Archive for October, 2014

1980 Cadillac Eldorado, Best-Looking Cars of 1980

1980 Cadillac Eldorado

I’ve been told to “grow up” most of my life. About the time my folks gave up on me, my wife and daughter accepted the challenge of getting me to act my age. In deference to my family’s pet cause, I have decided to revisit my high-school years, this time reviewing those days through the clear (but squinty) eyes of a 50-year-old man.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG arrived fully loaded, including the impressive $6400 Burmester audio system. With destination, our test car listed for $163,835.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC sedan

Dates tested: 10/01/2014-10/09/2014

Miles Driven: 386

Fuel Used: 17.4 gallons

Driving mix: 45% city, 55% highway

454 SS

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS

Pickups originated as functional beasts of burden, and rarely during their first 70 years did they ever venture far from that role. Sure, there were some that stood out for styling during that time, but there were relatively few specialty models – exceptions including the sleek-sided Chevrolet Cameo and Dodge Sweptside of the mid-1950s.

Cigarette prices, Save Money for a Car

Not only will quitting smoking make you feel better, you can upgrade your ride, too, should you so choose. (Prices above as advertised in Lincolnwood, Illinois.)

I am not a man without vices. My daily caffeine regimen taps the Appel-family coffers for close to $100 a month. Not a huge amount of money by contemporary standards, but not a dismissible sum either.

I mention this having recently burrowed deep into the murky past, recalling a particular high-school personal-finance class lecture dealing with opportunity cost. The core message was simple enough: Money spent on one thing cannot be spent on something else.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi

Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Ford C-Max Energi arrived fully loaded. With destination charge, our C-Max listed for $38,655.

 2014 Ford C-Max Energi

Miles Driven: 113

Fuel Used: 3.5 gallons

Driving mix: 50% city, 50% highway

Chrysler TC by Maserati

Chrysler TC by Maserati

Okay, maybe they’re not “newly” classic, as all hit that mark back on January 1 of this year. But who would be looking for a convertible then?

Of course, the same might be said for mid October. But although summer is waning, fall is a perfectly good time to enjoy a top-down drive – particularly if you live in the Sunbelt. And while any convertible will do for this, one of these classic convertibles might not only draw more attention, but may also be much cheaper to license and insure; in many cases, insurance for a classic car (one at least 25 years old) costs a fraction of what it does for a “normal” car.

2015 Lexus RC 350

RC lines are a study in creased, swoopy sheetmetal. The RC 350 (shown) and more powerful RC F are distinquished in appearance by different grille treatments and various scoops. Only the RC 350 is available with AWD in place of rear-wheel drive.

Lexus entered the luxo-coupe market for 1991 with the SC 300/400, a stunning 2-door based on the big LS 400 luxury sedan introduced the year before. While the sedan was always the main attraction – and what put Lexus on the luxury-car map – the coupe has become a classic whose flowing, “bar of soap” lines still look remarkably good today.

1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Concept Car, 1955 Auto Brochure

Identify this 1955 concept car for one bonus point.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz we’re featuring the cars of 1955. All 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.

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2014 Toyota RAV4 for a video test drive. What did they think of their nicely equipped test vehicle? Watch and find out.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Consumer Guide’s test Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE arrived with AWD and the $4900 Touring Package. With destination charge our test car came to $29,945.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWD

Miles Driven: 720

Fuel Used: 27.8 gallons

Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway