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Aug
26
2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy Limited XT

Consumer Guide First Spin Imagine if Joanie Loves Chachi, the ill-fated spin-off of the beloved TV show Happy Days, had somehow become vastly more popular than the program that spawned it. That’s kind of what happened with the Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy. The first-generation Legacy debuted for 1989 in sedan and station-wagon form; the Outback followed for 1995 as an SUV-flavored variant of the Legacy wagon, with rugged-outdoors touches such as beefier body trim, a roof rack, and a raised ride height.

Jul
17
1972 Plymouth Satellite four-door sedan

1972 Plymouth Satellite four-door sedan

Summertime is car-show season, and we always try to take in as many automotive get-togethers as we can. Local cruise nights, marque-specific dealership-lot shows, fancy concours gatherings, or what have you… it’s all good. Our Chicagoland home base has plenty of these kinds of events to offer, and in the upper Midwest, car folks know to take advantage when the weather is warm (or, let’s face it—flat-out hot), because it won’t be long before summer’s over and the cold and snow come again.

Jul
10

Shopping Tips for Tall Guys

I am a shade under 6 feet, 7 inches tall. No, I don’t play basketball. Yes, the weather up here is fine… ha-HA! Good one. Now that that’s out of the way, let me pass on a few pointers I’ve picked up over the course of 17 years of test-driving new cars and trucks. If you or your loved ones are long of limb, these might help you out the next time you’re car shopping.

Jul
01
Last C7 Corvette

On the block: The final C7 Corvette brings a record-breaking 2.7 million dollars at auction.

With the reveal of the next-generation C8 Corvette just weeks away, the clock is winding down for the C7 Corvette… and, probably, for front-engine Corvettes in general. The C8, which is scheduled to be officially revealed on July 18, 2019, will be a mid-engine sports car, thus breaking the mold of every production Corvette since the first one in 1953.

Jun
12
Badlands Off-Road Park

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon at Badlands Off Road Park

Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, is something like heaven on earth for off-road aficionados. It’s an incredible facility that spans 800-plus acres and encompasses a broader variety of off-road terrain than you’d ever expect to find in the Midwest. There are sand dunes, forested areas, streams for fording, several types of gravel (part of the park was previously a quarry), loose rocks and solid-rock trails, and lots of good ol’ dirt and mud. There are trails that are easy enough for children, trails that will challenge the most-experienced off-roader, and trails at most every level in between those extremes.

May
30
Hyundai at the 2019 MAMA Spring Rally

A trio of 2019 Hyundai Veloster Ns

Like many auto journalists, the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive attend manufacturer-hosted press events to get our first look at the newest vehicles hitting the market—that’s how we produce most of our First Spin test-drive reviews. However, we also attend “smorgasbord-style” press events that allow us brief access to a broad variety of new vehicles from a host of manufacturers, for quick-take impressions and helpful back-to-back comparison drives.

May
13
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Cuba is something of a paradise for old-car spotters. This 1951 Chevrolet four-door sedan is just one of thousands of vintage automobiles still in faithful use as daily-driver transportation.

My wife Kristin and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this year, and we decided that we needed to take an out-of-the-country vacation as part of that celebration. We were looking for somewhere reasonably close, to minimize flight time and the jetlag that usually goes along with it. Kristin is fond of Latin American countries, bird watching, and rugged-outdoors adventuring, and she speaks enough Spanish to get around quite well. Me? I really love old cars. Cuba checks all those boxes, so it was a natural choice.

Apr
17
2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Hyundai Sonata

2019 New York Auto ShowHyundai officially introduced the eighth generation of its mainstream midsize sedan at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The 2020 Sonata gets striking new “Sensuous Sportiness” styling and a host of new technology features on an all-new platform.

Apr
17
2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Hyundai Venue

2019 New York Auto ShowHyundai took the wraps off its new entry-level subcompact SUV at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The 2020 Venue slots below the Hyundai Kona in both size and price, which puts it on the small end of the subcompact crossover SUV segment.

Apr
17
2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

2019 New York Auto ShowLincoln rounds out its roster of SUVs with the unveiling of the all-new 2020 Lincoln Corsair at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Corsair replaces the outgoing MKC as the smallest vehicle in Lincoln’s SUV lineup, and shares elements of its basic design with the recently unveiled 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover.