Wednesday, December 31, 2014

After Final Tally, was the Automotive Bailout Worth it?

Politically speaking, the great automotive bailout will be debated for many years. Some will call it a necessary move to save an industry that drives the American economic engine. Others will say it was so flawed and ineffective that the end results do not justify the expense. Everybody is right. Everybody is wrong.

None of it really matters in the whole scheme of things.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Buick Facts You May Not Know

Buick has been around for many years and is a staple in the American car industry. What used to be known as your grandmother’s car has been redesigned and now targets a younger market with the additional of SUV’s and sporty sedans.

With a price range that is right for a family’s budget, Buick has reinvented itself and become an option to a whole new demographic. Even with everything you think you know about Buick, here are some fun facts you may not know:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

1.2 Million Dollar Christmas Display

For those of us who got socks this year, here's something to strive for next year.

The Capable and Luxurious 2015 Land Rover Range Rover

As a longstanding performer in the luxury SUV class, many have thought of a Land Rover product as being the pinnacle of a class of vehicles that are more than just luxury SUVs but rather some of the most capable vehicles on the market.  Even though for the most part the Land Rover SUVs are never going to be driven for their true purpose or allowed to show off their high class capabilities these  vehicles are some of the most trail ready and able four-wheel drive vehicles on the market today. 

One of the most popular Land Rover SUVs for many years is the Range Rover.  This SUV offers a massive amount of performance for any owner to fully take advantage of while enjoying the comfortable and luxurious ride.  With handling and control that rivals the Porsche Cayenne the Range Rover is one of the most enjoyable rides on the market and offers a look and desire that gives this SUV and exclusive ability to outperform the competition while being the most comfortable driving vehicle on the road.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lexus Makes the 2015 GS an 'Interesting' Offering

What makes the GS interesting?  Start with the fact this sedan offers a very coupe-like appearance making it much more aerodynamic than most sedan.  Add to this the increase from the 350 to the 450h doesn’t reduce the performance in any noticeable way giving shoppers the choice of a normal engine or hybrid one to choose from and know they will experience some great performance.  With these interesting features in place, the GS is a very energetic luxury sedan that comes in competing with some longstanding namesakes such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS.  Even in this awesome competition the GS shows up with an outstanding performance to stand above the rest in many ways.

As a luxury car that fits itself nicely between a well-behaved sport sedan and a luxury cruiser the Lexus GS offers a great deal of performance and equipment for any owner to take advantage of and fully enjoy.  For 2015 the GS offers a new multimedia system with a 12.3-inch display screen which has the ability to be split into three sections to give read outs for the audio, navigation and climate control systems.  A set of new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels is also available on the 2015 Lexus GS.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Small and Fun 2015 Fiat 500

Confounding the experts who said an Italian subcompact wouldn’t do well in the US, the FIAT 500 has become one of the hottest and “gotta have it “, cars on the road today.  With models that range in attraction for different crowds the FIAT 500 has made a name for itself that is showing off and creating apprehension in the competition such as the Mini Cooper and Ford Fiesta.  Across the board, the 500 comes in a wide array of colors making it very attractive to younger generations, offers a playful attitude that the back to school crowd will enjoy.  Add an Abarth engine for some performance-oriented driving for those who are looking for a really nice ride, and even offers an all-electric model that makes the environmentalists very happy.

As a practical, affordable, and very fuel efficient offering from FIAT, the 500 is small and easy to enjoy for anyone who dares to have some fun.  Added for the new model year, the Abarth engine is mated to a new transmission, all models except the base model add a new seven-inch TFT instrument cluster and Bluetooth streaming and an additional USB port have been added.  These additions help to make the 500 an even better car to own than before and make the drive more enjoyable across the board.

Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 Audi A8: The Flagship Sedan to Put Others to Shame

Executives are used to riding in high-end luxury and enjoying plush surroundings.  The Audi A8 offers a ride and comfort that makes it the flagship of the Audi line up and an enjoyment that any high level business executive would be more than happy to ride in.  Competing at the top of the luxury class with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS the A8 offers a ton of power and features that will allow anyone to enjoy the drive or enjoy being a passenger in the amazing offering from Audi.

