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Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals For July 2010
Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals For July 2010

Even though new-car sales were off in June, are car shoppers any closer to getting a really good deal this July? First, some disappointing news from TheCarConnection's car-pricing partners over at TrueCar. According to their analysis, the discount war Toyota kicked off in the spring has simmered...Read More»

Screencap from Kia's summer 2010 commercial for the Soul
Kia And Hamsters And Petville, Oh My: The Soul Returns To Facebook

We have good news and bad news. The good news: for a third year, Kia will underwrite the Vans Warped Tour, which, for those who haven't been, is a lot like Lollapalooza, except people actually go. The bad news: Kia is bringing the Soul back to Facebook, which didn't go too well the first time...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
Family Car Advice: Beware The Bikers

Maybe I am more aware of these kind of things because I just bought a bicycle myself, but motorists need to be aware of bicyclists, especially in urban and suburban areas. For a variety of reasons--a down economy, "green" image concerns, and exercise--more people are riding bikes both as part of...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
Frugal Shopper: Plenty Of Deals, But Not On Crossovers

Looking for a great deal on a truck? The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is selling for an average 21 percent off MSRP—meaning that, in some cases, you might be getting a well-equipped full-size truck for a discount of $8,000 or more. But if you had a more economical, carlike utility vehicle in...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Grand Cherokee A Top Safety Pick; Crosstour 'Disappointing'

Depending on which utility vehicle you choose, you might be getting vastly different degrees of roof protection in the event of a rollover. That's the surprising result of that a new round of tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) serves to highlight. First, the good news: In...Read More»

Screencap from Kia's summer 2010 commercial for the Soul
Video: Kia Sells Its Soul With Hip Hop Hamsters

At the 2010 New York Auto Show, Neilsen handed Kia its top automotive advertising prize for last year's "New Way to Roll" ad, which featured some fairly hip hamsters cruising city streets in a bright red Kia Soul. Now, Kia is resuscitating those hamsters -- or their more urban, East Coast cousins...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda5
Best Five Vehicles With Third-Row Seating For Under $25k

Need a few more seating spaces but have some challenging budget constraints? Pick your vehicle carefully, and you won't have pay much more at all. For under $30k there are many vehicle choices with a third row, but you even have a number of choices for less than $25k—or even, in a couple of...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
2010 Kia Forte Retested, Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Kia Forte is one of our best-rated small cars here at TheCarConnection.com, and it just earned another accolade: Top Safety Pick. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation applies only to Forte models produced after October 2009, when Kia made some...Read More»

MINI Press Conference, 2010 New York Auto Show
Amazingly for New York, Less IS More at the 2010 Auto Show

Article by Bruce Richter; photographs by Robert Didal. The 2010 New York Auto Show had several themes this year. One was the prevalance and prominence of the greenest solutions, with literally dozens of hybrid and electric vehicles, which I covered on AllCarsElectric.com. The show's second...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
2010 Kia Soul: Stylish, Safe, And Efficient For Families

When most people think of “family cars” they don’t necessarily think about the 2010 Kia Soul. But this stylishly boxy utility vehicle offers ample room for five, great fuel economy and plenty of cargo room. If that doesn’t add up to a great family car package in this day and age then it’s...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
March Auto Sales Out Like A Lion: We Pick Winners And Losers

March sales might have gone in like a lamb for Toyota (NYSE:TM), but thanks to some strong incentives it went out like a lion, finishing the month with very good sales numbers—topping 186,000 nationwide—though the automaker's incentives went from less than $1,600 per vehicle in March of last...Read More»

Screencap from an ad for the 2011 Kia Sorento
A Great Ad For Good Friday: Kia's New Clip For The 2011 Sorento

The problem with most car commercials is that they try to do too much. They have narrators rattling off features, bullet points touting even more features, the requisite "Do not attempt. Professional driver on a closed course" pasted at the bottom of the screen, and catchy-but-distracting indie...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento SX
2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Kia Sorento SX

Kia's Sorento crossover--while a clean and attractive design--doesn't exactly deliver the aggressive image some buyers are looking for, or at least it didn't until now. Shown this morning at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the 2011 Kia Sorento SX puts a new face on the CUV. Flared headlamps...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte
2011 Kia Forte Five-Door: 2010 New York Auto Show

Kia has yet another flavor of Forte for car shoppers--a five-door hatchback is joining the family, and it's live this week at the 2010 New York auto show. The 2010 Kia Forte has become one of our favorite compact sedans--and quickly. In its initial outing with TheCarConnection's road-test team, the...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima: First Look from the 2010 New York Auto Show

We've been teased a few times with sketches of the 2011 Kia Optima, but today we've got the real thing live from the upcoming 2010 New York Auto Show, with an on-sale date expected for the fall. The current Optima's more typical of the last generation of Kia cars: functional but unexciting. In our...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage Preview

With a premiere at the Geneva Motor Show behind it, the 2011 Kia Sportage is headed for U.S. dealers later this year. The Sportage bows today at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and Kia's released this photo in advance of the North American debut. Bearing some cues from the Kia Kue concept car, the...Read More»

Kia 'Hamsters' commercial
2010 New York Auto Show: Nielsen Names Winners Of 2010 Ad Awards

A couple of weeks ago, Nielsen ripped open a few envelopes and announced the nominees for its 2010 Automotive Ad awards. Unfortunately, last year's  economic storm clouds forced most automakers to be very conservative with their marketing, so the pool of ads Nielsen had to draw from was somewhat...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento ES Preview: Less Power, Some Surprises

2011 Kia Sorento ES: Four-Cylinder Astonishment? Kia is full of surprises and I'm not talking about whimsical sock monkeys.  For instance, the old Sorento‘s lumbering truck-like body-on-frame configuration is toast.  The 2011 version has a car-like unibody similar to its Hyundai corporate...Read More»

2009 Nissan Versa 5dr HB Auto S Front Exterior View
Frugal Shopper: Five Most Miserly Models

Run all the numbers for overall ownership costs—including depreciation, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and the like—and you'll almost always find that holding on to that used car, or getting a 'new' used one, is going to be cheaper. But sometimes even cheapskates want a new car. If you simply...Read More»

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