Archive for June, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang Coupe, Mustang EcoBoost

Consumer Guide’s 2015 Ford Mustang arrived in Premium trim with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 6-speed manual transmission. A healthy list of options helped push our test car’s sticker price to $38,585.

New-Car Review2015 Ford Mustang Coupe Premium 2.3L EcoBoost

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 6/16/2015 – 6/23/2015

Miles Driven: 522

Fuel Used: 22.4 gallons

Range Rover Sport, Cool Cars at Fun Places

Land Rover Range Rover Sport at Cedar Valley Cheese in Belgium, Wisconsin.

I don’t eat fish. I mention this because I recently snapped a picture of Consumer Guide’s test Audi SQ5 next to a fish shop. But Don’s Dock, a kitschy seafood restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, exudes an irresistible old-school charm that invites photography, and paying customers.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2015 Outlander GT

Consumer Guide’s test Mitsubishi Outlander arrived in topline GT trim. Including the destination charge, our loaded test truck came to $35,145.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 310

Fuel Used: 14.9 gallons

2015 Grand Cherokee Altitude

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrived in Altitude trim. Including the destination charge, our 4WD test truck came to $40,830.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude 4WD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 457

Fuel Used: 23.7 gallons

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, R/T Scat Pack

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Our recent 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack was one of the more photogenic test vehicles we’ve had through our fleet lately. There were more interesting visuals than we could squeeze into our normal review, so we’ve added a gallery of detail pics here.

Dodge Challengers, Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs. SRT 392

The Challenger SRT 392 (top) trumps the R/T Scat Pack in terms of equipment and accessories, but not power; both Dodge coupes boast a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8.

New-Car ReviewSometimes, one letter can make quite a difference.

Say, for instance, someone e-mails you to ask where they can get good premium-grade gasoline for their new high-end sports car, and you helpfully reply, “Go to Shell.” But if you accidentally leave off the “S,” well … that becomes a different answer entirely.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Consumer Guide’s test Jetta GLI arrived in top-line SEL trim. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $30,100.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI SEL   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 193

Fuel Used: 7.7 gallons

1955-Studebaker-Pickup-Advertisement, Most Powerful Pickup Engines

With 140 horsepower, this Studebaker’s 244-cubic-inch “Commander” V8 was muscular for its time, but it falls 225 horses short of the least-powerful engine on our top-5 list of current truck engines.

In 1990, Chevrolet rolled out the 454 SS, an outrageous performance-oriented version of the brand’s full-size pickup truck. At its heart was a tuned version of General Motors’ “big block” 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V8. The engine was rated at 230 horsepower and a stump-pulling 385 pound-feet of torque.

2015 Kia Soul EV

2015 Kia Soul EV

 Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2015 Kia Soul EV for a video test drive. What did they think of their all-electric test vehicle? Watch and find out.

1990 Mazda Miata

1990 Mazda Miata

One of the stumbling blocks to justifying a joyriding car is the cost of licensing and insuring something you’re only going to drive occasionally. But both of those expenses can be greatly reduced by buying a “classic.”

In the eyes of many insurance companies and state licensing agencies, a car becomes a classic once it hits 25 years of age. To mark that occasion, they often give those cars extraordinary discounts; in fact, it usually costs a fraction as much to license and insure a 25-year-old car as it does a 24-year-old one.