Posts from ‘Cool Things’

Sep
26
2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature in Machine Gray Metallic (a $595 color option)

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 1330

Fuel used: 57.3 gallons

Aug
30
5 Cool Things About the 2022 Toyota Tundra

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

Completely redesigned for 2022, the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck now features the in-cabin-technology and drivetrain power and efficiency that had previously gone wanting. The new Tundra is offered in seven trim levels: entry SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, rugged TRD-Pro, and new high-end Capstone.

Aug
13
Favorite New-Car Features

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.

Jun
01
2021 BMW M5 Competition, Motegi Red

2021 BMW M5 Competition in Motegi Red Metallic

We’re old friends now, the BMW M5 and Consumer Guide editors. A week in the 2021 model with the Competition Package was our third turn in one of the current-generation cars, following tests of a 2018 M5 and a 2019 Competition.

Apr
06
2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392

2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392 in F8 Green

This post could have just as easily been “480 Cool Things about the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392.” That would have counted each of its 475 horsepower and five other cool things of some sort.

Mar
12
Cool Things about the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

As if the Chrysler Pacifica wasn’t good enough with a conventional powertrain, through 2020 it had the distinction of being the only minivan on the market with the availability of gas/electric hybrid power. That bragging point disappears with the arrival of the ’21 Toyota Sienna, but the Pacifica has done a few things that secure its place as a Consumer Guide “Best Buy” in the class.

Jan
20
Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue SEL in Black Noir Pearl

Ever since the Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV debuted as a mid-2020 model, we at Consumer Guide have held this penny-pinching urban runabout in high regard. We added it to our Best Buy awards roster as a midyear addition for 2020, and kept it on the list for 2021 as well. Though it isn’t what you’d call quick, and it doesn’t offer all-wheel drive like most of its class rivals do, the Venue is an exceptionally likable vehicle.

Dec
16
6 Cool Things About the 2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT in Abyss Blue Pearl

Excluding the Jeep Wrangler, few passenger vehicles better sum up their maker’s brand identity better than the Outback does for Subaru. The popular SUV-styled midsize wagon was redesigned for 2020, kicking off its sixth generation and gaining improved cargo room and rear-seat space, as well as a host of new available features.

Sep
04
2020 Toyota Tundra 1974 Edition

2020 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

There is magic in the Toyota name, and in the brand’s fanbase. Though the Tundra has not been fully redesigned since the 2007 model year, the full-size pickup generally sees better than 100,000 sales annually. And while that may seem like chicken feed when compared to the 800,000 sales Ford’s best-selling F-Series trucks boast, it is roughly 400 percent better than the Nissan Titan–which was redesigned for 2017 and refreshed for 2020–is expected to show this year. The Tundra’s sales numbers are quite impressive for a truck that has gone without a from-the-ground-up redesign for so long.

Aug
07
Cool Things About The 2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa SR in Electric Blue Metallic

When Nissan redesigned its Versa subcompact sedan for 2020, the Japanese automaker truly transformed its most-affordable offering. Compared to the car it replaced, the all-new Versa is roomier, quieter, better finished, and better equipped with desirable safety equipment. The 2020 Versa is also arguably better looking than the previous-generation car.