Archive for June, 2015

Chrvy Cruze Turbo Diesel Badge

Going diesel need not mean spending a lot of money. All five of these penny-pinching diesels come in comfortably under $30,000.

Diesel engines are pretty cool. Unlike conventional gasoline engines, diesel engines don’t use spark plugs, igniting fuel instead using super-high temperatures developed by compressing the air/fuel mixture. That high-temperature combustion contributes to a cleaner, more efficient burn of the fuel.

1979 Ford Fairmont

1979 Ford Fairmont

For American compact cars, 1979 was really the calm before the storm. Though the clean-sheet Ford Fairmont had been rolled out the year before—and with it a Mercury clone dubbed Zephyr—the move to front-wheel drive was yet to come, a transition that would introduce Americans to a new generation of cars dubbed “X” and “K.”

2015 Audi A3 (red)

Consumer Guide’s test Audi A3 TDI arrived in Premium Plus trim. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $38,645.

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sedan   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles Driven: 309

Fuel Used: 8.7 gallons

1954 Corvette

1954 Chevrolet Corvette

The first generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C1, was rolled out for the 1953 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C1 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.

2015 Chrysler 200C

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Chrysler 200C arrived in all-wheel-drive V6 form. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $36,365.  

2015 Chrysler 200C AWD V6    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 164

Fuel Used: 8.0 gallons

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom

Consumer Guide’s test Silverado arrived in LS trim and was equipped with the value-oriented Custom Package. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $35,660.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado LS Custom Double Cab 2WD   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large Pickup

Dates tested: 5/08/2015 – 5/15/2015

Miles Driven: 236

Fuel Used: 12.7 gallons

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Our mid-range 2015 Camry Hybrid SE started at $28,820 with destination, but a lower-level LE Hybrid can be had for $26,790 — about $3000 more than its non-hybrid counterpart.

 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Sedan

Miles Driven: 635

Fuel Used: 17.1 gallons

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR, Most-Powerful American Cars

The Oldsmobile Toronado was the third most powerful American car of 1977. Note that the T-Top roof depicted in this brochure image never reached production.

Perhaps the easiest way to demonstrate the extent to which emissions equipment and low-octane unleaded fuel had impacted the power output of new-vehicle engines is to note the following:

Fuel Economy Champions, Real-World Mileage

The Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Fit, and Mazda 6 are among are top-ten most fuel-efficient test cars of 2015–so far.

At Consumer Guide, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test-vehicle’s trip computer. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Cadillac unleashes a track-ready high-performance version of the ATS for 2016. The ATS-V comes in coupe or sedan form, with performance suspension, functional styling touches, and a 464-horsepower twin-turbo V6.

Cadillac ATS-VWhen Cadillac rolled out its ATS compact sedan as a 2013 model, it was aiming directly at upsetting the BMW 3-Series’ dominance as the driving enthusiast’s sporty luxury compact of choice. With the new-for-2016 ATS-V, Cadillac has the high-performance, track-ready versions of the 3-Series—the M3 sedan and M4 coupe—squarely in its sights.