Archive for May, 2016

1980 Rabbit Diesel

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel

Fun fact: In 1980, Consumer Guide road tested seven different diesel-powered vehicles. Turns out those cars were the seven slowest vehicles we tested that year.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Although the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek starts at less than $23,000 including destination (that’s with manual transmission), our tester was the top-line Limited that starts at just under $26,000, and was boosted to a bit less than $29,000 with some useful options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Class: Compact SUV

Miles Driven: 154

Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons

2016 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

2016 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

2015 Audi Q52015 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 493

Fuel Used: 22.6

Magnus Walker and Jun Imai

Magnus Walker (L) and Jun Imai pose with the recently announced line of Magnus Walker-branded Hot Wheels cars.

Jun Imai has one of the best car-guy jobs in the world. As Design Manager for Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy-car brand, Jun gets to make automotive daydreams into reality every day. As always, the current Hot Wheels lineup includes plenty of outlandish, pure-fantasy cars—vehicles designed to stoke the imaginations of children and engineered to zing down orange tracks and off ramps. But over the past few years, Jun and the rest of the Hot Wheels design team have also made the Hot Wheels brand a lot more relevant to full-size car culture.

2017 AUDI Q7 3.0T

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large SUV

Miles Driven: 409

Fuel Used: 21.5 gallons

Mini Copper Convertible, Convertible Top Care

2016 Mini Cooper Convertible

For most American motorists, convertibles are vehicles that other people own. Maybe that lawyer down the street has a convertible as a third car, or your mom’s crazy unmarried brother drives one. But for most of us, convertible ownership has never been a reality.

2016 Subaru WRX

2016 Subaru WRX Limited

Test Drive

2016 Subaru WRX Limited Automatic

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 217

Fuel Used: 10.5 gallons

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Honda’s Ridgeline pickup truck returns after a 2-year absence as a 2017 model. Due on sale in June, prices start at about $30,000 for the base front-drive version and run up to near $44,000 for the top-line AWD Black model.

Scion iM

If you applied the famed “Which one is not like the others?” Mensa question to the compact-pickup class, the obvious answer would be … Honda’s Ridgeline.

Or at least, it used to be. Introduced for 2006, the Ridgeline was discontinued after 2015–though Honda acknowledged at the time that a redesigned version was on the way. That replacement appears this June as a 2017 model, boasting many of the same attributes and some interesting new features, but with a decidedly different look.

1985 Pontiac 6000 STE, Best-Looking Sedans of 1985

1985 Pontiac 6000 STE

Ask me whom I think the best-looking female celebrity of 1985 was, and I will quickly answer “Annie Lennox.” I had a crush on Annie at the time, and can’t say my adoration has faded much since then.

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