The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) annually releases a list of vehicles that it considers of Best Value. Those on the list offer affordability, reliability and safety.
When you’re buying a car, the first question to ask yourself is: New or Used? You’ll be happy to know that now is a good time to buy either. So, your decision may just come down to budget, in which case, buying a used car would be the better option.
The editors at WardsAuto graded nearly 50 new and upgraded 2013 and 2013 vehicles in a variety of categories in determining the 10 best. The categories included safety, comfort, value, technology and materials. Overall, the editors noted stylish design, a blend of classic and new technology, and durability as common aspects to the cars on the list.
“This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that interiors are a vital part of the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds,” WardsAuto world Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter said in a statement. “It wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for auto makers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle. They eventually figured out that’s a big mistake, because people spend a lot more time looking at the inside of their car than the outside.”
Here is the list of the 10 Best Interiors as chosen by WardsAuto:
- Acura RDX
- Cadillac XTS
- Chevrolet Spark
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- Kia Forte
- Lexus GS 450h
- Nissan Pathfinder
- RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn
- Toyota Avalon
According to the experts at AAA, with rising fuel prices and longer commutes, it’s essential for commuters to drive a vehicle that has a low cost of ownership, plenty of safety features, and a comfortable interior. In fact, AAA says 86 percent of workers rely on their vehicle to get them to and from their job, and they commute an average of 25 minutes each way.
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.
One mistake new car buyers make when making their purchase is forgetting to estimate how much car insurance will cost. Thankfully, experts at Insure.com annually analyze the new vehicles arriving on dealership lots to find those that will cost consumers the most and least in insurance premiums. Look in our archives for the most costly and best 2012 vehicles.
Minivans had a long history of being the least expensive vehicle to insure, however that crown was taken in 2013 as crossovers and SUVs have moved in.
Two weeks ago, we told you the 2012 model year vehicles that cost the least in car insurance, but it’s equally important to know the ones that will cost the most. Thankfully, researchers at Insure.com annually compile a list to help car buyers make the best purchase decision they can.
In general, the 2012 vehicles that will carry the priciest car insurance were those from Europe and with powerful engines, or in other words, the fast sports car. According to Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist, says it’s only human nature to want a sports car.
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: