Archive for July, 2015

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500

When most Chevrolet fans think “big block,” they probably think of the legendary 396- and 454-cubic-inch V8s. These stout mills made their names pushing Chevelles through the quarter mile and helping vacationers in Estate Wagons tow pontoon boats.

2015 Infiniti Q60

Our Q60’s 19-inch wheels weren’t dirty; they came painted black. Chalk it up as part of the “S” model that also adds sport suspension, sport muffler, and other “sporting” touches. In rear-drive form with a few minor options, our test car came to $49,575.

2015 Infiniti Q60S 6MT RWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 245

Fuel Used: 15.1 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 16.2 mpg

2015 Nissan Juke

Nissan’s Juke is tough to categorize but easy to like. Our test vehicle came in high-level SL trim with AWD and carried a $28,225 sticker.

2015 Nissan Juke SL AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 6/29/2015 – 7/6/2015

Miles Driven: 403

Fuel Used: 14.5 gallons

1978 Ford Mustang T-Top, Ads Featuring T-Tops

Identify this T-top equipped car.

As we’ve mentioned before, the T-top was patented back in 1951 by famed designer Gordon Buehrig, but wouldn’t see duty on a regular-production car until it appeared as standard equipment on the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette.

2016 Scion iM

Scion adds the iM compact hatchback to its lineup for 2016. It’s a stylish entry with one highly contented trim level and an “out the door” price of less than $20,000.

Scion iMThis fall, there will be some prominent comings and goings in Scion showrooms. Coming will be a new iA subcompact sedan (the first sedan in the company’s history) along with a compact 4-door hatchback called the iM (the subject of this report); going will be the tiny iQ and the “staple” xB compact wagon. The only carryovers are thus the front-wheel-drive tC and rear-wheel-drive FR-S sport coupes.

As such, the focus of the brand is shifting somewhat; away from the unique if limited-appeal cars that Scion has sold in the past, and toward more mainstream entries that should attract more interest – and more buyers.

Saturn Ion Roof Rails

The Saturn Ion’s removable roof rails were meant to entice young buyers interested in personalizing their cars.

Introduced for 2003, the Saturn Ion was the long, long overdue replacement for the brand’s popular, but seriously dated, SL sedan and SC coupe.

1980 Car Brochure

Identify this 1980 car, and four more below.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz, we’re featuring the cars of 1980. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in North America. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.

2016 Scion iA

Joining the Scion stable this fall is the subcompact iA, the first sedan in the company’s 12-year history. Well equipped with automatic transmission and destination, it starts — and ends — at $17,595.

Scion iA Those who frequent their local Scion showroom are going to see some big changes come this fall. Leaving after the 2015s sell out are the tiny iQ and the compact xB “tall wagon,” the latter being the 2nd generation of the box that essentially built the brand. Since the subcompact xD departed after the 2014 model year, that means the only carryovers from the current Scion corral are the tC sports coupe and the FR-S sportier coupe.

But that doesn’t mean Scion is abandoning mainstream America, because due to go on sale September 1 are two new cars that will compete in the subcompact and compact classes.