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Combined wisdom reveals today’s strongest car brands – KBB
  How important is brand image to you? If the reputation and standing of an automaker plays into your car-buying decision, then you may be interested to know which brands come out best in Kelley Blue Book’s latest awards. Based on insights collected through its Brand Watch Study, which taps into 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers using KBB.com, the 2018 Brand Image Awards represent “the combined wisdom of the American car-buying public,” says the auto research site. Spanning six categories including luxury options, and “providing guidance for just about every type of car buyer, from performance seekers to value shoppers,” the… Read More

The ‘best of the best’ new cars in the world
Six cars have been crowned world-beaters following a near year-long journey to find the best new vehicles on the planet. The Volvo XC60, named overall World Car of the Year, was among the winners at 2018 World Car Awards in New York after months of test drives, evaluation and analysis by 82 globe-trotting journalists. It’s the second time in a row an SUV has claimed the honor and adds to the North American Utility of the Year award the XC60 picked up earlier this year.     “We are up against some tough competition, but this award for the XC60… Read More

8 Lightly used cars with big savings over new versions
  What a difference a year makes. Car buyers deciding between new and used may be tempted by savings of more than 30 percent on a number of one-year-old models. iSeeCars.com analyzed millions of sales between Aug. 1, 2017, and Jan. 24, 2018, to uncover eight low-mileage, nearly new vehicles that all sold for prices well below brand-new versions, making a clutch of luxury cars much more affordable, and dropping the price of some mainstream ones, too. High-end models include the Cadillac XTS, which costs 38.7 percent less – a saving of $20,965 – when bought used over new, along… Read More

9 Cars to buy new instead of used, paying only a little extra
  While it often pays to buy a lightly used car instead of a new one, sometimes it really doesn’t cost much more to enjoy a fresh-out-of-the-factory model. iSeeCars.com has identified the top nine vehicles for which you have to pay the least to get new over the previous year’s version. Crunching the numbers of six million new and used vehicles sold between Aug. 1, 2017 and Jan. 24, 2018 suggests the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the best buy, with a brand new one costing just $3,199 more than a one-year-old model. Several other popular and affordable SUVs including the… Read More

5 Must-see cars at the DFW Auto Show
Besides getting a hands-on look at the latest new vehicles to shop for now or in future, for many, auto shows are also about taking a moment to admire the rare, unusual and often super-luxurious rides on display. Here are five head-turning, must-see cars currently being exhibited at the DFW Auto Show, Dallas, though Sunday, Feb. 18.   2018 Nissan Maxima Captain Phasma Meet Captain Phasma, one of the toughest Stormtroopers in the galaxy, in car form. The Maxima Captain Phasma concept vehicle is a product of Nissan’s collaboration with Lucusfilm for the latest “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie,… Read More

The best buys and most-wanted cars of 2018
30 award-winning vehicles worth considering     Unprecedented levels of quality mean it’s harder to choose a bad car these days, according to auto research company Kelley Blue Book. Yet with so many good new cars rubbing shoulders, there are still certain models that have something extra to get their heads in front. Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds have put together two lists, totaling 30 vehicles, to help you find them. KBB’s Best Buy Awards of 2018 identify the top choice for most buyers in each of 12 categories, plus an overall best-buy recommendation, from extensive road tests, reviews and… Read More

Credit: Honda/Newspress USA
  In an expanding field of eco-friendly cars, the Honda Clarity is a standout performer. The winner of the Green Car of the Year Award, it beat one of the strongest lineups in years with a special mix of planet-friendly technology. The Clarity is the first car to offer consumers a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell options. “To its credit, Honda has now accomplished what no other automaker has – offering all three of these ‘green’ powertrains in a single model, with the capability of readily shifting production from one to another to meet future demand,"… Read More

Used-car shopping, ‘exciting’ electric cars, GAP coverage, millennials
A used car won’t fit in a stocking or under a tree. But that won’t stop several million Americans from purchasing them during the holidays. Because many now have learned that, although dealerships will be super-crowded between now and the new year, it’s still a good time to shop for your next vehicle. We’ll tell you why – and when – to shop, as well as whether you should consider GAP “insurance” coverage, which electric cars actually may be exciting to drive, and why millennials still want that in-person, car-shopping experience everyone thought they didn’t.     While RoadLoans, the… Read More

The fastest-selling used vehicles (many are EVs), Consumer Reports’ best new-car deals, and more
A look at recent car-buying news in the automotive press.     Six of the top 10 fastest-selling used cars are now electric If you’re looking for a preowned electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, bear in mind they aren’t lingering on the lot. Six out of the top 10 quickest-selling used cars in the U.S. are now electric vehicles, research by iSeeCars.com reveals, following analysis of the sale of 2.1 million cars, aged one to three years, between January and August 2017. The list is led by the Fiat 500e, which spent… Read More

Better used-car shopping, buying an electric vehicle and more
Buying a used car. It’s kind of like cage fighting – without the cage. But the Santander Consumer USA (SC) blog is in your corner and can provide useful information that may give you an important edge when you take up the challenge. And then there’s more … why most of us aren’t ready to buy electric vehicles, how to protect yourself after the Equifax data breach – in which hackers obtained “the keys to the kingdom” for nearly 150 million Americans – and how to enhance your relationship with SC. While RoadLoans, the direct-lending arm of Santander Consumer, offers… Read More