Archive for July, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi I-Miev

Consumer Guide’s test 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES arrived with the $2000 Navigation Package. Including destination charge, our test car came to $25,845.

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Electric Car

Miles Driven: 227

Fuel Used: N/A

Jeep Trailhawk Concept

Jeep’s Trailhawk concept looks more like a next-generation Grand Cherokee than a Wrangler, but nonetheless includes design elements that could appear on the next Wrangler.

 by Don Sikora II

Future Car

Today’s Jeep Wrangler was originally introduced for the 2007 model year. It remains one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s best sellers, but at more than eight years old, it’s officially getting a bit long in the tooth. Given that the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic, tradition-bound vehicles on the market today, FCA doesn’t want to veer very far from Wrangler’s tried-and-true formula with the forthcoming new-generation model. Still, uncertain fuel prices and tightening efficiency standards in the United States mean the redesigned “JL” generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler must address the current JK model’s greatest weakness: Fuel economy.

2015 Audi SQ5

Consumer Guide’s test Audi SQ5 arrived very well equipped. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $60,525.

2015 Audi SQ5   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 227

Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons

2016 Nissan Maxima Walk-around

2016 Nissan Maxima

 Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take us on a video tour of the aggressively styled 2016 Nissan Maxima.

2015 Lexus NX Hybrid

Consumer Guide’s test Lexus NX arrived in hybrid 300h trim. Loaded with options, our test truck came to $52,013.

2015 Lexus NX 300h AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 445

Fuel Used: 13.2 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 33.7 mpg

2015 Chevrolet Montana, Chevrolet Trucks of Brazil

2015 Chevrolet Montana

Question: What’s the 4th-largest new vehicle market on the planet? Germany? France? Maybe Russia? Nope. Turns out that most years it’s Brazil. South America’s economic powerhouse is often forgotten in discussions of global auto sales, and that’s a shame.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

At a starting price of about $55,000, the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe may seem like a rather expensive sports car. But if viewed as an exotic — which is how many onlookers see it — it’s a bona fide bargain.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 330

Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons

VW Amarok

2015 Volkswagen Amarok

Now that most casual-dining establishments feature at least one Nutella-based desert item, it seems crazy that there was ever a time when Americans didn’t have ready access to this delightful Italian-born hazelnut-based cocoa spread. Yet, before 1990, Nutella was rarely seen on American grocery-store shelves. Though European expatriates spoke lovingly of the magic stuff, it was rarely seen outside of small ethnic delis, or in the suitcases of Americans just returning from the Continent.

Whitetail sticker, Commuting Hell

People will put stickers on their cars celebrating the animals they love, and the ones they want to kill.

It’s summer now, and my commute has gotten much, much easier—at least most days. Once school is out, and folks start hitting the vacation trail, the volume of vehicles on the road during prime AM and PM migration times is reduced considerably. That said, there’s no accounting for road construction, accidents, and whatever the hell it is that happens around here Friday evenings. I won’t mention snow–snow is still months way. One inch of fresh snow can easily double the duration of my normally 75-90-minute commute home.

2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Ford Expedition arrived in King Ranch trim, sporting the optional 22-inch wheels. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $64,280.

2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4WD   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large SUV

Miles Driven: 233

Fuel Used: 16.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 14.6 mpg