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Get Used: Used Cars under $20,000

2012 Prius When it comes to car shopping, $20,000 can go a long way, especially if you’re considering a used car. Buying used means that someone else has taken the initial hit on depreciation, and while it’s not typically the case, USA Today reports that some used cars that were bought in May 2013 have actually appreciated in value, including the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Forester and 2009 Kia Sorento. [Read: Best Used Car Sales July 2014] Our used ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Used Cars, Used Car Prices, Pricing

Ford Escape Tops Most Stolen SUV and Crossover List

2013 Escape Some SUVs and crossovers are more likely to get stolen than others, at least according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Of 2011-13 model year vehicles, the Ford Escape topped NICB’s list of most stolen SUVs, with 1,421 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013. The Escape is followed by the Ford Edge, Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Sorento, which round out the top five. Of the 21,711 SUVs ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Vehicle Theft

Ford Fuel Economy Ratings Decreased on Six Vehicles

2014 Fusion Hybrid Ford announced that it is downgrading fuel economy ratings on the 2013-14 C-Max Energi, C-Max Hybrid, Fusion Energi, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as 2014 Ford Fiesta models that have the base four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission or the optional EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. The automaker says that internal testing revealed an error with the EPA ratings, and that the vehicles were reassessed by the EPA to determine accurate fuel economy estimates. “Ford is absolutely committed to ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fiesta, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Model News, Fuel Economy, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C Max Hybrid, Ford C Max Energi

Test Car: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited

2014 Sonata Limited Our test 2014 Hyundai Sonata features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 190 horsepower. A six speed automatic transmission is standard, and the EPA reports that our 2014 Sonata Limited gets an estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata starts at $21,450 and comes standard with features that include Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Our test Hyundai Sonata Limited has a sticker price of $30,850, including destination fees, and adds features like ... continue reading»

Tags: Hyundai Sonata, Model News

Car Deals Include Lower Interest Rates, Longer Financing

2014 Elantra Sedan If you want a new car, but worry that high monthly payments won’t fit your budget, now may be the right time to explore your options. “Credit conditions are making it easier to buy or lease a new car,” says Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds.com. “Shoppers are opting for longer terms at lower interest rates. In other words, they’re able to afford more expensive cars by keeping their monthly payments at or near what they’re ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Financing, car deals, Leasing

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