Archive for June, 2015
Diesel engines are pretty cool. Unlike conventional gasoline engines, diesel engines don’t use spark plugs, igniting fuel instead using super-high temperatures developed by compressing the air/fuel mixture. That high-temperature combustion contributes to a cleaner, more efficient burn of the fuel.
For American compact cars, 1979 was really the calm before the storm. Though the clean-sheet Ford Fairmont had been rolled out the year before—and with it a Mercury clone dubbed Zephyr—the move to front-wheel drive was yet to come, a transition that would introduce Americans to a new generation of cars dubbed “X” and “K.”
Class: Premium Compact Car
Dates tested: 4/20/2015 – 4/27/2015
Miles Driven: 309
Fuel Used: 8.7 gallons
The first generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C1, was rolled out for the 1953 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C1 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.
Class: Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 164
Fuel Used: 8.0 gallons
Class: Large Pickup
Dates tested: 5/08/2015 – 5/15/2015
Miles Driven: 236
Fuel Used: 12.7 gallons
Class: Midsize Sedan
Dates tested: 5/21/2015 – 6/4/2015
Miles Driven: 635
Fuel Used: 17.1 gallons
Perhaps the easiest way to demonstrate the extent to which emissions equipment and low-octane unleaded fuel had impacted the power output of new-vehicle engines is to note the following:
At Consumer Guide, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test-vehicle’s trip computer. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.
When Cadillac rolled out its ATS compact sedan as a 2013 model, it was aiming directly at upsetting the BMW 3-Series’ dominance as the driving enthusiast’s sporty luxury compact of choice. With the new-for-2016 ATS-V, Cadillac has the high-performance, track-ready versions of the 3-Series—the M3 sedan and M4 coupe—squarely in its sights.