Archive for May, 2014

Downsized Cars

1983 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Convertible

Imagine a mural artist accustomed to painting twenty-foot-high exterior walls switching gears to take a job designing brochures. Suddenly broad vistas have given way to index-card-sized pictures and fussy little logos.

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Our test RX 450h arrived with AWD and the premium audio system. This midsize Lexus stickers for $55,550, including the $910 destination charge.

2014 Lexus RX 450h AWD

Miles Driven: 1081

Fuel Used: 36.3 gallons

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1957 Chevrolet

Ask the average non-car-loving American, and he or she will likely tell you that the ’57 Chevrolet was finest car to come out of that decade, that the Edsel was one of the worst cars ever built, and that the original Beetle went 500,000 miles without a tune up and got 100 mpg.

2014 Highlander XLE

Consumer Guide’s test Toyota Highlander arrived in XLE trim with the optional BluRay rear-seat entertainment system. Our test car came to $40,170 including the $860 destination charge.

New-Car Review2014 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD

Miles Driven: 364

Fuel Used: 21.3 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 17.1 mpg

Special-Edition CTS-V

Cadillac will send off the second-generation V-Series CTS line by building 500 Special Edition coupes.

Presented here is an unedited press release issued by Cadillac today. Images and captions were added by the CG Daily Drive team.

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced production of a limited, special-edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe, marking the last chapter of the current model before the next generation of the V-Series debuts next year.


The Coupe de Ville Show Car made its debut in 1949 at the “Transportation Unlimited” exhibition.

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

When the doors of New York’s Waldorf=Astoria Hotel opened on January 20, 1949, to admit visitors to the “Transportation Unlimited” exhibition, the public got a peek into the near-term future of the automobile, at least as General Motors saw it. That future was going to include “hardtop convertibles,” steel-roof coupes without fixed B-pillars that strove to capture the look of convertibles with their fabric tops raised.

2014 Best-Selling Cars

Chevrolet Equinox is the second-best-selling crossover so far this year.

We now have sales figures for the first four months of 2014, here’s how things stack up:

  • Total U.S. light-vehicle sales came to 5.1 million units. That’s up from 5.0 million units for the same period last year.
  • Car sales remained steady at about 2.5 million units for the period, while light truck sales rose from 2.4 million units to 2.6.
AMC Auto Brochure

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By now you know the drill. We provide you with five abstract images from auto brochure covers, and you try to figure out what vehicles these snippets are taken from.  This time we’re looking at the products of AMC.


Our test Santa Fe Limited AWD arrived fully equipped. As tested, our Santa Fe listed for $41,290, including the destination charge.

2014 Santa Fe Limited AWD

Dates tested: 4/14/2014-4/28/14

Miles Driven: 396

Fuel Used: 23.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 16.9 mpg

Fisker Surf

Fisker founder and designer Henrik Fisker poses with the company’s Surf sport wagon concept.

All told, about 1800 Fisker vehicles were built before the company’s collapse, all of which were 2011 and 2012 Karma sedans. First shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show was the Surf, a rakish wagon based on the Karma. Sadly, Fisker ran out of cash before the Surf would see production. Presented here are Consumer Guide’s original highlights written in anticipation of Surf’s 2013 arrival.