Archive for June, 2014
2014 Scion FR-S
Miles Driven: 296
Fuel Used: 9.3 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 31.8 mpg
This year, American new-vehicle shoppers will snap up about half a million minivans. Now, while that may seem like a lot of people-movers, it’s worth noting that minivans accounted for more than 1.2 million annual sales as recently as model-year 2000.
In this case, being “over par” is a good thing.
Most Volkswagens have long occupied a gap between “regular” and “premium” nameplates in the areas of cost and refinement, and the redesigned 2015 Golf, GTI, and new electrified e-Golf are no exception. The only break from tradition is that there isn’t as much of a cost differential as there used to be. In fact, some model prices have come down significantly, despite the fact that their list of standard equipment has been lengthened and fuel economy has been improved.
2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
Dates tested: 5/01/2014 – 5/08/2014
Miles Driven: 298
Fuel Used: 13.8 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 21.6 mpg
When I was in high school, students who drove themselves to class generally did so in family cast-aside vehicles. The Fremd High School class of 1983 was most often seen in mid- and late-Seventies General Motors A and G bodies, with 4-door Cutlasses and Buick Regals among the most-common rides.
Over the past few years, rearview cameras have exploded in popularity. That’s nothing but good in my opinion, as I consider them to be among the most useful of today’s new automotive technologies. Some rearview cameras are better than others, but an upcoming one from Nissan really breaks new ground.
It’s something car guys might sit around and debate: the first of this, the biggest of that, the smallest of something else. And that’s just how this list got started. While discussing something entirely unrelated with Publisher Tom Appel and Collectible Automobile chief John Biel, we ventured off topic (not an altogether unusual occurrence when the current topic isn’t cars) and ended up brainstorming this list. Being as the session took place just before lunch – and was thus foreshortened by same – we encourage correction if you beg to differ.
Purists often refer to the 1999-2010 Saab 9-5 as the last “real” Saab. This because the 9-5 is the last Saab to have been more-or-less fully developed by the Swedish maker’s in-house engineering team.
By now you probably know the drill; We give you an abstract portion of a brochure cover, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz we’re featuring the cars of 1970. All of the vehicles in question were available for sale in the U.S. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.