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2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
A hatchback version of the compact 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is set to go on sale later this year at a starting price of just over $22,000.


America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is smaller and lighter than the 2017 model, and offers a whole new engine lineup.

The 2017s have barely hit the streets, and already Chevrolet has introduced the redesigned 2018 Equinox, due to go on sale first quarter of next year.


Did referring to its diesel engines as “clean” exacerbate Volkswagen’s headaches?

By now you’ve heard the story. In a nutshell, Volkswagen has been found guilty of selling diesel-powered vehicles in the United States—and many other markets—which are not fully emissions-standard compliant.

2016 Colorado Diesel

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4WD Crew Short Box 

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 229

Fuel Used: 10.4 gallons

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax

2016 GMC Canyon SLT

Consumer Guide Quick Spin2016 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Crew Short Box 

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 253

Fuel Used: 10.2 gallons

1980 Rabbit Diesel

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel

Fun fact: In 1980, Consumer Guide road tested seven different diesel-powered vehicles. Turns out those cars were the seven slowest vehicles we tested that year.

2017 Jaguar XE

Jaguar re-enters the premium-compact segment after a near-decade absence with the 2017 XE. Due on sale this spring, it will come in rear- and all-wheel-drive versions with prices starting at about $36,000.

Scion iM

Despite the fact that the famous brand has been around since the 1940s, Jaguar has devolved into somewhat of a “forgotten” premium make in recent years. Part of that stemmed from a lack of product diversity, something the company is working hard to correct.

Land Rover Range Rover sport HSE Td6

Fitted with the new turbodiesel V6, the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE starts at $72,445 including destination–about $1500 more than with the standard supercharged gas V6. A host of options brought the bottom line of our test vehicle to just over $87,000.

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Td6  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize SUV

Miles Driven: 205

Fuel Used: 8.8 gallons

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Our top-line 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve test vehicle came with an equally top-line base price of $61,715 including destination, with our example tipping the price scale at $63,270 with a few options.

2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large Pickup Trucks 

Dates tested: 3/7/2016 – 3/14/2016

Miles Driven: 349

Fuel Used: 22.7 gallons


Volkswagen Dieselgate, Volkswagen Goodwill Package

Volkswagen today announced a “Customer Goodwill Package” available to current U.S. owners of TDI diesel vehicles affected by the emissions-rigging scandal. Presented here is the text announcing the package as found on Volkswagen’s website. Note that a fix for affected vehicles has not yet been announced. Affected are all 2.0-liter TDI vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada since 2009. 

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