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2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

Super luxury cars aren’t necessarily associated with value, but during my week with the 2011 Jaguar XJL, I thought that Jaguar offers a lot of car for the money. The test car stickered at $83,800. Expensive, but the XJL’s wealth of comfort and convenience features makes it a bargain among pricey rivals like the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Porsche Panamera. Standard features on the test car included a panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated front and rear ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Jaguar XJ

Decision Fatigue and the Car Buyer

You may have seen the August 17 article from The New York Times on decision fatigue (it’s been one of the ten most emailed articles on the Times’ website since it went live). Decision fatigue, the Times writes, “helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Negotiating, Buying a Car, car deals, Best Price Program

Kia Announces Pricing for 2012 Soul

Kia recently revealed pricing for the 2012 Soul, which received a mid-cycle refresh. The base 2012 Kia Soul with a manual transmission will start at $13,900. With an automatic transmission, the price increases to $15,700. The mid-level trim, the Soul+ (Plus), has a base price of $16,300 and increases to $17,300 with an automatic transmission. The Soul! (Exclaim) has a starting price of $19,600. All prices exclude a $750 destination charge. These prices are up ... continue reading»

Tags: Kia Soul, Model News, 2012 Kia Soul

Our Take: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

This week, editors Katie, Rachel and Liz spent a few hours driving the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at a VW press event. Here’s our take on the redesigned Beetle. Katie LaBarre says: I spend most of my time covering large SUVs and pickup trucks, so I was excited to test the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. While the base Beetle was a pleasant change from the behemoths I usually drive, it wasn’t as sporty as I expected. When accelerating ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Cadillac Escalade Tops HLDI Most-Stolen Vehicles List

The rich and famous helped popularize the Cadillac Escalade in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and since then, you hear less about the Escalade. This luxury behemoth, however, is still popular among thieves. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute’s analysis of insurance claims for vehicles from the 2008 to 2010 model years, the Escalade is six times more likely to be targeted by thieves. The HLDI notes that these results aren’t unusual. “The Escalade for years ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Cadillac Escalade, Highway Loss Data Institute, Vehicle Theft

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