Monday, November 20, 2017


Lyra Solochek

Lyra Solochek

Lyra Solochek oversees the editorial content for the Tampa Bay Times' BayLink, JobLink, HomeLink and AutoLink sections. With Peter Couture, she writes the weekly auto review the Daily Drivers. She also contributes to the Gadgets and Gizmos blog. A native of Japan, she joined the Times in 1997 as a copy editor and page designer.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Passion trim [LYRA SOLOCHEK  |  Times]

The Daily Drivers: Smart Fortwo

Peter drove the Smart Fortwo when it was first introduced in the U.S. market in 2009. At the time, he was impressed with the tiny car's interior roominess, dismayed by its rough-shifting transmission and wary of its potential price.
Updated: 4 months ago
2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus coupe [LYRA SOLOCHEK | Times]

The Daily Drivers: 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

We've driven the first-generation Audi R8 several times over the years and have always loved its blend of luxury and super-car performance. Quite simply, the R8 is one of our dream cars. There was no 2016 model, so we were eager to experience the...
Updated: 4 months ago
2017 Honda Civic Touring sedan with CVT  [LYRA SOLOCHEK  |  Times]

The Daily Drivers Update: 2017 Honda Civic Touring sedan

After last year's redesign, Honda keeps expanding the Civic family for 2017. There's now a hatchback, for example, joining the coupe and sedan, and we can't wait to drive the sporty Si and high-performance Civic Type R models. As for the...
Updated: 5 months ago
2017 Toyota iM in Spring Green Metallic. [LYRA SOLOCHEK  |  Times]

The Daily Drivers: 2017 Corolla iM

Have you already forgotten Scion, the youth-oriented brand that was axed last year? Well, some of its models live on, rebadged for 2017 as Toyotas by the parent company. One of those models, the iM hatchback, is now the Corolla iM. We liked it as a...
Updated: 6 months ago