2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Dates tested: 10/21/2014-10/24/2014
Miles Driven: 140
Fuel Used: 4.8 gallons
Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway
When Chrysler Corporation rolled out its redesigned big car for 1979, it did so without including a Plymouth in the lineup. New for 1979—though arguably not new enough—were the Dodge St. Regis, replacing the Royal Monaco, and the Chrysler New Yorker and Newport, the latter of which was intended to be the affordable big car in Chrysler/Plymouth showrooms.
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE with Connectivity
Dates tested: 10/13/2014 – 10/20/2014
Miles Driven: 253
Fuel Used: 6.4 gallons
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
I’ve been told to “grow up” most of my life. About the time my folks gave up on me, my wife and daughter accepted the challenge of getting me to act my age. In deference to my family’s pet cause, I have decided to revisit my high-school years, this time reviewing those days through the clear (but squinty) eyes of a 50-year-old man.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC sedan
Dates tested: 10/01/2014-10/09/2014
Miles Driven: 386
Fuel Used: 17.4 gallons
Driving mix: 45% city, 55% highway
Pickups originated as functional beasts of burden, and rarely during their first 70 years did they ever venture far from that role. Sure, there were some that stood out for styling during that time, but there were relatively few specialty models – exceptions including the sleek-sided Chevrolet Cameo and Dodge Sweptside of the mid-1950s.
I am not a man without vices. My daily caffeine regimen taps the Appel-family coffers for close to $100 a month. Not a huge amount of money by contemporary standards, but not a dismissible sum either.
I mention this having recently burrowed deep into the murky past, recalling a particular high-school personal-finance class lecture dealing with opportunity cost. The core message was simple enough: Money spent on one thing cannot be spent on something else.
2014 Ford C-Max Energi
Dates tested: 10/02/2014-10/09/2014
Miles Driven: 113
Fuel Used: 3.5 gallons
Driving mix: 50% city, 50% highway
Okay, maybe they’re not “newly” classic, as all hit that mark back on January 1 of this year. But who would be looking for a convertible then?
Of course, the same might be said for mid October. But although summer is waning, fall is a perfectly good time to enjoy a top-down drive – particularly if you live in the Sunbelt. And while any convertible will do for this, one of these classic convertibles might not only draw more attention, but may also be much cheaper to license and insure; in many cases, insurance for a classic car (one at least 25 years old) costs a fraction of what it does for a “normal” car.
Lexus entered the luxo-coupe market for 1991 with the SC 300/400, a stunning 2-door based on the big LS 400 luxury sedan introduced the year before. While the sedan was always the main attraction – and what put Lexus on the luxury-car map – the coupe has become a classic whose flowing, “bar of soap” lines still look remarkably good today.