The A8 for 2015 offers new front and rear designs, an available head-up display with night-vision, lane departure warnings and an increase in horsepower for the 4.0-liter V8 engine.  Driving the A8 is an experience that will not be matched.  For those who are not used to plush and lavish luxury the A8 will be the height of pleasure cruising for them.  Drivers can choose between Comfort, Dynamic or Automatic modes to offers driving experience that ranges from the comforts of a living room to a powerful and performance laden ride.  The suspension and steering systems are expectedly highly-engineered and ready to take on any driving conditions while allowing occupants to fully enjoy the comfort and pleasure of this luxury cruiser.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The 2015 Toyota Prius Continues to Lead the Way

The Toyota Prius is the best-selling hybrid vehicle on the planet and the 2015 model lineup doesn’t show and hint or sign of slowing down at all.  When the word hybrid is mentioned the Prius is the first thought that comes to mind with its wedge-shaped design and unbelievable fuel efficiency that has become synonymous with the name of the Prius.  The Prius of today offers plenty of room for a full carload to enjoy the ride to whatever destination is chosen along with having a generous amount of cargo space to ensure an overnight or weekend adventure can be had along with the enjoyment of the awesome fuel efficiency.  Competing with the Ford C-Max and Chevrolet Volt, the Prius is more popular even though the others are much more enjoyable to drive.

For the 2015 model year, the Prius gains a new special edition model in the form of the Prius Persona Series Special Edition with adds dark finish 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, dark chrome accents on the inside, an can be painted in either Blizzard Pearl or Absolutely Red.  With the Prius being all about fuel economy the car offers a reputation as part of the Toyota lineup that has been built upon the ideal of dependability and longevity which help make the Prius an awesome car to upgrade to from other models ensuring owners will enjoy excellent resale value with its time to trade in or sell.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Style Meets Function in the 2015 Honda Odyssey

Even though most feel a minivan is a logic purchase and not one made based on driving pleasure, which is mostly true, the Honda Odyssey boasts a great deal of both logic and enjoyment to make this a great minivan for any family to enjoy.  Offing excellent function from the use of dual sliding doors, seating for eight passengers, very high crash test scores and the reliability that comes with the Honda name the Odyssey makes sense.  On the other hand, this is one of the most attractive minivans on the market with excellent lines and enjoyable features such as a fuel-efficient and powerful engine as well as enough cabin features to make anyone look for a luxury nameplate on the Odyssey.

As one of the most practical choices for any family to take advantage of, including room to place up to three booster seats along the second row of seating, the Odyssey comes into 2015 virtually the same as the 2014 model.  The dual sliding doors allow easier access when in tight parking lots and the ability of parents to be able to reach children who are on one side or the other with much less hassle than minivans that only open on one side.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Highest Priced Hatchbacks for 2015 (Part 2)

Hatchbacks offer a versatility for cargo, passengers, and fuel efficiency.  As vehicles that offer a smaller footprint these cars are fantastic for driving in the city or for use during the daily commute to the workplace and make a great choice for anyone to enjoy.  Hatchbacks have been around for a very long time and have developed a higher degree of technology and refinement.  At the top of the pricing of hatchbacks is found many electric models that help to reduce the overall price paid by allowing the owners to avoid fuel pumps for many miles or altogether.  These five are the highest price for 2015.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Highest Priced Hatchbacks for 2015 (Part 1)

Even though most people think of hatchbacks as cheap, and small cars that are meant for daily commuting and saving on fuel, these cars can be filled with awesome features and equipment and offer an amazing amount of function, capability, and driving excitement.  With upscale styling and plenty of fun under the hood and in the cabin, hatchbacks can be the best choice of a car to drive, especially for those who are simply city dwellers.  These hatchbacks are the highest priced on the market for 2015.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2015 Nissan Rogue: Sharp and Well-Designed for Driving Enjoyment

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is the in the second year of this second generation for this excellent SUV.  Offers as a vehicle that shows up in its class with a third row of seats where much of the competition cannot add a third row to their seating.  In addition to this great feature, the Rogue is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that offers a great deal of fuel efficiency where others are using more traditional methods and not able to enjoy the same great fuel savings as the Rogue.

