Category Test Drive

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Fusion SE 2.0L EcoBoost

Test Car Information:

2014 Ford Fusion SE FWD
2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine;
6-speed automatic transmission;
Options: 202A Package, moonroof with garage door opener, 18-inch premium wheels
MSRP as tested: $29,400


Most people will agree that the front of the Ford Fusion looks like an Aston Martin. Although Ford officially denied they “copied” the Aston Martin, but I believe the great look of this style is a big selling point for the Fusion.


The side profile of the Fusion give us an impression that it is a large sedan. In fact it is: the wheelbase of the Ford Fusion is 112.2 inches, just 0.9 inch shorter than the Mercedes-Benz E class sedan...

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Some details you may not notice in the BMW F30 3 series

While the new 3 series has a more modernized exterior and fancy electronic features, providing a better handling (with those equipped with the M sports pkg), better performance (not including the 320i because there is no comparable models within the US market E90 generation); editors recently notice some user complains arose from several BMW user forums.

For example the 40-60mph steering wheel vibration issue, the steering system clunking issue, seat frame rust issue, and some build quality complains.

Also if you are considering buying a 3 series (320i, 328i, 335i, not including the M3), you should know these two facts: 1...

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Media road test: BMW M235i vs. Mercedes CLA45 AMG vs. Subaru WRX STI

This road test comes from MotorTrend’s 2014 June Issue.

Note: If you cannot see the whole table when you are browsing using iPhone, you can turn your phone by 90 degree and view the full width version of the table.

2014 BMW M235i 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG 2015 Subaru WRX STI (Launch Edition)
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-6, alum block/head Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head Turbocharged flat-4, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 181.8 cu in/2979 cc 121.5 cu in/1991 cc 149.9 cu in/2457 cc
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2014 MDX vs. 2013 MDX: a comprehensive specifications comparison

For those of you who are owning the second generation Acura MDX (2007 – 2013) and considering replacing it with the latest 2014 one, or are still hesitating to select a pre-owned MDX or a brand new 2014 model, here are some specification comparison.

Car body torsional rigidity: 2014 model is 12.4% higher than the second generation;

Suspension stabilizer bar: 2014 model is larger than the second generation;

Steering: 2014 model is electronic power steering, the second generation uses hydraulic power steering;

Steering ratio: 2014 model is significantly smaller (15:66:1, compared to 2nd gen’s 17.1:1)...

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