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Apr
18
Grooviest Vehicles of 1965

Buick Riviera

My colleagues probably didn’t expect me to jump in on this thread, but I couldn’t resist. You see, I was lucky enough to be a car-crazy high-school senior in 1965, a year so packed with cool cars that it’s still tough picking just five personal favorites.

Apr
02

1952 Packard Pan American

Note: This article is reprinted from the February 2013 issue of Collectible Automobile.

Longtime Collectible Automobile readers may recall the 1952 Packard Pan American from an October 1986 story and from an October 1992 Personality Profile on its designer, Richard Arbib. So why this encore? Well, aside from the pleasure of seeing an old friend still hale and hearty, this Pan American is the first of only six built—and the only one built without its intended folding top.

Mar
29
2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

Test car came equipped with: 6-speed PowerTech automatic transmission, Technology Group, Premium Group, UConnect infotainment system, satellite radio, 17-inch polished aluminum wheels. Total MSRP with $795 destination = $24,695.

Mar
25
1959 Mercury Colony Park

1959 Mercury Colony Park

Note: This article is reprinted from the February 2013 issue of Collectible Automobile.

The 1959 Mercury should have been more popular. Redesigned for the second time in three years, Ford Motor Company’s medium-price mainstay offered the biggest, smoothest, roomiest cars in its 20-year history, plus better handling, new features, and arguably nicer styling. Yet for all that, Mercury sales skidded to a decade low of just less than 150,000. In the segment, only Chrysler, DeSoto, and ill-starred Edsel fared worse.

Jan
02
2013 Volvo S60

2013 Volvo S60

Note: This report covers a 2013 Volvo S60 a premium-midsize car that starts at $31,750.

Dec
31

2013 Lexus IS C

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Lexus IS C, a premium-compact car that starts at $41,190.

Dec
14
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Test car came equipped with: Leather & Premium Equipment Package, carpeted floor mats, cargo net, cargo cover. Total MSRP with $825 destination = $33,025.

Powertrain: 264-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic, all-wheel drive.

Dec
07
2013 Infiniti JX35

2013 Infiniti JX35

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2013 Infiniti JX, a premium-midsize SUV that starts at $40,450.

Test car came equipped with: Technology Package, Theater Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Premium Package, roof rails. Total MSRP with $950 destination =$54,070.

Nov
13
Evoque 2-Door

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, a premium-compact SUV that starts at $41,145.

Nov
01

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Fiat 500, a sporty/performance car that starts at $15,500. Also see our review of the 2013 Fiat 500.