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Jeep Wrangler on mountain track
Winning an auto award is one thing. Winning time after time is another and suggests that vehicle, or brand, is seriously worth considering. Pricing and research site Kelley Blue Book is continually assessing the latest models and, as a result, has arrived at its most-awarded cars and car companies for 2019. The “best of the best” vehicles have racked up multiple accolades across categories including best buy, 10 best, 5-year cost to own, resale value and more. As such, they include a mix of car, SUV, minivan and truck options that could help you start or streamline your shopping list.… Read More

Beetle car drives across factory floor
  Out with the old, in with the new. Volkswagen has ended production of its famous Beetle in favor of a new compact SUV tailored to the North American market. The final model in a long line of Beetles rolled out of the production plant in Puebla, Mexico, last month, eight decades after the car’s beginnings in Germany, in 1938. First introduced to America in 1949 as the Type 1, some 21.5 million of the original Bug were sold worldwide as “The People’s Car” became a cultural icon. Nearly 5 million were purchased in the U.S. Reintroduced to a new… Read More

Car with driver-assist feature on highway
  Whether it’s helping to avoid a startled deer or an unseen vehicle, advanced safety features are making a real difference, according to motorists. In a Consumer Reports survey of the owners of cars with driver-assist technology, 57 percent reported at least one feature kept them from crashing. Blindspot warning was most effective, with 60 percent of these owners saying the system helped to prevent an accident. Rear cross-traffic warning, forward-collision warning and front and rear automatic emergency braking also proved valuable. Findings from the study, which gathered information on 72,000 vehicles, along with an explanation of each feature are… Read More

Kia Sorento SUV traveling on road beside trees
The art of making a great car purchase actually lies with a little science. Or a lot, according to the Automotive Science Group, which aims to help consumers make informed car-buying decisions through its objective, data-driven analysis. To that end, it has created the Automotive Performance Index, enabling shoppers to find the best new models across a range of categories. “You define the size and class of automobile that meets your needs, and we'll differentiate the best-performing model in the segment,” says the group. For 2019, the index has identified 33 best-in-class vehicles in 11 categories based on economic, environmental and all-around performance… Read More

Kia Rio sedan parked on quayside
A trio of Korean brands continues to set the standard for new-vehicle quality in an influential study. Genesis, Kia and Hyundai have widened the gap between themselves and other automakers in the 2019 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which assesses vehicles early in the ownership experience.   It’s the second year running these nameplates, all part of Hyundai Motor Group, have filled the top three positions and they account for six of the highest-ranking models within the 20 vehicle categories. Genesis, newcomer to the luxury segment, tops the list with fewest reported problems in the first 90 days of ownership,… Read More

Acura RLX sedan
All those drivers leasing vehicles may be doing used-car shoppers a favor. Off-lease vehicles, which typically come onto the used-car market at three years old, are offering some attention-grabbing bargains. Research from iSeeCars.com puts the headlights on price drops of up to 55 percent for such vehicles compared to same-year versions bought new – extending to 69 percent for electrics – in a market where just-leased cars are reaching record highs. If you have a liking for luxury, the news is even better. As many leased vehicles are high-end models, so too are many of these potential bargains. Listed below… Read More

Kia Soul -KBB’s coolest car
    There may be no rule for what makes a car cool, but feel-good factors like being fun to drive, stylish, versatile and equipped with the right tech provide some common ground. Coupled with an affordable price tag, these are the criteria that Kelley Blue Book has used for its 2019 list of coolest new cars under $20,000. The top 10 contains a mix of the latest sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs to put a spring in your step, including a number of sporty models and some that score highly for practicality, too. Kia’s Soul compact takes the number one… Read More

Honda Pilot SUV
  Reliability, value, performance, style – these are just some of the qualities that can shape an auto brand and play into your next car-buying decision. And while you will have your own perceptions of brand ahead of a new purchase, the wisdom of 12,000 shoppers might also help. Enter the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards. Including 13 winners across seven categories, they recognize the carmakers that generate most enthusiasm among new-vehicle shoppers who do their research at KBB.com. Take a look at their top brands for 2019, and the comments of Kelley Blue Book, below.   Best overall… Read More

Open road through forest
    Whether it be recycling, conservation, or limiting air pollution, Earth Day, April 22, celebrates our planet and reminds us to treat it with care. Although this celebration only comes once a year, we can contribute to the betterment of our climate in our everyday lives. Emissions created by the burning of gasoline in your car contribute to the global climate issues we are experiencing today. In order to contribute to the Earth Day cause, here are some tips on how to “drive green,” followed by some options for choosing an eco-friendly car.   Vehicle maintenance Routine vehicle maintenance… Read More

Man and woman smiling in convertible car
    If quick and easy auto financing works for you, then consider RoadLoans. We’re the online lender that enables customers to get a credit decision in minutes and enjoy a streamlined process to their new car or refinanced loan. As part of national auto lender Santander Consumer USA, we work with customers with a broad range of credit profiles, and flexibility is at the center of our approach. Besides giving consumers the chance to apply for financing whenever it suits them, RoadLoans provides customers with multiple loan offers to meet their individual needs. If approved for a new or… Read More