Archive for September, 2014

2015 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD

Topping the Toyota Sienna lineup is the all-wheel-drive Limited model.

Consumer Guide Test Drive/Review You can deride them as boring “mom-mobiles” all you want, but the simple fact is this: There is no passenger vehicle better than a minivan at efficiently hauling around lots of people and stuff. And, today’s minivans offer a dizzying array of comfort and convenience features that can pamper (and pacify) most any family member.

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Ford’s storied pony car is redesigned for 2015. Key changes include the addition of a turbocharged engine to the lineup, and a move to independent rear suspension.

FirstApril 17, 1964, is a date etched in a car-guy’s mental calendar. It was on that day that the wraps came off the first Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, causing a sensation that spread far beyond the “car guy” realm. As it turned out, it wasn’t just a car that was introduced, but a whole new category, one whose name would be influenced by its original member: “pony cars.”

2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio

Consumer Guide’s test Fiat 500c Abarth arrived well equipped. With the standard 5-speed manual transmission and including destination charge, our test car came to $31,645.

2014 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio

Miles Driven: 284

Fuel Used: 9.2 gallons (premium required)

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium

Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Corolla arrived in S Premium trim with the Driver Convenience Package. With destination, our test car listed for $23,570.

2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium

Miles Driven: 218

Fuel Used: 8.5 gallons

Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway

2004 Suzuki Verona, Fake Cars

Identify this car for one bonus point. It’s an ’04, if that helps.

Today we whisk you back to 2004. Your challenge is to determine which of the following vehicles was NOT available the year we met Hurricane Ivan. 

Cadillac, The Standard of the World. 2016 LTS. , Better Cadillac Names

Cadillac’s 2016 flagship is challenged to take on the best sedans Europe has to offer. Tom thinks the new car deserves a better name.

If you don’t have a lucky number, you likely at least have a number or two you prefer to other digits. I, for example, rather like the numbers 2, 5, 14, and 21. I became aware of my fondness for these numbers one night while nursing a $2 gin and tonic at a now-defunct Iowa riverboat-casino roulette table.

 Automakers like numbers, too. Many storied model names have been enhanced by a carefully placed numeric suffix. Think of such classic monikers as Cougar XR-7, Fury II, and Galaxie 500, and you get the idea.

2015 Toyota Camry XLE

The top-line Camry XLE V6 model comes standard with LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

FirstThere’s no question that the Toyota Camry is a sales juggernaut. It’s been the top-selling car in America for 12 years running. If the Camry were a brand all by itself, it would rank tenth among North American automakers, ahead of Subaru and Volkswagen

1963 Studebaker Gran Tourismo Hawk, gold

The Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk had a base price of $3095 for 1963.

Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile

The Studebaker name persisted in new-car showrooms until 1966, but the end of automaking as the company had known it for decades really came in 1963. A steady decline from the production peak in 1950 had gained an unmitigated momentum by the time the Sixties dawned. When Studebaker lost $25 million on automotive operations in ’63, the corporation closed its main factory in South Bend, Indiana, and shifted assembly of only its highest-volume car line to a smaller, cheaper-to-run plant in Canada to live out the brand’s last few years. 

Most-Expensive American Cars of 1974

If this were a 6-car list, the Chrysler Imperial Coupe shown here would have made the list. The Imperial Sedan, however, just made the top 5.

I’ll just admit it. I chose 1974 because I wanted to get a car other than a Cadillac or Lincoln on the list. If you check out our The 5 Most Expensive Cars of 1972 post, you’ll a lineup of comprised entirely by cars of those makes.

2014 Hyundai Tucson

Consumer Guide’s test Tucson arrived in top-line Limited trim. With destination charge, our test crossover listed for $29,850.

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD

Miles Driven: 408

Fuel Used: 19.8 gallons

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway