Archive for September, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Our test car was the sportiest Club trim level of the already-sporty MX-5 Miata. It started at $28,600, with Soul Red paint, Brembo brakes, BBS wheels, and destination raising the bottom line to $33,120.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 283

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Topping the Ford Explorer lineup for 2016 is the new Platinum trim level, which carries a unique grille and interior and exterior appointments along with a host of standard equipment, including 4WD and an EcoBoost V6.

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 This wasn’t your typical press preview.

Ford added a top-line trim level to its popular Explorer for 2016 and wanted to give journalists a good long time to contemplate it: two days and 386 miles, to be exact.

2000 Daewoo Leganza

Daewoo Leganza

Daewoo Motors is long gone. The one-time largest automaker in South Korea collapsed in the aftermath of a financial scandal that rocked its parent company the Daewoo Group.

The most viable parts of the ailing car company were cherry-picked by General Motors in 2001, and the rest of the company was left to wilt, and eventually vanish. Daewoo’s largest factory, the Bupyeong-gu Incheon plant, now cranks out the Chevrolet Spark, Trax, and other GM products for U.S. and global consumption.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4

Consumer Guide’s test Golf R was a top-line model equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and a navigation system. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $39,910.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R      2015 Audi Q5

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 197

Fuel Used: 6.7 gallons

Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway

2015 Subaru mpreza

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Subaru Impreza arrived in 2.0i Limited trim. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $25,885.

2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited     2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 423

Fuel Used: 13.6 gallons

Driving mix: 30% city, 70% highway

2016 Lexus RX

Lexus introduces the 4th generation of its venerable RX premium midsize crossover for 2016. It will be built in Canada and is expected to go on sale in November at a starting price just under $45,000. Shown is the sporty F Sport version, which can be distinguished by its “cheese grater” crosshatch grille.

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Although midsize SUVs had been around since the 1980s, Lexus broke the mold in 1999 with the introduction of the first premium midsize SUV, the RX 300. Besides offering a degree of luxury previously unavailable in this size, the RX used car-like unibody construction (as opposed to truck-based body-on-frame) that brought with it a combination of ride and handling nothing else close to it could match.

2016 Holden Commodore SS Redline, Last Holden Commodore

A pair of high-performance Holden Commodores: 2016 Redline SS (foreground) and 1978 SL/E.

The days of Australian-market GM vehicles that are actually produced in Australia are winding down. The last iteration of the home-built Holden Commodore was unveiled this week, capping a model line that dates back to 1978. Holden parent General Motors announced late in 2014 its intentions to end vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

2016 Mazda CX-9

Consumer Guide’s test 2016 Mazda CX-5 arrived in Grand Touring trim and loaded with options. Including the destination charge, our tester came to $34,140.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 248

Fuel Used: 9.1 gallons

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood, Slowest Cars of 1981

The 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood equipped with the 4.1-liter V6 was the 2nd-slowest vehicle Consumer Guide tested in 1981.

Historians refer to the period in Europe following the fall of the Roman Era as the Dark Ages. Generally applied to the 10th and 11th centuries, the Dark Ages were a time of economic and cultural decline, and for the people alive then, a time of little hope.

2016 Ford Shelby GT350

Particularly from the windshield forward, the new Ford Shelby GT350 is far removed from its Mustang origins. Not only is the front-end sheetmetal actually aluminum, but styling is revised and the engine is modified to produce substantially more power than the one used in the Mustang GT. Shown is the race-focused GT350R version, which can be identified by its red (rather than grey) grille badge and taller rear spoiler. This is one serious track car that still manages to be street legal.

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Most people will likely look at the Ford Shelby GT350 and think “Mustang,” but those in the know will recognize it as something far more special than that.

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