Jul
02
Saturn Ion Roof Rails

The Saturn Ion’s removable roof rails were meant to entice young buyers interested in personalizing their cars.

Introduced for 2003, the Saturn Ion was the long, long overdue replacement for the brand’s popular, but seriously dated, SL sedan and SC coupe.

Jul
01
1980 Car Brochure

Identify this 1980 car, and four more below.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz, we’re featuring the cars of 1980. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in North America. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.

Jul
01
2016 Scion iA

Joining the Scion stable this fall is the subcompact iA, the first sedan in the company’s 12-year history. Well equipped with automatic transmission and destination, it starts — and ends — at $17,595.

Scion iA Those who frequent their local Scion showroom are going to see some big changes come this fall. Leaving after the 2015s sell out are the tiny iQ and the compact xB “tall wagon,” the latter being the 2nd generation of the box that essentially built the brand. Since the subcompact xD departed after the 2014 model year, that means the only carryovers from the current Scion corral are the tC sports coupe and the FR-S sportier coupe.

But that doesn’t mean Scion is abandoning mainstream America, because due to go on sale September 1 are two new cars that will compete in the subcompact and compact classes.

Jun
30
2015 Ford Mustang Coupe

Consumer Guide’s 2015 Ford Mustang arrived in Premium trim with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 6-speed manual transmission. A healthy list of options helped push our test car’s sticker price to $38,585.

New-Car Review2015 Ford Mustang Coupe Premium 2.3L EcoBoost

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 6/16/2015 – 6/23/2015

Miles Driven: 103

Fuel Used: 6.1 gallons

Jun
29
Range Rover Sport

Land Rover Range Rover Sport at Cedar Valley Cheese in Belgium, Wisconsin.

I don’t eat fish. I mention this because I recently snapped a picture of Consumer Guide’s test Audi SQ5 next to a fish shop. But Don’s Dock, a kitschy seafood restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, exudes an irresistible old-school charm that invites photography, and paying customers.

Jun
25
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

Consumer Guide’s test Mitsubishi Outlander arrived in topline GT trim. Including the destination charge, our loaded test truck came to $35,145.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 6/04/2015 – 6/18/2015

Miles Driven: 310

Fuel Used: 14.9 gallons

Jun
24
2015 Grand Cherokee Altitude

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrived in Altitude trim. Including the destination charge, our 4WD test truck came to $40,830.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude 4WD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Crossover 

Dates tested: 6/15/2015 – 6/22/2015

Miles Driven: 457

Fuel Used: 23.7 gallons

Jun
23
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Our recent 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack was one of the more photogenic test vehicles we’ve had through our fleet lately. There were more interesting visuals than we could squeeze into our normal review, so we’ve added a gallery of detail pics here.

Jun
23
Dodge Challengers

The Challenger SRT 392 (top) trumps the R/T Scat Pack in terms of equipment and accessories, but not power; both Dodge coupes boast a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8.

New-Car ReviewSometimes, one letter can make quite a difference.

Say, for instance, someone e-mails you to ask where they can get good premium-grade gasoline for their new high-end sports car, and you helpfully reply, “Go to Shell.” But if you accidentally leave off the “S,” well … that becomes a different answer entirely.

Jun
22
2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Consumer Guide’s test Jetta GLI arrived in top-line SEL trim. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $30,100.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI SEL   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Dates tested: 6/01/2015 – 6/08/2015

Miles Driven: 193

Fuel Used: 7.7 gallons

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