Considered to be a compact SUV the Rogue offers much better dimensions inside and out than most in the compact segment.  Added to the Rogue for this new model year are an Eco mode, heated front seats which are both included in the SV Premium Package and the Artic Blue Metallic paint will replace the Graphite Blue.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pleasure without the Pain Brings the 2015 Audi Q5 to Life

As Audi has become known for cars that offer style, comfort, class, and performance this great engineering and offering gets added to their SUVs as well including the Q5.  The Q5 offers owners the ability to own a high-performing vehicle that offers luxury features inside and out as well as the looks and class that luxury vehicle owners desire in a great vehicle.  With the luxury SUV class becoming so large, the Q5 has had to stay ahead of the curve and offer a great deal of features and benefits that are not found on other models, making it a great choice for shoppers to select.

Driving the Audi Q5 offers a feeling of almost riding on a cloud while having the confidence that the vehicle will not lose control in tight turns or on a winding road.  This feeling is the direct result of a highly engineered suspension that keeps everything connected and dispels the road abrasions with ease.  The steering system allows the driver to feel fully in control of the vehicle at all times by offering a highly responsive system that is fun and easy to enjoy.  The Q5 also brings with it one of the quietest cabins on the market today, allowing owners to only have to listen to their selection of music and not the road around them.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Buick Concept Pair Bring Excitement to the Brand

Buick stands out and has for many years with its luxury stylings and performance laden ability to provide owners everything they could ever want in a car.  With a full lineup set to release in 2015, Buick has shown off with concept cars at car shows recently that give fans a look into what will come not only for the 2015 model hear, but for 2016 as well.   Here are two of those offerings to wet anyone’s appetite for great luxury and sporty vehicles.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The SUV from Porsche is the Updated 2015 Macan

The Macan comes into 2015 as a new small SUV offering that is not so much the smaller version of the Cayenne but the larger version of the 911 that so many associate with Porsche name.  The simple reality is the Macan is a small crossover SUV that offers the great style and performance that has become synonymous with Porsche and gives owners the feeling of driving a car while having the space that many small crossover SUVs offer to many owners.

Two versions of the Macan will be available the Macan S that will be approximately $50,895 and the Macan Turbo that will have a price tag around $73,295.  Even though one is called turbo, they both are powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.  That V6 comes in the form of a 3.0-liter engine that offers 340 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque for the S model and the 3.6-liter engine for the Turbo model that brings in a massive 400 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque.  Both engines area mated to a seven-speed PDK double-clutch automatic transmission that gives a very near instant performance regardless of the type of shifting needed.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Nice List of Electric Cars to Add Excitement to 2015

With gas prices going up and not seeming to every come down at all the introduction and increased improvements in technology have helped to make electric cars the next great wave in vehicles.  Because of this, there are several new offerings from manufacturers for 2015 that will help to keep gas in the tank and use electricity as the main power source for these great vehicles.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Affordability and Lexus Come Together with the 2015 RX

Lexus has built a great reputation of offering its luxury cars and SUV’s at prices that are much lower than the competition and packed full of even more features and equipment to enjoy.  The 2015 version of the Lexus RX is no different coming in with a ton of great features and equipment to enjoy and a much lower starting price than all if its competitors.  As a mid-sized luxury crossover offering, the RX is the prescription the doctor ordered for anyone needing a great luxury SUV at a very easy to live with price.

Competing in a class that includes the Cadillac SRX, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q and Infiniti QX50 (a veritable alphabet soup of competition), the RX shows off with everything an owner wants in their vehicle long term, reliability, resale value, versatility and comfort.  Adding to this, the RX offers a version for both the power hungry with the F Sport, and the fuel savers with the RX hybrid model to appeal to a varied audience.  The RX adds a rearview camera, a seven-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker audio system, and replaces the six-disc CD changer to a single one, all standard for the 2015 model year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Big and Powerful 2015 Ford Super Duty

As the leader in truck sales for so many years, Ford has defined what it means to make great trucks year after year and the 2015 model year is shaping up to be much of the same.  The F250 Super Duty truck comes in as  big, bold, powerful, strong, and highly capable.  With a monstrously large towing capacity, enough space with the Crew Cab to take the entire crew to the jobsite, or the family to the lake, the truck offers performance and power that are plentiful and very enjoyable.

