Buying Guides

Which 2013 Ford Fusion To Buy: 1.6-Liter EcoBoost Or Hybrid?
Which 2013 Ford Fusion To Buy: 1.6-Liter EcoBoost Or Hybrid?

Picking powertrains used to be simple: straight-six or V-8? But consider the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan that reaches dealers this fall: It comes with a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, or you can pick from a choice of two different smaller, turbocharged EcoBoost fours, in 1.6- and...Read More»

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee used car
The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For September 21, 2012

It's the weekend again--and that means time to find your next car. You've studied new-car prices through The Car Connection's reviews and information tools, but used cars are more in your wheelhouse this time. You're in luck with The Car Connection's new used-car listings. With more than 3 million...Read More»

2003 Ford Mustang V-6 Convertible
The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For September 7, 2012

With the weekend upon us, it's time to go car hunting. Many of you are in the market for a new car--and The Car Connection has you covered there, with new-car prices down to the options level. But what about used cars? Craigslist is a total snore lately, so this week we've been shopping pre-owned...Read More»

Teen driver
The Nine Things That Affect Your Car's Resale Value

Some drivers obsess on it from the day they drive their new car off the lot--and some don't give it a thought until it comes time to move on to a new set of wheels. Either way, both drivers face the reality of resale value, and it can be either a pleasant surprise or a cold wake-up call. Resale...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
Nine New Car Features You Don't Really Need

Pricing, financing, warranties, insurance--it's one hurdle after another to make it through the car shopping experience without paying a dime more than you must. Sometimes, it's not the dealer or the bank that costs you extra money. It's you. By ordering optional features that don't add much to the...Read More»

2013 Buick Encore
2013 Family SUVs And Crossovers: Buyer’s Guide

Do you need to shuffle varied numbers of people and amounts of cargo from one place to another, daily? If you've done some shopping around you know that it can be tough finding just the right crossover or SUV to fit the bill, in terms of price, features, versatility, safety, and styling. For 2013...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart test drive, Austin, Texas, April 2012
2013 Family Sedans: Buyer’s Guide

Consumers in the market for feature-packed, affordably priced family sedans have a number of all-new 2013 products to consider in the compact, mid-size and large sedan categories. Compact 2013 Dodge Dart With its distinctive sporty styling, surprising interior space and comfortable seating...Read More»

2012 Audi A8 L
Luxury Car Concierge Services: Who's The Best Jeeves?

Having it all when it comes to luxury car ownership increasingly includes comprehensive concierge services--little touches like car pickup and delivery, guaranteed loaner cars, even free detailing. Ward’s Auto data shows that factory concierge service share is up from 14 percent in cars, and...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012's Best Small Cars For Less Than $20,000

If you're shopping for a new car, it's likely to be smaller than the vehicle it will replace. SUVs are still popular, no doubt--but high gas prices and new entries like the Focus, Elantra, and Cruze alike are changing the makeup of America's new-car fleet. Size isn't the only factor changing hearts...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus: TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012

After driving thousands of miles in more than 200 new vehicles in the past year, and rating each one independently, High Gear Media's editors have chosen a winner. TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012 is the 2012 Ford Focus. Each year, our team rates each new vehicle we review based on styling...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
What’s Behind Automaker Price Cuts On Some 2012 Models?

In a tight economy, families are searching for ways to stretch the dollar. Automakers know that one way to entice buyers in such times is to drop the prices on certain vehicles. But are those price cuts really deals or do consumers need to look at what’s behind the price tag? As noted in our...Read More»

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
To Trim Prices, Automakers Dropping Content

When it comes to selling cars, one tried and true method to move inventory is this: drop the price. In the past, manufacturers often did so without de-contenting, since margins were usually strong enough to absorb a hit on selling price. Faced with higher production costs and stronger competition...Read More»

Car shopping
Choosing A Car? Go With Your Gut

One of the occupational hazards of being an automotive journalist is that friends, neighbors and relatives come to you for car advice on a regular basis. They don’t really want your advice, since in most cases they’ve already decided on purchasing a specific vehicle. Instead, they want...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
2012 Toyota Prius Lineup Grows With Prius V, Plug-In Models

Even as the auto industry sputters, Toyota's family of Prius hybrids is under rapid expansion. For 2012, the Toyota Prius is joined by the new, larger 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon, as well as a new limited-availability Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Both of those will be reaching dealerships in Octover; then...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
J.D. Power: Most Interior Quality Problems Are Design Issues

A good Initial Quality report from J.D. Power and Associates can give a manufacturer bragging rights and increase showroom traffic. Conversely, a bad initial quality report can cast a black cloud over a particular make and model of automobile. Many of the “quality problems” reported by...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Aces Brand Loyalty Study; Toyota, Ford Make The Top 100

The good news -- for Hyundai fans, at least -- is that the Korean automaker has driven to the top ten of Brand Keys' Customer Loyalty Leaders Index for a second year in a row. The bad news is that of the hundreds of brands that Brand Keys studied, no other car company broke the top 50, and just...Read More»

Volvo animal detection safety development
Poll: Shoppers Still More Willing To Pay For Convenience Than Safety

American car shoppers are considering safety in a way they never did just a decade or two ago. Thanks to rigorous testing programs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the federal government, it's now much easier to separate the safest vehicles from the rest. But when it comes...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
"No Payments For Life" Ad Costs American Suzuki $18.5 Million

We’ll let you in on an auto industry trade secret: sometimes car dealerships, in an effort to move units, artificially embellish the truth. We’d never accuse them of lying, since that would be unethical; instead, some dealerships use advertising that promises much and delivers little. A...Read More»

Handing over car keys
Would You Buy A Car Without Driving It First?

The idea of buying a car over the Internet is nothing new, but recent data shows that the trend is increasing as manufacturers offer consumers more tools to design specific models and even evaluate performance from behind a keyboard. Even sight-unseen lease takeovers are on the rise, growing from...Read More»

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