Archive for July, 2016
2016 Buick Cascada Premium
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 485
Fuel Used: 19.4 gallons
If you were a drinking-age partygoer back in the early Seventies, 1973 was your year. First, the Bad Boys from Boston–Aerosmith–dropped their first album. Second, A Milwaukee brewer introduced what would become the official beverage of fraternities nationwide: Miller Lite.
Shopping for friends and relatives can be something of a challenge—especially if that person is old enough to have acquired a certain amount of fun/frivolous/indulgent stuff for himself or herself.
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 251
Fuel Used: 9.6 gallons
Employing 14,000 workers at its mid-Sixties peak, the AMC assembly plant was the economic center of Kenosha, Wisconsin. For Chicagoans, passing through Kenosha means having covered about two thirds of the distance between home and Milwaukee. For area locals, Kenosha is a town steeped in automotive history.
Class: Premium Sporty/Performance
Miles Driven: 301
Fuel Used: 24.9 gallons
The Citizens’ Band (CB) Radio goes back further than most people probably realize. In the late Forties, the U.S. government made space in the 27 MHz range available for radio enthusiasts and businesses to use, generally without a license. That frequency literally became the “citizens’ band.” By law, CB radios are limited to four watts of transmitter power, and thus have a useful range of about five miles. Many countries have allocated the 27 MHz range for similar purposes, so CB enthusiasm goes well beyond U.S. shores.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 1580
Fuel Used: 63.7 gallons
Driving mix: 20% city, 80% highway
There aren’t too many automotive rivalries for consumers to get excited about anymore. Sure, there’s the annual Honda Accord/Nissan Altima/Toyota Camry sales race—but I’m not sure present-day buyers really care all that much.