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1980 Ford Thunderbird, Fastest Cars of 1980

1980 Ford Thunderbird

Fast is a relative term. For 2017, there are a number of vehicles that will make the mad dash from a dead stop to 60 mph in three seconds or less. Count the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Porsche 911 Turbo among them.

2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA Automatic   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Car

Dates tested: 10/26/2015 – 11/09/2015

Miles Driven: 427

Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Consumer Guide’s loaded test Chevrolet Volt listed for $40,640 including destination charge (pun not intended).

Consumer Guide Automotive Test Drive

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Dates tested: 8/07/2014-8/14/2014

Miles Driven: 300

Fuel Used: .9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 333.3 mpg 

Big and Tall, Good cars for big guys

Feeling pinched by your current car? You’re not alone. For some excellent new-car options, read on. (Image of enhanced-cabin Saturn Ion courtesy Consumer Guide Big & Tall)

The diet is going well, thanks for asking. But even when I hit my goal (weighing what I did when I got married), I still won’t be a slender man.

I am 6’ 1”, and at the moment weigh more than 350 pounds. The plan is for there to be at least 100 pounds less of me by this time next year. Wish me luck. Still, even at my target mass, I will be a big guy, which, I believe, qualifies me to speak on behalf of big guys everywhere.

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If you’re confused by all the new automatic-transmission types now available, you’re not alone. This Toyota Prius shift lever manipulates a type of continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Automatic transmissions have gone through many changes since being introduced by Oldsmobile for 1940, but rarely have there been as many different types offered as there are today. Following are technical descriptions of the four basic types that have been used of late, but if you prefer to simply know how they might affect the driving experience, just skip down to the “On the Road” section.

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Do you know why this Porsche engine is extreme?

It’s something car guys might sit around and debate: the first of this, the biggest of that, the smallest of something else. And that’s just how this list got started. While discussing something entirely unrelated with Publisher Tom Appel and Collectible Automobile chief John Biel, we ventured off topic (not an altogether unusual occurrence when the current topic isn’t cars) and ended up brainstorming this list. Being as the session took place just before lunch – and was thus foreshortened by same – we encourage correction if you beg to differ.


Despite modest power and more-modest grip, the second-generation Volkswagen Scirocco handled with rare finesse.

By strict definition, a benchmark needn’t be the best representative of a given group, it need only be the representative by which other members of said group are judged.

As such, we could say that the situation comedy Cheers represents a benchmark for television comedy, but still safely argue that Seinfeld is funnier. It is important, however, that your benchmark represent a standard of sufficient quality that comparisons to it are meaningful.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi is following its former corporate partner, Chrysler, in resurrecting a name from the past to power a new-generation small car. Dodge has the 2013 Dart; Mitsubishi has the 2014 Mirage.


2014 Ford Fiesta ST RallyCross car

Ford Motor Company is showing off its commitment to high-performance compact and subcompact cars by displaying a new Fiesta ST RallyCross race car and the Focus TrackSTer, a one-off custom Focus ST, during the press days of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.


Nissan Versa

For those who crave a new car but are on a tight budget—and who isn’t, these days?—we present the 10 most affordable cars for 2013. Of course, it’s not always smart to bite at the lowest price. Some of these low MSRPs are teaser rates. For example, the base Ford Fiesta doesn’t even include a radio, and the base Smart ForTwo lacks several utterly basic features—a backseat, for instance. For more on these 10 bargain-basement specials, click the name of each vehicle, which will take you to the car’s review page on Consumer Guide Automotive’s website.