Crash-test scores are crucial to the success of new cars these days--so things are looking good for the 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback. The new models have earned the best possible safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — and the organization's 'Top Safety Pick+' status. Both cars aced the IIHS battery of crash tests, including a "good" rating in the agency's tough new small-overlap test. The Legacy and Outback also have a less expensive version of the EyeSight forward-collision warning system--a system that the IIHS called one of the best on the market.
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Which vehicle is stolen most often? According to the latest data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, it's not some exotic supercar--it's the Honda Accord. The Honda sedan and coupe have been on the NICB's list for some time, and as the study points out, the most-stolen Accords are usually vehicles from the 1990s, before Honda made anti-theft hardware standard. Rounding out the top five: the Honda Civic, Chevy's full-size pickup trucks, the Ford F-Series trucks, and the Toyota Camry.
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GM's flagship brand has a busy two years ahead. After reeling off hits like the ATS and CTS sedans, and the 2015 Escalade SUV, Cadillac has plans for at least four new models in the next two years. First up is a new high-performance ATS-V sedan, with a twin-turbocharged V-6 good for at least 420 horsepower. A coupe version should follow. Next will be a new CTS-V sedan, with a forced-induction V-8 and, we're betting, enough power to displace the Dodge Charger Hellcat as the fastest sedan in the world. A new SRX is due in the 2016 model year -- but first, we expect a new large Cadillac sedan to emerge, wearing the styling first seen on the stunning Elmiraj concept coupe.
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Is brand loyalty a thing of the past? Some carmakers say no, but USA Today thinks at least five of those brands are wrong. According to the newspaper, the five brands with the lowest loyalty rate include Scion, which gets just about 25 percent of its customers to come back a second time; Jaguar does the same despite high initial-quality scores. Dodge and Chrysler only get 23 percent of customers back for a second purchase, the USA Today study says--and at the bottom of the list, Mitsubishi earns just 22 percent of its business from repeat customers.
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Finally this week, the Chevy Corvette isn't just good at slaying tires. Figuratively, not literally, it's also slaying its owners--with awesomeness. Market research firm AutoPacific asked car buyers after 90 days of ownership to rate their rides, and of all the responses, the car that pleased its owners most was the new Corvette. On the brand level, Porsche and GMC came away the big winners.___________________________________________