Archive for November, 2014

2016 Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

Ford rolled out the 2016 version of its popular midsize crossover SUV at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to a styling facelift and the addition of a line-topping Platinum trim level, the 2016 Explorer gets a new available EcoBoost engine and a host of new technology features.

Shelby GT 350

Shelby GT350 Mustang

After Ford introduced an all-new Mustang as a 2015 model, it was only a matter of time before hotter performance versions showed up. Ford unveiled one of the first of those at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: the Shelby GT350. The name should be familiar to even casual Mustang fans: Legendary race-car- and performance-car mogul Carroll Shelby produced a series of performance Mustangs in the Sixties that remain some of the most sought-after pony cars of all time.

2015 Lexus RC F

With destination charge and a number of options, Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Lexus RC F came to $73,815.

Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Lexus RC F

Dates tested: 11/10/2014-11/17/2014

Miles Driven: 304

Fuel Used: 18.1 gallons

Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Consumer Guide’s test Mazda MX-5 Miata arrived nicely equipped including the power-retractable hardtop. Including destination charge, our test car listed for $32,285.


Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Dates tested: 10/14/2014-10/22/2014

Miles Driven: 120

Fuel Used: 5.1 gallons

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

1975 Chrysler Imperial

At 232.7 inches end-to-end, the 1975 Chrysler Imperial ranks 4th on our longest cars list.

Presented here are federal guidelines for parking space design. One of the most noteworthy dimensions on the layout maybe the suggested length of a singe parking space: 20 feet.

Which is the longest car?, Which car is longer?

Can you tell which of these vehicles is longer? 

No less a luminary than Mark Twain once noted, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Yet, despite Mr. Clemens’ call for deeper consideration of the things we appreciate, Americans have always put a premium on size. We like our TVs, BBQ grilles, and fountain beverages extra large, and, based on the popularity of Kim Kardashian, we tend to prefer select elements of our popular icons on the generous side as well.

Hybrid Badges, Ways Hybrids are Different

There are more than 40 different Hybrid models available for sale in the U.S., and each of them behaves a little differently than you might expect.

As much as manufacturers of Hybrids strive to make them “feel” like normal gas-powered cars, most drivers will notice some differences – and not all from behind the wheel. Note that not all Hybrids are created equal, so some may not exhibit all of the traits mentioned.

2015 Jeep Cherokee, Most-Powerful Small Crossovers

With an available 271-horsepower V6, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee tops our list.

In the movie Scarface, explaining how things work in America, would-be drug kingpin Tony Montana explains, “You gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, you get the women.”

2014 Mazda 3

2014 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2014 Mazda 3 for a video test drive. What did they think of their nicely equipped test vehicle? Watch and find out.

2015 Consumer Guide Best Buys Magazine

Watch for Consumer Guide “2015 Car & Truck Best Buys” on newsstands everywhere.

New and Redesigned Vehicles Claim Ten Spots on Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2015 Best Buy Awards List

New and Redesigned Premium Vehicles Garner Five Awards

 LINCOLNWOOD, IL. November 12, 2014 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new- and used-car reviews for more than 45 years, today announced the recipients of its 2015 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2015, just 39 Best Buys have been awarded in 20 classes, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.