Mar
27
2015 Ford F-150

Although it’s not the first vehicle to have an aluminum body (Audi, Jaguar, and Land Rover have been building them for years), the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is the first pickup to have one. Companies that use magnetic sheets to advertise their businesses on their trucks are going to have to find a different way to adhere them, as they won’t stick to aluminum.

2015 Ford F-150 Lariat Crew Cab 4×42015 Audi Q5

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

 

Quick Hits

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

Mar
27
1984 AMC Eagle

Do you remember how much this car cost?

 

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.

Mar
26
2015 Golf GTI

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI arrived in base S trim with no additional options. Including destination charge, our test GTI came to $25,215.

2015 Audi Q52015 Volkswagen Golf GTI S

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 3/09/2015 to 3/16/2015

Miles Driven: 266

Fuel Used: 9.9 gallons

Mar
25
2015 Ford Edge front

Base prices of the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge are up only slightly, now starting at $28,995 including destination—and that’s for a fairly well-equipped vehicle. Pictured is the new luxury-oriented Titanium model, which starts at $36,495.

Consumer GuideSince 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.

Mar
25
1984 Saab 900 Turbo

1984 Saab 900 

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.

Mar
24
1959 Goggomobil Dart

The Goggomobil’s strange history includes a farm implement manufacturer in Germany and a factory in Punchbowl, Australia.

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.

Mar
23
Lincoln MKC

Consumer Guide’s test Lincoln MKC came packed with options. Including the optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and destination charge, our test crossover came to $49,265.

2015 Audi Q52015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 AWD

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 3/16/2015 to 3/23/2015

Miles Driven: 385

Fuel Used: 19.8 gallons

Mar
23
Flash to Pass

Can a friendly turn-signal tap improve highway driving conditions?

 

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.

Mar
20
Premium Fuel Required

Do you really need to buy premium gas? Maybe. Rick explains.

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…

Mar
20
City and Suburbs

City driving is especially tough on fuel economy, but the suburbs also pose challenges to efficiency.

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.

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