Archive for February, 2016

Feb
29
Kelpie Kargo

Question: What Australian-conceived pickup truck was based on a Dodge Dakota, lacked a rear axle, and very nearly came to the United States?

I would make a lousy forensic investigator. Actually, I am a lousy automotive forensic investigator. I confess this because, try as I might, I cannot piece together the complete story of a car company that existed—or nearly existed—just 25 years ago.

Feb
29
2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Feb
26
2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

2015 Audi Q52016 Mini Cooper S Clubman

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 2/01/2016 – 2/08/2016

Miles Driven: 351

Fuel Used: 14.6 gallons

Feb
25
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

2015 Audi Q52016 Cadillac CTS-V

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Dates tested: 1/11/2016 – 1/18/2016

Miles Driven: 370

Fuel Used: 23.4 gallons

Feb
25
2016 Cadillac ATS-V

While its starting price of $62,665 may seem high for a premium compact (to say nothing of its as-tested price of just under 70 grand), this is no ordinary premium compact — not with 464 horses in the running.

2015 Audi Q52016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Class: Premium Compact Car

Dates tested: 2/08/2016 – 2/15/2016

Miles Driven: 215

Fuel Used: 14.0 gallons

Feb
24
1986 Renault Encore

1986 Renault Encore

Consumer Guide Automotive has enjoyed the service of countless long-term test vehicles over the past few decades. As a matter of policy, those vehicles generally remained in our test fleet for a period of six to 12 months, and represented models that we felt were of special interest to our readers.

Feb
24
2016 Honda Civic

Although base models of the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic start at less than $20,000 including destination, our loaded, top-line, turbocharged Touring tipped the price scales at $27,335.

2016 Honda Civic Touring   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Dates tested: 2/15/2016 – 2/22/2016

Miles Driven: 232

Fuel Used: 6.9 gallons

Feb
24
2016 Lexus LX 570

2016 Lexus LX 570

Thirty years ago, the most-expensive Japanese car available in America was the Acura Legend. At just under $20,000 with automatic transmission, the Legend listed for almost exactly twice the price of a same-year Chevrolet Impala.

Feb
23
2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt LT

2016 Chevrolet Volt LT   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Car

Dates tested: 2/01/2016 – 2/08/2016

Miles Driven: 344

Fuel Used: 1.9 gallons

Feb
22
1984 Volkswagen Scirocco

198? Volkswagen Scirocco

Apart from being the home of Consumer Guide Automotive, Lincolnwood, Illinois is a rather ordinary municipality. Adjacent to Chicago’s Northwest Side, Lincolnwood is a middle-income community of 12,000 citizens, most of whom appear to be in their seventies. I intend to retire someplace with less traffic, but I digress.

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