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Category Archive: BangShift Road Tests, FORD

BangShift Test Drive: 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 – No Crowds Were Harmed In The Testing Of This Vehicle

It’s interesting to think that we live in a time where 550 horsepower is actually middle-of-the-road, borderline average grunt for a factory offering. Ever since the second Supercar War turned...

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Jeep Compass Sport 4×4 – Small, Basic, Manual Transmission SUV. Perfect.

Meet one of the few vehicles that I’ve actively asked for and sought out instead of just going to the dealership and saying, “that one.” Here’s my rationale: the...

Unhinged: An SRT Jeep And Enough Leash To Hang Myself With

It’s no secret that I’d take just about any and every SRT-labeled product that FCA currently sells if I could swing the costs. Pick your poison, you can’t go wrong. Two door coupe,...

Unhinged: Rekindling An Old Flame With A Six-Speed SRT Challenger

As you’ve seen recently, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends at some of the local dealerships. This allows me to get behind the wheel of some vehicles that ordinarily I’d never...

BangShift Test Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 – Was The Wait Worth It?

Call it a Ram, call it a Dodge, call it whatever you want…but know one fact above all others about Ma Mopar’s pickup truck design theory: you wait until you’ve bled out every last...

BangShift Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45- What Is This Little Thing?!

Full disclosure: I drove this car because (A) it was available, (B) I’ve never driven any kind of Mercedes-Benz product ever, and (C) I heard “AMG” and said yes before I heard the...

BangShift Test Drive: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Hemi – The Best Option For A Late-Model Build Or A Stripped Penalty Box?

I know what you are thinking and I’ll spare you asking it yourself: why in the hell would I bother testing a two-year-old stripper work truck? Well, it comes down to a couple of facts that are...

BangShift Test-Drive: 2018 Buick Regal TourX AWD: Trying Out A Wagon In A Sea Of SUVs

I don’t care how Buick wants to market the Regal TourX…it’s a station wagon. A turbocharged, all-wheel-drive station wagon, but a wagon nonetheless. And that’s ok…the...

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited Sport 4×4 – Rest Easy, It’s Still Every Part A Jeep!

When a manufacturer has a vehicle they make that is popular, sells, and has a fan base best described as “rabid”, approaching a new generation of the model becomes a harrowing experience...

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD – The Jokes Stop Here

Got any good Kia jokes? Yeah, I bet you do. You probably have a good horror story or two, or maybe you just have the acronyms lined up and waiting (“Keep it, asshole”). Or maybe you just...

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: A Two-Step Program The Whole Family Can Enjoy

The sports-utility vehicle might have started off as a short pickup with a roof over the bed, but by the time I had become aware of cars, their role as a replacement for the venerable station wagon...

Best Of BangShift 2017: 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R – We Finally Take On Godzilla

(Bucket list item, checked. -Ed.) A couple of weeks ago, we checked out Roadtrip Motorcars’ selection of Japanese-market vehicles (which you can see HERE and HERE) and I made mention that there...

Best of BS 2017: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4×4 – The Relic On The Lot Is The One You Want

(This was one of my favorite vehicles of the year…the most old-school new vehicle I’ve ever driven. -Ed.) We soon should be hearing more about the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler that will...

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT: A Kia That Might Actually Be Worth A Moment’s Glance

Kia Motors has long been a punchline in the United States market, and honestly, for good reason. Have you ever had the misfortune of being inside of a mid-1990s Sephia? I have no love for these...