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May
21
2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

Consumer Guide Automotive

Although small crossovers have been getting all the hype of late, the midsize segment has also seen its share of movement. Certainly notable in this regard is Subaru’s new Ascent, due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

May
14
2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Consumer Guide Automotive

Although most of the “new” in new vehicles has been focused on crossovers of late, many manufacturers are still committed to cars. And Volkswagen proves it’s one of them with the introduction of the redesigned 2019 Jetta compact sedan, due on sale in the next couple of months.

Apr
30
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Consumer Guide Automotive

First, let me allay your fears: This is not THE redesigned 2019 Corolla; it’s the redesigned 2019 Corolla Hatchback, which will be sold alongside the existing 2018 Corolla sedan when the Hatchback hits dealer showrooms in July. (When asked about a corresponding 2019 Corolla sedan, a Toyota rep gave the usual, ”We can’t comment on future products” line. But chances are strong it’s coming by the end of 2018.)

Apr
27
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke

Consumer Guide Automotive It’s not just about ROI any more.

Back in the 1970s, diesels became attractive for passenger vehicles due to their superior fuel economy, and in some cases, the lower price of diesel fuel. As diesels often cost significantly more than a gas engine – and also suffered from noisy operation and meager power output – it was a diesel’s fuel-cost savings over time that accounted for their appealing Return On Investment.

But lower per-mile fuel costs are no longer a diesel’s only attraction.

Apr
23
2019 Toyota Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon

Consumer Guide Automotive It can be a tricky quest for a company: How to attract new customers without alienating the old. And in this case, “old” has kind of a double meaning.

Mar
20
2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500

Consumer Guide Automotive It’s almost an accolade that the Ram 1500 pickup, last redesigned more than a decade ago, has continued to hold its own against far newer rivals. And now, with the redesigned Ram hitting the streets shortly as a 2019 model, those rivals could have even more to worry about.

Feb
26
2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Consumer Guide Automotive If you think of Volvo as autodom’s safe but slightly stodgy Swede, think again; the company’s new XC40 compact crossover just might be enough to alter your perception.

Jan
26
2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Consumer Guide Automotive With the automotive market making a tsunami-like shift to SUVs, Jeep has found itself in an enviable position.

Dec
19
2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Consumer Guide Automotive

As the first mass-market electric car to be sold by a major manufacturer, the original Nissan Leaf was a landmark vehicle. And it only gets better with its 2018 redesign.

Dec
11
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Consumer Guide Automotive

Whether by deft planning or stroke of luck, Mitsubishi has found itself in an enviable marketing position.

With the introduction of the new Eclipse Cross compact crossover slated for next spring – and the dropping of the electric i-MiEV and long-running Lancer sedan – Mitsubishi will be fielding a lineup of three crossovers and one car line (the slow-selling Mirage) for 2018. That puts the bulk of its wares in the hot-selling “small crossover” segment.

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