Archive for 2022

May
12
1983 Cadillac Seville

1983 Cadillac Seville

The song “Driver’s Seat” would be British pop band Sniff ‘n’ the Tears biggest hit. Released in 1978, the tune would chart in several countries, and would provide period top-40-radio listeners with a needed reprieve from the disco music which then dominated the airwaves.

May
11
2022 Kia Carnival SX

2022 Kia Carnival SX in Ceramic Silver (a $495 option)

2022 Kia Carnival SX

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 202

Fuel Used: 11.3 gallons

May
10
2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II in Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat (a $595 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II

Class: Large SUV

Miles driven: 160

Fuel used: 13.6 gallons

May
09
Dealer Addendum Sticker, Window Stickers, Markup, Dealer Markup

Dealer markup sticker on a 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III

It’s no secret: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related supply-chain issues, new-vehicle transaction prices have shot upward over the last couple years. Stories of jaw-dropping dealer markups—especially for popular vehicles—are now commonplace… so much so that some sort of markup on a new vehicle is more or less the rule, rather than the exception. On a recent Sunday road trip through Western Illinois, I came across a small-town Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram dealership with a few brand-new vehicles on its lot, so I decided to do a little boots-on-the-ground research. What I found was this: This particular dealer is asking full sticker, full sticker plus $5000, or full sticker plus $10,000 for the new vehicles it has in inventory. And, there isn’t very much in inventory.

May
06
Lincoln Star Concept

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.

May
05
1942 Oldsmobile Special 66 Club Coupe

1942 Oldsmobile 66 Special Club Coupe

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

The 1942 Oldsmobile brochure proclaimed that the cars were “Better Looking . . . Better Lasting . . . Better Built Than Any Oldsmobile In Forty-Four Years.” Playing off the “B” in “better” and 44 years, all 1942 Olds wore a B-44 badge. This ’42 Series 66 Special, owned by Dave and June Simon of Gardena, California, confirms Olds’s boast of quality and durability. The club coupe has covered 76,000 miles and is mostly original. It has been repainted in its original Metallic Mist Blue, although the engine compartment and trunk retain the factory paint. The tan ripple-weave Bedford-cloth-and-broadcloth interior is original. 

May
04
2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige in Melbourne Gray (a $1500 option)

2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige

ClassPremium Compact SUV

Miles driven: 433

Fuel used: 27.1 gallons

May
03
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, 2022 Consumer Guide Best Buy, Award, Hyundai Ioniq 5 Joins 2022 Consumer Guide Best Buy List

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Morton Grove, IL. May 3, 2022 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new-car reviews for 55 years, today announced a new addition to its list of 2022 Best Buy Award winners. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class.

May
02
Test Drive: 2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus

2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus in Glacier White Metallic (a $595 option)

2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 471

Fuel used: 16.5 gallons

Apr
29
F-150 Lightning Prices

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.