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J.D. Power: Consumers Find New, Redesigned Vehicles Most Appealing

Given the opportunity to choose any vehicle regardless of price, many consumers  will go for the latest, most decked-out models from BMW or a beefy muscle car like the Dodge Challenger. J.D. Power and Associates’ Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, which “examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive,” compliments this attraction to all things new and shiny. The APEAL study, which measures 81 vehicle attributes on a 1,000-point scale and uses more ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Trends, Stats and Studies, J D Power and Associates

White House to Confirm 54.5 mpg Fleet Average Friday

In an effort to improve average fuel economy for automaker fleets, the U.S. government proposed a 56.2 mpg fleet average, but has lowered that number to 54.5 mpg. President Obama will make an official announcement on Friday, but it is expected that the 54.5 mpg average must be met by 2025, nearly doubling the current passenger vehicle average of about 27.8 mpg in the next 13 years. “The new standards represent a compromise for environmentalists ... continue reading»

Tags: News, EPA, Fuel Economy

Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Parenthood doesn’t doom you to driving a minivan: Plenty of small cars have enough space for five and their stuff. No, a small car won’t have an optional rear-seat entertainment system like the Honda Odyssey and GMC Terrain, but with something like the Honda Fit or Hyundai Elantra, there’s plenty of space for the kids, their toys and groceries with room to spare. In Size Matters: Small Family Cars, we show that small cars can handle family ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Car Seats, Kids, Best Cars for Families

2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost to Average 20/28 mpg

With the U.S. government and the Big Three’s consensus that a 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025 is an obtainable goal, it’s no surprise that Ford is releasing more SUVs and trucks with higher fuel economy ratings. The 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost is one of those models, and should average 20/28 mpg city/highway, according to Ford. The 2012 Explorer EcoBoost's 2.0-liter I4 engine delivers “V6 power with four-cylinder fuel efficiency,” according to ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Explorer, Model News, Fuel Economy

How to Find the Right Car for Your Family

With about 300 different cars on the U.S. market, finding the perfect car for your family is an intimidating task. In How to Find the Right Car for Your Family, we break down the researching and buying process to help you select the ideal car for you and the kids that won’t break your budget or leave you shopping for something else a few years down the road. continue reading»

Tags: Features, Kids, Best Cars for Families

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