Archive for November, 2013
2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport Platinum
Dates tested: 11/18/2013-11/25/2013
Miles Driven: 251
Fuel Used: 13.1 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 19.2 mpg
Driving mix: 50% city, 50% highway
Triggered by an explosion in popularity during the 1990s, every mainstream manufacturer had an entry in the compact-SUV class by the mid-2000s … every major manufacturer, that is, except Nissan. Oddly, that situation wasn’t rectified until Nissan brought out the Rogue for 2008.
Happy holidays! If you’re like most Americans you’ll soon be packing up the family people-mover and heading off to Gramma Mary’s or Uncle Vito’s house for family fun and a serious bout of good-cheer gluttony. But, how will you fill the time during the long drive there?
Luckily, we’ve prepared a special holiday edition of the Car Spotter Challenge. With the youngsters in mind, the Holiday Car Spotter Challenge is comprised of oddly shaped vehicles that are easy to spot from a distance.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show rolled into Rosemont, Illinois, over the past weekend, bringing out hundreds of high-performance collector cars. All the big names were there in abundance: GTO. 4-4-2. Mustang. Camaro Z28. Road Runner. Cyclone. Javelin. Challenger R/T—and so many more from the heyday of street and strip muscle.
2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD
Dates tested: 11/14/2013-11/22/2013
Miles Driven: 121
Fuel Used: 5.6 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 21.6 mpg
Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway
Chevrolet just pulled the wraps off the redesigned Colorado midsize pickup, which is due to go on sale next fall as a 2015 model.
Ever since the previous-generation Colorado was dropped after the 2012 model year, Chevrolet has been without an entry in the midsize-pickup segment. And it’s not alone. A class that contained 11 entries as recently as 2010 has been hit by attrition that has left it with just three players today: the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline. And despite the drastically reduced level of competition, none of those trucks are setting sales records on fire.
Long before the names Caravan and Voyager would end up on a car-based front-wheel-drive platform, Dodge referred to this people mover as a, “domestic compact wagon.”
Regardless of how accurate that description seems in retrospect, Consumer Guide was impressed enough to dub the 1973 Dodge Sportsman a Best Buy.
2014 Audi A8 L TDI
Dates tested: 11/11/2013-11/18/2013
Miles Driven: 423
Fuel Used: 12.3 gallons diesel
Real-world fuel economy: 34.4 mpg
Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway
2014 Chevrolet Malibu 3LT Turbo
Dates tested: 10/31/2013-11/07/2013
Miles Driven: 255
Fuel Used: 11.9 gallons regular unleaded
Real-world fuel economy: 21.4 mpg
Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway
By strict definition, a benchmark needn’t be the best representative of a given group, it need only be the representative by which other members of said group are judged.
As such, we could say that the situation comedy Cheers represents a benchmark for television comedy, but still safely argue that Seinfeld is funnier. It is important, however, that your benchmark represent a standard of sufficient quality that comparisons to it are meaningful.