Archive for September, 2013
2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 159
2013 Infiniti M Hybrid (M35h)
Dates tested: 9/09/2013-9/23/2013
Miles Driven: 447
Bad things happened to the automobile in the early to mid Seventies. In a nutshell, fuel prices soared, safety and emissions regulations became more stringent, and American attitudes regarding cars and driving were in flux.
Around that time the muscle car died, Nixon updated his resume, and Big Hoss and Little Joe rode horses through a burning map for the last time.
2013 Chrysler 200 Sedan Touring
Dates tested: 9/16/2013-9/30/2013
Miles Driven: 248
Real-world fuel economy: 21.0
Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway
Base price: $21,995 (not including $995 destination fee)
Price as tested: $24,180
Options on test car: S Exterior Appearance Group ($495), Uconnect ($695)
The great: Classy cabin, value pricing
The good: Luxury ride quality
The not so good: Cranky 4-cylinder engine, mediocre fuel economy
Everything we share here was found in the parking lot (or an adjacent lot) of the Walmart nearest Consumer Guide global headquarters at 8:35 this morning.
Merriam-Webster defines a V8 as “an internal combustion engine having two banks of four cylinders each with the banks at an angle to each other.” While true enough, a dictionary definition of one of motoring’s finest achievements can’t begin to capture the intoxicating power of a well-tuned small-block’s exhaust burble.
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR
Dates tested: 8/21/2013-9/05/2013
Miles driven: 121
Driving mix: 60 percent city, 40 percent highway
When it comes to offering a commercial cargo van for 2014, Ram is dancing a familiar step but with a new partner. The ProMaster is based on an established design from Chrysler Group’s Italian parent Fiat. It fills a void left by the erstwhile Sprinter, another high-roof walk-in van that Ram’s predecessor, Dodge Truck, had been granted back when Chrysler was under the control of a certain German manufacturer known by its three-pointed star.
A recent blog post by editor John Biel posed the question, “What’s with all the old ads showing cars by pools?” Sure enough, you can cruise online and locate dozens, if not hundreds, of vintage auto ads that feature the highlighted vehicle parked precariously close to an in-ground swimming pool. What makes these ads especially strange is that the driver of these vehicles is often wearing a suit. You can check out a few car-at-the-pool ads here.
The nameplate is familiar: Cherokee. The vehicle it’s on isn’t.
Jeep’s 2014 replacement for the Liberty—the model-year-2002 successor to the first vehicles that were badged Cherokee—is still a midsize sport-utility vehicle, but now in the emergent crossover-SUV mold. That means down deep it is based on a car platform, the front-drive Alfa Romeo Giulietta/Dodge Dart. It offers a choice of two engines, including a new downsized version of Chrysler Group’s Pentastar V6, and marks the debut of a 9-speed automatic transmission. It gets fuel-mileage numbers that the last Cherokees sold in North America couldn’t have touched with the proverbial 10-foot pole, and it can be equipped with a host of technology features that didn’t even exist in ’01.