Posts from ‘Hatchbacks’

2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring

2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring in Platinum White Pearl (a $395 color option)

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 320

Fuel used: 10.8 gallons

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate, Fjord Blue

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate in Fjord Blue (a $695 color option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 702

Battery capacity: 78 kWh

2022 BMW i4 M50

2022 BMW i4 M50 in Brooklyn Grey Metallic (a $550 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 BMW i4 M50

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 276

Battery capacity: 80.7 kWh

2019 Buick Regal TourX, 2019 Buick Regal Sportback, Last Buick Station Wagon

Buick Regal TourX

Buick Regal TourXNote: The following story was excerpted from the June 2021 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

It’s a cliché to say it’s the end of an era, and it’s still difficult to believe, but Buick is technically out of the car business. That’s right; every 2021-model Buick in the U.S. market is a crossover SUV. Perhaps more surprising, the last Buick cars weren’t the marque’s famously all-American four-door sedans. Rather they were the 2020 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon.

2022 BMW M440i Gran Coupe

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe in San Remo Green Metallic (a $550 option)

2015 Audi Q52022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 248

Fuel used: 10.5 gallons

2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

Consumer Guide Automotive

It’s tough out there for traditional sporty/performance cars these days, especially for the true two-seater or 2+2 sports cars. The things just don’t sell like they used to American shoppers, and as a result, the automakers who are still sticking it out in this segment have had to get creative. Toyota partnered with BMW to revive the Supra for 2020, and renewed its partnership with Subaru to introduce a new-generation version of the Toyota 86 rear-wheel-drive sports car (now dubbed GR 86) for 2022 (Subaru’s variant continues as the BRZ). Mazda partnered with Fiat to share some of the load for the 2016 redesign of the MX-5 Miata; Fiat got its own version in the revived 124 Spider, which only lasted through the 2017-2020 model years before it was dropped.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line in Ascot Green

2015 Audi Q52022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 170

Fuel used: 7.8 gallons

2022 Mazda MX-30

2022 Mazda MX-30 in Soul Red Crystal (a $995 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 302

Battery capacity: 35.5 kWh

2023 Toyota GR Corolla

2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Today Toyota unveiled a rally-inspired high-performance version of its Corolla compact car—the 2023 GR Corolla—at an event in Long Beach, California. When it arrives later this year, the GR Corolla will be available in a base Core model. A limited-production Circuit Edition will join it in 2023, and it will be available for the 2023 model year only. The GR branding is used globally to identify Toyota’s sports cars—the letters stand for Gazoo Racing, which is Toyota’s in-house motorsports operation.

1977 Ford Pinto, Cheapest American Cars of 1977

1977 Ford Pinto

I was 12 years old in 1977, and the biggest news—really the ONLY news—of the year that was of any real consequence to me was the release of Star Wars. I still recall waiting for two hours with my shockingly patient parents in the lobby of the now-defunct Edens Theater in Northbrook, Illinois to secure tickets. I’m pretty sure this was the day the movie opened.