2009 At a glance

2009 New Car Reviews

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS

Fresh for the 2009 model year, the Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS is evidence of the new car market's changing landscape. This Matrix has grown a bit bigger than ...

2009 Subaru WRX

The 2008 model year fitted the WRX with a new suspension and sheet metal, but this year Subaru went further. The 2009 version features an additional 40 horsepower ...

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

After taking a spin in Mitsubishi's latest iteration of the Lancer, it's clear that the war between the all-wheel-drive superpowers isn't slowing down yet. When it comes to ...

2009 Porsche Cayenne S

Okay, we're finally getting used to the fact that Porsche makes an SUV. But don't think of it as a soccer taxi--the Cayenne is marketed as a sporty, ...

2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid

When it comes to the concept of hybrid SUVs, we at GRM headquarters tend to have mixed feelings. On one hand, it makes sense to improve the efficiency ...

2009 Toyota Yaris

The efficient little Toyota Yaris could be just the ticket if you're on a tight budget and need a warranty. Our tester was a three-door hatchback, but the ...

2009 Suzuki SX4

Small vehicles like the Suzuki SX4 are the next big thing again, so we were eager to put our press car through the wringer to see how it ...

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR

Last year we had a manual-transmission Evo GSR, and more recently we had a dialed-down Evo Ralliart, but finally the GRM staff has spent some time with the ...

2009 Toyota Venza

Now that SUVs are synonymous with the devil, crossover vehicles have become the weapon of choice for soccer moms everywhere. Toyota's latest entry seems to have been built ...

2009 Dodge Nitro SLT

When Dodge needed a small SUV, they did a little crossbreeding with the Jeep Liberty to create the Nitro. While the two trucks aren't exact twins, they offer ...

2009 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0 T quattro Tiptronic

The Audi A4 has grown in every dimension since last year's model. It has also become more luxurious than before--the seats in our test car were among the ...

2009 Hyundai Genesis

For many years, Korean manufacturer Hyundai has been offering models that are essentially bargain-bin versions of popular Japanese cars like the Camry, Civic and RAV4. To bolster consumer ...

2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4

The Caliber SRT4 boasts huge power levels and a lot of performance-oriented features. With 285 horsepower, the car offers more grunt than the Subaru WRX, Mazdaspeed 3, and ...

2009 Infiniti FX50S

The Infiniti FX50S is a bit of an enigma. By all rights, this car--if you can call it a car--shouldn’t really exist. Technically, I suppose it’s a “crossover” ...

2009 Saturn Sky Redline

Our Saturn Sky Red Line test car arrived amidst some of the coldest temperatures Florida has seen. Speaking of lows, the car has debuted during some our country's ...

2009 Volkswagen CC 4Motion

A Volkswagen CC appeared on our doorstep last week, and the car turned out to be a pretty swell way to get around. The interior was comfortable and ...

2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD

Somewhere between a van, an SUV, and a station wagon, the Ford Flex fills a niche for families on the go. The Flex's street manners impressed us, and ...

2009 Nissan 370Z

The new Z is generating a lot of buzz despite being upstaged by the GT-R as Nissan's halo car. While the 350Z was pretty good, this all-new car ...

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Edition

The once-retro PT Cruiser has been available for almost a decade now. That means what was once old-is-new-again is now simply old all over. That doesn't mean the ...

2009 Ford Escape XLT

After trying the new-for-2009 Ford Escape, we were impressed by the improvements made over the 2008 version. Offering greater fuel efficiency and better acceleration than the outgoing model, ...

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8

When our crew returned to the office from The Mitty a few weeks back, a brand-new SRT8 was waiting patiently in the parking lot. The drag-ass Monday that ...

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

Driving the Pontiac Solstice GXP is a bit of a tease. From behind the wheel, there’s a lot to love. Dynamically, the Solstice GXP is exceptional, with high ...

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

Poor Pontiac. Not only is GM pulling the plug, but in the last year they have released two of their coolest cars: the hardtop Solstice and the V8-powered ...

2009 Nissan Cube 1.8SL

We've seen the Nissan Cube in other lands, and it has finally arrived here for 2009. As it appears, it's basically a rolling box--a conveyance for hauling friends, ...

2009 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 2LT

Minivans are out, crossovers are in. Chevrolet's entry in this market is the Traverse, which was new for the 2009 model year and replaced both the Uplander minivan ...

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

My, how VW has grown up. The company that gave us the Beetle, Rabbit and Karmann Ghia now has a full lineup that features something for just about ...

GRM Top Rated

GRM Top Bang For Buck Index

  • Nissan 370Z
  • Pontiac G8 GXP
  • Subaru WRX
  • Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
  • Saturn Sky Redline
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  • What's This?

    What's This

    Using a top-secret, highly sophisticated algorithm that may or may not have been co-developed by NASA, the Grassroots Motorsports Bang For The Buck Index is a 100-point scale that indicates which of the new cars we've reviewed over the years actually provide the greatest bang for the buck.

    The highly-guarded formula--which is securely stored in the floor safe in Scott's office and protected by razor wire and laser-wielding ferrets--takes into account our ratings, the car's power-to-weight ratio, its price and other factors to determine the true Bang For The Buck.

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