Archive for March, 2017

Mar
17
1958 Dyna Panhard Ad

1958 Panhard Ad

Our culture is ripe with inappropriately used adjectives. Marketers toss the word “turbo” around with reckless abandon, even though most applications of the Latin root have little to do with air, much less forcing air into an internal combustion engine.

Mar
16
2017 Honda Accord CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V Touring in Lunar Silver

2015 Audi Q52017 Honda CR-V Touring AWD 

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 236

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Mar
16
Polonez Car ad, Eastern-Bloc Car Ads

1980 Polonez

If you discount our brief encounter with the Yugo brand, Americans have had very little exposure to vehicles produced in what was once known as the Eastern Bloc. Western Europe, however, and even Canada, have had far greater access to such brands as Lada.

Mar
15
2017 Kia Soul Exclaim

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim) in Clear White

2017 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim)      Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 511

Fuel Used: 19.0 gallons

Mar
15
1977 Mercury Cougar

1977 Mercury Cougar

By the mid-Seventies, Mercury wasn’t selling much beyond gussied up Fords. Wedged between Ford and Lincoln in FoMoCo’s family album, Mercurys were charged with drawing a customer type that was somewhat more affluent than Ford intenders, yet nowhere conservative enough to commit to a Lincoln.

Mar
14
2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium AWD in Casablanca White

2017 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium AWD    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 498

Fuel Used: 29.8 gallons

Mar
14
1965 Marlin Ad, Classic Ads From 1965

1965 Rambler Marlin Ad

Horse lovers probably remember 1965 very fondly. Not only was ’65 the first official model year of the insanely popular Ford Mustang, but there were horses all over TV as well.

Mar
13

Consumer Guide Fuel Economy Champions

At Consumer Guide®, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test vehicle’s trip computer–and we don’t blindly accept the EPA’s numbers. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

Mar
13
2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

Consumer Guide First Spin Already one of our favorite compact crossovers, Mazda’s CX-5 gets a redesign for 2017 that – in virtually every measure – makes it a better choice than ever.

Mar
10
1964 Rambler Ad, Classic Ads From 1964

1964 Rambler Ad

The big car news for 1964 was the Ford Mustang. Ford launched the ‘Stang with a massive wave of promotion which, for a period of time, dominated television and print advertising. The strange part was that Ford’s pony car was actually an early 1965 model, launched early for maximum effect.