Archive for July, 2018

Jul
31
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL in Red Diamond

2015 Audi Q52018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 636

Fuel used: 26.4 gallons

Jul
31

Automotive Heritage Awards

The quixotic tale of a doomed luxury car and an interview with a veteran car designer turned out to be golden opportunities for two freelance contributors to Collectible Automobile® magazine, a companion publication to Consumer Guide® Automotive.

Jul
30
What is the Doc Fee?

You’ve probably been asked to pay it, but do you know what the doc fee covers?

One challenge new-car customers face is determining the veracity of certain fees and charges that may be added to the price of the vehicle being purchased.

Jul
27
1954 International Model R-140 Station Wagon

1954 International Model R-140 Station Wagon

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2009 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Dakota needed three tough station wagons that could go anywhere in the wilds of the Northern plains, it chose the 1954 International R-140 with four-wheel drive. Why the Corps needed three such wagons is a mystery.

Jul
26
Test Drive: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic

2018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE in Borasco Grey

2015 Audi Q52018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 225

Fuel used: 12.1 gallons

Jul
26
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, 2019 Maserati Lineup

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Some may not know that Alfa Romeo and Maserati — both upscale Italian brands — are part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), and thus “corporate cousins” to Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. But that’s about where the similarities end.

Jul
25
2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo in Bluestone Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 326

Fuel used: 16.2 gallons

Jul
25
1941 Packard One Sixty Deluxe Convertible Coupe

1941 Packard One Sixty Deluxe Convertible Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Packard’s policy of gradual styling changes helped it to maintain a gold standard of resale value and allowed owners to keep their cars longer without looking dated. This linear styling policy served Packard well until the Forties. By then, though, American car design was changing at an incredible rate. Packard’s unhurried design evolution couldn’t keep up with the pace, and by ’41, its cars looked old fashioned.

Jul
23
2018 Chevrolet Silverado Custom 4x4 Crew Cab

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Custom 4×4 Crew Cab in Summit White

 

2015 Audi Q52018 Chevrolet Silverado Custom 4×4 Crew Cab

Class: Large Pickup

Miles driven: 347

Fuel used: 20.4 gallons

Jul
23
1976 Ford Maverick with Luxury Decor Group and Tu-Tone paint.

1976 Ford Maverick with Luxury Decor Group and Tu-Tone paint.

There’s something to be said for people who go to Golden Corral specifically for the steak. Steak, it seems, means different things to many people. There’s the Ruth’s Chris steak, and there’s the buffet-style steak–as seen at restaurants such as Golden Corral. If you’re an average American, it’s likely you can’t afford to visit Ruth’s Chris on a weekly basis, no matter how good the dry-aged center-cut ribeye is.

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