Archive for May, 2015

May
29
2015 Golf Sportwagen

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI arrived in base S trim with no options. Including the destination charge, our SportWagen came to $22,215.

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Dates tested: 4/13/2015 – 4/20/2015

Miles Driven: 310

Fuel Used: 11.0 gallons

May
28
2015 Toyota Avalon

Avalon starts at $33,110 including destination. Consumer Guide’s test XLE Touring stickered for $37,130.

2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring 2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large Car

Dates tested: 4/13/2015 – 4/27/2015

Miles Driven: 427

Fuel Used: 19.5 gallons

May
27
2015 Acura ILX

Acura’s entry-level ILX starts at $28,820 including destination. Our test car was fitted with the AcuraWatch Package, which brought the total to $30,120.

2016 Acura ILX 2015 Audi Q5AcuraWatch Plus

Class: Premium Compact Car

Dates tested: 5/18/2015 – 5/26/2015

Miles Driven: 336

Fuel Used: 12.9 gallons

May
27
2016 Volvo XC90

Volvo’s XC90 midsize SUV sees its first redesign since its 2002 introduction, an eternity in today’s market. The 2016 model comes standard with all-wheel drive, gets new features and more power, and adds a performance-oriented hybrid version. Prices start at about $50,000, with hybrids coming in at about $70,000.

Consumer GuideThe 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.

May
26
1972 Dodge Colt Brochure

1972 Dodge Colt

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. 

May
22
2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS

New CamaroThe 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.

May
21
Jeep Compass

Consumer Guide’s test Compass arrived in midlevel Latitude trim with several significant options. Including the destination charge, our test crossover came to $28,265.

Consumer Guide Automotive2015 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4 

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 4/13/2015 – 4/20/2015

Miles Driven: 253

Fuel Used: 11.4 gallons

May
20
2015 Veolster Turbo Rally Edition

Consumer Guide’s test 2016 Hyundai Veloster arrived in Turbo trim with the Rally Edition package. Pricing for the 2016 Rally Edition was not available at the time this review was published; the MSRP should come in a bit above the manual-transmission 2015 Veloster Turbo, which starts at $23,425 including destination. 

Consumer Guide Automotive2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 4/16/2015 – 4/30/2015

Miles Driven: 407

Fuel Used: 12.7 gallons

May
20
2016 Honda Pilot

Honda’s Pilot midsize SUV is redesigned for 2016, with swoopier lines replacing the former boxy look. In the bargain, it received revised powertrains and numerous high-tech features. It is due to go on sale June 18 at a starting price of about $31,000.

Consumer GuideWhen 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.

May
18
1969 Yenko Camaro

Among the “Camaro Museum” exhibits that Chevrolet gathered for the unveiling of the upcoming 6th-generation model was one of the 1969 Yenko Camaros that Pennsylvania racer and Chevy dealer Don Yenko sold with a thumping 427-cid V8 under the hood.

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.”

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