Posts from ‘Hatchbacks/Wagons’

Apr
12
Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 (foreground) and GLC63 Coupe

New York Auto ShowAs we’ve come to know, slapping an AMG grille and badging on a garden-variety Mercedes can completely change its personality. And now the treatment has been given to a range of AWD wagons shown at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

New York Auto ShowBuilding on the concept – and performance – of the previous Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid displayed at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

New York Auto ShowPorsche — which has had great success with its SUVs – “expands” the capabilities of its Panamera to add some of the utility normally reserved for its crossovers.

Apr
12
2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

New York Auto ShowThe Outback has been one of Subaru’s greatest success stories, long being the make’s best-selling model. Changes for the 2018 version shown at the New York Auto Show focus mostly on mild styling tweaks and additional features.

Apr
07

New for 2017 Chevys

There’s a lot on the minds of Chevrolet sales and marketing people, judging by the diverse array of new products the brand has placed on the market in 2017. New vehicles being added starting in the spring include a pure-electric subcompact, a compact crossover, performance cars, and compact and large pickups.

Apr
05
2018 Buick Regal TourX

2018 Buick Regal TourX

Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.

DETROIT — Coming off a historic year with record sales, four new vehicle launches and awards validating Buick’s quality and customer experience, the brand’s introduction of the all-new Regal TourX brings the latest product to broaden the brand’s lineup in the U.S. Like the successful Encore and Cascada, TourX proves Buick continues to make bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments.

Mar
31
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Consumer Guide First Spin Despite their current popularity, it has come to my attention that some people just don’t like SUVs. Even when branded with the cuter “crossover” tag, they strike some as too boxy, too tall … and too common.

Mar
30
2015 Kia Soul EV

Our long-term Kia Soul EV on the charger. Can you tell it’s cold outside but warm inside? Probably not.

One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.

Mar
24
2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM    Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 234

Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons

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. 

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