Offering a much more powerful engine for this year’s lineup as a response to both the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram 1500, loyal Ford followers will love this new super powerful engine that takes care of business.  Add a stronger frame and an upgraded towing package both new for 2015 and the F250 is really ready for action.  The towing capacity has been ramped up to a full 26,500 pounds and can even be more for an owner willing to move up to the massive F450 that hauls as much as 31,200, which is enough to take care of absolutely every job out there.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Lexus NX 200t: An All New Luxury Crossover from Lexus

For this new model year, 2015, Lexus will unleash a new crossover SUV for all to enjoy in the version of the NX 200t.  Poised to compete in the market with the Acura RDX and BMW X3 the NX 200t should be able to take a great deal of market share competing in this class with its classic Lexus stylings and appointments.  Because Lexus has had a great deal of success with crossover SUV’s in the past with the RX 350 and ES 350 the NX 200t is expected to be another leader in the class. 

The NX 200t is expected to be released with a starting price around $39,700 and move up from there.  This is actually higher than the original expected price that was supposed to be closer to $30,000.  The simple reality is though that most luxury cars starting prices are meaningless because most luxury shoppers add amenities and features that they want to enjoy and don’t end worrying as much about price.  There are a few shoppers who will buy a Lexus at the base model, but that crowd is very few and far between and doesn’t seem to be the crowd Lexus is catering to anymore.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Dodge Barracuda; Bringing Back Memories and Possibly More

Dodge seems poised to introduce yet another, lighter sports car that offers a similar style as the Dodge Challenger and maybe even be set to replace the Challenger altogether.  The 2015 SRT Barracuda appears with the SRT (Street Racing Technology) tag that is adorning only the best and most powerful of the Dodge sports cars these days.

Using a new and smaller platform than before, the 2015 Barracuda should come in about 300 pounds lighter than previous models.  This allows the car to be faster off the line than before and if the power is the same, be able to maintain speed and power throughout a long run.  Built to compete with the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Alfa Romeo, the Barracuda appears to be ready to take on these longstanding namesakes and see which one is the best car.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Sneak Peak into the 2015 Subaru Outback; The Leader for Off Road Cars

Coming in all new for 2015, the Subaru Outback offers a lot of the same with just a bit of the different.  Recently unveiled in Redmond, Oregon, where Outback spotting was plentiful, the Outback offers a lot of the same do it all and go anywhere functionality that its reputation is built on.   
With many of the same offerings such as size and engines, the new Outback has been reengineered to offer a much more capable and comfortable ride on and off the road.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Virtually Unchanged, the 2015 Ford Taurus is Still a Force

As the full-sized sedan offering from Ford, the Taurus offers a great name and a full array of features and equipment to enjoy.  As the oldest name I the segment, it has built a reputation of being a very popular car for many owners to fully enjoy.  By adding a bit of technology, and colors, the Taurus easily keeps up with the competition to come in once again as a great car for a family, or daily commuter whichever is needed.

Competing in a class that includes the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger, the Taurus has to work extra hard to keep up with these namesakes, but does so in a classic and trustworthy fashion that keeps it at the top of the list year after year.  The Taurus offers more options for engine choices and comes with exceptional technology.  Offering plenty of cargo space and a very enjoyable drive, the Taurus is a car that is both easy to love and great to use for vacations, daily commuting, or any other driving that needs to be done.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How About a Ferrari?

Ferrari is planning to release a new version of their very popular and highly successful LaFerrari model in the version of a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari Spider. To go along with the Spider will be the new LaFerrari XX that will release sometime in 2015 as well and only be produced in a very limited production run.

The new Spider is expected to have a total of only 50 units built and cost twice as much as the coupe that brings it to approximately two million euros and making it more expensive than the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.  The power for this awesome machine will come from a 6.3-liter V12 engine that offers 789 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque as well as a 120 kW electric motor.  With the pair together the power will come in around 950 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque, enough power to scream ahead of any car made in the US.  This car will carry a seven-speed dual clutch automated transmission to make shifting and transfer of power smooth and easy to enjoy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Big Boy is Still Cruising: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

When someone mentions the Chevrolet Suburban it brings thoughts of a very large truck-like SUV that is equipped with lots of space for people and cargo as well as a ton of towing capacity.  In short, the thoughts are of a capable vehicle.  The Suburban has long been known as an SUV that can do it all and ask for more to do because it never tires even with the driver and other occupants have worn themselves out for the day.  The Suburban continues to be a great large SUV for families and work crews to enjoy and put to the test.

