Archive for July, 2014

Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, EcoBoost 2.7

Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine will debut in the 2015 F-150. The new engine will generate 385 pound-feet of torque running on regular-grade gasoline.

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

All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance

DEARBORN, Mich., July 22, 2014 – With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

1972 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback

The 1972 Chevrolet Vega was only the third cheapest American car available in 1972. The hatchback model shown here listed for $100 more than the 2-door “sedan” shown below.

A buddy of mine and I used to play a game called “Full Retail Fun.” The game was simple enough, we grabbed a recent copy of  Consumer Guide® and tried to build to most expensive cars possible by tallying the prices of every available option.

Automotive Word Search

“Brougham” is just one of the 39 trim levels hidden in the word search below.

Has the summer heat got you down? Are you already tired of Weird Al Yankovic’s talk-show come-back tour? Well, here’s a chance to get away from it all. In fact, here’s a chance to get away from your computer. Just print out Classic -Car Word Search, Part 2: Trim Levels and set yourself down in a comfy chair. Your job, for the next hour or so, is to find 39 common trim level names, such as Brougham. Also buried below are two beloved Star Trek characters. Enjoy!

2014 Hyundai Elantra SE

Consumer Guide’s test Hyundai Elantra arrived in entry-level SE trim. Modestly optioned, our tester car came to $21,110 including destination charge.

2014 Hyundai Elantra SE

Miles Driven: 372

Fuel Used: 13.0 gallons

1999, Last Cutlass

1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

In 1991, Oldsmobile sold a lot of Cutlasses. That simple fact probably doesn’t surprise anyone, at least not until you realize that of the seven car models Olds offered in ’91, three were dubbed Cutlass.



2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4X4

Miles Driven: 988

Fuel Used: 49.4 gallons

Corvette Fun Facts: C3

1978 Chevrolet Corvette

The third generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C3, was rolled out for the 1968 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C3 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.

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Consumer Guide’s test Ram Power Wagon arrived very well equipped. With options and destination charge, our “Wagon” came to $59,580.

2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Laramie Crew Cab

Miles Driven: 302

Fuel Used: 28.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 10.4 mpg


Collectible Automobile Awards

Collectible Automobile® magazine, the automotive-history companion to Consumer Guide® Automotive, has earned a pair of bronze awards from the 23rd International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) competition.

1999 Ford Escort ZX2-4

1999 Ford Escort ZX2

The problem with selling small coupes in America is the inherent fickleness of the small-coupe buying public. More than in perhaps any other new-vehicle segment, small-coupe buyers embrace fresh designs above all other attributes.