DRIVEN: 2012 FIAT 500

Plus: Great looks. Very sturdy steering feel (I actually preferred the steering in the Fiat vs. the Mini). Handles really well albeit not as well as a Mini. The suspension is a little more forgiving and isn't as stiff as a Mini. Cool looking interior. The motor is pretty loud

DRIVEN: VW TIGUAN 2.0T

Plus: I love the motor in this mini-SUV. There is a little turbo lag but it isn't too bad. A mini-SUV breaking traction from a stand still is definitely a fun experience. The stereo was decent but I was paying more attention to the blow off valve :) And since

DRIVEN: NISSAN MURANO S AWD

Plus: Good visibility and gas mileage. Loads of interior space. Intuitive controls and placement. CVT actually worked really well in this model. Pretty decent pickup for its size. Stereo system was also very very good. Minus : The way it looks... wonder what Nissan was thinking. It looks like a Walrus! Overall : Good

DRIVEN: 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY LE

Plus: Good gas mileage. That's about it. Minus: Everything about this car was just boring. The interior (that dull gray color and cheap plastic looking knobs) just put you to sleep. The stereo system wasn't anything to write home about. The engine made a lot of noise but I wasn't going

DRIVEN: 2012 NISSAN CUBE

Box on wheels anyone? The functional yet spartan interior Plus: Great gas mileage. Stiff steering (probably due to the really short wheelbase). Absolutely great brake pedal feel! It was just a fun little thing to drive. Minus: Spartan interior. Almost zero storage space. Looks... well, it is a box on wheels, not much

DRIVEN: 2009 VOLKSWAGEN CC

The Mini is finally gone. It was a fun experience but it was time for a change. And boy what a change it is! A fully loaded 2009 Volkswagen CC VR6 with less than 8000 miles. Apparently it was owned by a Volkswagen corporate executive and was barely driven. Needless

DRIVEN: 2012 MARUTI A-STAR

Technically the Maruti A-Star isn't a hot hatchback. But it is a hatchback nonetheless and we would put it in the same category as the Nissan Micra... micro-hatchbacks if you will. Their mass appeal involves the following: low low cost of purchase and ownership, fantastic mileage, low engine output, low weight and