Archive for August, 2016

Aug
23
2016 Kia Optima SX-L

2016 Kia Optima SX-L

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Kia Optima SX-L for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Aug
22
1976 Plymouth Volare Sedan

1976 Plymouth Volare

Plymouth became a stand-alone brand in 1929. For a year prior, said vehicles were branded Chrysler-Plymouth and sold as more affordable alternatives to the pricer Chrysler cars they were sold alongside.

Aug
19
2016 Toyota Sienna

Although a base Sienna starts at less than $30,000, our test all-wheel drive Sienna XLE Premium listed for $42,761 with destination and about $1000 worth of options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Toyota Sienna XLE Premium AWD

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 895

Fuel Used: 44.6 gallons

Aug
19
Cadillac Escala Concept

Cadillac Escala Concept

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

Cadillac Unveils Escala Concept, Previewing Future Design Direction

Aug
18
1961 International pickup ad, Classic Pickup Truck Advertising

1961 International Ad

America’s attitude toward pickup trucks has changed a little in the past few decades. At one point, owning a pickup was a point of pride and humility–a sort of “If it was good enough for my daddy, it’s good enough for me” kind of thing.

Aug
18
2016 Toyota Highlander

Toyota’s midsize Highlander starts at less than $31,500 with a 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, but our test V6-powered XLE with all-wheel drive and about $2300 in options stickered for roughly 10 grand more.

Consumer Guide Automotive2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 365

Fuel Used: 20.6 gallons

Aug
17
1976 Malibu vs. 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Standard-Equipment

Which Malibu represents the better value?

New cars cost a lot. The statement is based on more than anecdotal evidence. Based on the current rate of inflation, the average transaction price of a new vehicle will pass the $35,000 mark some time late this year or in early 2017—and for most folks, that’s a lot of bread.

According to the U.S. Government, the average household income (HHI) in America is about $53,000. It only takes a little calculator time to determine that the average new car costs 73 percent of the average family’s pre-tax income.

Aug
17
2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan’s new half-ton version of the “heavy half-ton” Titan XD leaves off the “XD” suffix to become, simply, the Titan. Initially offered only as a crew cab with either rear- or 4-wheel drive, it’s due to get regular-cab versions later in the year. Current prices start at just under $36,000.

Scion iMBig pickups have long accounted for big sales numbers, but little of that volume can be credited to Nissan.

Based on the company’s early and substantial success with compact pickups, it probably only seemed logical that a bigger one would fare the same. So it was that for 2004 Nissan brought out the full-size Titan, which was built at a new factory in Canton, Mississippi. You know, right here in the good ol’ U.S of A.

Aug
16
Subaru WRX STI Hyper Blue

2016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue

2015 Audi Q52016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 339

Fuel Used: 18.6 gallons

Aug
15
VW TDI Ad, Volkswagen Diesel Payout

Did referring to its diesel engines as “clean” exacerbate Volkswagen’s headaches?

By now you’ve heard the story. In a nutshell, Volkswagen has been found guilty of selling diesel-powered vehicles in the United States—and many other markets—which are not fully emissions-standard compliant.