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2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport

2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL in Magnetic Black

2015 Audi Q52018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 472

Fuel used: 19.0 gallons

2018 Hyundai Kona SEL, Kona Contrast Roof

2018 Hyundai Kona SEL in Pulse Red with Contrast Roof

2015 Audi Q52018 Hyundai Kona SEL FWD – Contrast Roof

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 603

Fuel used: 22.1 gallons

2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona

Consumer Guide Automotive

Although somewhat late to the subcompact-crossover party, at least Hyundai showed up with a nice present: the 2018 Kona, introduced earlier this year.

Our first exposure to the Kona came recently in Detroit, perhaps one of the few major cities in this country with roads as bad as ours here in Chicago. That’s notable because our preview drives usually take place in areas with smoother pavement, making it tough to judge ride quality. Not a problem in this case.

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Nissan Kicks

Consumer Guide Automotive Let’s get the basics out there first: The Kicks is a new low-cost small crossover focused on providing great passenger and cargo space with segment-leading fuel economy and a very strong value equation, but it’s offered only in front-wheel-drive form.

If we didn’t lose you on that last point, read on.

What is EcoBoost?

The high-performance Taurus SHO was one of the first Ford vehicles to employ an EcoBoost engine.

There is a lot to be said for good automotive branding, especially good engine branding. One of the better recent efforts in this regard is Chrysler’s resurrection of the Hemi name, as applied to a new family of V8 engines that debuted for 2003.

1976 Ford Elite

1976 Ford Elite

Ford is doing it right now with a subcompact crossover (EcoSport) imported from India. Cadillac did it with a German import badged on these shores as Catera. Honda did it with rebadged midsize SUV (Passport) that was actually built by Isuzu.

2019 Ford Edge ST

2019 Ford Edge ST

2018 Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS

DETROIT—The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit hasn’t officially kicked off yet, but Ford has already released info on one of the vehicles it will have on display: a muscled-up version of its 5-passenger midsize SUV. The 2019 Ford Edge ST includes an upgraded sport suspension and a gutsy twin-turbo V6 engine.

2013 Buick Park Avenue, China

2013 Buick Park Avenue

Making sense of Chinese auto sales is a fairly complex proposition. While sales of new vehicles in China far outpace those in the U.S. (24.6 million units to 17.2 million, respectively), the average transaction price in the U.S. is substantially higher ($35,000 versus $21,000). What that suggests is that selling cars in the U.S. is currently a far more profitable operation, but that the potential to build in an audience in China is undeniable. Chinese Cars.

Fiesta EcoBoost 3-Cylinder

Consumer Guide’s 2014 Ford Fiesta arrived in hatchback guise and was equipped with the SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package. With the destination charge, our test car came to $18,585.

2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package

Dates tested: 7/17/2014-7/24/2014

Miles Driven: 316

Fuel Used: 10.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 30.4 mpg

Fisker Surf

Fisker founder and designer Henrik Fisker poses with the company’s Surf sport wagon concept.

All told, about 1800 Fisker vehicles were built before the company’s collapse, all of which were 2011 and 2012 Karma sedans. First shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show was the Surf, a rakish wagon based on the Karma. Sadly, Fisker ran out of cash before the Surf would see production. Presented here are Consumer Guide’s original highlights written in anticipation of Surf’s 2013 arrival.