Archive for February, 2014
2014 Lexus LS 460 AWD
Dates tested: 1/20/2014-2/03/2014
Miles driven: 585
Fuel used: 37.1
Real-world fuel economy: 15.8 mpg
Not too long ago editor John Biel put together a collection of classic car ads that included swimming pool, airport, and golf-course imagery. Turns out a lot of carmakers saw value in the positive associations potential buyers made with said images.
With spring upon us, we’re reposting Tom’s cathartic recollection of his encounter with a bobtailed Michigan resident. The original story appeared in September of 2010.
2014 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD
Dates tested: 2/03/2014-2/17/2014
Miles driven: 724
Fuel used: 41.2
Real-world fuel economy: 17.6 mpg
I would argue that it was the ’82 Accord that changed the way Americans thought about Japanese cars. By this time many car shoppers had heard good things about Honda, but the cars were still a little too small, a little too modestly powered, and a little too, well, Japanese-looking. That all changed for 1982. All new that year, Accord grew up before shoppers’ eyes. The car now stood taller, boasted substantial-looking creased lines, and offered a decent increase in horsepower and torque. Also worth noting, 1982 was the first year for U.S. Accord production.
While drive reports typically deride it, the truth is that torque steer can be fun. And nothing in recent memory could saw the wheel like the midsize, V8-powered, front-drive sedans offered in the “original” GM’s final days.
2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition 4WD Crew Cab
Dates tested: 1/27/2014-2/10/2014
Miles driven: 484
Fuel used: 39.8
Real-world fuel economy: 12.2 mpg
Hitting the road is more than just the opening salvo of your daily commute.
Most of us understand that when you take the wheel, you enter into a social contract obliging you to make driving as easy and uncomplicated as you can for every other driver on the road.
The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) recently announced the recipient of its 2014 Family Vehicle of the Year award. The staff of Consumer Guide Automotive is proud to be part of that organization, and to have taken part in the voting for this year’s award. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied this year’s award announcement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Midwest Automotive Media Association Names Chevrolet Impala the 2014 Family Vehicle of the Year