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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2014 Scion tC Base: A Sporty Economical Hatchback-Coupe

Highlight: To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Scion brand, a limited edition tC series, which offers an upgraded interior, special badging, personalized wheels and other unique features has been added to the line up for the 2014 model year.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $23,112 (Base Model starts at $19,965)

Seating Capacity:  5 (according to the folks at Toyota, but 4 seems to be the realistic number.)

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, front passenger, knee, side-mounted for driver and front passenger, rear side curtain, and front curtain); LED turn signal indicators; a first aid kit; ABS; electronic brake distribution; traction control; stability control; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment: 18-inch tires; cloth seats; chrome exhaust tips; panoramic power sunroof; power mirrors; automatic headlights; remote keyless entry; leather-trimmed steering wheel; and a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Suspension System:

Front: MacPherson strut
Rear: Double Wishbone

Monday, July 28, 2014

Recall Mondays: Announcements From GM, Nissan and Chrysler

1. Brands: Chevy

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6, 2014, and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid.
A loss of power steering fluid could result in a loss of power steering assist and power brake assist, increasing the risk of a crash.

Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4: A Consistent Player In The Midsize Truck Segment

Highlight: The rear-wheel drive, American-built, midsized Tacoma is currently the best-selling vehicle in the segment. 

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $32,768 (Base Model Double Cab starts at $23,585)

Seating Capacity:  5

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, front passenger, seat mounted, front and rear side airbags); driver side emergency retractor; daytime reading lights; automatic emergency locking retractor; side-impact door beam in all doors; vehicle stability control; traction control; ABS; electric brake-force distribution; a tire pressure monitoring system; and brake assist

Standard Equipment: 15-inch tires; 4x2; a manual transmission; 60/40split rear bench seat with adjustable headrests and under seat storage; dual 12V auxiliary power outlets; fabric trimmed bucket seats; rear bulkhead storage; rear seat heater vents; sun visors with passenger-side vanity mirrors; a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel; two fixed cargo bed tie-down points; a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats; full-size spare tire; power outside mirrors and rear mudguards

Suspension System:

Front: Coil-spring double wishbone suspension and stabilizer bar
Rear: Leaf spring suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers stabilizer bar

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three Subcompacts: What Will They Be Worth In 2017 On The Used Car Market?

Model: 2015 Honda Fit
MSRP: $18,800
Used Car Value In 3 Years: 60% of MSRP ($11,280)
Unique Options: leather, heated seats and moonroof
Source: ALG

Model: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
MSRP: $24,450
Used Car Value In 3 Years: 58% of MSRP ($14,181)
New Standout Feature: Model stretched 4.5" and BMW iDrive Sysem
Source: ALG

Model: 2014 Ford Fiesta
MSRP: $18,750
Used Car Value In 3 Years: 48% of MSRP ($9,000)
Standout Features: Updated both visually and mechanically
Source: ALG

Monday, July 21, 2014

Recall Mondays: BMW, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC And Kia

Recall Mondays.....Check In Here For A List Of All Of The Major Recalls Announced From The Previous Week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday's Deal Of The Day: Pre Order Your 2015 Acura TLX For Price Protection

Production for the Acura TLX just begun this week in Marysville, Ohio. The all-new TLX will replace the TSX and the TL. The 2015 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan will arrive at Acura dealers nationwide beginning this August with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $30,995* for the 2.4-liter TLX. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of the all-new model, Acura will launch the TLX Acura Advantage1 program starting July 7, which offers prospective TLX customers the opportunity to reserve an all-new TLX at special introductory prices, along with special lease and APR financing rates and a $500 allowance toward the purchase of Acura Genuine Accessories.
The TLX Acura Advantage program, running throughout July and August, applies to sales of all 2015 TLX models: the 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter TLX models equipped with the luxury midsize segment's only standard four-wheel steering system, Acura's Precision All-Wheel SteerTM (P-AWSTM), and the top-of-the-line 3.5-liter TLX equipped with an upgraded version of Acura's highly-regarded Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWDTM) system. The 2015 Acura TLX goes on sale beginning in August, starting with the launch of 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter models, followed by the all-wheel-drive 3.5-liter TLX SH-AWD.

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Ford Fiesta ST: A Low-Tech Pocket Rocket

Highlight: This manual transmission subcompact is only available as a four door hatchback.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $25,985 (Base Model Fiesta starts at $15,425)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, front passenger, driver knee, side impact and side curtain); a perimeter alarm system; a tire pressure monitoring system; electronic stability control; and a hill start assist system keeps the vehicle from rolling backwards

Standard Equipment: 17-inch Summer performance tires; dual chrome exhaust tips; fog lamps; a body carbon black lower grille; side marker European lamps; a rear wing spoiler; a fullsize spare tire; MyFord Touch SYNC infotainment system; a manually controlled a/c; cloth seats; aluminum sport pedals; tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a push-button keyless ignition starter