Archive for April, 2015

Apr
17
2015 Honda CR-V

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Honda CR-V arrived in Touring AWD trim. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $33,650.

Consumer Guide 2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD 

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 3/30/2015 – 4/06/2015

Miles Driven: 270

Fuel Used: 11.3

Apr
17
Fiat 500X

The 2016 Fiat 500X joins the rapidly expanding subcompact SUV class as the automaker’s first U.S. vehicle to offer all-wheel drive. When it goes on sale in late May, prices will start at about $21,000 including destination, with the least-expensive all-wheel-drive version going for about $24,000.

Consumer GuideAfter a near-30-year hiatus, Italian manufacturer Fiat re-entered the U.S. market in 2011 with the charming little 500, a subcompact hatchback that was charismatic enough to be categorized (at least by Consumer Guide) as a “sporty performance car”—even though the “performance” part was pure hyperbole. That label became even more appropriate with the subsequent introduction of a convertible (actually more of a huge sunroof) variant, and became fully justified with the ferocious, turbocharged Abarth edition that appeared in 2012.

Apr
16
Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

 By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Named for the option code of a performance package available on the 1963 Sting Ray, the Z06 was introduced as a racetrack-oriented Chevrolet Corvette variant in 2001. Z06s since then have been special, but the added choice of coupe or convertible body styles and manual or automatic transmissions, not to mention increased performance, will almost certainly make the 2015 Corvette Z06 desirable to collectors.

Apr
15
Suzuki X-90

Suzuki X-90

Collectible Automobile Magazine By Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When a small automaker comes up with a niche product, there’s an excellent chance something unusual and unexpected will result. Or maybe something that is just plain odd. For this installment of Cheap Wheels, let us suggest such an automotive oddball, the 1996-98 Suzuki X-90.

Apr
14
2015 Mazda CX-9

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Mazda CX-9 arrived in Grand Touring trim. With options and destination charge, our test crossover came to $39,890.

Consumer Guide 2015 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 

Class: Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 3/19/2015 – 4/02/2015

Miles Driven: 439

Fuel Used: 28.9

Apr
13
1991 Hyundai Scoupe

1991 Hyundai Scoupe

It may seem hard to believe, but Hyundai has been a player in the U.S. for nearly 30 years. The Korean maker’s roots in Canadia reach back even further–Hyundai Pony and Stellar models entered that market for the 1983 model year.

Apr
10
2015 Hyundai Genesis

The subject of this test was a base, rear-wheel-drive Genesis 3.8 model that started life at $38,000 and ended up in our lot at a little less than $50,000 with some upscale options.

Consumer Guide 2015 Hyundai Genesis V6 

Class: Large Car

Dates tested: 3/30/2015 – 4/13/2015

Miles Driven: 459

Fuel Used: 19.6

Apr
10
1970 Ford Escort RS1600

1970 Ford Escort RS1600

The seventh installment of the ludicrous, ludicrously lucrative Fast and Furious movies hit the theaters last week, and it’s making mounds of money as you read this. As expected, Furious 7 is gleefully ridiculous—a live-action cartoon fantasy of awesome cars, glowering tough guys, bone-crunching fist fights, over-the-top stunts, wanton mayhem and destruction, leering shots of scantily clad babes, AND enough tear-jerking melodrama to shame the cheesiest soap opera. (Note that we’re not counting the movie’s ending among those melodramatic moments—Furious 7 closes with an understated, genuinely touching tribute to deceased star Paul Walker.)

Apr
10
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T for a video test drive. What did they think of their nicely equipped test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Apr
07
2015 Toyota Sienna

Consumer Guide’s test Toyota Sienna arrived in luxury-level XLE Premium trim with AWD. Including destination charge, our test van came to $41,770.

2015 Toyota Sienna XLE Premium AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 3/16/2015 – 3/30/2015

Miles Driven: 429

Fuel Used: 25.2

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