Archive for 2015

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Consumer Guide Automotive 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 299

Fuel used: 9.6 gallons

2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima SXL

2016 Kia Optima SX-L   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Car

Dates tested: 11/09/2015 – 11/23/2015

Miles Driven: 474

Fuel Used: 24.1 gallons

2016 Porsche Boxster S

2016 Porsche Boxster S

Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.

Boxster and Cayman to be branded as 718 model range next year

Porsche’s mid-engine sports cars to receive new name

 Atlanta, Georgia. The mid-engine sports cars from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG will be named 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, respectively, when the models are introduced over the course of 2016. The 718 designation is a reference to the ground-breaking sports car Porsche introduced back in 1957, which achieved great success in a number of renowned car races. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will share more similarities than ever before – both visually and technically. In the future, both will have equally powerful turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines. The Roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupe – as is the case with the 911 models.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet redesigns its midsize Malibu for 2016, giving it several new features — some said to be unique to the class — along with two turbocharged engines and a Hybrid version. Prices start at $22,500 including destination.

Scion iMAlthough it ceded its “most popular segment” title to compact SUVs last year, midsize cars are still a thriving business. And Chevrolet is hoping to increase its market share to improve upon its fifth-place ranking in the class.

Pontiac LeMans GT-37, Forgotten Pontiacs

1970 Pontiac LeMans GT-37

With a legacy that spans eight decades, the Pontiac brand is rich with model names that are the stuff of legend. Even those entirely disinterested in things automotive would recognize such monikers as Bonneville, Firebird, Grand Prix, and GTO.

2015 Chrysler Platinum

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Platinum

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Platinum   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 119

Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons

Last real cars, End Of The Car

We may be sun-setting the driver-involvement era, but Tom is reasonably OK with that.

The evidence has been piling up for a while now, but the verdict is unavoidable: The traditional automobile is all but dead.

There are a couple of paths we can take to reach this conclusion, and a couple of different definitions of “dead” that we can employ, but there’s one particular path and one outcome that I am most saddened by.

1969 Ford Christmas Ad, Car Ads With A Holiday Theme

1969 Ford Ad

This random collection of holiday-themed classic car ads is probably a poor representation of automaker Christmas marketing efforts over the years, but it’s worth noting that three of six ads include Santa Claus, three a Christmas tree, and one a very, very expensive gift. Make of that what you will.

2015 Ford Edge Titanium

2015 Ford Edge Titanium

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 11/09/2015 – 11/16/2015

Miles Driven: 298

Fuel Used: 16.3 gallons

Cloudy Headlamps, Cloudy Headlamp Lenses, Why Your Headlamps are Clouding Up

Are cloudy headlamp lenses hurting your social status? Here’s what you can do about your problem.

It may not be your fault, but it’s embarrassing just the same. Like a random pimple on your forehead, or finding spinach stuck to your teeth after a staff meeting, cloudy headlamps are many car owners’ secret shame.