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.

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
17
 Elantra Sport, Galactic Gray

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport in Galactic Gray

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport     2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 622

Fuel Used: 27.0 gallons

Mar
17
1958 Dyna Panhard Ad

1958 Panhard Ad

Our culture is ripe with inappropriately used adjectives. Marketers toss the word “turbo” around with reckless abandon, even though most applications of the Latin root have little to do with air, much less forcing air into an internal combustion engine.

Mar
16
2017 Honda Accord CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V Touring in Lunar Silver

2015 Audi Q52017 Honda CR-V Touring AWD 

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 236

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Mar
16
Polonez Car ad

1980 Polonez

If you discount our brief encounter with the Yugo brand, Americans have had very little exposure to vehicles produced in what was once known as the Eastern Bloc. Western Europe, however, and even Canada, have had far greater access to such brands as Lada.

Mar
15
2017 Kia Soul Exclaim

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim) in Clear White

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim)      Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 511

Fuel Used: 19.0 gallons

Mar
15
1977 Mercury Cougar

1977 Mercury Cougar

By the mid-Seventies, Mercury wasn’t selling much beyond gussied up Fords. Wedged between Ford and Lincoln in FoMoCo’s family album, Mercurys were charged with drawing a customer type that was somewhat more affluent than Ford intenders, yet nowhere conservative enough to commit to a Lincoln.

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