Archive for November, 2015

Steve and Johnnie test drive

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2015 Lincoln Navigator for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

1982 Pontiac J2000, 1982 General Motors J-Cars

1982 Pontiac J2000 ad

Sometime in the 1930s, then General Motors’ president Alfred P. Sloan introduced what came to be known as the “ladder of success.” This metaphorical ladder would dominate GM marketing policy for decades to come.

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

2015 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab Short Box 2015 Audi Q54WD

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 235

Fuel used: 12.9 gallons


Winter Driving Tips, Prepare Your Car for Winter

Forty or so years ago, ensuring vehicle safety and reliability in cold-weather driving usually meant performing a series of annual maintenance rituals.  

Common preparations including swapping out the thermostat, flushing the cooling system, switching to lighter-weight motor oil, and having the battery tested. Additionally, slapping on snow tires  was not uncommon in locales known for heavy doses of the white stuff.

50th Anniversay Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

It may be the pride of Dearborn, Michigan, but the Ford Mustang has strong bonds to New York City. The original Mustang bowed there on April 17, 1964, at the World’s Fair. Almost exactly a half-century later, Ford announced the 50 Year Limited Edition version of the all-new sixth-generation 2015 Mustang at the 2014 New York Auto Show. 


2016 Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Subcompact-Crossover-Class Vehicles Claim Three Spots on Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2016 Best Buy Awards List

New and Redesigned Premium Vehicles Garner Five Awards


1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Springs

1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

What has two doors; is 218.2-inches long; and is white, pastel yellow, and wood-grained all over? If the first thing that pops into your mind is the special-edition 1979 Buick LeSabre Palm Beach, you may have just identified your perfect set of cheap wheels.

2016 Passat

Styling changes to the 2016 Passat are subtle, but they help freshen the look a bit. Less subtle are the added features; most of the newest high-tech items are offered, albeit some only on upper trim levels. Prices start at $23,260 and run up to $37,655 for the top V6 model.

Scion iM

At first I was worried.

When an invitation arrived to a preview for the “new” 2016 Volkswagen Passat, I grew concerned that one of my favorite midsize sedans was going to become … well … less of a favorite.

It happens. Sometimes, a vehicle hits a peak of sorts where everything just seems to fall into place, and then a redesigned model replaces it that suffers from the “Change for the sake of change” syndrome and loses something in the transition.


Volkswagen Dieselgate, Volkswagen Goodwill Package

Volkswagen today announced a “Customer Goodwill Package” available to current U.S. owners of TDI diesel vehicles affected by the emissions-rigging scandal. Presented here is the text announcing the package as found on Volkswagen’s website. Note that a fix for affected vehicles has not yet been announced. Affected are all 2.0-liter TDI vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada since 2009. 

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited (front drive)

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Crossover


Miles Driven: 297

Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons