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Nov
13
Hybrid Badges, Ways Hybrids are Different

There are more than 40 different Hybrid models available for sale in the U.S., and each of them behaves a little differently than you might expect.

As much as manufacturers of Hybrids strive to make them “feel” like normal gas-powered cars, most drivers will notice some differences – and not all from behind the wheel. Note that not all Hybrids are created equal, so some may not exhibit all of the traits mentioned.

May
08
Online Car Shopping Experience

This Chevy dealer’s website tries to be helpful, but it really isn’t.

My wife and I might be in the market for a new vehicle sometime in the not-too-distant future. While my job as an auto critic gives me unique access to the industry’s latest and greatest, I will still need to get into the proverbial trenches to research not only the product but the dealerships who sell them.

Apr
25
Ford F-150 colors

2016 Ford F-150

For an auto news geek, one of the more entertaining monthly reports to peruse is the new-vehicle inventory update published in Automotive News. From it, we can deduce what vehicles are in short supply (i.e., probably selling well), and which are taking up space (i.e., selling poorly). The report is not infallible in this regard, however, as factory down time, model-year build-outs, and other factors can cloud the overall picture.

Dec
03
Pogue Carburetor, Gas Saving Tricks, Ways to Save Gas

The Air Flow Needle didn’t actually do much. We’ve got five ideas here that will actually make your car or truck more fuel efficient.

Most gas-saving tips seem to focus on the things that drivers can do to eke a few more miles out of a tank of gas. Driving slower, driving less aggressively, avoiding prolonged periods of idling…we’ve all heard this stuff before.

If it’s your car that’s sucking up all the gas, why should you have to modify your behavior—what about the car itself?

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.

Mar
29
2023 Mazda CX-50

2023 Mazda CX-50

Consumer Guide Automotive Is one of the unexpected long-term side effects of COVID-19 the public’s increased interest in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking? The timing could be a coincidence, but it’s clear that car companies are introducing an ever-increasing array of off-road-focused SUVs—or at least off-road-flavored SUVs—to meet the market’s embrace of these more adventurous lifestyles. Even well-established outdoorsy brands like Subaru are getting more outdoorsy.

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

Dec
14
1959 Rolls-Royce

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls-Royce doesn’t advertise much. Sure, the legendary British ultra-luxury-car builder often sponsors special events, but you rarely see Rolls print or TV ads, and you never see digital promotions.

Nov
30
2021 Ford F-250 Platinum Tremor

2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty Platinum 4×4 Crew Cab in Antimatter Blue

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty Platinum 4×4 Crew Cab with Tremor Off-Road Package

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 192

Fuel used: 17.6 gallons

Sep
22
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 vs Shelby GT500

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 vs Shelby GT500

Don’t look now, but the retro-styled pony cars from the Detroit Three have now been around long enough that it’s almost time to start getting nostalgic for the first examples of the breed. Ford kick-started this genre with the bold retro styling of the fifth-generation Mustang, which was unveiled way back in 2004 and went into production for the 2005 model year. Ford’s success with its new/old ‘Stang inspired Chevrolet and Dodge to relaunch their dormant pony cars along a similar throwback theme: A reborn Dodge Challenger (inspired by the original 1970 Challenger) debuted for 2008, and a revived Chevrolet Camaro (which put a new-age spin on 1969 Camaro cues) followed for 2010. The Challenger has been soldiering on with clever updates to that same basic platform ever since, while the Mustang and Camaro both received redesigns—for 2015 and 2016, respectively—that continued with heritage-inspired design.