Category: Reviews


You’ll notice our Test Drives are a bit different than most.

We focus on what we like about each vehicle we drive.  And we highlight the  ‘Top-3’ things we like about every vehicle in each review we publish.

Instead of a ‘shootout’ or this ‘car versus that car’ format we prefer to focus on the positive.

Because every car on the roads these days has something great about it.  And whether the topic is safety, fuel economy, or countless other aspects all vehicles are heavily regulated too.

So beyond our famous Top-3 we fill you in on the vehicles’ best uses, drivers it’s intended for and how it drive – in laymen’s terms.  :-)

Of course, we also deliver the basics like horsepower, torque, and safety ratings but we try to keep it simple.

There are nearly 17,000 new car dealers in the United States and they’re all selling the exact same cars!

And we think it’s first critically important who you buy from.  Second, how you buy. And what you buy is third.


iDriveSoCal's Tom Smith & Mr. Jake

Me & Mr. Jake


Tom Smith here, owner of iDriveSoCal.

I love cars but hate the old school buying process.

So, I created iDriveSoCal to help out fellow wary car buyers. :0)

You and I learn insider information on how the car business really works from transparent car dealers willing to share.

And, mention me and iDriveSoCal to any of our dealer partners and enjoy serious VIP treatment and buying benefits! ;0)

Beyond car buying, I also share easy to understand vehicle reviews without too much technical jargon.

Plus, I cover automotive events and museums while tracking what’s real and hype in the future of transportation.

Email questions and thoughts – I love connecting.

Drive on!


tom [at] idrivesocal [dot] com

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