2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test
Feb11

2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test

I recently had the opportunity to road test the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Sometimes when I test a car, it turns out to be more or less what I expected.  For example, I knew the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was going to blow me away.  And, surprise, surprise, it did.  But, there are other times when I’m caught off-guard.  Times when I fully expect a car to be lackluster, only to be proven woefully incorrect.  The road test of the...

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2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block
Jan12

2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block

I am very familiar with the second generation Cadillac CTS (2008 to 2013).  My parents actually have a black 2012 Cadillac CTS with the 3.0 liter and all-wheel-drive.  They were coming off of a 2004 Jaguar S-Type when they opted for the mid-range Caddy.  So, needless to say, whenever I’m in Milwaukee for a visit, I spend a fair amount of time driving or riding in that car.   I’ve come to a conclusion regarding the...

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2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…
Jan01

2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…

So, not only did we survive December 21st, 2012, we’ve made it all the way through 2013.  HA!  Take that Mayans!  Now that it’s 2014 (2014, weird, isn’t it?), I thought I’d do the most cliché thing blog-ily possible.  This is a TickTickVroom.com 2013 Year in Review post.   2013 was a banner year for TTV… a new, fancy-schmancy website, a bunch of cool road and track tests (sooooo much fun) and some...

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2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]
Nov15

2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]

There is something decidedly Italian about the 2014 500L, not Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini Italian, but grabbing a fresh loaf of Filone di Renella on the way to Gucci to pick up a new pair of loafers Italian.  It’s a bit more Italian than its closest competitor, the MINI Countryman is British.  Allow me to elaborate…   I recently had the opportunity to take the 2014 Fiat 500L for a spin Around the Block for a...

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DRIVEN: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on the Track – Road Test Review
Nov03

DRIVEN: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on the Track – Road Test Review

Ostensibly, I started TickTickVroom out of a deep appreciation for cars and watches.  But, while I may not have realized the truth of this statement at the outset, my true motivation for creating this site probably was to drive the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray… and to write this post.  I guess I should explain.   Yes, I know there are faster, more powerful cars out there.  But, none of them are so profoundly rooted in...

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Driven: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman: The Goldilocks Mini – Road Test
Apr23

Driven: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman: The Goldilocks Mini – Road Test

It’s raining in Coconut Creek, Florida.  Hard.  The kind of rain that shows up as a big purple blob on satellite weather maps.  The kind that makes the inside of your car sound as if you’re taking flak in a WWII fighter plane.  The kind that wakes windshield-wiper manufactures in the middle of the night.  I’m not sure if this is a terrible day to test out MINI’s new sport ute the Cooper Paceman or the best day...

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Back-to-Back Road Test: 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged vs 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum
Apr18

Back-to-Back Road Test: 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged vs 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum

As they say, “Go big or go home.”  Not really feeling like going home, I went big.  Cadillac XTS and Jaguar XJL big.  In days past, Cadillac and Jaguar both represented the pinnacle of big luxury sedans for their respective countries of origin.  Driving a 1960s Cadillac Sedan de Ville meant something.  It meant luxury.  It meant quality.  It meant you were driving the Cadillac of cars.  On the other side of the pond,...

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Road Test 2014 Jaguar XFR-S: 550 Horses, Four Doors & A Whole Lot of Fun
Apr07

Road Test 2014 Jaguar XFR-S: 550 Horses, Four Doors & A Whole Lot of Fun

2014 Jaguar XFR-S First Drive Today, I went to an autocross day sponsored by Jaguar to put their latest models through their paces in a manner not generally suitable for the open road.  While drifting an XJ and throwing an XKR around a corner was undeniably fun, I was surprised and ecstatic when the Jaguar marketing guy pointed toward a brand-spanking-new Italian Racing Red XFR-S and asked me if I wanted to take it for a spin, on a...

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Why I Bought a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe…
Mar02

Why I Bought a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe…

I live outside of Chicago and have been going to the Chicago Auto Show every year for about 25 years. It seems like about once every 3 or 4 years there’s a car that draws me back for another look, and then another look, and then another….. Okay, you get the point. In February of 2009 there was such a car. The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. I went up to the Cadillac rep and asked when it would be for sale. He said it was still considered a...

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Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review
Feb27

Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review

Zipp.  If the Dodge executives, back in 1959, had listened to focus groups an iconic and successful car would have been called the Dodge Zipp.  Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the Dodge Dart was born.  Or, should I say re-born? The Dart name was first used by the Chrysler Corporation on a 1957 concept car, the Chrysler Ghia Dart, designed by the celebrated Italian design house and coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia (who also penned...

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