Archive for September, 2014

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Navigator adopts Lincoln’s corporate “split wing” grille for its 2015 redesign along with a new EcoBoost V6 engine that provides more power and better fuel economy than the outgoing V8.

Consumer Guide First Spin

Much like its Ford Expedition sibling, the Lincoln Navigator receives a thorough freshening for 2015 that includes revised styling – both inside and out – and a new engine. It also adds a new top-line trim level called the Reserve along with some newly available features. Carried over are short- and long-wheelbase versions offered with either rear- or 4-wheel drive. A third seating row is available in both lengths to accommodate up to eight passengers.


2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia announced today that its Soul EV – an all-electric version of its quirky little subcompact – is now going on sale in California.

1972 Pony Cars, Pony Car Shootout

Way back in 1972, Consumer Guide ranked the Barracuda, Camaro, Challenger, Cougar, Firebird, Javelin, and Mustang. Which car came out on top? Read on…


Consumer Guide divided the ’72 new-car market into mini compact, compact, sporty compact, intermediate, standard, medium standard, personal luxury, and luxury categories.

The power went out in 1972. Manufacturers did their best to hide the muscle shortage behind the horsepower reporting conversion from SAE Gross to SAE Net, but we all knew the sad truth.

Responding to the pending arrival of low-lead gasoline, makers were forced to dial back the power, which was just as well, as auto insurers were getting nervous anyway.

How deep were the power cuts? Let’s look at the Chevrolet Corvette as an example. In 1971, the ‘Vette’s big block 454-cubic-inch V8 cranked out a reported 365 horsepower in its mildest state of tune. For 1972, the only 454 offered was good for just 270 ponies. Again, some of that decline was attributable to the new reporting standards, but sadly, most of it was just missing muscle.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The 2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept may hint at what the brand’s coming flagship sedan will look like.

by Kirk Bell

Any luxury brand worth its salt should have a “halo” car. It should either be a performance car that sets new standards for power and handling or a luxury flagship with creature comforts you’d be embarrassed to have in your house. Cadillac has hinted at building a halo car several times in the new century with such concept cars as the Cadillac Sixteen of 2003, the convertible Ciel Concept of 2011, and the Elmiraj Concept introduced at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours. It’s that last car that gives us hope for the future.

2015 Tahoe LTZ

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe arrived in LTZ trim and packed with options. Including destination charge, our test truck came in at $68,340.

Consumer Guide Automotive Test Drive

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4WD

Miles Driven: 124

Fuel Used: 8.1 gallons

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

The new Mercedes-AMG sports car will boast 456 horsepower in GT form, and 503 in GT S trim.

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied the new model’s introduction.

AMG racetrack performance combined with superb everyday practicality

Affalterbach. The first Mercedes was a racing car and its most recent successor carries this heritage forward. With the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new sports car segment. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

Kia Soul Video

2014 Kia Soul +

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2014 Kia Soul + for a video test drive. What did they think of their nicely equipped test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Calvin & Hobbes, Stupid Bumper Stickers

Given how hard he’s working to help motorists profess their hatred for certain brands, it’s hard to imagine Calvin isn’t suffering from a kidney disorder by now.

A bumper sticker isn’t a tattoo. I get that. Unlike tattoos, bumper stickers and sundry window appliqués aren’t generally very expensive, and can usually be removed without too much difficulty. But, just as people often draw conclusions about folks with tattoos based on their tattoos, other drivers will judge you based on the stuff you’ve plastered on your bumper.

2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S (red)

Consumer Guide’s test Jaguar F-Type arrived in V8 S trim and loaded with options. With the destination charge our test car came to $103,820.

Consumer Guide Automotive Test Drive

2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S 

Miles Driven: 259

Fuel Used: 16.3 gallons

Driving mix: 50% city, 50% highway

1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, Best Cars of 1975

The Mercedes-Benz 450SEL was the 1975 Consumer Guide luxury-category Best Buy.

According to Consumer Guide© Auto ’75, Best Buy selections are, “chosen on the basis of market research into what buyers in each category are seeking in their cars; and on a straight-forward, dollars-and-cents evaluation of what buyers are getting in quality, durability, economy, and function.”