Archive for January, 2017

1973 Volkswagen Bus, Slowest Cars of 1973

1973 Volkswagen Bus

As you may have taken note while reading our 10 Fastest Cars of 1973 post, ’73 was a fairly entertaining year for the editors of Consumer Guide. Not only did my predecessors have the opportunity to evaluate a DeTomaso Pantera, but that year’s docket also included a cadre of “mini buses” and sport-utility vehicles as well.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in Rhino Clear Coat (an industrial-looking dark-grey paint color)

2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk     Quick Spin

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 148

Fuel Used: 7.6 gallons

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE in Wine Red

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE     Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 387

Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons

Waymo Pacifica

Google’s “Waymo” autonomous-vehicle initiative includes evaluation of 100 specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

As seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Fleet Academy training exercise designed to test the character of cadets. The Maru simulation forces cadets to choose between ignoring a dire request for assistance by a stranded ship (the Kobayashi Maru), or staging a rescue of the ship–despite strong indicators that the distress call is a trap set by an enemy.

2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring AWD

2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring AWD in Graphite Gray Metallic (a $395 option)

2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring AWD     Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Subcompact Crossover/SUV

Miles Driven: 147

Fuel Used: 6.79 gallons

2017 BMW 740e xDrive

2017 BMW 740e xDrive in Magellan Gray Metallic

2017 BMW 740e xDrive    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 543

Fuel Used: 18.3 gallons

1973 Chevy Nova Coupe, Fastest Cars of 1973

The Chevrolet Nova was the 7th-fastest-accelerating vehicle tested by Consumer Guide in 1973.

Our 1973 list of fastest cars is very different from our 1972 list. The primary reason for the disparity has to do with the variety of vehicles tested by Consumer Guide in the early Seventies.

2017 Volkwagen Passat V6 SEL Premium

2017 Volkwagen Passat V6 SEL Premium in Fortana Red

2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium     Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 428

Fuel Used: 17.4 gallons

2017 BMW 540e

2018 BMW 530e

2017 Detroit Auto ShowDETROIT: BMW unveiled the seventh generation of its midsize sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new 2017 BMW 5-Series is lighter than its predecessor by up to 137 pounds, and is set to offer an extensive roster of new models, powertrains, and technology features. 

2017 Fiat 500L, Worst-Selling Cars

Fiat 500L

The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.