Archive for March, 2017

Mar
24
2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM    Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 234

Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons

Mar
24
1956 Buick Special Wagon

1956 Buick Special Wagon

The emergence of automotive tail fins can be attributed in a large part to America’s fascination with air and space travel. At the dawn of the jet age, it was common for manufacturers to hawk their wares–automotive and otherwise–with references to fighter planes and rockets.

Mar
23
2017 Audi S6

2017 Audi S6 in Daytona Gray (a $575 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 Audi S6 4.0T quattro S tronic

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 246

Fuel Used: 14.0 gallons

Mar
23
Gas Guzzler Monroney Label

A federal tax of $7700 is applied to vehicles with an EPA-estimated combined fuel-economy rating of less than 12.5 mpg.

The Gas Guzzler Tax is a federal tax on certain vehicles with especially low Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel-economy ratings.

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Mar
22
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring in Crimson Pearl

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring    Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 325

Fuel Used: 7.6 gallons

Mar
22
1971 AMC SC/360

1971 AMC Hornet SC/360

As far as evocative colors go, it’s tough to match the power of the word blue. Blue chip stocks are good investments, a blue mood suggests sadness, and musically, the blues gave birth to rock & roll.

Mar
22
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Mar
21
Kia Soul EV charging

Cold weather takes a significant toll on our long-term Kia Soul EV’s driving range.

According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived, and we can consign the winter of 2016-17 to the history books. Aside from one early March blast of snowy weather, our Chicagoland stomping grounds got off pretty easy in terms of frozen precipitation this season—but we still had our fair share of days where the thermometer didn’t get above single digits. Since the bone-chilling temperatures and snowstorms are (hopefully) in our rearview mirror now, it’s a good time to review our winter testing experience with our long-term Kia Soul EV. 

Mar
20
1988 Iroc Z

Returning 16.3 mpg, the Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was the 9th-worst gas guzzler tested by Consumer Guide in 1988.

We’ve recently posted collections of the worst gas guzzlers the Consumer Guide editors tested in 1973, 1981, and 1984. Over that 11-year time span, fuel-economy improvements in North-American-market automobiles were quite impressive.

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