Black Enterprise Auto Guide

Reviews of 36 new vehicles arriving in 1999

bags will be an option. Another option will be a Reverse Sensing System that will signal when backing if there is an object (or person) behind you.

Drivetrain is a carry-over with a choice of a 3.0-liter or 3.8-liter V-6. This means power is either adequate or quite good. Pricing isn’t set but should be close to the 1998’s list of $19,600 to $30,000. This time Ford hopes to get them out the door without the extreme discounting that earlier Windstars required. With such clever features as tracked seating and a rear dividing cargo shelf, the 1999 model looks to be far more desirable.

A new full-size pickup truck at General Motors arrives less than once a decade. But unlike rivals from Ford and Dodge, GMC (and sibling Chevrolet) has kept most of the old styling. Rather than cater to the personal-use crowd, GM is aiming for the commercial user who isn’t as interested in looking good.

Despite the similar shape, much is changed underneath. New V-8 engines are smaller. Although the result is less torque, peak horsepower is up. The passenger cab is considerably larger, more like the competition. There is even a new frame that’s intended to reduce vibration and harshness.

As before, a wide variety of Sierra models will be available, including a regular and extended cab. Rear and part-time four-wheel drive will be offered. Engine choices vary from a 4.3-liter V-6 through a 4.8- and 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Later, a 6.0-liter V-8 will be available. In four-wheel drive models, you can get Autotrac, an on-demand traction control system that’s essentially full time.

Pricing isn’t set as yet, but shouldn’t stray too far from before. With the wide array of models from bare bones to full-boat luxury, the range will cover from the mid-teens to $30,000 or so. ..RJ.-

Monthly vs. bi-weekly payments
If you’re shopping for a new car, also shop around for the best payment terms, such as how frequently you make a car payment.

Bi-weekly payroll deductions for a car loan can certainly save you interest on the term of the loan. The reason? A loan repaid more frequently “draws down” faster, reducing the total amount of interest paid over the life of the loan.

For example, a loan for a $22,000 car borrowed at 6.95% over 60 months with a monthly payment of $435.11 for 59 months and one payment of $436.00 will cost $4,107.49 in interest paid over the life of the loan. If that same amount ($22,000) were borrowed at the same interest rate (6.95%) for the same period (60 months) but repaid hi-weekly-26 payments per year–you would make 118 payments at $217.50 and one payment at $97.99 for a total interest cost of $3,762.99. That’s a savings of $344.50!

When Honda showed up with its underwhelming Odyssey in 1995, observes assumed the company wasn’t serious about participating in the U.S. minivan market. But 1999 changes that. An all-new Odyssey goes from a backmarker to a flag bearer in the minivan wars. This becomes the largest, roomiest

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