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Sep
28
2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

Consumer Guide Automotive In the midsize-sedan game, the King and Queen have long been the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, both of which were redesigned for 2018. But in recent years, Nissan’s Altima has made a surprisingly strong showing, and with its redesign for 2019, it comes to the table with an Ace up its sleeve.

Sep
25
2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

Consumer Guide Automotive Even considering the phenomenal recent growth in the compact-crossover segment, Subaru’s Forester has been incredibly popular of late. And it’s poised to get even more so.

Sep
17
2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4

Consumer Guide Automotive

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Cadillac’s newly introduced compact crossover is that … it took so long to get here.

For a market that is essentially 15 years old, has long contained more than a dozen entries, and is growing in popularity at an incredibly rapid rate, Cadillac seems kind of late to the party. But they’ve finally arrived for 2019 bearing a pretty darn nice gift: the impressive new XT4.

Sep
05
2019 Dodge Charger

2019 Dodge Charger R/T

While the biggest 2019 news from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been covered in our First Spin of the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat Redeye — and also in the Alfa Romeo and Maserati update — here is more from the car side. And there will be even more in our upcoming truck overview, so stay tuned ….

Aug
30
2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

2019 Ram 1500 Hemi with eTorque

Consumer Guide Automotive In a quest for better fuel economy in traditionally thirsty trucks, Ram takes a page from the automotive playbook and banks on … a hybrid.

Well, a mild hybrid, actually, and while unique in today’s marketplace, it’s not the first.

Aug
28
2019 GMC Sierra Denali

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

Consumer Guide Automotive GMC has long used the tagline, “Professional Grade,” promoting the brand as being a cut above others in the same class. That has been best demonstrated in the top-line Denali trim level — recently offered on nearly all GMC models — which has been elevated to essentially a “luxury” sub-brand. It’s been particularly noteworthy in the case of the company’s Sierra full-size pickups, as the rest of the lineup didn’t really offer much over its very similar Chevrolet Silverado cousin. But that’s changing.

Aug
24
2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

Consumer Guide Automotive Honda’s popular midsize crossover has long been a Consumer Guide Best Buy, and revisions to the freshened 2019 Pilot only serve to make it better.

As this is a “refresh” and not a redesign, the Pilot platform and appearance haven’t changed much. Oh, the grille is different – taking on what Honda deems as a “more rugged” demeanor to reflect Pilot’s admittedly good off-road prowess – but the vehicle still looks and drives like a Pilot … which is just fine.

Aug
17
2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country front

2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country in … high country.

Consumer Guide Automotive

Recent history has shown that one byproduct of war is technical advancement. And rarely has that held more true than in the current battle for pickup-truck supremacy.

Aug
12
2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody (left) and R/T Scat Pack Widebody

Consumer Guide Automotive

You had to figure this was coming.

After setting the record books ablaze last year with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — and keeping its promise that it would be a one-year-only model — Dodge unveiled a more “streetable” version of much the same car for 2019. Plus it carried over some of the Demon’s drag-racing technology to a more budget-priced model aimed at … well … drag racing.

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.

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