First Spin: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country in … high country.

Recent history has shown that one byproduct of war is technical advancement. And rarely has that held more true than in the current battle for pickup-truck supremacy.

If you look back at the long histories of its biggest players, the pickup market has traditionally been slow to evolve. Until fairly recently, the Big Three only redesigned their wares every decade or so, with changes coming more in styling than in content. Read More

2018 Toyota Sequoia Review: You’re Still Here?

Verdict 5.1 / 10

 As Americans continue to gobble up SUVs at a prodigious rate, automakers are scrambling to get new, exciting examples of their biggest people movers to market. In early 2016, Nissan previewed the Infiniti QX80-based Armada, which is now on sale. And late last year, Ford introduced a hugely improved Expedition, while General Motors is allegedly prepping new Chevy, GMC, and Cadillac versions of its truck-based SUVs for 2020. Read More

Review Flashback! 1986 Merkur XR4Ti

1986 Merkur XR4Ti

Merkur, if you recall the brand, was in many ways a marketing complement to General Motors’s Geo experiment.

’80s Flashback: 1987 Mercury Merkur Rapido XR4Ti

Where Geo was established by GM to retail small Japanese vehicles in the U.S., Merkur was established by Ford to sell premium German cars here. It could be argued that neither brand was very successful, but it’s also true that Merkur was pretty much a flop—and shorter lived. Read More

Future Car: 2021 GMC Granite

The GMC Granite Concept debuted at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

Word is out that GMC will be adding a new subcompact crossover to its lineup. The new small truck will be positioned below the brand’s compact Terrain crossover in size and price, becoming the smallest and most-affordable vehicle in the General Motors division’s product portfolio. Read More

I Should Have Hit the Gym Before Driving a 1936 Ford Model 48

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With its bulbous fenders and vertical grille, the 1936 Ford Model 48 looked like a gangster’s car without a doubt. Something that was used to smuggle liquor during Prohibition. Engaged in police chases and shootouts. Driving it was a blast—and a little bit terrifying as well.

(Full disclosure: I wanted to drive my friend Jessie’s 1936 Ford Model 48 so badly that I asked her and she said yes.) Read More

Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line

2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line in Habanero Orange, a $295 color option

2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 307

Fuel used: 10.8 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 28.4 mpg

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort A-
Power and Performance B
Fit and Finish A-
Fuel Economy B
Value B+
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy B
Tall Guy B

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 30/40/34 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $22,995 (not including $850 destination charge) Read More

Lada 4×4 Urban Review: Da, Comrade, Da

What is it?

This is Lada 4×4, a car that could be sold at one of those stores where big-city people buy replica 1950s phones and china light switches for their hip old town apartment. It’s a vehicle for people that say, “They still exist, the good old things.” Since the end of 2017, this good old Russian thing is also available as a five-door. We tested the XL-Lada. Read More

What Was The Pontiac Firefly?

Most Americans have never heard of the Firefly, but Canadian consumers might well have considered purchasing one of these subcompact Pontiacs. A 1987 “Base” is shown.

Pontiac of Canada was well known for selling gently tweaked variations of Chevy products for exclusive distribution north of the border. The 1976-1987 Pontiac Acadian for example, was actually a retrimmed Chevrolet Chevette. Read More

First Spin: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring

Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension. Read More

The 2019 Mazda Miata’s Extra Power Makes a Great Car Better

The 2019 Mazda Miata isn’t completely revamped, but then again, it didn’t need that. Now, though, it is more powerful, more efficient, and basically just a tiny bump better. The car was already great, now it’s even more of a goddamn blast.

(Full Disclosure: Mazda kindly flew me to San Diego and gave me a Miata to drive up to San Luis Obispo over the course of a few days. The company kept me well-fed, not thirsty, and sheltered at night along the way.)  Read More

First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – The Wait Is Over!

Back in January Chevrolet shocked us all when they unveiled the all-new and radically redesigned ’19 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Silverado sports a new frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, and a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum. New exterior styling broke with decades of typical Chevy design and set a new standard for the future of trucks. Since its debut we’ve been learning more and more about the new Silverado as GM slowly dished out info to us, but seat time is what we’ve been patiently waiting for. Read More

First Spin: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody (left) and R/T Scat Pack Widebody

You had to figure this was coming.

After setting the record books ablaze last year with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — and keeping its promise that it would be a one-year-only model — Dodge unveiled a more “streetable” version of much the same car for 2019. Plus it carried over some of the Demon’s drag-racing technology to a more budget-priced model aimed at … well … drag racing. Read More

Test Drive: 2018 Mazda 6 Signature

2018 Mazda 6 Signature in Soul Red Crystal, a $595 color option

2018 Mazda 6 Signature

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 454

Fuel used: 19.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 23.4 mpg

Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort B+
Power and Performance B+
Fit and Finish A
Fuel Economy B-
Value B+
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy A-
Tall Guy B+

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 23/31/26 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $34,750 (not including $890 destination charge) Read More

2018 Kia Rio Review: Ya Basic

Verdict 5.7 / 10

Here’s a pro-tip for you: buy what you need, not what you can afford. If more people followed this mantra, the 2018 Rio would be Kia’s top-seller.

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That’s not a bad thing, either. This pint-sized sedan is a well-rounded four-door with an impressive list of tech and safety equipment for a car costing under $20,000. It’s perfect for young people entering the workforce as well as folks who don’t buy into the belief that bigger is better. Read More

Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE in Blue Flame

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 689

Fuel used: 20.1 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 34.3 mpg

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort B+
Power and Performance B
Fit and Finish B+
Fuel Economy A-
Value B+
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy B
Tall Guy B

Driving mix: 45% city, 55% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 30/38/33 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $24,090 (not including $920 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Carpeted floor mats and cargo-area mat ($229) Read More

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Is a Car to Get if You Love Money

“Not much to this thing,” I thought as I plopped into the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq’s firm driver’s seat and gripped its rock-hard plastic steering wheel. Then I found the price tag: just over $23,000. Then I found the fuel range: just over… holy crap, 600 miles? As far as new cars go, this is quite a penny pincher. Read More

What is Dynamic Fuel Management?

The L84 5.3-liter V8 will be one of two 2019 Chevrolet Silverado engines equipped with General Motors’ new Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation system.

Even if you’re only casually interested in automotive technology, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Cadillac’s ill-fated V8-6-4 engine, which became available for the 1981 model year. Read More

What Do You Want to Know About the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt?

Photo: Patrick George

Lots of love for electric vehicles on Jalopnik lately. First a quick drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance (a full week-long test of the regular one is coming soon) and now we find ourselves in the Chevrolet Bolt until the end of the week. What do you want to know about it?

I’ve only done some light commuting in Chevrolet’s 250-mile, 200 horsepower fully electric hatchback-mini crossover thing, and so far I’m really enjoying it. I’ve knocked about 30 miles off the total range and look forward to the charging experience before the week is up. Read More

Future Car: 2021 Nissan Xterra

The 2019 Nissan Terra debuted at this year’s Beijing Auto Show. Look for a possible U.S.-market variant of the Terra to be imported for the 2021 model year.

Is the U.S. market ready for a return of the old-school body-on-frame midsize SUV? Ford seems to think so, as a revived version of the company’s Bronco SUV is being readied for a 2020 model-year debut. Read More

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Everything You Want It to Be

Does Bullitt still matter? Fifty years since it came out, is the detective thriller—oozing with Steve McQueen’s quiet, simmering brand of cool and famous for its groundbreaking centerpiece car chase scene—relevant to the young buyers the Ford Mustang once had a monopoly on? After a hot lap of San Francisco in the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter, because this car is an instant classic in its own right. Read More

Cylinder Deactivation: The Last V6 Midsize Sedans

The GS is the only 2018 Buick Regal model offered with a V6 engine.

When the redesigned Honda Accord debuted for the 2018 model year, it was missing an optional feature it had offered for more than two decades: a V6 engine.

Now available only with turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplants, the new Accord became the best-selling midsize sedan to rid itself of its 6-cylinder powerplant. In doing so, the Accord joined a growing list of mainstream midsizers that have dropped their optional V6s in recent years–including the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Mazda 6. Read More

The 2018 BMW M5's 600 HP Will Clear All Thoughts From Your Mind With Speed

“This is one bad bitch,” the valet said as he pulled the Marina Bay Blue 2018 BMW M5 out of the bowels of the parking garage on Manhattan’s westside for me.

I laughed in response. “You don’t need to tell me twice.”

On paper, the 2018 M5 (F90-generation) is formidable. Earlier in the summer, a fellow auto writer told me that it was the most savagely fast car he’d ever driven. Another UK-based car critic and friend said that it was probably one of the best cars he’d driven this year. Read More

Test Drive: 2018 BMW M5

2018 BMW M5 in Marina Bay Blue

2018 BMW M5

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 303

Fuel used: 19.8 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 15.3 mpg

Driving mix: 50% city, 50% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 15/21/17 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $102,600 (not including $995 destination charge)

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort B+
Power and Performance A+
Fit and Finish A+
Fuel Economy C-
Value C-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy B-
Tall Guy A-

Options on test vehicle: Silverstone full leather upholstery ($3500), Driving Assistance Plus ($1700), Executive Package ($4000), M Carbon Ceramic Brakes ($8500), 20-inch M wheel [style 706M] w/ performance tires ($1300), Apple CarPlay compatibility ($300), Bowers & Wilkins audio system ($3400), M Driver’s Package ($2500), Gas Guzzler Tax ($1000) Read More

Nicotine Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Cigarette Ads

Cars in Cigarette Ads

Given how socially vilified cigarettes and other tobacco products are today, it may be difficult for people much under the age of 40 to recall a time when smoking was not only generally accepted, it was openly promoted.

Try and imagine Chevrolet today engaging in cross promotion with a cigarette brand. Yet, in 1958, no one thought it odd that Chevy might attach its name, reputation, and marketing might to a raffle campaign with Hit Parade cigarettes. Of course, it was once completely fine for Fred and Barney to take an on-screen smoking break (see ad below). Read More

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Is the Best Way to Kill Hypercars and Get a Tan

When you look at the last few batches of headline-grabbing McLarens, Lamborghinis and Porsches, they’ve had one thing to offer: lap times. Nürburgring records. Extreme track performance. I say unto you now: who actually gives a shit? One of the best and fastest cars I’ve ever driven is the 580 horsepower 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, and it will never see a track day, ever. And when you’re behind the wheel, you won’t care. Read More

Test Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL in Red Diamond

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 636

Fuel used: 26.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 24.1 mpg

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort B
Power and Performance C+
Fit and Finish B-
Fuel Economy B
Value B-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy C+
Tall Guy B

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 25/26/25 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $27,895 (not including $995 destination charge) Read More

Stories of Unique Car, Leading Designer Net Awards for Collectible Automobile® Articles

The quixotic tale of a doomed luxury car and an interview with a veteran car designer turned out to be golden opportunities for two freelance contributors to Collectible Automobile® magazine, a companion publication to Consumer Guide® Automotive.

When the Automotive Heritage Awards (AHA) were presented for the first time ever, Don Keefe collected both a gold medallion and the trophy for “Best Marque-Specific Story” for his CA article “A High Price for Perfection: The Saga of the Gaylord.” Keefe wrote about the efforts of wealthy brothers Jim and Ed Gaylord to build a cost-no-object luxury sports car in the Fifties, and he recounted the path followed by the one surviving example of the car to its current owner. It was, said one judge, a “comprehensive, well-researched, well-written, and little-known story of a rich man’s luxury chariot that . . . never quite made it to production.” The story appeared in the April 2017 issue of the magazine. Read More

Kenstomoto: A Bike From The Future

This bike captured my attention the moment I walked into Art Of Speed on the first day of the Malaysian event. Sitting low and stretched over the ground, the custom creation looked like something out of the Akira anime. This is not the first time I’ve posted images of Kenstomoto bikes; Kenny’s builds stood out to me at the last couple […] Read More

Kenstomoto: A Bike From The Future

This bike captured my attention the moment I walked into Art Of Speed on the first day of the Malaysian event. Sitting low and stretched over the ground, the custom creation looked like something out of the Akira anime. This is not the first time I’ve posted images of Kenstomoto bikes; Kenny’s builds stood out to me at the last couple […] Read More

What is the Doc Fee?

You’ve probably been asked to pay it, but do you know what the doc fee covers?

One challenge new-car customers face is determining the veracity of certain fees and charges that may be added to the price of the vehicle being purchased.

We recently discussed the destination charge, which is a real cost that is passed along from the manufacturer to the purchaser. Charges including tax, title, and license, are also legitimate costs, though consumers are encouraged to scrutinize these line items, and asks questions of their salesperson should they feel they are in any way inflated. Read More

A 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Pulling an Airstream Basecamp Is the Best Version of 'Camping'

A pickup truck with a silver Airstream trailer behind it is quintessential Americana. That’s as true today as it was 50 years ago, except now the experience can be ridiculously comfortable with a 2018 Ford F-150 diesel and a downright futuristic Airstream Basecamp trailer.

(Full disclosure: Ford loaned me the F-150 diesel and Airstream’s PR outfit set up the trailer loan, both were delivered on the respective company’s dimes.) Read More

2018 McLaren 570GT Sport Package: Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Here’s a dirty secret: supercars are great fun, but aren’t something you want to drive every day. Now I know what you’re going to say – the joy of driving a supercar is enough to overshadow inconveniences like uncomfortable seats, a spartan interior, and a lack of cargo space, but you’re wrong my friends. Supercars typically suck as daily drivers. Read More

The $6,000 Benelli TNT600 Is a Lot of Motorcycle For the Money

The Benelli TNT600 is an Italian-branded Chinese-made naked upright sport motorcycle. Its power-to-price ratio is pretty excellent. It’s also a little lumbering and oddly bulbous. It’s a lot of bike for the bucks and it’s a lot of bike in general.

(Full Disclosure: Benelli’s distributor SSR let me ride its TNT300 and TNT600 bikes around Los Angeles for a day. The company also paid for my food and fuel.) Read More

2018 Ford Mustang GT Review: Still Fun, But Losing Its Charm

Verdict 5.5 / 10

Bold looks and heaps of horsepower have been a  Ford Mustang calling card since the beginning. This 2018 model is no different; it gets an updated face, a reworked Coyote V8, and an optional 10-speed automatic that takes the place of the outgoing six.

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The Mustang is still a fun, powerful car with mass appeal, and modern touches make it better than ever. But there are still some outdated elements that hamper the GT’s otherwise impressive performance. Read More

Your E30 BMW M3 Deserves A Killer Engine Swap

In recent years, the first BMW M3 has become slightly more known for its ability to rival air-cooled Porsche prices at online auctions than for its driving prowess. The truth is the E30 M3 is excellent to drive, but its high-revving four-cylinder engine isn’t for everyone. Here’s what you should do instead of shoving your E30 M3 into a hermetically sealed bubble and waiting for its price to go up so you can retire on the Bring A Trailer sale: give it a beefier engine and then actually drive it. Read More

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Actually Kicks Ass

“It was like a bomb,” Albert Biermann told me, describing one of the more, uh, experimental settings for the Hyundai Veloster N during its testing at the Nürburgring. Biermann runs Hyundai N, coming off of his old job running the alphabetically-adjacent BMW M. If anyone knows how to make a fully-realized performance car, it’s Biermann and his team. But you don’t get a well-polished car without it being rough at first, and I wanted to know how rough things had been. Read More

Top Summer Road Trips in Our Favorite Cars | Edmunds

Road Trip Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata

There are fantastic roads to explore all over the continental U.S., but for a taste of something truly exotic — yet passport-free — I’m starting on the island of Maui and taking a famous road that winds along its northern coast to a small plantation-era town called Hana.

The original Hana “highway” was a one-lane gravel road completed in 1926. Today it’s a 52-mile stretch of (mostly) two-lane, (mostly) paved, and very curvy road, brimming with sandy coves, Insta-worthy waterfalls, local eats and rich Hawaiian history. Read More

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