Archive for July, 2019

Jul
19
2020 Kia Soul X-Line

2020 Kia Soul X-Line in Gravity Grey

2015 Audi Q52020 Kia Soul X-Line

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 790

Fuel used: 24.9 gallons

Jul
18
2019 BMW X5 in Mineral White

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i in Mineral White Metallic (a $550 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 381

Fuel used: 17.7 gallons

Jul
17
1972 Plymouth Satellite four-door sedan

1972 Plymouth Satellite four-door sedan

Summertime is car-show season, and we always try to take in as many automotive get-togethers as we can. Local cruise nights, marque-specific dealership-lot shows, fancy concours gatherings, or what have you… it’s all good. Our Chicagoland home base has plenty of these kinds of events to offer, and in the upper Midwest, car folks know to take advantage when the weather is warm (or, let’s face it—flat-out hot), because it won’t be long before summer’s over and the cold and snow come again.

Jul
16
2019 Nissan Murano SL FWD, Nissan Murano Review

2019 Nissan Murano SL FWD in “Sunset Drift” orange (a $395 option)

Quick Spin

2019 Nissan Murano SL FWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 89

Fuel Used: 5.1 gallons

Jul
15
2006 Cadillac XLR Review

2006 Cadillac XLR

In terms of total production, Cadillac’s second attempt to sell a modern-era 2-seat sports car was less successful than its first effort. Indeed, the total build of 1986-1993 Allantés came to 21,430–almost 5000 units more than our topic here: the 2004-2009 Cadillac XLR. But in the case of Cadillac sports cars, sales volume may not be the best measure of success.

Jul
12
2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited

2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited in Scarlet Red

2015 Audi Q52019 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 615

Fuel used: 19.8 gallons

Jul
12
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, 2018 Challenger Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Remember how Dodge’s new-for-2015 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats were headline grabbers with their 707-hp supercharged Hemi V-8s? Now that’s yesterday’s news, and the story Dodge is selling for 2018 stars an 840-horsepower Challenger. Let that 840 number soak in as we consider the latest Future Collectibles pick, the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

Jul
11
2019 Maserati Levante GTS

2019 Maserati Levante GTS in Grigio

2015 Audi Q52019 Maserati Levante GTS

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 169

Fuel used: 11.9 gallons

Jul
10

Shopping Tips for Tall Guys

I am a shade under 6 feet, 7 inches tall. No, I don’t play basketball. Yes, the weather up here is fine… ha-HA! Good one. Now that that’s out of the way, let me pass on a few pointers I’ve picked up over the course of 17 years of test-driving new cars and trucks. If you or your loved ones are long of limb, these might help you out the next time you’re car shopping.

Jul
09
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring in Machine Gray Metallic (a $600 option; includes Auburn Nappa leather)

Quick Spin

2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Grand Touring

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 475

Fuel Used: 13.8 gallons