May
25
2014 Chevrolet SS

2014 Chevrolet SS

By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When considering the 2014-16 Chevrolet SS as a future collectible, it’s impossible to ignore the one-year-and-out 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP that we looked at back in the October 2010 issue of Collectible Automobile. Killed off like all Pontiacs in the wake of General Motors’s 2009 bankruptcy filing, the 415-horsepower GXP was the highest-performance variant of Pontiac’s new-for-2008 G8 based on GM’s Holden Commodore VE from Australia. 

May
24
1999-2004 Chrysler 300M

1999 Chrysler 300M

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Not surprisingly, the Chrysler 300M was named to invoke the legendary 1955-65 Chrysler 300 “letter” cars. Like the originals, the 300M was intended to be a more powerful driver-oriented car than other Chrysler sedans. This reborn 300 even used the “M” suffix in an attempt to resume the series where the 300-L left off 34 years earlier.

May
23
Hydraulic Hybrid Peapod Delivery Truck

Online grocer Peapod recently took possession of its first two delivery trucks augmented with a hydraulic hybrid system.

In simplest terms, an automotive hybrid drivetrain is one that employs two or more power sources to propel a given vehicle.

May
23
2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda’s redesigned CX-9 goes on sale in June as — oddly — a 2016 model. It remains a midsize 3-row SUV, with prices starting at $32,420 in front-drive form, $34,220 with all-wheel drive.

Scion iM

By our count, there are 18 midsize sport utilities on the market, plus a couple of larger compacts that could rightfully fill the bill. So why should anyone bother to consider such a peripheral player as the Mazda CX-9?

Here’s why.

May
20
2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD    Consumer Guide Quick Spin

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 534

Fuel Used: 25.6 gallons

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

May
20
Quick-lube oil-change sticker

Do you know your vehicle’s oil-change interval? It many be longer than you think.

For years, American car owners have had the 3000-mile oil-change interval rule drilled into their psyches. Two powerful forces are at work keeping the 3000-mile edict so prominent in the public’s mind: inertia and marketing.

May
18
2016 Toyota Prius Touring

2016 Toyota Prius Touring

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 505

Fuel Used: 9.6 gallons

May
17
2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 240

Fuel Used: 10.8 gallons

May
16
1980 Rabbit Diesel

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel

Fun fact: In 1980, Consumer Guide road tested seven different diesel-powered vehicles. Turns out those cars were the seven slowest vehicles we tested that year.

May
16
2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Although the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek starts at less than $23,000 including destination (that’s with manual transmission), our tester was the top-line Limited that starts at just under $26,000, and was boosted to a bit less than $29,000 with some useful options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Class: Compact SUV

Miles Driven: 154

Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons

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