Archive for May, 2015
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 310
Fuel Used: 11.0 gallons
Class: Large Car
Dates tested: 4/13/2015 – 4/27/2015
Miles Driven: 427
Fuel Used: 19.5 gallons
Class: Premium Compact Car
Dates tested: 5/18/2015 – 5/26/2015
Miles Driven: 336
Fuel Used: 12.9 gallons
The redesigned XC90 is an unusually important vehicle for Volvo. Not only is it the first all-new model to be released after the company’s 2010 purchase by Geely of China, but it sets the stage as the first of eight new or redesigned vehicles due from the Swedish manufacturer over the next four years. That’s a heavy load to carry, but the XC90 shoulders the burden well.
We’ve looked at length at the longest cars of the Seventies, now let’s check in on the shortest. Predictably, the pint-size rides built at the end of Richard Nixon’s first term are of an economical bent–all but two of them (the Mercury Capri and Opel 1900) are the least-expensive vehicles in their respective lineups.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is smaller, lighter, plusher, and more technologically advanced than its predecessor. At first blush, it’s a bit livelier to drive, too.
Mounted on a new rear-wheel-drive platform, the corporate Alpha setup that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the 6th-generation Camaro makes abundant use of pound-paring aluminum components in its body and suspension. All body panels are new even as the overall styling theme maintains a kinship to the 2010-15 5th-generation car. The roster of engines sports 3 new choices—including the first 4-cylinder found in a Camaro since 1986—and 8-speed automatic transmissions replace the 6-speed autoboxes used previously.
2015 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4
Class: Compact Crossover
Dates tested: 4/13/2015 – 4/20/2015
Miles Driven: 253
Fuel Used: 11.4 gallons
2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 407
Fuel Used: 12.7 gallons
When it debuted for 2003, Honda’s Pilot made its mark as a car-based “unibody” midsize SUV in a segment dominated by heavier, clumsier truck-based entries. Since then the tide has turned, and the Pilot has found itself facing some stiff competition.
When Chevrolet unveiled the 2016 Camaro in Detroit on May 16, it did more than just call the automotive media in for a look-see and a bite to eat. Instead, it staged a mini celebration of its long-lived “ponycar.”