Automatic transmissions have gone through many changes since being introduced by Oldsmobile for 1940, but rarely have there been as many different types offered as there are today. Following are technical descriptions of the four basic types that have been used of late, but if you prefer to simply know how they might affect the driving experience, just skip down to the “On the Road” section.
2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop Automatic
Miles Driven: 210
Fuel Used: 7.8 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 26.9 mpg
According to research conducted by Women-Drivers.com, the following list represents the car brands most highly rated by women.
Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.
What’s in a name? Sight unseen, would you be more likely to let Thurston Howell III borrow your comb, or some guy that goes by Gilligan? Would your sandwich taste better as croquet monsieur et gruyere, or as a ham and cheese?
Lexus is expanding by going smaller for 2015. The luxury-brand automaker is adding a fourth member to its lineup of sport-utility vehicles, but this newest one—the NX—is the smallest of them all.
Cadillac’s latest expression of what it calls “a two-door grand coupe”—the Elmiraj—has been selected as the “Most Significant Concept Vehicle” of 2014 from among all concepts shown at the most recent major auto shows in the U.S. and Canada.
It wasn’t long after its introduction for 1990 that the Mazda Miata gained a cult following. Clearly intended as a resurrection of the classic British sports car (though one that was actually likely to get you home), the Miata has survived nearly 25 years in an industry that sheds low-production cars like a Shetland Sheepdog sheds fur.
2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8
Dates tested: 5/12/2014-5/26/2014
Miles Driven: 1722
Fuel Used: 75.8 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 22.7 mpg
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring
Dates tested: 5/18/2014-5/25/2014
Miles Driven: 158
Fuel Used: 5.6 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 28.2 mpg