Apr
24
2015 Mini 4-Door

Consumer Guide’s test Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door arrived loaded with optional equipment. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $35,900.

2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door 2015 Audi Q5

 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 4/06/2015 – 4/13/2015

Miles Driven: 151

Fuel Used: 6.4 gallons

Apr
23
2015 Kia Sorento

Although the redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento starts at about $26,000 (including destination), our top-line all-wheel-drive SXL tester with optional Technology Package bottom-lined at $45,095.

2016 Kia Sorento AWD SXL  2015 Audi Q5

 

Class: Midsize Crossover SUV 

Dates tested: 4/02/2015 – 4/13/2015

Miles Driven: 654

Fuel Used: 29.5 gallons

Apr
22
2015 Ranger Rover Sport

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Range Rover Sport HSE arrived loaded with options. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $82,027.

Consumer Guide 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 4/06/2015 – 4/13/2015

Miles Driven: 673

Fuel Used: 35.4

Apr
22
Green Challenger Scat Pack

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Dodge Challenger arrived in R/T Scat Pack guise. Including the destination charge, our well-equipped test car came to $46,165.

Consumer Guide 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 10/30/2014 – 11/06/2014

Miles Driven: 343

Fuel Used: 21.9

Apr
21
Fisher Body Craftsman's Guid

Ronald Will’s national-award-winning 1961 Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild model will be among those displayed at the GSL-XXV International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.

A rare chance to view the work of participants in the historic Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild (FBCG) model-making program is coming up in Salt Lake City, Utah. A number of advanced-design scale models made for the national competition, which was sponsored by General Motors from 1930 to 1968, will be on display during the GSL-XXV International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.

Apr
20
How your salesman is paid

Don’t mistake your friendly, helpful salesperson for an advocate. He/she is likely incentivized to charge you as much as possible for your new vehicle.

I was a terrible car salesman. Part of my problem in plying said trade was my disdain for confrontation. In the early Nineties, when I was peddling the metal, the new-car buying process was still very much an “us versus them” proposition. Giving a shopper a decent deal within 20 minutes of beginning negotiations was not only unacceptable in the eyes of my managers–it was grounds for dismissal. Salespeople were expected to wear customers down, and “leave no money on the table.” It was a brutal business, and one I wasn’t cut out for.

Apr
17
2015 Honda CR-V

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Honda CR-V arrived in Touring AWD trim. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $33,650.

Consumer Guide 2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD 

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 3/30/2015 – 4/06/2015

Miles Driven: 270

Fuel Used: 11.3

Apr
17
Fiat 500X

The 2016 Fiat 500X joins the rapidly expanding subcompact SUV class as the automaker’s first U.S. vehicle to offer all-wheel drive. When it goes on sale in late May, prices will start at about $21,000 including destination, with the least-expensive all-wheel-drive version going for about $24,000.

Consumer GuideAfter a near-30-year hiatus, Italian manufacturer Fiat re-entered the U.S. market in 2011 with the charming little 500, a subcompact hatchback that was charismatic enough to be categorized (at least by Consumer Guide) as a “sporty performance car”—even though the “performance” part was pure hyperbole. That label became even more appropriate with the subsequent introduction of a convertible (actually more of a huge sunroof) variant, and became fully justified with the ferocious, turbocharged Abarth edition that appeared in 2012.

Apr
16
Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

 

Collectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Named for the option code of a performance package available on the 1963 Sting Ray, the Z06 was introduced as a racetrack-oriented Chevrolet Corvette variant in 2001. Z06s since then have been special, but the added choice of coupe or convertible body styles and manual or automatic transmissions, not to mention increased performance, will almost certainly make the 2015 Corvette Z06 desirable to collectors.

Apr
15
Suzuki X-90

Suzuki X-90

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Collectible Automobile Magazine When a small automaker comes up with a niche product, there’s an excellent chance something unusual and unexpected will result. Or maybe something that is just plain odd. For this installment of Cheap Wheels, let us suggest such an automotive oddball, the 1996-98 Suzuki X-90.

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