Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:43 pm

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Love them or hate them, many parents still find the minivan as indispensable as their smartphone.

Parents aren’t the only minivan devotees; 40% of the buyers of some minivan models are empty nesters.

Besides the space, storage and seating, one of the biggest benefits of minivans is the sliding side doors. Park your car or SUV in a grocery store parking lot, and getting a child in and out of a car seat without the benefit of a sliding door can be a Houdini-worthy chore. Read More…

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2016 Toyota Camry

Toyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Joe Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan.

The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years.

The Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers. Read More…

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Monday, May 16, 2016 10:27 am

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May, June, and July are important months for college graduates as they leave school and set off on their professional paths.

Getting the degree was undoubtedly expensive, so to assist recent graduates as they ease onto a new road, many manufacturers offer special incentives such as cash rebates, low down payments, and flexible leasing and financing offers that may include relaxed credit requirements, discounted percentage rates, no requirements for a co-signer, waived security deposits (on leases), and even deferred payments on their new car purchases. Read More…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:27 pm

Trends-Understanding Crash Ratings

There are two prevailing crash safety testing sources.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization funded by auto insurance companies. Read More…

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Trends-Push Button Start

Safety is key with a keyless ignition.

Many new vehicles have smart keys that allow drivers to start their cars with the push of a button. While convenient, push button start can pose a risk to drivers and their loved ones.

With the key still in their pocket, drivers can exit the car with the engine still running. Modern engines are often so quiet that some drivers pull into the garage, forget to shut off the car and enter the house while carbon monoxide gas builds up. Read More…

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Crossovers are car-based sport utility vehicles, typically offered in front-drive with optional all-wheel drive.

With seating for five and nearly-car-like ride, handling and fuel economy, they have rapidly replaced sedans, SUVs and station wagons with many buyers. Indeed, this category is the fastest growing in the industry.

For 2016, the models below present great value, useful and attractive designs and state-of-the-art optional features. Three models are premium/luxury crossovers that are new to the market, and the other three are mass-market crossovers.

 

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The Outback is comfortable, responsive, and has a good track record for long-term reliability.

Vehicle Overview: The Subaru Outback, completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, has grown over the years to be a roomy, spacious, rugged, all-wheel-drive crossover that still feels more like a station wagon than other crossovers. Read More…

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2016 Honda Accord Sedan Touring

The Honda Accord is consistently one of the top selling four-door mid-sized sedans year in and year out.

Its popularity stems from its extraordinarily consistent quality and reliability, owing in large part to Honda’s incredibly reliable engines. The current Accord – built in Marysville, Ohio – is roomy, with an attractive and useful interior, above average acceleration and road handling. Read More…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:27 pm

The Future Looks Green

Look around U.S. streets and freeways today and you’ll see a sprinkling of green vehicles nearly everywhere.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. debut of the Toyota Prius. Initially, the car’s unfamiliar hybrid technology puzzled mainstream consumers, but soon found popularity with early adopters ranging from environmentalists to the Hollywood elite. A decade and a half later, this hybrid pioneer has proven that alternative fuel vehicles are more than just a niche fad, carving a path for other eco-friendly vehicles including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and pure electric (EV) models. Read More…

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We want to empower consumers with the information they need to feel confident throughout the entire car-buying process.

At the heart of this mission are Certified Dealers, who are committed to a faster, easier buying experience.

One part of the process you may be wondering about is the tendency for car prices to change. The simple answer is supply and demand.

The base price or manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of a particular car does not fluctuate much. But to meet or drive changes in demand, manufacturers often offer incentives such as cash back or bonus cash. Dealers have the same opportunities to offer incentives based on their stock, which often happens towards the end of the month.

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