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Chrysler is back in the small-van business thanks to the 2015 Ram ProMaster City (right). How does it stack up to the company’s first small van, the 1964 Dodge A100? We compared the two.

This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?

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Consumer Guide’s test 200 car arrived in S trim and loaded with options. Our test car came to $34,065 all told.

2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6

Miles Driven: 314

Fuel Used: 15.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 20.9 mpg


Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Honda Fit arrived in topline EX-L with Navigation trim. With destination charge our test car listed for $21,590.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L Automatic with Navigation

Miles Driven: 276

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 30.7 mpg

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Capping the 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup is the 707-horsepower Hellcat. Editor John managed a 12.2-second quarter-mile time when his turn came to face the drag strip.

You have to feel a little sorry for the product-information specialists and executives at Dodge when the topic of the 2015 Challenger comes up. They’ve spent who knows how much time working up all kinds of explanatory material about revised styling this and new 8-speed automatic that—and it’s all going in one ear and out the other because everybody in their audience is staring slack-jawed at the Hellcat.

Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine

Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine will debut in the 2015 F-150. The new engine will generate 385 pound-feet of torque running on regular-grade gasoline.

Presented here is an unedited press release issued by Ford today. Images and captions were added by the CG Daily Drive team.

All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance

DEARBORN, Mich., July 22, 2014 – With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

1972 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback

The 1972 Chevrolet Vega was only the third cheapest American car available in 1972. The hatchback model shown here listed for $100 more than the 2-door “sedan” shown below.

A buddy of mine and I used to play a game called “Full Retail Fun.” The game was simple enough, we grabbed a recent copy of  Consumer Guide® and tried to build to most expensive cars possible by tallying the prices of every available option.

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“Brougham” is just one of the 39 trim levels hidden in the word search below.

Has the summer heat got you down? Are you already tired of Weird Al Yankovic’s talk-show come-back tour? Well, here’s a chance to get away from it all. In fact, here’s a chance to get away from your computer. Just print out Classic -Car Word Search, Part 2: Trim Levels and set yourself down in a comfy chair. Your job, for the next hour or so, is to find 39 common trim level names, such as Brougham. Also buried below are two beloved Star Trek characters. Enjoy!

Classic-Car Word Search

Find 39 trim-level monikers and 2 Star Trek Characters. Some letters may be used twice.

2014 Hyundai Elantra SE

Consumer Guide’s test Hyundai Elantra arrived in entry-level SE trim. Modestly optioned, our tester car came to $21,110 including destination charge.

2014 Hyundai Elantra SE

Miles Driven: 372

Fuel Used: 13.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 28.6 mpg


1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

In 1991, Oldsmobile sold a lot of Cutlasses. That simple fact probably doesn’t surprise anyone, at least not until you realize that of the seven car models Olds offered in ’91, three were dubbed Cutlass.



2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4X4

Miles Driven: 988

Fuel Used: 49.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 20.0 mpg


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