Archive for December, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Trax

Meet Trax, Chevrolet’s first subcompact crossover.

Consumer Guide First SpinThere’s no question that small crossovers are big business. Not only is the compact SUV class the second most popular in the industry next to midsize cars, but it’s the fastest growing—in both sales and number of entries. And some new entries coming down the pipeline are what might be referred to as “subcompact” crossovers.

2015 Audi A3

Consumer Guide’s test Audi A3 1.8T arrived loaded with options. Including destination charge, our test car listed for $34,345.

Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 FWD S tronic

Dates tested: 8/28/2014-9/04/2014

Miles Driven: 229

Fuel Used: 9.7 gallons

Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway

Pogue Carburetor, Gas Saving Tricks, Ways to Save Gas

The Air Flow Needle didn’t actually do much. We’ve got five ideas here that will actually make your car or truck more fuel efficient.

Most gas-saving tips seem to focus on the things that drivers can do to eke a few more miles out of a tank of gas. Driving slower, driving less aggressively, avoiding prolonged periods of idling…we’ve all heard this stuff before.

If it’s your car that’s sucking up all the gas, why should you have to modify your behavior—what about the car itself?

2015 Cadillac ATS

Consumer Guide’s test Cadillac ATS arrived with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and rare 6-speed manual transmission. Including special paint and destination charge our car came to $47,605.

Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T “Premium Collection” 

Dates tested: 11/20/2014-12/01/2014

Miles Driven: 488

Fuel Used: 20.6 gallons

Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway

1986 Ford Mustang SVO, Most-Powerful American Cars of 1986

With 205 horsepower on tap, the Ford Mustang SVO tied for 3rd place on our list of powerful cars.

What a difference a few years can make. We recently posted the “5 Most-Powerful American Cars of 1980,” a collection of rides boasting, on average, 199 horsepower. It’s worth noting that every vehicle on the list was carbureted. Jump ahead six model years…