Archive for July, 2015
Class: Electric Car
Miles Driven: 227
Fuel Used: N/A
by Don Sikora II
Today’s Jeep Wrangler was originally introduced for the 2007 model year. It remains one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s best sellers, but at more than eight years old, it’s officially getting a bit long in the tooth. Given that the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic, tradition-bound vehicles on the market today, FCA doesn’t want to veer very far from Wrangler’s tried-and-true formula with the forthcoming new-generation model. Still, uncertain fuel prices and tightening efficiency standards in the United States mean the redesigned “JL” generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler must address the current JK model’s greatest weakness: Fuel economy.
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 227
Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 16.3 mpg
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take us on a video tour of the aggressively styled 2016 Nissan Maxima.
Question: What’s the 4th-largest new vehicle market on the planet? Germany? France? Maybe Russia? Nope. Turns out that most years it’s Brazil. South America’s economic powerhouse is often forgotten in discussions of global auto sales, and that’s a shame.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider
Dates tested: 6/29/2015 – 7/9/2015
Miles Driven: 330
Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons
Now that most casual-dining establishments feature at least one Nutella-based desert item, it seems crazy that there was ever a time when Americans didn’t have ready access to this delightful Italian-born hazelnut-based cocoa spread. Yet, before 1990, Nutella was rarely seen on American grocery-store shelves. Though European expatriates spoke lovingly of the magic stuff, it was rarely seen outside of small ethnic delis, or in the suitcases of Americans just returning from the Continent.
It’s summer now, and my commute has gotten much, much easier—at least most days. Once school is out, and folks start hitting the vacation trail, the volume of vehicles on the road during prime AM and PM migration times is reduced considerably. That said, there’s no accounting for road construction, accidents, and whatever the hell it is that happens around here Friday evenings. I won’t mention snow–snow is still months way. One inch of fresh snow can easily double the duration of my normally 75-90-minute commute home.