Class: Large Pickup Truck
Dates tested: 3/16/2015 – 3/23/2015
Miles Driven: 484
Fuel Used: 28.0
Real-world fuel economy: 17.3 mpg
Driving mix: 30% city, 70% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 18/23/20 (city, highway, combined)
Base price: $44,465 (not including $1195 destination charge)
Options on test car: Rapid Spec 501A ($1,500), Caribou Accents ($250), Trailer Tow Package ($495), Payload Package ($1,695), Integrated Brake Controller ($275), All-Weather Floormats ($95), Voice-Activated Navigation ($795), Sony Single CD w/HD Radio ($525)
Price as tested: $51,290
The great: Ample passenger space, rich-looking interior, quiet ride (for a pickup)
The Good: Fine powertrain, decent mpg
The not so good: High step-in height, dash controls a stretch to reach
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one 1984 U.S. dollar is worth $2.26 in 2015 money. Such is the impact of inflation on currency, and why we shouldn’t keep our money in the freezer wrapped in foil.
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Dates tested: 3/09/2015 to 3/16/2015
Miles Driven: 266
Fuel Used: 9.9 gallons
Since its introduction for 2007, the Edge has been a sales leader in the midsize SUV class. While that’s good for Ford, it’s tough on those tasked with its 2015 redesign.
By 1984, the term “yuppie” was officially part of the American vernacular. Almost always applied in the pejorative, anyone dubbed a yuppie was expected to be self centered and profit motivated. Riding a wave of Wall Street growth, many of these young business successes were wont to flaunt their gains, often by dressing well, and driving well.
Note: This article is reprinted from the February 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile
By Jack Stewart
It was an unlikely chain of events: A farm-implement company in Dingolfing, Germany, making possible a sports car produced in Punchbowl, Australia. Yet, that’s the odd parentage of the Goggomobil Dart.
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Dates tested: 3/16/2015 to 3/23/2015
Miles Driven: 385
Fuel Used: 19.8 gallons
The evidence is anecdotal, but compelling. More than ever, ambivalent drivers are flocking to the far left lane of the nation’s highways, only to travel at some speed comfortably below the organic flow of traffic.
Actually, reading this won’t tell you; only your owner’s manual knows for sure. But read on…you may yet be off the hook…
By now, most of us have heard the most common bits of gas-saving advice. We all know not to speed, to avoid jackrabbit starts, and to avoid letting the engine idle. Absolutely sound advice. But there is more we can do in the interest of conserving fuel.