. Just visit the dealership network itself to see how much you can make a Mini unique to you. The Mini Cooper is great for someone who just wants to have fun while driving. The car is still a hatchback so it is practical enough to haul things around. The Cooper S is a car that is very much alive and a visceral driving experience. If you get the chance to drive one, I recommend it.
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The Mini Cooper is set to go into its 3rd generation under BMW and is expected to grow a little larger. The full car has not been revealed yet, but here are some spy shots of the production mule: http://wot.motortrend.com/spied-next-gen-mini-cooper-3-cylinder-power-132669.html