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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
19
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Consumer Guide First Spin Recent buyers seeking an affordable sports car have often been forced to make a heart-wrenching choice: the open-air rush of a roadster, or the closed-roof security of a coupe.

But not any more.

Mar
13
2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

Consumer Guide First Spin Already one of our favorite compact crossovers, Mazda’s CX-5 gets a redesign for 2017 that – in virtually every measure – makes it a better choice than ever.

Mar
09
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR

Consumer Guide First Spin At first blush, Toyota’s 2018 C-HR looks all the world like a rakish new entry in the compact-crossover segment, but it’s not. At least, not in the traditional sense.

However, that may depend on how one defines a “crossover.” Despite the fact that roughly 40-50 percent of small SUVs are purchased in front-wheel-drive form, Consumer Guide’s definition has traditionally included the mandate that it has to at least be offered with all-wheel drive, and the C-HR is not … at least, not yet.

Feb
24
2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin Jeep, a name virtually synonymous with SUVs for more than three-quarters of a century, has hit the mother lode in recent years as buyers suddenly began flocking to that market. And in the hottest segment of that market – compact SUVs – the company has long had three entries, together accounting for half of its entire model portfolio.

Feb
11

Midwest EVOLVE logo

2017 Chicago Auto ShowAnnounced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Feb
09
Chevrolet Malibu Redline

Chevrolet Malibu Redline

2017 Chicago Auto ShowChevrolet debuted Redline concepts at the 2015 SEMA show, but introduced production versions today at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Feb
09
2017 Nissan Titan King Cab

2017 Nissan Titan King Cab

2017 Chicago Auto ShowNissan completes its full-size pickup lineup with the Chicago Auto Show debut of King Cab (extended-cab) body styles of the Titan and “heavy half-ton” Titan XD, which join existing single-cab and Crew Cab versions.

Feb
09
2017 Nissan Midnight Editions

2017 Nissan Midnight Editions

2017 Chicago Auto Show

It’s perhaps not quite what you’d expect from “Midnight Editions” (shouldn’t they be, um, black?) but Nissan says these new additions to the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder lineups reflect the popularity of the original version that was first made available on the 2016 Maxima SR – and accounted for 85 percent of SR sales.

Feb
09

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2017 Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai revealed its redesigned 2018 Elantra GT hatchback at the Chicago Auto Show. In addition to a whole new look, the 2018 GT offers a new drivetrain and several new features.

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