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Dec
19
2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

If you were one of the dozen or so people who found themselves inexplicably drawn to Steven Bochco’s HBO series “John From Cincinnati,” you understand what happened to the Pontiac Solstice Coupe.

Oct
28
2008 Saturn Astra

Too little, too late? Imported from Europe, the Astra was meant to help lift the Saturn brand upmarket.

By now, you know the story. In a post-apocalyptic haze, driven by Wall Street pundits, the UAW, and the federal government, General Motors killed three brands in one fell swoop. Just like that, Hummer, Pontiac, and Saab were transformed from viable sales channels to discount retailers, peddling their remaining inventory in limited variations and at steep discounts.

Jun
05
2009 HUMMER H3T Alpha. X09HM_3T024

2009 Hummer H3T

General Motors wasn’t the only company to have its financial frailty exposed by the 2008 financial meltdown, but it was among the corporate giants that very nearly didn’t survive the crisis.  Saddled with more brands than Mike and Carol Brady had kids, it became clear that Sophie’s Choice-level decisions needed to be made.

May
23
2009-pontiac-g3-front-angle

Pontiac’s sported-up version of the Chevrolet Aveo didn’t last long in U.S. showrooms. The plucky 5-door hatchback was only available as a 2009 model.

First seen in 2005, the GM Daewoo-developed T250 architecture played host to more models than you can shake a stick shift at. The humble subcompact platform’s global family included the Daewoo General and Kalos, Holden Barina, Suzuki Swift, and the ever popular, produced under license, ZAZ Vida.

Jun
08
2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum, Moon Dust

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD in “Moon Dust” metallic silver paint (a $425 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 298

Fuel used: 14.0 gallons

May
04
Outlander Sport 2.4 GT

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport  for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Mar
17
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT in Red Diamond paint (a $595 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

Class: Subcompact Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 448

Fuel used: 19.2 gallons

Mar
16
electric pickups

Electric pickups may well be “The Next Big Thing in Trucks.” Due in the next couple of years are Tesla’s electric Cybertruck (top left), revealed to great fanfare late last year, and the Rivian R1T (top right), already boasting connections with Amazon and Ford Motor Co. Other, lesser-known “newbies” include (bottom row, left to right) the Atlis XT, Nikola Badger, and Lordstown Endurance. Ford and GM are due to add their own electric pickups to the fray.

Trucks are big business – and becoming bigger all the time. We recently attended the inaugural National Truck Summit that preceded the Twin Cities Auto Show in Minneapolis to hear about truck trends and what’s in store for the future.

Mar
09
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Guide Automotive

Toyota’s Highlander has long been a top-seller in the hot midsize-crossover class, at least in part due to the host of accolades it has received (though wearing a Toyota badge doesn’t hurt, either.) It gets a redesign for 2020 that brings an additional 2.4 inches of wheelbase and overall length, a host of new tech features, and a decidedly more miserly Hybrid variant.

Feb
28
Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast, Nissan Switch

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.