Jul
27

International Automotive Media Awards

Consumer Guide® Automotive’s “Daily Drive” blog and Collectible Automobile® magazine both collected a pair of medals when the 24th International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) were presented on July 26.

Jul
27
2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s new CX-3 subcompact SUV goes on sale in early August at a well-equipped starting price of less than $21,000. Shown is the top-line Grand Touring model (starting at about $26,000), which will most likely be the one shown in commercials, as it sports giant 18-inch wheels. All-wheel drive is a $1250 option on all models.

Scion iMNow it’s complete.

The “Subcompact SUV” class initiated by the Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Nissan Juke in 2011 (there were so few members that it wasn’t even considered a separate class then) and was joined in 2013 by the Buick Encore, exploded recently as five new entries were added just this year: the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and … last but not least … the Mazda CX-3. That makes nine in total, easily enough to qualify as its own segment.

Jul
26
Ford GT Concept

Ford GT Concept

A lot of carbon fiber, plenty of horsepower, and a nod to history have combined to make the Ford GT the “Most Significant Concept Vehicle” of 2015. The mid-engine supercar claimed that honor when the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) awards were announced today.

Jul
24
1992 Acurua Legend

At $35,175, the Acura Legend LS Sedan was the 5th most-expensive Japanese car of 1992.

Why 1992? Because ‘92 was the year one of my favorite cars of the Nineties, the Lexus SC, went on sale in the U.S. Also, by 1992 all three of the Japanese luxury brands (Acura, Infiniti, and Lexus) were up and fully operational, and giving U.S. and German premium carmakers fits. 

Jul
23
2016 Mitsubishi I-Miev

Consumer Guide’s test 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES arrived with the $2000 Navigation Package. Including destination charge, our test car came to $25,845.

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Car

Miles Driven: 227

Fuel Used: N/A

Jul
22
Jeep Trailhawk Concept

Jeep’s Trailhawk concept looks more like a next-generation Grand Cherokee than a Wrangler, but nonetheless includes design elements that could appear on the next Wrangler.

 by Don Sikora II

Future Car

Today’s Jeep Wrangler was originally introduced for the 2007 model year. It remains one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s best sellers, but at more than eight years old, it’s officially getting a bit long in the tooth. Given that the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic, tradition-bound vehicles on the market today, FCA doesn’t want to veer very far from Wrangler’s tried-and-true formula with the forthcoming new-generation model. Still, uncertain fuel prices and tightening efficiency standards in the United States mean the redesigned “JL” generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler must address the current JK model’s greatest weakness: Fuel economy.

Jul
20
2015 Audi SQ5

Consumer Guide’s test Audi SQ5 arrived very well equipped. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $60,525.

2015 Audi SQ5   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 227

Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 16.3 mpg

Jul
17
2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

 Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take us on a tour of the aggressively styled 2016 Nissan Maxima.

Jul
16
2015 Lexus NX Hybrid

Consumer Guide’s test Lexus NX arrived in hybrid 300h trim. Loaded with options, our test truck came to $52,013.

2015 Lexus NX 300h AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 445

Fuel Used: 13.2 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 33.7 mpg

Jul
15
2015 Chevrolet Montana

2015 Chevrolet Montana

Question: What’s the 4th-largest new vehicle market on the planet? Germany? France? Maybe Russia? Nope. Turns out that most years it’s Brazil. South America’s economic powerhouse is often forgotten in discussions of global auto sales, and that’s a shame.

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