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Nov
17
2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited

Consumer Guide Automotive

The subcompact-car market isn’t anywhere near as hot as the subcompact-SUV category these days, but there is still activity afoot. The segment’s biggest news for 2018 is the introduction of two redesigned contenders from South Korea—the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent. Both of these vehicles are built on the same basic platform; we’ll be driving the new Rio in the near future, and we just got our first taste of the new Accent.

Sep
01
Alfa Romeo 4C--Front Clip

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C

For better and for worse, the Alfa Romeo 4C is an unforgettable car. No regular 2017 production vehicle offers a purer, more immersive driving experience—or demands as much tolerance from its occupants for high NVH levels and other comfort shortcomings. You can check out our recent road-test experiences with the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C here and here, but we thought that the outrageous bodywork, the unusual ergonomics, and the many interesting details of our latest 4C tester deserved a closer look. Check out our pics and video below. 

Jul
24
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Hyundai redesigned its compact Elantra sedan last year, but the Elantra’s  hatchback sibling–the Elantra GT—wasn’t included in the party; it was carried over on the previous-generation Elantra platform. For 2018, the hatchback catches up with the sedan as Hyundai introduces a redesigned GT based on the latest European-market Hyundai i30 platform. And, Hyundai has sweetened the pot with a zingy new performance version that shares its surname and its mechanical enhancements with the recently introduced Elantra Sport sedan. 

Jul
18
2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

Consumer Guide Automotive With the massive shift in consumer preferences to compact and midsize SUVs, the traditional midsize sedan isn’t quite the sales juggernaut that it was just a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean that manufacturers are abandoning the category. A redesigned, dynamically styled 2018 Toyota Camry is arriving in dealerships right now, Honda just unveiled an all-new Accord for 2018, and we just had our first test drive of the significantly refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

Jul
07
Rolls-Royce Dawn Wood Trim

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn with Full Canadel Paneling option package

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn we recently had through the Consumer Guide head office had a lengthy list of optional equipment that pushed its $341,125 base price all the way up to a bottom line of $413,030. We’ll do the math for you…that’s $71,905 in options alone—enough to buy a very nicely equipped 2017 BMW 5-Series sedan.

Jun
26
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium

First Spin All of the sudden, Volkswagen is back in the crossover SUV game in a big way. Hot on the heels of the recently launched Atlas midsize SUV comes the long-awaited (some would say long overdue) second generation of VW’s Tiguan compact SUV.

May
19

BMW 7-Series Cabin Lighting

We recently had a 2017 BMW M760i in through the Consumer Guide fleet for our usual rounds of editor test drives and evaluations. We’re no strangers to high-end luxury vehicles at CG HQ, but even by premium-brand standards, the M760i was one of the most lavishly equipped (and priciest) vehicles we’ve tested in quite a while.

May
16
2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

Consumer Guide First SpinWhen the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica debuted last spring, it brought a new level of family-friendly features and all-around refinement to the minivan category. Now, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is set to arrive in dealerships as the first redesigned minivan to hit the market in the Pacifica’s wake… and based on our preview test drive of a top-line Odyssey Elite model, it’s clear that Honda has done a little bar-raising of its own.

May
14
Klairmont Kollection

A bird’s-eye view of one section of the Klairmont Kollections Museum. Note the life-size gas-station replica at the rear of the room, and the dual-level display-case area for vintage scooters and other memorabilia built into the wall.

Nestled into an unassuming neighborhood in Chicago’s North Side is a large yet equally unassuming industrial building that once housed a printing company. Today, that building is home to the Klairmont Kollections, an incredible, 100,000-square-foot private museum that encompasses 300-plus vehicles, along with scads of bicycles and toy cars, a few airplanes hanging from the rafters, and a life-sized replica of a vintage gas station—and that’s just for starters. It’s a jaw-dropping array of automobilia and straight memorabilia that’s enough to keep even a casual enthusiast occupied for at least a full day… but you can’t just walk in off the street and check it out. The Klairmont Kollections might best be termed “semi-private,” since it is usually closed to the general public and available only for private functions such as weddings or corporate/charity events.

Apr
28
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

At the 2017 New York Auto Show earlier this month, Jeep announced the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a new line-topping high-performance model that borrows its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats. At a recent Midwest Automotive Media Association event, we had the chance to check out a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the flesh—in fact, it was the first time the vehicle had been shown outside the lights and stage of an indoor auto show. This show vehicle wore a stunning candy-apple-red paint job that won’t be available on the showroom version, but otherwise looked to be almost identical to the regular-production Trackhawks that are scheduled begin hitting dealerships late this year. Check it out, and stay tuned… our first test drive of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should take place later this year.

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