5 Point Inspection


The AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection is simple. We break down the top five things you need to know about each vehicle: the good, the bad and the important new features. Easier to digest than a full-length review, the Five-Point Inspection brings you everything you need to know, quickly and efficiently.”


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Five Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

Five Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

  Reese’s Puffs might be the single greatest invention since beer, the automobile or YouTube. They successfully marry candy and breakfast in a symphony of synthesized taste that makes ordinary corn-based cereal irrelevant. This stuff gives a new meaning to “most important meal of the day.” Putting General Mills’ chocolate salty balls aside for a…

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Ford Fiesta Five-Door SE

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Ford Fiesta Five-Door SE

Smaller is better. Obviously this isn’t true in every situation but for many drivers a compact or sub-compact car will meet their needs just as nicely as a midsize sedan or even some crossovers. After decades of neglect, automakers have finally started to share some of their excellent B-Segment offerings with American motorists. If you’ve…

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794

Looking to cash in on one of the most profitable product niches in the market right now, Toyota has put together a new south-western themed Tundra trim level it calls the 1794 Edition.

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Toyota Corolla S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Toyota Corolla S

  There are all sorts of creative ways to transform something boring into something exciting – here’s one: adding grizzly bears to baseball! Sadly, Toyota didn’t really capitalize when it comes to sprucing up its Corolla S, which is advertised as the sportier model of the affordable Japanese compact car, but really isn’t.

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

How does one define excess? Well, aside from “Googling” the word or grabbing one of those ancient, paper-bound things called dictionaries, I would offer the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S as a suggestion.

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

I am a bit of a Camaro guy. As the previous owner of a 1996 Camaro, I still have visions of once again owning a Chevrolet pony car. So when GM brought back the Camaro in 2010, my excitement to get behind the wheel was understandable. But when the time came to finally pilot a…

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

So you’ve already read all there is to know about the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and its seven-speed manual transmission? We’d like to challenge that notion. More than just a novelty, or an engineering trick to help the car meet fuel economy regulations, the car is amazingly executed, faster than you’d guess and we…

Five-Point Inspection: Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports

Five-Point Inspection: Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports

In North America Toyota is known for a couple signature vehicles. Over the decades they’ve sold legions of Camrys and more Prius hybrids than you might expect. Beyond these core products the company also offers a host of other models, from the full-size Tundra pickup truck to the FJ Cruiser sport utility.

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

In case you didn’t know, the Panamera is heavily revised for 2014. Porsche claims that this is now the second generation of the Panamera model lineup and it includes a host of changes inside and out. 

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

The fourth generation Acura TL has had a hard time fitting in during its short lifetime. Sized closer to a mid-size luxury sedan, the TL is powered, optioned and priced more like a compact luxury sedan. In fact, at a base $36,030, the TL is actually cheaper than the BMW 328i. With such a cheap…

Five-Point Inspection: 1997 Toyota Prius

Five-Point Inspection: 1997 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is one of the most contentious vehicles available today. On the one hand it rankles automotive enthusiasts like few other cars. They decry its bland styling and lifeless driving experience.

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

The Panamera has undergone a lot of changes for 2014; enough for Porsche to claim this is the second generation of the four-door model.  The big news this year is that for the first time ever, the Panamera will be available in two body styles: regular and long-wheelbase “Executive.”

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Kia Rondo

Plenty of great vehicles around the world skip American showrooms. For various reasons the business decision is made that selling vehicle “x” in the U.S. doesn’t make sense and it’s never offered.

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xB

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Scion xB

When the Scion xB was first introduced in 2003, it was a funky looking little square box aimed at youths involved in the tuner car scene. However, like many vehicles of this era targeted at younger buyers, it never really caught on. Blame the lack of power, blame the quirky looks, blame an unknown brand,…

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Kia Rio Eco

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Kia Rio Eco

Kia was one of the first mass-market auto brands to introduce LED daytime running lights to its lineup, and once again the Korean brand is bringing technology usually reserved for luxury cars into its Rio sub-compact in the form of Stop/Start.

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP

Taking something from ordinary to extraordinary is no easy task, and there might not be a better example of ordinary than the Honda Accord. A solid family car that offers dependability and ease of use over all else, are the folks at Honda crazy for trying to make this family hauler perform on the track?…

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Like its German rivals, Mercedes-Benz offers a wide selection of cars, crossovers and SUVs to fit seemingly every niche. With luxury brands fighting to get ahead in each segment of the market, every combination of body-type, engine size and price-point are available in some way or another.

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

On the market mostly unchanged for six years, you’ve probably read everything there is to know about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, to its amazing all-wheel drive system to its boy racer looks. In other words, you’ve read lists of things to love about the Evo. But surely it must have…

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Nissan NV200

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Nissan NV200

When Nissan won the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ contract from New York City with its new compact passenger van, it was obvious a retail version would follow. Although the 13,000 vehicles NYC requires is no small amount, Nissan would like to sell more; a lot more. So the manufacturer created the NV200, a version of this…