With gas prices skyrocketing to unprecedented heights, automakers are putting an added emphasis on fuel efficiency. Companies like Nissan and Toyota have helped to usher in the era of electric and hybrid vehicles with the LEAF and the Prius, while Ford and Mazda have worked to create EcoBoost® engines and Skyactiv® technology. Something we often forget, however, is that there are several fuel-efficient options already on the market—and there have been for years.
The National Football League’s championship game, the Super Bowl, will take place this weekend. It is sure to leave everyone talking about one thing – the commercials! Be prepared for ads from nearly all industries including food, beer, and of course, automakers.
The One Club, a group that promotes excellence in advertising and design, named its Top 10 Automobile Commercials from the Past 25 Years at the 2013 North American International Auto Show recently. A panel of judges made up of over 70 journalists and creative people from across the globe compiles the list. We can expect more of these creative commercials during this weekend’s Super Bowl.
Here are The One Show’s Top 10 car commercials:
Buying a car is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being a car owner. Most people forget that the cost of car insurance will vary with each vehicle. Over the next few weeks, we will present the most and least expensive 2012 and 2013 vehicles to insure. Continue reading
An expert independent automotive organization released its list of cars that offer the best value. For the first time in four years, the Honda Fit is no longer at the top of the list.
The organization chose the Toyota Prius as the car with the best value because it offers reliability, low cost of ownership and popularity. The editors also liked the great driving experience, fuel economy and interior design. Continue reading
A leading car research company has released its annual list of the Top 10 Most Researched New and Used Cars. SUVs and sedans dominated the lists for 2012 as did foreign automakers like Honda and Toyota.
The internet has become the leading resource for car buyers to find information about vehicles. Consumers look at everything from independent test scores and reliability ratings to reviews conducted by owners and car research organizations. Continue reading
With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, it is time for parents to plan ways to keep their kids occupied during long travel including road trip games.
When Mama was a wee one, she did not have a fancy DVD-player to watch or Nintendo DS to play, so she resorted to some of the following road trip games. They do not require the latest technology, only a little wit and a keen eye. Continue reading
For the participants in the latest Edmunds Consumers’ Favorites poll, the amount of mud on their vehicle isn’t an eye-sore, it’s a trophy of the fun they just had. The dirtier, the better. The results are in, and here is the list of the seven Best Off-Roaders, as chosen by Edmunds readers. Continue reading
Each year, CarMD studies the reliability of cars by looking at “check engine” problems, repairs and other related costs. CarMD then compiles the data in what it calls the CarMD Vehicle Health Index. This data shows consumers car maintenance and repair trends and patterns as well as the most reliable cars on sale in the past 10 years. Continue reading
The staff at Edmunds, an automotive data tracking and testing service, have compiled a list of 15 best bets for used cars. This isn’t just a beauty contest. The selections were based on criteria including reliability, safety value and, yes, availability. It wouldn’t help to pick a product consumers can’t find. The list was limited to vehicles now between two and seven years old.
The list includes a total of 11 different brands, but four marques appear twice, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. (Nissan is there twice, as well, if you include both the Nissan and Infiniti brands). The editors’ picks:
- Compact Sedan: 2005-2010 Hyundai Elantra
- Midsize Sedan: 2005-2010 Nissan Altima
- Large Sedan: 2006-2010 Hyundai Azera
- Coupe: 2005-2010 BMW 3 Series
- Convertible: 2005-2010 Mazda Miata
- Wagon: 2005-2010 Pontiac Vibe
- Compact SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Honda CR-V
- Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Ford Explorer
- Large SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
- Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey
- Compact Truck: 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
- Large Truck: 2005-2010 Ford F-150
- Luxury: 2005-2010 Infiniti G35/G37
- Hybrid: 2005-2010 Toyota Prius
- Sport Compact: 2005-2010 Subaru Impreza WRX
Mama’s Used Cars and Palmetto Ford are offering Memorial Day specials along with an exclusive “Last Call” sale. This is a chance to receive great deals on used cars before they are sent to auctions. Our featured specials include the 2010 Ford Fusion, 2009 Ford F-150, 2007 Honda Accord, and 2005 Jeep Liberty. There are more discounts on used cars to check out also. Please come in to Mama’s Used Cars or call 800-528-9019 for details. These offers end on 6/31. Feel free to join us at Palmetto Ford on Memorial Day for a cookout!