Archive for October, 2016

Oct
21
2016 Lincoln MKX
Although the 2016 Lincoln MKX starts at less than $40,000, the ritzy Reserve model tested began at $48,575 including destination, finishing at $63,275 with a hefty load of options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Lincoln MKX Reserve

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 296

Fuel Used: 14.4 gallons

Oct
20
1993 Pontiac Grand Prix GT

1993 Pontiac Grand Prix GT

Fact: Ferrari no longer builds cars equipped with manual gearboxes. Most of the Italian sports cars now come with a 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission that Ferrari—and most buff books—claim produces better acceleration numbers than would a traditional stick shift.

Oct
19
2017 GMC Acadia All Terrain
2017 GMC Acadia SLT-1 in Ebony Twilight Metallic (a $395 color option)

2015 Audi Q52017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 363

Fuel Used: 18.1 gallons

Oct
19
1973 Canadian Pontiac Ad

1973 Canadian Pontiac Ad

Pontiacs were always a little cooler than Chevrolets, at least at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, in the early Eighties. My take, and the take of my gearhead buddies at the study-hall table, was that the Firebird was a notch above the Camaro (thank the 400-cubic-inch V8), the Ventura was a bit better than the Nova, and the Grand Prix had it all over the Monte Carlo. On the subject of Bonneville versus Caprice, we were divided. Police versions of the big Chevy were cool enough to break down the barriers of brand loyalty.

Oct
18
2017 Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60

Consumer Guide First Spin Coupes account for only five percent of the premium vehicle market, but they’ve also traditionally been important halo vehicles for their respective brands. That’s certainly been the case at Infiniti, where the Q60 coupe and convertible (and their G35/G37 predecessors) have typically been the most stylish and dynamic vehicles in the marque’s model lineup. After a year’s absence, the Q60 coupe returns for 2017 with a new design that shares elements of its architecture with the Infiniti Q50 sedan. We recently had the opportunity to sample the hottest version of the Q60 on a San Diego-area drive route.

Oct
18
2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
A hatchback version of the compact 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is set to go on sale later this year at a starting price of just over $22,000.

Cruze

America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.

Oct
17
June 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile Magazine

Two articles from the June 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine were honored by the Society of Automotive Historians.

Two articles from Collectible Automobile® magazine, a Consumer Guide® Automotive companion publication, have won writing awards from an international vehicle-history association.

Oct
17
1994 Chrysler LHS

1994 Chrysler LHS

The term “cab forward” was first used by the railroad industry to describe steam engines designed with the passenger compartment located toward the front of the vehicle. The advantage of the layout was a clear and unfettered view of the track ahead. For this reason, cab-forward engines were most commonly seen in rail yards where traffic is heavy.

Oct
14
1999 Dodge Ramcharger, The Mexico-Only Ramcharger

1999 Dodge Ramcharger

Americans are generally a lucky lot—at least as consumers. We usually get first crack at new blockbuster movies, there’s virtually nothing we can’t purchase and have shipped to us within 24 hours, and nearly every major automaker sells its wares in the U.S. Mexico-Only Ramcharger.

Oct
12
2016 GMC Terrain Denali

2016 GMC Terrain Denali in Ebony Twilight Metallic (a $395 option), in an uncooperative rainstorm

Consumer Guide Automotive2016 GMC Terrain Denali 

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 208

Fuel Used: 11.2 gallons

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