Archive for March, 2013

Mar
27

2014 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac today unveiled the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan, a car it describes as “longer, lower, and leaner” than its predecessor. The previous-generation CTS is somewhat smaller than its German midsize competitors, but the 2014 version is 5 inches longer, allowing it to goes head-to-head with such stalwarts as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Mar
26
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

In calendar 2012, the Mitsubishi Outlander ranked second to last in sales in the compact-SUV class, trailing its smaller, younger brother, the Outlander Sport, and beating out only the doomed Suzuki Grand Vitara. The 2013 Outlander wasn’t the worst student in its class; it scored good grades for handling and for the performance of its V6 GT models, and it earned extra credit for being the only 2013 vehicle in its segment to offer a 3rd row.

Mar
25
1959 Mercury Colony Park

1959 Mercury Colony Park

Note: This article is reprinted from the February 2013 issue of Collectible Automobile.

The 1959 Mercury should have been more popular. Redesigned for the second time in three years, Ford Motor Company’s medium-price mainstay offered the biggest, smoothest, roomiest cars in its 20-year history, plus better handling, new features, and arguably nicer styling. Yet for all that, Mercury sales skidded to a decade low of just less than 150,000. In the segment, only Chrysler, DeSoto, and ill-starred Edsel fared worse.

Mar
22

An image of a black cloth interior on the left, a beige leather interior on the right

At some point in your life, you likely will have to make the decision: Cloth or leather. What’s it going to be?

Mar
22

Commuter’s Creed

My commute sucks. It’s not actually a long commute distance-wise, clocking in at 20 to 24 miles depending on how I go. My commute is, however, laced with heavy traffic, lots of merging, and seemingly countless ill-sequenced red lights. On a good morning, I will make the trip in 45 minutes. On a bad day, you can add another half hour to that tally. And, God forbid if it snowed or rained.

Mar
21
Coolest cars of 1998

Chevrolet Corvette (“C5” generation)

Reading blog posts by Consumer Guide’s esteemed Publisher Tom Appel makes you really think about the cars of your past. Again, I will borrow a page from his book and reminisce about the cars I most greatly desired in 1998, my senior year at the now-closed Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Illinois.

Mar
20
Ralph Gilles Interview

In addition to the Viper, the SRT lineup consists of (left to right) the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler’s Ralph Gilles is a busy guy these days. He is both the president and CEO of the SRT brand and Motorsports and the senior vice president of Product Design. Consumer Guide recently sat down with Ralph for a conversation about the relaunch of the Viper and the SRT brand in general.

Mar
20

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

Steve King and Johnnie Putman, Chicago radio personalities and car enthusiasts, are longtime friends of Consumer Guide Automotive. Click the video below for their latest car review. For more details on this midsize SUV, go to Consumer Guide Automotive’s review of the 2013 Ford Explorer.

Mar
20
Coolest Cars of the Malaise Era

1987 Buick Grand National

Those of us who were already car nuts by the 1970s lived through a dismal era in which our faith was badly shaken. Prior to that time, the combined effects of annual styling changes and the unbridled running of the horsepower race ensured that every fall brought another wave of automotive excitement. And then came 1971.

Mar
18

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Transforming the Chevrolet Impala from a midsize to a large car on a new platform for the 2014 model year brought with it the opportunity (if not the need) to completely alter the exterior styling of the brand’s flagship 4-door sedan. Toward that end, designers integrated updates of current Chevy appearance cues with a few gentle nods to the nameplate’s long history.