‘Fast and Furious,’ traffic nightmares, best used cars and more

There are a lot of good auto blogs online, and we think the RoadLoans blog is one of them.

What readers may not realize is that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs.

Following are snippets of recent content, and links to the SC posts if you want to read more:



Putting pedal to the metal

What would you expect from a macho movie series about cars and racing?

The eighth installment of the “The Fast and the Furious” saga, “The Fate of the Furious” hit movie theaters April 14 with Vin Diesel back as Dominic Toretto, along with Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Tej), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and Elsa Pataky (Elena).

The movie also features Oscar winner Charlize Theron as a mysterious woman who pulls Dom into “the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him.”

Our infographic looks at what has made it a multi-billion-dollar franchise.



Best used cars to buy

Used cars are the way to go for most American buyers.

But picking out a good used vehicle is never easy if you want to buy one that’s reliable, affordable and equipped with up-to-date electronic and safety features. There are hundreds of models from which to choose each year. Go back 10 years and we’re talking about thousands.

To help make your life (and shopping) a little easier, Consumer Reports has named 30 vehicles in nine categories – from subcompact to midsize/large cars costing less than $10,000 to sports cars, SUVs, wagons and pickups up to $30,000 – as its best used cars to buy in 2017.



The worst places to drive

You think driving in Los Angeles or New York is bad …?

Well, it is, according the Global Traffic Scorecard, a study by INRIX Inc., a company that provides transportation analytics and connected-car services.

“At the global city level, Los Angeles tops the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 104 peak hours in congestion in 2016,” according to the company, which analyzed congestion in 1,064 cities in 38 countries, including 240 in the United States.

See what other cities are among the most congested across the country and around the world.



Dependability goes mainstream

You would expect Lexus and Porsche owners to be satisfied with the dependability of their vehicles – and Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar owners.

But one of the facts that jumps out of the latest vehicle dependability research by J.D. Power, a marketing information company, is that a lot of mainstream brands also have impressive resumes. Think Toyota, Buick, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Honda and Kia.

That means you, too, may be able to afford the privilege of not worrying about you vehicle’s dependability whatever your budget.



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