For the 2015 model year, the Suburban takes on a new style with a brand new interior and chassis to modernize this big, beefy and powerful vehicle.  Basically competing with no other vehicle because no other auto maker has made an SUV that actually achieves or comes close to achieving the performance of the Suburban this monster has eclipsed the Ford Expedition EL, which would have been the only other possibility to be in its class.  With the entire vehicle receiving an upgrade, the Suburban now boasts an interior that is easily the best in its class, but that is a class all to itself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Facelift Plus Tech Boost Wins for 2015 Chevrolet Cruze

With advanced technology offered on many new vehicles, Chevrolet has added quite a bit to the Cruze for fans to enjoy and creating a fun environment.  By offering greater technology automakers are able to improve their vehicles without having to redo the outside bodywork and still have an all new model to offer.

According to Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Director of Passenger Car and Crossover Marketing, he stated “We’ve simply made a great, versatile car even better.”  By being the cornerstone of the small car lineup from Chevrolet that includes the Spark, Sonic and Volt the Cruze offer great fuel efficiency and connectivity features that are very popular with car shoppers in today’s market.

Monday, June 30, 2014

BMW in the Movies

BMW is the affluent foreign car of choice. With its sleek lines and rich colors, it is sure to catch the eye of any passersby. Meticulous interior designs, fine stitching and top of the line technology make BMW the ultimate in beauty, quality, and innovation. Not only do celebrities and everyday people drive the BMW, they are coveted for display in movies and to feature for their characters to drive. BMW’s appear in hundreds if not thousands of movies.

The BMW has appeared across the decades in movies far and wide. They have appeared in films overseas and here in the United States. In 2012, the BMW 3 Series made its appearance in the movie Old School as well as the blockbuster movie Pacific Rim. The 2007 3 Series was driven in The Bounty Hunter featuring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. The Millers drove around in the BMW 5 Series and the 7 Series showed up in Now You See Me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Four More Recalls from GM

With all the negative publicity surrounding the completely slow action by GM for their previous recalls, the largest automaker in the US is now working to issue recalls much more publicly and much more swiftly than in previous years.  Knowing this, GM is now issuing four separate recalls that involve as many as 89,126 vehicles.  The vehicles affected are the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD, the 2014 GMC Sierra LD, the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban and 2015 GMC Sierra HD, Yukon and Yukon XL.

The 2014 Silverado LD, GMC Sierra LD, 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban as well as the 2015 GMC Sierra HD, Yukon and Yukon XL make up 57,512 of the recall models which is the largest group.  Three of the new recalls involve airbag problems and the fourth recall has to do with the base radio which might not sound when the key is in the ignition and the driver’s door is open as well as when a front seatbelt is unbuckled and the seat is occupied.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2014 GMC Yukon: A Full-Sized SUV That Has a Lot to Offer

As the last model-year for this particular lineup of the GMC Yukon the production run is going to be much shorter for this vehicle to make room for the 2015’s to start rolling out later this year. With that in mind, the Yukon for 2014 is a great offering, having perfected this model, and regularly outperforms it competition which includes the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and the Nissan Armada in looks, power and awesome style.  When the Denali trim is selected the Yukon will reach up into the luxury offerings and compete with a classic choice such as the Cadillac Escalade.

As a massive SUV the Yukon is perfect for the large family, a soccer team, or a Scout Troop to haul people and gear wherever they need to go.  Offering a towing capacity up to 8,500 pounds the Yukon can take a whole lot of toys or materials to either the jobsite or lake depending on the task at hand.  Long a favorite to head off road as well for a great weekend of camping or exploring the outdoors, the Yukon offers the capability for a good sized group to get away from the city and commune with nature.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 Mazda 3: A Small Car With Big Enthusiasm

Packed with efficiency, technology and style; the 2014 Mazda3 shows up not only as a great car, but one that gets itself noticed by experts and car shoppers alike.  Already appearing on the list of Ten Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014 as well as making the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety list as a Top Safety Pick Plus in the Small Car Class for the models equipped with the front crash prevention system the Mazda 3 has a lot to offer anyone looking for a great car at a fair price.

