Having been born in 1965, I am just the right age for certain elements of automotive history to be lost on me. Sadly, one of those elements is Studebaker.
Miles Driven: 133
Fuel Used: 9.2 gallons
Honda introduced the compact CR-V to the U.S. for 1997 to resounding reviews and great sales success. In fact, the company says it has stood as the best-selling SUV – of any size – for most of the two decades since.
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 230
Fuel Used: 11.4 gallons
The Jeep brand has gone through its share of owners. Consumer Guide Editor Jack Stewart details the off-road brand’s chain of custody in his excellent piece, Is There a Jeep Curse?
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 127
Fuel Used: 5.8 gallons
Pontiac’s motives were clear enough: Clear the deck of hard-to-sell big cars and focus on the growing midsize segment. With this in mind, the folks steering the Excitement Division’s product development ship elected to kill off the full-size Catalina and Bonneville and move the popular Bonneville badge down a notch, applying it to the brand’s midsize lineup.
Perhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.
Class: Compact Pickup
Miles Driven: 243
Fuel Used: 12.0 gallons
When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.