Posts from ‘Convertibles’

Oct
23
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata in Snowflake White Pearl Mica (a $200 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 420

Fuel used: 13.7 gallons

Sep
27
2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

After skipping the 2017 and 2018 model years, Fiat is reintroducing the 1957 Edition package for the 500.

After skipping the 2017 and 2018 model years, Fiat is again offering the 1957 Edition package on the subcompact 500 coupe and convertible for 2019.

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 ….

Sep
04
2002 Ford Thunderbird

2002 Ford Thunderbird

History has probably been unkind to the 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. Ask your average enthusiast about the relative marketplace success of Ford’s retro-themed 2-seat convertible, and you’re likely to be told that the revived T-Bird was a flop.

Aug
13
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring

Consumer Guide Automotive

Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension.

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
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
12
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara in Black Clear Coat

2015 Audi Q52018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 700

Fuel used: 35.7 gallons

Jul
07
2016-2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Since news of “dieselgate” broke in September 2015, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel engines and the software that enabled emissions-test cheats have received tremendous attention. It’s probably an understatement that the resulting avalanche of bad press has overshadowed the company’s new-product news.

Jul
06
2018 Fiat 124 Classica, 2018 Fiat 124

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica in Chiaro Silver Metallic

Quick Spin

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 236

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

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