Archive for July, 2020

Jul
22
2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Nissan unveiled its redesigned-for-2021 Rogue a little over a month ago, and the new generation of this popular compact SUV (the best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup) is slated to begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Though no journalists have driven the new Rogue just yet, Nissan recently brought a pre-production Platinum model to Consumer Guide headquarters for us to check out.

Jul
21
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab in Northsky Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew

Class: Large Pickup

Miles driven: 202

Fuel used: 13.1 gallons

Jul
20
A Gallery of Small-Truck Ads

1980 Chevrolet LUV

There was whimsy in those little trucks. Back, say, 30-40 years, small pickups were not only cost-effective light-duty commercial vehicles, they were also compelling commuter alternatives to traditional coupes and sedans.

Jul
17
Shelby GT500 Gallery

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes sniffing for challenges on track or strip through a big grille and ducts that cool the engine, transmission, supercharger, and brakes. Shown here is a GT500 set up for drag racing with downforce-enhancing front-splitter wickers and rear-spoiler “Gurney flap” removed. Special tools for these parts are included with the car; so are instructions for optimal front camber settings.

If Ford Mustang and Shelby marketing chief Jim Owens is happy about anything, it’s this: “There is no better time to be a performance-car enthusiast than right now,” he says. No doubt he feels that way because for 2020 his stable of steeds has a new leader, the 760-horsepower Shelby GT500. It is, Owens notes, the fastest street-legal Mustang ever, either in a straight line or lapping a road course.

Jul
17
Road-Trip Tips

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jul
16
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL in Pacific Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL

Class: Midsize Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 609

Fuel used: 26.5 gallons

Jul
15
2022 Nissan Ariya

2022 Nissan Ariya

Nissan has just taken that wraps off its first pure-electric SUV. The Nissan Ariya made its debut during a livestreamed digital event in Yokohama, Japan; it’s a two-row 5-passenger crossover that will offer a choice of a single-motor front-wheel drive powertrain or dual-motor “e-4ORCE” all-wheel drive, and two different battery sizes for an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles.

Jul
14

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Badlands model shown)

Not only has Ford finally pulled the wraps off its long-awaited revival of the Bronco (and added a first-ever four-door Bronco to boot), it’s also giving its all-new off-road-ready compact SUV a smaller sibling. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport aims to deliver the same kind of all-terrain ruggedness, functionality, and attitude of its big brother in a slightly tidier, more affordable package.

Jul
13
2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door

At last, Ford has officially unveiled the long-awaited revival of the Bronco. After more than half a decade’s worth of rumors, teasers, leaked photos, and speculation, Ford’s iconic off-road SUV is reborn as a 2021 model that is aimed squarely at the popular and profitable Jeep Wrangler.

Jul
10
Goodguys

1979 Chrysler LeBaron coupe

Among the seemingly countless tragedies and hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the world this year, the upending of the normal American summertime car-show season ranks relatively low on the list. Still, it hurts to have so many car shows, car races, cruise nights, and other automotive gatherings either cancelled outright or postponed.