Archive for February, 2022

Feb
28
1955 Ford Crown Ranchero

1955 Ford Crown Ranchero

Two of Ford Motor Company’s most memorable vehicles of the Fifties were introduced within a couple years of each other. Launching for 1955 as the flagship of Ford’s dramatically restyled passenger-car line, the Crown Victoria two-door hardtop brought a new level of glamour and style to the brand. Two years later, the 1957 Ford Ranchero melded the passenger car and the pickup truck into a “best of both worlds” proposition—at least for some shoppers.

Feb
25
Ford Chief Futurist

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.

Feb
24
1938 Studebaker State Commander

1938 Studebaker State Commander

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Most people associate Studebaker with South Bend, Indiana, or maybe even Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but the Studebaker State Commander on these pages was built in Los Angeles. In 1935, Studebaker opened a plant there for assembly of cars destined for the western states, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Feb
23
2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited in Calypso Red

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 651

Fuel used: 27.8 gallons

Feb
22
2022 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport in Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 (a $595 option)

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ F SportConsumer Guide Automotive

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 1056

Fuel used: 27.9 gallons

Feb
21
1987 Suzuki Samurai

1987 Suzuki Samurai

Sometime in the middle of the Eighties, Americans developed an appetite—albeit a modest one—for pint-sized sport-utility vehicles with legitimate off-road capability. Early on the scene were the Suzuki Samurai and the Daihatsu Rocky. Few people actually recall Daihatsu’s brief flirtation with the U.S. market—briefly, Daihatsu sold cars Stateside between 1988 and 1992. Only two models were ever offered here: the aforementioned Rocky, and a subcompact car dubbed Charade.

Feb
18
New-Car Colors

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.

Feb
17
2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 652

Fuel used: 13.7 gallons

Feb
16
Unusual Paint Hues at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, 2022 Auto Colors

Unusual Paint Hues at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show

Auto shows around the globe were dealt a huge blow by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Chicago Auto Show (Consumer Guide’s “hometown” auto show) fared better than most of them. The 2020 edition of the show happened in February 2020—less than a month before the coronavirus hit the United States in earnest and lockdowns began, making it the last “normal” big-league auto show. For 2021, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (the organization that produces the Chicago Auto Show) was able to work with state and local authorities to pull off a special indoor/outdoor edition of the show in mid-July. For 2022, the show returns to its traditional February time slot. In fact, it’s going on as we type this—the show runs through February 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center.

Feb
15
2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring in Flight Blue (a $695 option)

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand TouringConsumer Guide Automotive

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 239

Fuel used: 6.5 gallons