Archive for March, 2014
2014 Dodge Durango R/T AWD
Dates tested: 3/20/2014-3/27/2014
Miles Driven: 311
Fuel Used: 21.1 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 14.7 mpg
Back by popular demand, here’s the fourth installment in our “Find the Fake Car!” series.
Jim Jeffords, who won national sports car championships in 1958 and 1959 while at the wheel of the famous “Purple People Eater” Chevrolet Corvettes, has died.
Funny thing about the memory–it doesn’t let you know when things begin to fade beyond easy recall. I realized last week that I can no longer remember the name of my fifth-grade science teacher. I rather expected to remember all my grammar-school teachers on my deathbed. Looks like that plan is off.
Consumer Guide recently sat down with GMC marketing manager George Jones to talk about the all-new 2015 Canyon midsize pickup. Here’s what we learned:
A previous post outlined the changes made to GM’s redesigned full-size SUVs for 2015; this one concentrates on how those changes affect the driving experience.
All of these models come with GM’s “EcoTec3” 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 except for the top-line GMC Denali, which sports a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter version. As expected, the Denali feels stronger than the others, but acceleration – at least with just two people aboard – is more than adequate in all. The only fly in the ointment is that the 6-speed automatic transmission (which is standard on all models) occasionally exhibits some delay before downshifting when the throttle is stabbed while underway.
Seems so long ago now, but it wasn’t really until the late Seventies that Japanese carmakers began making inroads with mainstream American buyers. Before that, the best from Datsun, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota were regarded more as curiosities than as legitimate alternatives to Detroit iron.
Since its introduction in the U.S. back in 2006, Audi’s entry-level A3 compact has been offered only as a four-door hatchback. Though very practical, that body style was often viewed with disdain by contemporary American buyers, as it was primarily associated with cheap little “econoboxes.” And with a starting price of $25,000 – with a front-drive, 4-cylinder powertrain – the little Audi wasn’t exactly cheap. Whether that stunted sales in this country can only be speculated, but the A3 didn’t do as well as most competitors’ entry-level cars, which were often the biggest sellers in their respective lineups.
2014 Lexus GS 350 AWD
Dates tested: 3/02/2014-3/17/2014
Miles driven: 436
Fuel used: 23.6
Real-world fuel economy: 18.5 mpg
Note: This article is reprinted from the April 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile
Carroll Shelby’s—and ultimately Ford Motor Company’s—dream of building a super Mustang had been realized in full well before the last snake-badged “ponycars” were retailed in 1970. Starting in 1965 with an improved 289-cid V-8 and suspension, brake, and chassis enhancements, the GT-350 became an instant Sports Car Club of America class champion. That the white-and-blue fastback-body Shelbys looked so much like mass-market Mustangs made them great “halo” cars.