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As soon as I got into our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, I remembered how much I like driving compact and midsize trucks. The Colorado may be a new truck, but compared to most other new vehicles on the road, it's a throwback to an earlier time, about 15 years ago, when a bouncy ride and slow steering were accepted in a great many so-called family-friendly vehicles. Now you have to drive a small pickup or a Jeep Wrangler if you want these attributes. Of course, you can get them in a Frontier or Tacoma as well.
This might sound like faint praise, but I really enjoy the Colorado's size and personality. And as others have written, it has a pretty civilized ride quality for a four-wheel-drive truck with the Z71 suspension tune.
So my family and I took it to Angel Stadium for an Angels-Mariners game.
Last Saturday, editor Carlos Lago and I met at the Edmunds office at an alarmingly early hour. About a month earlier, we had registered our long-term 1966 Chevrolet Corvette for the Drive Tastefully Rally in Malibu, Calif., and there was a 7:00 a.m. call time. At 6:30, we were wheels-up from the office, both needing caffeine but excited for the day ahead.
The event, hosted by Petrolicious, began along Pacific Coast Highway and ended 83 miles later at the Museum of Flight in Santa Monica. Sure, this is no Hot Rod Power Tour across several states, but it was a great chance to get acquainted with the Sting Ray.
It was one of those Friday nights. Out for a few drinks and a meal with some co-workers, then an urgent text arrives from my boss. The subject had me dropping cash on the table and grabbing an Uber home as if all of humanity's life depended on it.
The message and ensuing phone call basically said, "I'm sick as a dog and can't make it to the track tomorrow to drive Vipers. Do you want to go?"
I'd been itching to go to Las Vegas for a while now, especially now that the weather is heating up. Matter of fact, going to Vegas in the summer is one of my favorite things to do. You can always fly to Vegas, but when the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is available for the weekend, the choice to drive becomes a whole lot easier.
I live in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, about 15 miles west of Universal Studios. When I head over to the city of lost wages, I nearly always drive. In fact, I've flown to Vegas only twice in the past two decades, even though I visit Sin City at least twice a year. To me, driving is more convenient and only takes a bit longer than hopping on a plane.
A quick check of Google Maps says the trip from home to hotel is about 280 miles. Estimated drive time is about four and half hours. I'll add 15 minutes for a gas/ bathroom break for a grand total of four hours and forty five minutes.
Well, we said we were going to use our 2015 Dodge Viper GT like any other car, so why not toss a carry-on in back for an airport run? The bag fit easily, unlike the overhead compartment of the 767 that flew me back from Detroit. And there was room to spare in the Viper, so I didn't even have to jam it in there.
That's a lot of tuples. I didn't expect to get fired on from six different angles when I sprayed our 2015 Volvo S60's windshield for the first time. I was so fascinated by the barrage that I let it flow for like 20 seconds (two videos' worth), so if any subsequent drivers were wondering about the residue on the Volvo's roof, well, now you know.
Part of owning a car like our long-term 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is an increased need for maintenance. Essentially, the car is old, so it's important to check things like oil level and tire pressure regularly. More important, we need to remember: No fancy digital read-outs with warning lights and maintenance schedules here.
Preparing to leave on a road trip, I filled up our 2015 Hyundai Sonata and was shocked to find that it only got 16 mpg for that tank. The previous tank was much better at 22 mpg, but still well below the EPA-promised 29 mpg combined. Looking at our fuel economy updates, I see other editors have flagged this discrepancy.
But, hey, what better side benefit for a road trip than to check the fuel economy? So I filled up before I left, once on the road, and again when I returned from the 609-mile excursion.
Here's what I learned about EPA estimates versus real-world MPG in our Sonata.
In early June, I set out in our 2014 Mini Cooper on what I expected to be a 2,400-mile road trip up along the west coast. As with most road trips, things changed. We ended up totaling 3,014 miles!
As with any epic road trip, music is a must. I synced my iPhone 6 to the Bluetooth with relative ease, then my friend and I hit the road. We had a little more than seven hours before making our first camp in Coloma, Calif., and during that time we discovered the frustration of the Mini's menu dial.
The dial of doom can be turned and also toggled to make selections through the menu. What happens most of the time is it toggles when you want it turn, and turns when you want it toggle. Thus you end up shuffling through a litany of screens that you're not interested in.