Posts from ‘Luxury Vehicles’

Jun
12
2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

Consumer Guide First Spin

Volvo is on a tear.

After years of product stagnation, the Swedish company recently announced that it would bring out a string of eight new or redesigned models over a four-year period – a rather ambitious undertaking for such a small company.

Jun
09

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

At first glance, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque convertible is an unlikely new offering from the British brand best known for classy sport-utility wagons that can go darn near anywhere. I must admit my early thoughts when hearing about the soft-top Evoque included visions of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet—which answered a question no one was asking—and a colorfully worded version of “what are they thinking?”

Jun
07
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance in White Diamond Pearl

2015 Audi Q52017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 319

Fuel Used: 12.4

Jun
01
1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

By the time Consumer Guide’s review of the 1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue was published in the Consumer Guide 1989 New Car Buying Guide, production of the car itself had already ended. A completely redesigned front-wheel-drive Fifth Avenue would be introduced as a 1990 model, marking the end of Chrysler’s run of rear-drive luxury and near-luxury vehicles—at least for a while. As noted in the review, there were still cars on dealer lots, but maybe not for long.

May
30
1986 Buick LeSabre Coupe

1986 Buick LeSabre Coupe

For Buick, 1986 was a transitional year; it was also a down year saleswise. The transition came in the form of an all-new LeSabre. For ’86 Buick’s bread-and-butter big sedans and coupes migrated to a front-drive platform, joining the higher-end Electra models that were downsized the year before.

May
19

BMW 7-Series Cabin Lighting

We recently had a 2017 BMW M760i in through the Consumer Guide fleet for our usual rounds of editor test drives and evaluations. We’re no strangers to high-end luxury vehicles at CG HQ, but even by premium-brand standards, the M760i was one of the most lavishly equipped (and priciest) vehicles we’ve tested in quite a while.

May
18
2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

Consumer Guide First Spin Maybe Acura saw it coming.

Back in 2015, the company replaced its TSX compact and TL midsize sedans with the singular TLX that slotted between the two in size and price, offering both the TSX’s 4-cylinder engine and the TL’s V6 (and available all-wheel drive) to cover the spread. Considered a midsize, it was on the small end of that class, which always hurt it in comparisons of interior space.

May
17
2017 Jaguar F-Pace 20d

2017 Jaguar F-Pace 20d Prestige in Ammonite Grey (a $495 option)

2017 Jaguar F-Pace 20d Prestige  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 501

Fuel Used: 14.4 gallons

May
14
Klairmont Kollection

A bird’s-eye view of one section of the Klairmont Kollections Museum. Note the life-size gas-station replica at the rear of the room, and the dual-level display-case area for vintage scooters and other memorabilia built into the wall.

Nestled into an unassuming neighborhood in Chicago’s North Side is a large yet equally unassuming industrial building that once housed a printing company. Today, that building is home to the Klairmont Kollections, an incredible, 100,000-square-foot private museum that encompasses 300-plus vehicles, along with scads of bicycles and toy cars, a few airplanes hanging from the rafters, and a life-sized replica of a vintage gas station—and that’s just for starters. It’s a jaw-dropping array of automobilia and straight memorabilia that’s enough to keep even a casual enthusiast occupied for at least a full day… but you can’t just walk in off the street and check it out. The Klairmont Kollections might best be termed “semi-private,” since it is usually closed to the general public and available only for private functions such as weddings or corporate/charity events.

May
12
2017 BMW M760i

2017 BMW M760i in Frozen Dark Brown Metallic, a $5200 option

2017 BMW M760i   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 283

Fuel Used: 20.5

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