Archive for 2019

Oct
04
PLymouth Rapid Transit System, Vintage Plymouth Ads

1972 Plymouth “Rapid Transit System”

More than most brands, Plymouth was an automotive marque with many personalities. As a kid, I knew no one with an interesting Plymouth. I learned to drive on a Slant-Six-powered 1974 Valiant that had been repainted by Earl Scheib.

Oct
04
Test Drive: 2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate

2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate in Lime Twist

2015 Audi Q52019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 534

Fuel used: 20.8 gallons

Oct
03
2019 Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD

2019 Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD in Silver Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD

Class: Minivan

Miles driven: 1234

Fuel used: 54.3 gallons

Oct
03
Sebring Convertible

2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Following the 1976 demise of the Cadillac Eldorado soft top, the 1982 Chrysler LeBaron—and very similar Dodge 400—helped restart the market for American-brand convertibles. While the earliest K-car-based ragtops are interesting for their own reasons, at the moment we’d like to take a look at one of their descendants, the 1996-2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible.

Oct
01
2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR in Firenze Red

2015 Audi Q52019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 190

Fuel used: 12.7 gallons

Sep
30
2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label. 2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label

2018 Lincoln Continental

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Lincoln Continental seemingly faded away after 2002, but the storied nameplate—so integral to the marque—apparently was too important to lose. It came back in 2017, applied to Lincoln’s largest sedan on a stretched version of the Ford Fusion chassis. It’s fair to say the car’s styling elicited mixed reactions, a pity for a nameplate first used by Lincoln on a car that oozed style. That said, this installment of Future Collectibles focuses on the latest Continentals in Lincoln’s Black Label Program.

Sep
29
2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

I don’t usually pay too much attention to the color of vehicles in the Consumer Guide evaluation fleet, though Senior Editor Damon Bell does. However, we both took notice of the paint on a Lexus ES 350 that recently spent some time at the office.

Sep
27
2019 Lexus LS F Sport

2019 Lexus LS 500 F Sport in “Liquid Platinum” silver

Quick Spin

2019 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles driven: 699

Fuel used: 35.3 gallons

Sep
26
1974 Honda Civic

1974 Honda Civic

Honda began running its “We make it simple” television and radio campaign in the late Seventies. The ads, which included an arguably catchy jingle, made the point that Honda automobile ownership was simple and uncomplicated. One 1978 television ad, for example, demonstrated that the Civic came with just a single key which worked in the ignition, doors, glove box, and locking fuel-filler door.

Sep
25
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS53

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS53 in Cardinal Red Metallic (a $1080 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS53 Coupe

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 349

Fuel used: 17.7 gallons