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Photo Feature: 1970 Plymouth Sport Suburban

1970 Plymouth Sport Suburban

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Frank Troost says his 1970 Plymouth Sport Suburban draws a common comment when he has it out: “We had one when I was a kid, but I haven’t seen one in years.” That’s not surprising since the American station wagon was immensely popular in the Sixties and Seventies, yet the survival rate has been low. 

Chevrolet Suburban High Country

2021 Chevrolet Suburban High Country in Black

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2021 Chevrolet Suburban High Country 4WD

ClassLarge SUV

Miles driven: 187

Fuel used: 13.3 gallons

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Chevrolet Suburban LT

Chevrolet has just taken the wraps off all-new versions of its “large and larger” full-size SUVs. The Chevrolet Tahoe and its longer-wheelbase, longer-overall-length sibling, the Suburban, have both been redesigned from the ground up for the 2021 model year. Both gain fresh styling, a revamped chassis, new powertrain choices, and a host of newly available technology features.

2015 Tahoe and Suburban

The tested LTZ represents the top of the Tahoe lineup. While it boasts a rich-looking interior, “lesser” models ride better.

A previous post outlined the changes made to GM’s redesigned full-size SUVs for 2015; this one concentrates on how those changes affect the driving experience.

All of these models come with GM’s “EcoTec3” 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 except for the top-line GMC Denali, which sports a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter version. As expected, the Denali feels stronger than the others, but acceleration – at least with just two people aboard – is more than adequate in all. The only fly in the ointment is that the 6-speed automatic transmission (which is standard on all models) occasionally exhibits some delay before downshifting when the throttle is stabbed while underway.


GM’s popular full-size SUVs are redesigned for 2015, gaining greater cargo versatility and a host of new features. They’re going on sale now. (Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban shown.)

When you already own 75% of a high-profit class of vehicles, there’s probably little incentive for a redesign. But that’s what GM is doing with its quartet of popular, full-size SUVs.

2019 Buick Regal TourX, 2019 Buick Regal Sportback, Last Buick Station Wagon

Buick Regal TourX

Buick Regal TourXNote: The following story was excerpted from the June 2021 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

It’s a cliché to say it’s the end of an era, and it’s still difficult to believe, but Buick is technically out of the car business. That’s right; every 2021-model Buick in the U.S. market is a crossover SUV. Perhaps more surprising, the last Buick cars weren’t the marque’s famously all-American four-door sedans. Rather they were the 2020 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon.

1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

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

The writing was on the wall for DeSoto in the late Fifties. In 1958, DeSoto production plummeted from 117,514 to 49,445. It was a bad year for almost every make, but DeSoto fell harder than most. Later that year, DeSoto lost its dedicated factories as production moved to Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant. In late 1959, the DeSoto Division was folded into Plymouth. 

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.

Nissan Armada Vs Toyota Sequoia

2022 Nissan Armada Midnight Edition vs 2022 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade

The full-size SUV segment has seen a lot of activity in the last couple model years. Jeep got back into the category in a big way with the revival of its Wagoneer model (and luxury-trimmed Grand Wagoneer version) for 2022. General Motors rolled out a formidable roster of all-new SUVs for 2021—the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon. And Ford treated its Expedition (which was redesigned for 2018) to a heavy refresh for ‘22 that includes updated styling, upgraded tech and infotainment features, and an off-road-oriented Timberline model.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

Consumer Guide Automotive Last October, Toyota gave us our first chance to drive the all-new redesigned 2022 Tundra full-size pickup in Texas, which you can read all about in our First Spin report. Since then, Toyota has announced a new top-of-the-line Capstone trim level and filled in few more details about the new Tundra lineup that were left blank last fall. Now, we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of the new Tundra Capstone and better experience the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain.