Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring in Wind Chill Pearl (a $395 option)

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

Class: Large Car

Miles driven: 368

Fuel used: 17.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 20.6 mpg

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% 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 A
Power and Performance B
Fit and Finish A
Fuel Economy C+
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: 22/31/25 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $42,200 (not including $920 destination charge) Read More

Auto Historians Cite Collectible Automobile® for Excellence

An international society of automotive historians has named Collectible Automobile® magazine—a companion publication to Consumer Guide® Automotive—the winner of its top award for the presentation of history in a periodical.

The Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) presented CA with its Richard and Grace Brigham Award for 2018. According to the organization, the award is given to the automotive history magazine that represents the most “exemplary editorial, graphic or historical content” published in the previous calendar year. Judging of nominees is based on all issues published in that time. During 2017, the 96-page bimonthly publication covered such topics as the 1978-82 Chevrolet Corvette, the Gaylord, an abortive Studebaker-Porsche compact-car collaboration, the 1955 Chrysler Falcon show car, and Shelby Mustangs. The magazine also ran a two-part interview with retired General Motors designer William Porter. Read More

First Drive: 2019 Volvo S60, V60 #wagonlove

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The 2019 Volvo S60 sedan marks a big beginning and a notable end for the Swedish automaker. It’s the first Volvo to be built in the United States — at a new plant in South Carolina — and its arrival signals the end of the old Ford-derived platform, with its transverse five or six-cylinder engines. Now aligned with the rest of the vehicles in Volvo’s stable, this third-generation S60 sits on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and runs with forced-induction 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engines. Read More

Photo Feature: 1960 Dodge D100

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

As James Longoni’s sparklingly restored Dodge ½-ton pickup seen here clearly demonstrates, by 1960, the outlines of the modern pickup truck had been drawn. Stylishness and a rising level of creature comforts would increasingly be expected. America’s hardy workhorse was being turned into a polished thoroughbred. Read More

What Was The Packard Twelve Concept?

1999 Packard Twelve Concept

If you’re roughly my age—let’s say five decades into this whole life process—you’ve seen a fair number of automobile brands fade into the sunset.

I was probably most impacted by the demise of Pontiac, but I remember feeling a twinge of sadness at the deaths of AMC, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and—no kidding—Checker. Read More

When You Drive a $2.5 Million Koenigsegg Agera RS, You Rethink the Meaning of ‘Fast'

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We have a running theory about Christian von Koenigsegg, the genius founder of Swedish hypercar company Koenigsegg, that basically states he’s actually from the future. He’s stuck in our era, trying to invent a car fast enough to take him back to his home time. After driving the $2.5 million, 1,360 horsepower, 277.9 mph Koenigsegg Agera RS, I don’t doubt this at all, and I think he may be close. Read More

Quick Spin: 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack

2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium in Lightning Blue Metallic

2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 210

Fuel used: 13.5 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 15.3 mpg

Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 16/25/19 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Premium gas recommended

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 B
Fuel Economy D+
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 B-

Base price: $39,095 (not including $900 destination charge) Read More

Best Small SUV – Top-Rated Subcompact & Compact SUVs | Edmunds

Choosing the Best Small SUV for You

Choosing between a subcompact and compact crossover is a personal decision. On one hand, subcompacts are less expensive both upfront and over time since they are typically more fuel-efficient than compact crossovers. On the other hand, many prefer additional interior space, improved ride quality, more upscale cabin, and expanded features list of a compact even though these models cost a bit more. Read More

The Last AWD Midsize Sedans

2019 Nissan Altima

There’s a certain cachet to sedans with all-wheel drive. Though largely shunned by folks in states in which snow is not a real threat to commuting ease, AWD vehicles in general have caught on with the buying public, accounting for as much as 80 percent of the sales of certain crossover-SUV models in cities such as Chicago and New York. Read More

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: first drive of affordable 258-mile crossover

Our first test-drive time with the Hyundai Kona Electric included plenty of what’s very familiar to Los Angelenos: plodding along to the next stoplight on wide boulevards, waiting another few minutes, and repeating—with occasional squirts into traffic gaps and quick merges into the carpool lane.

It’s a use case that many of the Kona Electrics Hyundai sells in the U.S. are likely to encounter. The company sees about 80 percent of the current U.S. market for EVs such as the Kona Electric in California, and company officials described a pecking order to it: California first (in January 2019), then the rest of CARB ZEV states, and then the rest of the nation. But in this year that Tesla is leading sales of all-electric models to new highs, it’s a travesty for Hyundai to limit it to what sounds, at the start, like a compliance machine—especially for a vehicle that, based on our preliminary impressions, is thisgood. Read More

2019 Ford Ranger Expert Review Car Review

After an 8-year absence, the Ford Ranger midsize pickup returns to take on rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. It doesn’t offer quite as many cab/bed variations, but it does come packing a potent turbocharged engine, an impressive 7,500-pound tow rating, and class-leading payload capacity. An FX4 off-road package and driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control further impress. Read More

Cocktail Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Liquor Ads

Auto designer Donald Healey as seen in a Lord Calvert Canadian whiskey ad.

If you’re my age (around the half-century mark), you’ve been programmed since high school to fully appreciate the dangers and potentially disastrous consequences of drinking and driving. And, indeed, since I began college in 1983, the legal penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol have become significantly harsher. Read More

Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring in Lunar Silver

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 590

Fuel used: 11.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 49.6 mpg

Driving mix: 30% city, 70% 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 A-
Power and Performance A-
Fit and Finish B+
Fuel Economy A+
Value A
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 A-

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 47/47/47 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $34,710 (not including $890 destination charge) Read More

Singular Stretch: 1979 Phaeton Chrysler New Yorker Limousine

1979 Phaeton New Yorker Presidental Limousine

On any given weekday, I receive at least half a dozen story pitches, all of which arrive via email, and most of which include links to digital press kits.

As most of these solicitations regard topics well afield of the interests of Consumer Guide readers, I delete them almost immediately. That’s part of the beauty of email; it’s pretty easy to get rid of the stuff you don’t want. Read More

2019 BMW i8: I Am a Big Dumb Idiot for Thinking It Needed More Power

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When stats for the 2019 BMW i8 coupe and its roadster counterpart came out last year, I was disappointed that BMW didn’t give this spaceship-like hybrid more power. This was its chance to finally make an all-powerful electrified halo supercar, I figured, and it missed the opportunity.

But now that I’ve finally driven it, I realize that I am a big, dumb idiot for believing so. The i8 is gorgeous and striking. It makes futuristic noises and the chassis is excellent. It doesn’t need more power. That’s not what it’s about. Read More

Quick Spin: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring in Soul Red Crystal Metallic (a $595 option)

2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 465

Fuel used: 17.6 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 26.4 mpg

Driving mix: 70% city, 30% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 27/32/29 (city, highway, combined)

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 C+
Power and Performance B+
Fit and Finish B+
Fuel Economy B+
Value A-
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 C+

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $27,145 (not including $975 destination charge) Read More

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo: It Has A 590 HP Ferrari V8, As Should All SUVs

Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

What business does an SUV have with nearly 600 horsepower? It’s not my job to rationalize that, but it is to go and see what it’s like. Enter the 2019 Masterati Levante GTS and Trofeo, both packing a Ferrari V8, like all SUVs ought to have.

(Full Disclosure: Maserati wanted us to drive the 2019 Levante GTS and Trofeo so badly that it flew me out to Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week, fed me, put me up in a really nice hotel and then bought all of my Pebble Beach event passes.)
Read More

Test Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited

2019 Ram 1500 Limited in Ivory 3-Coat paint (a $500 option)

2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 585

Fuel used: 33.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 17.3 mpg

Driving mix: 20% city, 80% highway

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

Fuel type: Midgrade gas recommended Read More

The $199 Lease Deals for October | Edmunds

2018 Buick Encore

$199 a month/39 months — The Buick Encore’s strong suits are its maneuverability and fuel efficiency. Although its performance lags behind that of many of its SUV competitors, the Encore is a bit more upscale than the norm, with a quieter interior and more standard and optional features. This month, a 2018 Encore Preferred with front-wheel drive is being advertised in Miami and other cities at $199 a month for a 39-month, 32,500-mile lease. With $4,508 due up front, plus a disposition fee of $495, the total outlay will be $12,764, or 39 cents per mile of use. See other lease deals in your area. Read More

2019 GMC Yukon Expert Review Car Review

The GMC Yukon and its extended-length variant, the Yukon XL, are the mechanical twins of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, respectively. The upscale Yukon Denali, meanwhile, is so plush that it you might mistake it for these models’ luxury sibling, the Cadillac Escalade. Built on a rugged frame, they trade sedan-like efficiency and manners for towing and off-road capability. Read More

2019 Hyundai Elantra Expert Review Car Review

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan and GT hatchback offer a remarkable list of standard and optional equipment and at an impressively low price. Features not even found on some luxury cars are available here, as well as a new range of driver-assist safety features. The sedan gets a complete makeover this year, while the GT remains the same. Read More

2019 BMW X5 Expert Review Car Review

All-new for 2019, the BMW X5 luxury SUV improves with more technology, enhanced safety and driver-assistance features, more power, and slightly larger dimensions. For the first time in its nearly 20 years of existence, the BMW X5 is available with an off-road package, all while retaining more athleticism than rivals like the Audi Q7, Lexus RX and Acura MDX. Read More

2018 Kia Niro PHEV Review: Electrified Simplicity

Verdict 5.9 / 10

Upon initial inspection, the Kia Niro PHEV (short for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) appears to be an unassuming member of the rapidly growing compact crossover SUV segment. But little details such as the extra fuel door on the front fender and the “electric” blue exterior trim pieces give away what this car is hiding: A fuel-efficient gasoline-electric powertrain that can be plugged in and charged to allow up to 26 miles of all-electric driving. Read More

Cheap Wheels: 1995-1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Jeep’s compact Cherokee and Wagoneer proved popular after their debuts for 1984, and parent AMC was already working on a larger replacement when Chrysler bought the company in 1987. Chrysler had other priorities, so it took until the 1993 model year for the replacement to go on sale. At that point the decision was made to keep the old type in production and position the new vehicle upmarket as the Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer. Read More

2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Review: Because You’re Worth It

Verdict 6.9 / 10

The Land Rover Range Rover is the most quintessential sport utility vehicle there is. Chances are it’s what pops in your head when someone says “SUV.” It has utility and off-road capability in spades, yet it’s as comfortable to drive as a luxury car.

The SUV Gold Standard

Indeed, the only thing that makes it less than perfect is its price, which is, let’s just say it, stupid high. Yet after a week of driving this 2018 Range Rover HSE powered by a turbodiesel V6, I’m convinced it’s worth every precious penny. Read More

Test Drive: 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL

2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL in Magnetic Black

2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 472

Fuel used: 19.0 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 24.8 mpg

Driving mix: 40% city, 60% 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 A-
Power and Performance C+
Fit and Finish B+
Fuel Economy B-
Value A
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+

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 24/30/27 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $28,540 (not including $975 destination charge) Read More

Review Flashback! 2005 Pontiac Aztek

2005 Pontiac Aztek

I’m not quite prepared to suggest that Pontiac’s Aztek crossover would have sold well if it had been launched as a 2018 model, but I am willing to propose that it might have been better received in today’s marketplace than it was when it debuted back in 2001. Read More

2018 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Expert Review Car Review

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 is the more powerful, higher-performance variant of the standard SLC300 roadster. It has the keen ability to shape-shift from a sporty 2-seat coupe to a wind-in-your-hair convertible thanks to a retractable hardtop roof. This X factor gives the SLC43 a dual-natured edge over competitors like the Porsche 718 Boxster and Jaguar F-Type. Read More

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Expert Review Car Review

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq comes in three variations. The Ioniq Hybrid follows the Toyota Prius, with a gasoline-engine/electric-motor setup. The Plug-in Hybrid is nearly identical, only it can be plugged in and run short distances on electric power. The Ioniq Electric runs solely on electric power, but can’t match the range of the Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf. Read More

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Expert Review Car Review

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq comes in three variations. The Ioniq Hybrid follows the Toyota Prius, with a gasoline-engine/electric-motor setup. The Plug-in Hybrid is nearly identical, only it can be plugged in and run short distances on electric power. The Ioniq Electric runs solely on electric power, but can’t match the range of the Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf. Read More

The “Big” Chryslers of 1990

1990 Chrysler Imperial

I’ve long argued that the menu planners at Taco Bell are among the most resourceful product engineers in the fast-food world. Using just a handful of ingredients, the wizards at “the Bell” have brought us tacos, burritos, tostadas, chalupas, gorditas, Enchiritos, Crispas, Bell Beefers, Cheesaritos, Crunchwraps, Quesaritos, and, with the help of Frito Lay, the awe-inspiring Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco. Read More

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Packs a Turbo Inline-Six That’ll Make You Love Electricity

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Once upon a time, a Mercedes-Benz inline-six was the very model of smoothness and opulence and grace. It went away for some time, but now it’s finally back and boasts some impressive power and tech. Then the mad scientists at AMG got their hands on it. Meet the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53, one of the more interesting AMG cars you can buy right now. Read More

First Spin: 2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

Even considering the phenomenal recent growth in the compact-crossover segment, Subaru’s Forester has been incredibly popular of late. And it’s poised to get even more so.

With its redesign for 2019, the fifth-generation Forester gains a little more room, more standard power, and a host of new features, while expanding the availability of many existing ones. Read More

Test Drive: 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA in Crystal White Pearl

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 287

Fuel used: 14.5 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 19.7 mpg

Driving mix: 40% city, 50% 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 C+
Power and Performance A
Fit and Finish B-
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 C
Tall Guy B

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 16/22/18 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $48,995 (not including $860 destination charge) Read More

2019 Lexus ES Expert Review Car Review

The all-new 2019 Lexus ES has an aggressive new look, improved performance and a new attitude, but fear not: it continues to be quiet and comfortable. Choices of a gas V6-powered ES 350, hybrid ES 300h and sporty ES 350 F Sport have the potential to lure shoppers away from the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Infiniti Q50 and Acura TLX. Read More

2019 Nissan Sentra Expert Review Car Review

The 2019 Nissan Sentra has a sporty look typical of Nissan sedans, and its feature-rich cabin is both roomy and handsome. Although not as powerful as some rivals, the Sentra offers the latest in driver assists and infotainment, plus great fuel economy and a reasonable price. Buyers can choose from six trims, including two with turbocharged engines. Read More

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Expert Review Car Review

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best-selling trucks in America, thanks to its well-rounded portfolio of strong performance, reliability and quiet, comfortable interiors. Seen as a traditional, middle-of-the-road truck, for 2019, the all-new Silverado uses technology and modern engineering to keep the Chevy capable and tough while making it lighter, more fuel efficient and roomier inside. Read More

5 Cars No One is Buying

2018 Lincoln Continental

With the 2018 model year coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at the cars and crossovers that haven’t caught on with the American motoring public. What we’ve amassed here are not the worst-selling cars of 2018 so far–they’re simply a handful of vehicles we feel have largely failed in the marketplace. Read More

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