Archive for August, 2019

Aug
30
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier in Graphite Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 733

Fuel used: 33.5 gallons

Aug
29
2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance in Canyon Bronze Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 178

Fuel used: 7.0 gallons

Aug
28
1965 Buick, Classic Buick Ads

1965 Buick Electra 225

Buick is one of the oldest automotive brands still in existence, and it has a number of cool feathers in its cap. The upscale automaker is credited with selling the first car powered by an overhead-valve engine (1904), and becoming the first division of General Motors (1908).

Aug
28
2019 Nissan Altima SV AWD

2019 Nissan Altima SV AWD in Gun Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV AWD

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 327

Fuel used: 11.3 gallons

Aug
27
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Designs, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Designs

1952 Mercedes-Benz W194 race car (L), and some of Collectible Automobile Publisher Frank Peiler’s “what-if” designs.

By Frank Peiler

It was early 1952 when Mercedes-Benz was in the midst of developing the 300SL sports car.  The skeletal frame, drivetrain and suspension were beautifully engineered masterpieces. However, the original form-follows-function body looked like a half-used bar of soap with a cap stuck on top. Let’s say that in this post-WWII era of rebuilding, there wasn’t much of a design department at Mercedes-Benz that the company could turn to.

Aug
26
2020 GMC H-D

2020 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty

Consumer Guide Automotive

There’s a lot new in the redesigned 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickups, but five things stand out:

  1. Maximum towing capacity of the 1-ton 3500 has been raised an astounding 52 percent to an equally astounding 35,500 lbs.
  2. For those who tow – and GMC says 93% of heavy-duty pickup buyers do – the Sierra offers up to 15 different camera views, including remote cameras that can “see” inside of and behind the trailer.
  3. Buyers opting for the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine – which most do – will find it’s now mated to an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission.
  4. All models are available with GMC’s exclusive MultiPro tailgate.
  5. Newly available is a large, multi-color head-up display, along with a rearview camera that can project its image into the rearview mirror (which keeps things like rear-seat passengers or tall cargo in the bed from blocking your view straight back).

Okay, maybe that’s six things. And yet there’s still more.

Aug
26
2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy Limited XT

Consumer Guide First Spin Imagine if Joanie Loves Chachi, the ill-fated spin-off of the beloved TV show Happy Days, had somehow become vastly more popular than the program that spawned it. That’s kind of what happened with the Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy. The first-generation Legacy debuted for 1989 in sedan and station-wagon form; the Outback followed for 1995 as an SUV-flavored variant of the Legacy wagon, with rugged-outdoors touches such as beefier body trim, a roof rack, and a raised ride height.

Aug
23
2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2019 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport in Ultrasonic Blue

Quick Spin

2019 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 764

Fuel used: 34.9 gallons

Aug
22
2005 Chevrolet Astro

2005 Chevrolet Astro

As I recall things, Chevrolet caught some media flack when it introduced the Astro minivan back in 1985. Compared to the revolutionary Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Voyager, the new Astro (and GMC Safari clone) was too trucklike, failing to match the Chrysler vans in ride quality, fuel economy, or garagability. But the Astro had its own charms.

Aug
22
2019 Lexus RX 350L AWD Luxury

2019 Lexus RX 350L AWD Luxury in Nightfall Mica

2015 Audi Q52019 Lexus RX 350L AWD Luxury

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 462

Fuel used: 20.7 gallons