Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.
If you’re in the process of choosing your next car, and perhaps that tax refund has been earmarked for the occasion, Cars.com’s compilation of used-car price movements for January may help. Its list of top ten biggest used-car price decreases reveals that late-model luxury used cars saw their average seller-set price drop most. Eight out of the ten vehicles were luxury models, and these include no less than four BMW 5 and 7 Series models. Among the less expensive vehicles in the top ten were the Mini Cooper Hardtop, which saw its value fall 3.5 percent to $19,925 during January, and Volkswagen Tiguan, dropping 3.1 percent to $20,276. Cars.com has also listed the top ten biggest used-car price increases.
“2016 Best cars for the money,” U.S. News
More car buying tips here. It’s the combination of long-term value and quality that elevates vehicles to the top of the pile in the U.S. News “Best Car for the Money” awards. After all, “The best car, truck, SUV or minivan for you is the one that treats you as well as it treats your budget,” writes Jamie Page Deaton. Among the multiple classes of vehicles ranked, the Honda Civic tops the list of compact cars; the Toyota Camry wins for midsized cars; it’s the Hyundai Tucson for the compact SUV segment, and Chevrolet Traverse for large SUVs. The Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Colorado win for full-sized and compact trucks, respectively.
“Pickups, utility vehicles to star at Chicago Auto Show,” The Detroit News
New and updated SUVs and pickups will be taking center stage at the Chicago Auto Show this week, according to The Detroit News’ Michael Wayland. And the biggest draw could be the new Kia Nero, a hybrid utility vehicle that is set to challenge the Toyota Prius. The redesigned Nissan Armada utility is expected to make a splash too, while “Updated pickups, crossovers and SUVs are also expected from Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Ram Truck and Toyota.” The consumer show opens to the public on Saturday and runs to Feb. 21.
Computers are drivers, too, the federal government has decided. The term “driver” has been redefined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include computers that drive cars. The change, which was made on a regulatory basis, is an “important break” for technology giant Google, which is developing self-driving cars, according to ABC News.
See you next week for more automotive news. Drive safe.