Archive for October, 2015

2016 Kia Sedona

Kia re-entered the minivan market last year with a revamped Sedona. Although prices start at $27,295 including destination, our top-line SXL began at $40,885 and ended up–with some added options–at $44,690.


2016 Kia Sedona SX-L Limited  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 10/5/2015 – 10/15/2015

Miles Driven: 515

Fuel Used: 27.8 gallons

2015 Kia Soul, Good cars for young drivers

2015 Kia Soul

With a 15-year-old daughter having just completed driver’s education, I find myself in the unenviable position of shopping for a second car. That car, by the way, will spend most of its time in the service of the aforementioned daughter.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

The Mitsubishi Outlander received a number of minor changes for 2016 including a restyled front end. It’s the only compact SUV to offer three rows of seats and a V6 engine in combination. In 7-passenger, four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive form, it starts at less than $24,000 with destination, though our top-line GT test vehicle with V6, AWD, and a host of high-tech convenience and safety features listed for $35,195.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 651

Fuel Used: 28.1 gallons

2016 Buick Regal GS

Buick’s Regal slips into the price gap between “regular” and premium midsize cars. Although the base model starts at about $28,000, the tested top-line AWD GS came to just under $42,000 loaded with options. The GS is distinguished from the front by its unique vertical vents below the headlights.

Scion iM

If any vehicle in Buick showrooms seems out of place, it’s the midsize Regal. Based on the German-market Opel Insignia, its sport-sedan flavor puts it at odds with the decidedly non-sporty Buick image.

But that’s exactly its mission: to appeal to a group of buyers that wouldn’t normally be thinking “Buick.” To that end, it offers a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, a combination not found in any other Buick car.

1976 AMC Pacer, Cars We Make Fun Of

1976 AMC Pacer

History’s greatest disaster metaphor is inarguably the Titanic, the giant, “unsinkable” ship that would go ahead and promptly sink on its maiden voyage. I would argue that NBC’s prime-time drama “Super Train” was actually a more impressive disaster, but since no one remembers the show, it’s unlikely to catch on as a cultural reference point.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring

2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring

2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring AWD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 457

Fuel Used: 15.7 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 29.1 mpg

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Nissan Rogue SV

2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Dates tested: 10/05/2015 – 10/12/2015

Miles Driven: 169

Fuel Used: 6.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 28.2 mpg

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER, Most-Fuel-Efficient Cars of All Time

1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER

Given the “electrification” of the automobile, it would be easy to assume that the most fuel-efficient vehicles ever built for sale in the U.S. would be of recent vintage and in some way hybridized. As it turns out, that assumption would only be partially correct.

2015 Jeep Renegade

As its surname would imply, Jeep’s Renegade is more off-road capable than most any other “Cute Ute” competitor, yet it’s still quite at home on the street. With its nifty My Sky retractable/removable dual-pane sunroof, our turbocharged/manual-transmission/4×4 test vehicle tipped the price scales at $25,760.

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 339

Fuel Used: 13.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 24.4 mpg

1981 Toyota Cressida, Most-Powerful Japanese Cars

1981 Toyota Cressida Wagon

Everything is relative. By 1981 standards, any car boasting 100 horsepower was doing pretty good. So good, in fact, that just seven Japanese-brand vehicles made that cut.