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2020 Kia Forte GT Road Test | Sport compact fun on a budget

It’s slim pickings out there for sport compact buyers. Just a decade ago, inexpensive sporty cars were relatively plentiful. Now? Not so much. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that the few remaining small enthusiast sedans and hatchbacks are by and large quite decent little cars, this 2020 Kia Forte GT included.

They also seem to be coming from the darndest places. Back when Mazda and Mitsubishi were still building cars like the Mazdaspeed3 and the Lancer Ralliart, Hyundai and Kia were effectively nowhere to be found in the sport compact segment. Yeah, the Tiburon existed; what more do you want us to say? Today, these Korean juggernauts are producing several affordable, enthusiast-friendly models.

While it’s no Stinger, the Forte GT boasts some reasonably credible specs. For starters, it’s powered by a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo-four that also produces 195 pound-feet of torque. It can be ordered with either a six-speed

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2020 Lexus GS F review: So good, but far from the best

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Flare Yellow is the best and boldest color option available for the 2020 GS F buyer.


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The 2020 Lexus GS F isn’t the best sport sedan, but I kind of love it. Even with awkward cabin tech making it frustrating to live with and the nagging feeling that there are better cars in this class for similar money, I’m always happy to settle into the bright yellow GS F, fire up the V8 and punch it. I’ll be sad to see it go.

Like

  • Beefy V8 engine feels and sounds fantastic
  • F Sport seat are comfortable and supportive
  • Even though it’s dated, the GS F still looks great

Don’t Like

  • Enform cabin tech lacks modern features
  • Remote Touch controller is frustrating to use
  • Expensive relative to comparable German performers

Despite its flaws, I think the GS F has still got it where it counts. It’s certainly done

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9 must-have classic car accessories

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Owning and driving a classic car can be rewarding, but it helps to know a few tricks.


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Owning and driving a classic car is easier now than it ever has been. You can find parts for all but the most esoteric models, thanks to the internet. And it’s easier than ever to get advice on finding a mechanic or fixing things yourself. Still, classic cars have special needs and as someone who’s had a few — currently (and likely forever) my W108 Mercedes-Benz — I’ve found some of the best products to help keep your classic going.

These are all products that I’ve personally had experience with (except for the halon fire extinguisher, knock on wood-paneled dashboard) and have found to be helpful in a variety of situations from breakdowns to basic weekend afternoon car care.

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Which Cars Have the Best Ambient Lighting? (And What Is It?)

Ever wonder if you could turn your car’s interior into a full-on light show? Well, that’s now possible because many modern vehicles offer cool ambient lighting, even on non-luxury cars. Keep reading to find out what ambient lighting is, as well as what cars have the best ambient lighting systems.

What Is Ambient Lighting?

The feature  utilizes interior lights mounted around the cabin to enhance the design and maybe even soothing driver and passenger. In addition to the foot wells, some ambient lighting systems often illuminate the door and dash trim, cupholders, climate control vents, and speaker surrounds. Some cars provide the option to tailor the color of the ambient lighting and a few even allow the lighting to pulsate in time with the audio system for added customizability.

Every automaker does ambient lighting differently. Some are subtle like in certain Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, and Acura products. On the other

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The Best and Most Memorable Concept Cars of the 1980s

After the dreariness of the 1970s—in car design as well as other aspects of life—the ’80s were a decade of turnaround. Okay, sure, we all thought we were minutes away from getting nuked by the Soviets, but the economy was taking off like the Space Shuttle and Wall Street was practically Xeroxing millionaires. Meanwhile, cars just kept getting better and better: Automakers were getting the hang of tightening emissions and fuel economy standards, and improvements in computer design meant cars with more curves. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable dream cars from an era when America dreamed big.

1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid

We’re used to concept cars coming from major automakers, but in 1980, small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton introduced this last gasp from the malaise era: A six-wheel hatchback with a B&S 18-horsepower air-cooled twin-cylinder combined with an 8-horsepower electric

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Ten Great ’90s Concept Cars We Still Dream About

Hard as it may be for some to believe, 1990 was some 30 years ago now, and the cars we know and love from that decade have become, simply, classic. Look back at the era’s production models and you’ll see an evolutionary period, where straight lines largely gave way to more curvaceous shapes; nostalgia for classics of the 1950s and ’60s was heightened, and new “retro” designs were all the rage; and new technology in the form of early single-clutch paddle-shift transmissions and electronic stability-control systems helped to usher in a rethink of how enthusiasts could experience vehicle performance. But production cars weren’t the only things changing; the ’90s wrought some of the most amazing concept cars ever created. Today, we take a look at 10 of our favorite ’90s concept cars all these years later to see how well they stand the test of time.

Best ’90s Concept Cars:

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The Richest Women in Sports

If a little girl has both athletic talent and dreams of growing up to be rich, she should learn to play tennis. In ranking the female athletes with the highest net worths — those with fortunes of at least $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth — GOBankingRates learned that 20 of the top 26 richest female athletes in the world are tennis players, including the top two who measure their fortunes in nine figures. But who else made the list? Find out which names rank among the richest athletes.

Last updated: Aug. 13, 2020

22. (tie) Victoria Azarenka

Right-handed Belarusian tennis great Victoria Azarenka is known for her wicked backhand and dominance in hardcourt play. Currently ranked No. 58 in the Women’s Tennis Association, she’s won 20 singles tournaments, including two Australian Opens, and made it to the finals in 17 others. 

22. (tie) Jelena Jankovic

Serbian Jelena Jankovic

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Rare 1960 Chevy Corvette Kiddie Car Up For Sale: Video

Some cars just make ‘ya feel like a kid again, and for countless enthusiasts, that special vehicle is the Chevy Corvette. From toys, to posters, to apparel, to models, the average Vette-o-phile probably has a vast collection of bits and bobs dedicated to their favorite sports car, but odds are they don‘t have anything like this genuine 1960 Corvette Kiddie Ride.

This highly collectible Chevy Corvette ride is one of just six ever made, and although it looks brand new, it‘s actually nearly 40 years old.

“Do not compare this to a modern kiddie ride with a Corvette body or a Frankenstein creation built by a hobbyist from a carnival ride or mismatched parts salvaged from scrap rides,” the seller states. “This is a true manufactured, born as you see it ride.”

The ride was originally produced in the late ‘60s by Creative Glass in Oneida, Tennessee, as a nod

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Business Car Trailblazers: Land Rover Freelander

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14 August 2020

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Author: Simon Harris

It might not have been the first of the new breed of SUVs in the 1990s, but it was no less influential.



Standard equipment:
Alarm, driver and passenger airbag, heated electric mirrors, folding rear seats, front electric windows, lumbar support, power steering, remote central locking, steering wheel height adjustment, 3×3 point rear seat belts, ABS, air conditioning, alloy wheels, part-leather seats, electric sunroof, full-size spare wheel, metallic paint, roof rails, traction control



There are a number of other mainstream manufacturers that can lay claim to innovating in the trend for modern SUVs. The car that set the trend was probably the Toyota Rav4 in 1994 – tapping into demand for a compact SUV that was comfortable being driven around town and on the motorway, with off-road ability secondary.




The Honda CR-V followed, but in 1997 Land Rover launched the Freelander with arguably

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Dixon denied chance to pad resume with 500 finish

Let’s face it, nothing is normal these days.

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