Dec
06
1974 AMC Matador, Cars of 1974

1974 AMC Matador

It was a bad year to sell cars, especially large American cars. For those not yet alive, 1974 arrived towards the end of the OPEC Oil Embargo—and the related record-high gas prices—and at the beginning of a mild recession.

Dec
05
Consumer Guide 2023 Best Buys

2023 Consumer Guide Best Buys

Kia Leads Popular Brands with Five Awards

Genesis Tops Premium List with Four Best Buys

Dec
02
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4Xe

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4Xe in Baltic Gray (a $395 color option)

Consumer Guide Automotive 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4Xe

Class: Midsize Crossover

Passenger capacity: 5

Miles driven: 293

Dec
01
Mopar Ugly Holiday Sweater

Mopar Ugly Holiday Sweater

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for decorations, carols, egg nog, and ugly sweaters. Stellantis’ Mopar parts and service division wants to get automotive enthusiasts into the spirit by offering its own line of ugly wearables.

Nov
30
2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone in Chill White

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone 4WD

Class: Large SUV

Passenger capacity: 7

Miles driven: 200

Nov
29
2023 GR Toyota Corolla Morizo, 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition

Consumer Guide Automotive The “hot-hatch” segment, for a longtime defined by Volkswagen’s enthusiast-beloved Golf GTI, is inarguably shrinking, in sales volume and in number of models offered. In fact, the whole small, sporty-car thing is in serious decline. Sadly, buyer attitudes have changed, and shoppers—especially young shoppers—seem to value utility over fun these days. I curse their pragmatism.

Nov
28
Mercury XM Concept, Woman in back of XM concept, Mercury concept with rumble seats

Mercury XM Concept

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts

This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Nov
26
VinFast, 2023 VinFast VF 8

2023 VinFast VF 9 (left) and 2023 VinFast VF 9

A new challenger in the all-electric vehicle market brought its wares to the 2022 LA Auto Show. VinFast has its sights set on Tesla, Rivian, and other premium brands by offering a pair of battery-powered midsize SUVs. On their own, these vehicles might not merit much more than a casual shrug. Rather, it’s the company itself and a unique marketing strategy that has us taking notice.

Nov
23
Chrysler Volaré, 1985

1985 Chrysler Volaré

Odds are you’ll never see never see one of these cars, but know this: Chrysler indulged in some very confusing rebadging back in the Eighties, especially in Mexico.

Nov
22
JJD Twin Tyres, Classic Car Ads: Safety

JJD Twin Tyres

I haven’t heard much about how “safety sells” in recent years. Automotively, we’ve moved on from safety—in general terms—to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). ADAS systems include things like blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist. Really, stuff we should all be pretty good at by now—without help.

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