MPGomatic takes a different approach to auto reviews. Our unique focus on fuel efficiency, driveability, usability, and in-cabin technology cuts to the chase with an unbiased approach. Concise auto review video segments put you behind the wheel, as they deliver the look, feel and sounds of each model. Corresponding articles provide detail on driving conditions and model specifics.
Redesigned for 2009, the stylish Audi A4 Sedan Quattro hits the mark among relatively affordable all-wheel-drive (AWD) luxury sedans. With rock-solid handling, a responsive throttle, a wonderful cabin, and a world-class multimedia system, this just might be the car that gets you to say goodbye to that SUV for good.
The 2009 BMW 335d sets a new standard for performance-oriented sedans, by delivering a remarkable combination of fuel economy, acceleration, handling, and electronics.
The 2009 Cadillac CTS V6 DI Performance Sedan delivers a killer combination of comfort, performance, and features. When driven conscientiously with a light foot, the CTS V6 DI provides solid fuel economy for a luxury sedan.
The five-door 2009 Aveo5 and its four-door sedan sibling fill the entry-level slot in Chevy’s line up. With highway gas mileage in the mid-thirties, a comfortable interior, flexible cargo capacity, and low base model sticker price, the Aveo5 is worth a look.
The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a traditional truck-based full-size three-row SUV with a big difference. The Tahoe Hybrid’s two-mode hybrid system functions as promised, delivering a substantial jump in fuel economy when compared to the conventional Tahoe.
With room for seven and highway gas mileage in the mid-twenties, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Chevy Traverse LTZ crossover offers a compelling feature set, with a spacious interior that’s chock full ‘o creature comforts.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE is a remarkable remake of a classic American pony car that holds a secret beneath its stunning retro body … a modern V6 engine that delivers respectable gas mileage. The Challenger SE is a hot ticket for full-size fuel-efficient cruising.
The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT represents the state-of-the art in minivan technology. With room for seven and a cabin packed with cool features, the Grand Caravan SXT seeks to keep family and friends happy, mile-after-mile.
The Flex Fuel capable 2009 Dodge Ram SLT 4X4 takes a different path with a multi-link coil suspension that delivers a smooth ride and solid handling, whether the box is empty or full. A comfortable cabin and an array of technology and storage options put the shine on the Ram brand.
While it’s a good bit pricier then the Chevy Aveo, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris, the Fit Sport trumps the competition with a sporting card, a versatile interior, distinctive styling, and excellent gas mileage.
The versatile Hyundai Elantra Touring delivers a generous amount of cargo capacity, a host of in-cabin technology, and a four-cylinder engine capable of delivering highway mileage in the mid-thirty mile per gallon range. For those so inclined, the B&M shifter brings the manual-equipped Elantra Touring to life.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4 was built to travel the road less taken. The four-door Unlimited provides a unique combination of features: plenty of room for crew and cargo, time-honored four-wheel-drive capabilities, and strong resale values. While not one for poseurs, the Wrangler Unlimited is the only four-door convertible on the market.
The AWD Mazda CX-7 stands apart from the flock of five-seat crossovers, with a truly sporting approach and a distinctive design. No question about it … this is the driver’s CUV.
Like its solid roofed siblings, the MINI Cooper S Convertible drives like nothing else on the road today. With slot-car handling, a willing turbo-charged power plant, one-of-a-kind styling, and excellent fuel economy, the S Convertible delivers a marvelous open air driving experience.
The four-door mid-size 2009 Mitsubishi Galant sedan delivers real-world fuel economy and value for the dollar, in a highly competitive segment.
With a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine, full-time all-wheel-drive, and a slick SST transmission, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is the less-expensive little brother of the legendary Mitsubishi EVO … and one fun ride …
The 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS is among the most sporting of the mid-size Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV), with a rally-inspired design that provides real four-wheel-drive, magnesium paddle shifters, and an optional 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.
The highly popular four-door Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan provides a winning combination of ride, comfort, style, and fuel economy.
The Nissan Cube merges polarizing design with practical functionality. With a base price in the low teens, the Cube appeals to drivers looking for something that’s completely different, yet affordable.
The Sentra slots in between the entry-level Versa and more stylish Altima in Nissan’s lineup. The Sentra is a well-proven commuter that takes it all in stride, with MPGs that hit the mark.
The Pontiac G5 XFE has a Jeckle and Hyde personality. After a 600 mile review, we’re impressed by the combination of highway gas mileage results, driveability, and value.
The 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan is worthy competitor in a hotly contested field. After a 500-mile review, we were won over by the base G6’s gas mileage, ride, interior comfort, and value.
The 2009 Pontiac G8 GT is an eye-opening performance sedan, with acceleration that will pin you back in your seat without emptying your wallet. Excellent handling, a roomy interior, crisp styling, and competitive pricing make this one a winner.
The Solstice GXP Coupe’s gorgeous design turns heads, while its high-output turbo four cylinder engine delivers a one-two punch of real-world performance and fuel economy. Although the spartan interior, almost non-existent luggage capacity, and drastically limited rearward visibility may dull the shine, there’s no getting over the fact that this is one beautiful, rare, torquey, and fuel-efficient bird.
The 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD is one of the most affordable and thrifty AWD cars sold in America. The Vibe shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Matrix. Both the Vibe and Matrix are built in the same Fremont, CA auto plant.
As a tall AWD wagon, the 2009 Subaru Forester forges its own trail amongst its peers, with a comfortable ride, roomy interior, generous headroom, and excellent visibility.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover shined like a little gem in our week-long review, with a long list of features, AWD, plenty of character, and a entry-level price the budget-conscious will love.
The 2009 Toyota Tacoma competes with the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Dakota, and Nissan Frontier in the mid-size pickup truck market. The four-door short-bed Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 offers car-like comfort and convenience in a truck that begs to be driven both on and off the beaten path.
The 2009 Toyota Yaris Five-Door Liftback excels in the hotly contested compact hatchback market by delivering remarkable real-world fuel economy and unique styling in a zippy little hatchback package.
The four-door Volkswagen CC Luxury Sedan delivers a positively delightful fuel-efficient driving experience, with ample power and surefooted handling wrapped in a unique design.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen raises the bar among the most fuel-efficient cars, by virtue of its wonderful clean diesel engine, delivering a winning combination of performance, utility, and fuel economy, in a fun-to-drive package.