Archive for May, 2016
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.
Class: Compact SUV
Miles Driven: 154
Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons
2015 Lexus RC 200t F Sport
Miles Driven: 493
Fuel Used: 22.6
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.
Class: Premium Large SUV
Miles Driven: 409
Fuel Used: 21.5 gallons
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 Limited Automatic
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 217
Fuel Used: 10.5 gallons
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.
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.
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.