Having undergone a complete redesign the vehicle shows up as a highly engaging and easy to love car.  Special attention was given to adding special highlights such as the available heads-up display, the i-Eloop system which enhances economy, adaptive Radar Cruise Control, and Smart City Braking Support.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Compact? The 2014 Subaru Impreza Feels Bigger than it Is.

Even those who normally scoff at compact cars and wonder why anyone would own one let alone give awards for cars in this category need to take notice of the 2014 Subaru Impreza.  This car has already been noticed and awarded by some of the industry leaders when it comes to cars, having earned the Consumer Reports Award for Best Compact Car as well as the 2014 Best Resale Value Award Winner from Kelley Blue Book.

The Impreza is the best choice for anyone who lives in a climate that experiences all four seasons of weather change and better handling and traction is needed.  This is easily achieved through the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) which is not available on many other vehicles in this class.  In the case of the shopper who doesn’t actually need the AWD performance, the Impreza might not be the best choice as some of the other models in the class offer better fuel economy, but why give up the peace of mind of the AWD for a few miles per gallon?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

From Conservative to Eye-Catching: The 2014 Lexus IS Stands Out

Although Lexus has long been well-known for offering upgraded technology, excellent handling and exceptional cars from a function standpoint, they have always been a bit on the conservative side when it comes to design.  The 2014 Lexus IS is built to dispel this notion of conservative with unique front grill stylings, smooth curves and a beautiful roof line.

Awarded as both one of Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best LuxuryCars Under $40,000 as well as one of AutoTrader’s Top Seven Entry-Level LuxuryCars, the newly redesigned Lexus IS has turned quite a few heads already.  Offering an upgraded suspension and chassis for 2014 the IS allows for exceptional handling and improved steering over previous models.  Responding quickly to every driver input the steering is agile and with an impressive array of insulation all road noise is left outside the cabin for the driver to enjoy their choice of musical selections and not the noise of the streets.  The Lexus IS is offered  in many versions with a V8 engine options as well as a convertible option making this a very versatile model and one that should please many shoppers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The 2014 Nissan Murano is a Crossover with Lots of Style

The 2014 Nissan Murano is out to turn heads make the completion sweat, and show that a crossover SUV does not need to be boxy or limited in any way.  With excellent sporty curve style from the front of the bumper to the tip of the rear tailgate the 2014 Nissan Murano shows off with some great looks and features that are turning heads around the country.

The 2014 Nissan Murano offers its inhabitants a smooth yet powerful ride whether used as a daily driver, weekend toy, or taking it for a long trip, the 2014 Nissan Murano offers power to tackle hills and mountain roads as well as the stiffness and quickness of steering response to handling changing curves and offer excellent handling no matter what the driving conditions.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nissan Cube vs Kia Soul vs Scion xB

The rise in gas prices as well as the instant connectivity people can now feel with social media has driven many to stay more local than ever before.  Add to this the movement for people to be able to work more locally or even at home through online meetings and online collaboration and the birth and need of cars that fit the urban lifestyle was born.

The first to arrive on the scene was the Scion xB with a boxy feel but great in city driving ability, this vehicle quickly won over the urban population and caused other car makers to notice this trend.  This brought about the creation of both the Kia Soul and the Nissan Cube, also with a boxy feel, but offering a short wheelbase, great turning radius, and in city mileage that couldn’t be had unless an owner wanted to pay a premium for a gas/electric hybrid vehicle.

After a few years of all three being on the road together, which box, toaster, cube, urban delight is the best of the boxy vehicles?  Comparison of all three found out which box was the best in differing categories.

Scion xB

The Scion xB, the classic if it can be called that of the boxy cars shows off with the largest engine.  Bringing a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine that offers 158 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission option, the Scion xB moved from zero to sixty in 8.9 seconds, which was the fastest time for the three.  Unfortunately the fuel economy is not much better with the Scion xB than with many traditional sedans at a measly 22 city/28 hwy mpg, however with the suspension set up of the Scion xB; potholes were not an issue, which can be a real advantage when driving in the city.

The Scion xB also offered a nice quiet ride and the turning diameter came in at a small 34.8 feet curb-to-curb.  The Scion xB offers a ton of space inside, a big surprise for anyone standing outside the vehicle as Scion found a way to utilize all the interior space possible. The Scion xB offers the greatest storage of the three at an impressive 69.9 cubic feet of storage space. Unfortunately the Scion xB did have the largest base sticker price at $16,420 out of the three cars compared, but is still a very nice vehicle for urban driving conditions.

Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube offers a bit of a curvier appearance than the Scion xB with puffy wheel flares on the outside and a rippled ceiling and shaggy dash rug on the inside the Nissan Cube has a bit of psychedelic feel to it, appealing to the well-connected younger generation.  Utilizing the inside space very well, the Nissan Cube has a larger feel in the cabin than meets the eye outside the vehicle. 

The engine of the Nissan Cube is a 1.8-liter inline four cylinder engine offering only 122 horsepower.  When paired with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) the Nissan Cube produced a zero to sixty time of 9.4 seconds.  With agile steering, and a turn radius of 33.4 feet curb-to-curb the Nissan Cube is the most agile of the three vehicles compared.

Overall, the Nissan Cube is the tallest of the three boxy cars which did not favor well once taken on the highway dealing with crosswinds, nor is the Nissan Cube as pothole friendly as the Scion xB leaving a bit to be desired in the suspension category.  The Nissan Cube is the only one of the three with a swinging rear door instead of a upward raising hatch, a great feature for urban drivers who generally have smaller and shorter garages if they have one at all. 

The Nissan Cube offers an impressive 28 city/31 hwy mpg and is the midrange of the three for starting price starting at $14,710 which is about $1500 less than the Scion xB.  The Nissan Cube is a thoughtful and versatile vehicle with adequate storage inside of 58.1 cubic feet of space.

Kia Soul

The third vehicle in the comparison is the Kia Soul with seems to fit right between the Scion xB and Nissan Cube very nicely.  The exterior of the Kia Soul offers an athletic stance and feel of a car that wants to get up and go but also provides a techno feel inside with the light pulsating speakers.  The overall details seem to be just a little better in the Kia Soul than both the Scion xB and the Nissan Cube.

Offering the most rear legroom of the group, the Kia Soul is a bit more comfortable for passengers, but gives up a bit in the cargo area with the smallest of the three at only 53.4 cubic feet.  The rear is accessed by upward raising hatch, just like the Scion xB.

Under the hood, the Kia Soul offers two different options both are four cylinder engines, one a 1.6 liter version bringing 122 horsepower and the other a 2.0 liter that offers 142 horsepower.  The Kia Soul equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission finished the zero to sixty time in a sluggish 9.9 seconds, the slowest of the three vehicles compared.  The suspension is not a full as the Scion xB, but not nearly as stiff as the Nissan Cube providing a nice ride throughout the city and the turning diameter came in at 34.3 feet curb-to-curb.

The Kia Soul was the best of the three when taken out to the highway setting, with nice acceleration and great handling the Kia Soul offered a fun drive, but was also the noisiest during acceleration to higher speeds.  The Kia Soul offers a 24 city/30 hwy mpg in the 2.0-liter model but was the best on price with a starting price of only $13,995.

Overall Ratings

The best of the three compared in the most categories was the Nissan Cube, being the shortest in length, best turning diameter, and rear swinging cargo door.  The Nissan Cube also came in with the best fuel economy.  Second was the Scion xB with better fuel economy than the Kia Soul and offering the largest of the three vehicles the Scion xB was the best in power and cargo space.  Third, but the most fun on the open road was the Kia Soul with techno and techie designs inside, even though it was the least expensive, the Kia Soul rated the worst for fuel economy.

All three of these boxy urban inspired vehicles have a different group of great options to offer anyone looking for a great vehicle to drive around town.  Anyone who is in the market would be well advised to test all three and see which one fits their needs the best.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Chevy Silverado: Newly Redesigned With Classic Good Looks

Truck buyers are some of the most brand loyal in the entire car industry.  Once they know what truck they are going to buy, whether it be because their Dad drove that brand, their favorite uncle, their first one was that brand and they never changed, or actual research and data, truck owners are hardly going to have their mind changed by simple add-ons that don’t make their job or life any easier.
With a full redesign of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the Silverado can change all that. 

Unmistakable, Chevy didn’t change the overall outside look of the truck, keeping with the classic good looks that scream power, work, and capability, Chevy has added a great deal of new features that help truck owners get the job done.