You can deride them as boring “mom-mobiles” all you want, but the simple fact is this: There is no passenger vehicle better than a minivan at efficiently hauling around lots of people and stuff. And, today’s minivans offer a dizzying array of comfort and convenience features that can pamper (and pacify) most any family member.
April 17, 1964, is a date etched in a car-guy’s mental calendar. It was on that day that the wraps came off the first Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, causing a sensation that spread far beyond the “car guy” realm. As it turned out, it wasn’t just a car that was introduced, but a whole new category, one whose name would be influenced by its original member: “pony cars.”
2014 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio
Dates tested: 9/18/2014-9/25/2014
Miles Driven: 284
Fuel Used: 9.2 gallons (premium required)
Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway
Today we whisk you back to 2004. Your challenge is to determine which of the following vehicles was NOT available the year we met Hurricane Ivan.
If you don’t have a lucky number, you likely at least have a number or two you prefer to other digits. I, for example, rather like the numbers 2, 5, 14, and 21. I became aware of my fondness for these numbers one night while nursing a $2 gin and tonic at a now-defunct Iowa riverboat-casino roulette table.
Automakers like numbers, too. Many storied model names have been enhanced by a carefully placed numeric suffix. Think of such classic monikers as Cougar XR-7, Fury II, and Galaxie 500, and you get the idea.
Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile
The Studebaker name persisted in new-car showrooms until 1966, but the end of automaking as the company had known it for decades really came in 1963. A steady decline from the production peak in 1950 had gained an unmitigated momentum by the time the Sixties dawned. When Studebaker lost $25 million on automotive operations in ’63, the corporation closed its main factory in South Bend, Indiana, and shifted assembly of only its highest-volume car line to a smaller, cheaper-to-run plant in Canada to live out the brand’s last few years.
I’ll just admit it. I chose 1974 because I wanted to get a car other than a Cadillac or Lincoln on the list. If you check out our The 5 Most Expensive Cars of 1972 post, you’ll a lineup of comprised entirely by cars of those makes.
2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD
Dates tested: 8/14/2014-8/28/2014
Miles Driven: 408
Fuel Used: 19.8 gallons
Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway