Archive for July, 2016

Jul
20
2016 Nissan Maxima

Nissan’s Maxima comes standard with V6 power and stands as an upscale, sporty take on a midsize sedan. The tested top-line Platinum came to just under $41,000 including destination. 

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Car 

Miles Driven: 804

Fuel Used: 25.8 gallons

Jul
19
2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL

2016 Volkswagen Passat SE2015 Audi Q5L

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 553

Fuel Used: 19.6 gallons

Jul
18
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Already on sale, Honda’s Accord Hybrid returns for 2017 with more power, better fuel economy, and a number of new features. Prices start at less than $30,500.

Scion iM

Hybrids are a hard sell these days. With gas prices hovering near $2 a gallon, fuel economy isn’t the draw it was when they were closing in on $5.

Jul
18
1957 Imperal Ad

1957 Imperial Ad

For whatever reason, armchair sociologists and most of the non-automotive media seem to have fixated on 1957 as a pinnacle year for almost all American human endeavors. The best fashions, kitchen-appliance designs, diner menus, and, of course, cars, are largely ascribed to this singular period.

Jul
15
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Visual refinements to Nissan’s Pathfinder for 2017 are subtle, but other changes are not, as they include a number of safety, convenience, and infotainment additions.

Nissan’s 7-passenger midsize SUV celebrates its 30th anniversary for 2017 with a “mid-cycle” update that includes a more powerful engine, higher towing capacity, a freshened appearance, and a host of newly available features.

Jul
14
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Crossover 

Miles Driven: 553

Fuel Used: 22.1 gallons

Jul
14
1958 Dodge Ad, yellow

1958 Dodge Ad

Question: What do the Turkish passenger ship Üsküdar, United Airlines Flight 736, and Ford have in common? Answer: All three were involved in disasters in 1958.

Jul
13
2016 Toyota Century

2016 Toyota Century

Question: What car is always big, usually black, and almost never seen outside of its nation of origin? If you don’t have answer, it’s because you don’t know much about the Toyota Century, a vehicle as culturally engrained in Japan as Chevrolet Corvette is in the U.S.

Jul
12
2016 GTI 2-Door

2016 Volkswagen GTI SE in Steel Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52016 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE 2-Door

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 247

Fuel Used: 11.2 gallons

Jul
12
Heavy Traffic

For a number of reasons, warm-weather states are considered more driver-friendly places to operate a vehicle.

As a Chicagoan, I take a certain amount of pride in my ability to complain about the local traffic situation. To that end, though I loathe to report that my 17-mile trip from Consumer Guide’s Chicago-adjacent office to the sleepy Northwest Suburbs can take me more than an hour on the wrong day, I feel a least at little satisfaction knowing that I am a statistical outlier.

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