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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

Upsides and Downsides of Driving Diesel

2014 Mercedes E-Class Diesel There’s a good chance that you don’t know anyone who drives a diesel vehicle. At the end of 2012, an analysis performed by R.L. Polk & Company for Diesel Technology Forum showed that less than 3 percent of registered passenger vehicles in the U.S. were diesel. However, the number of diesel vehicles on the road could increase in the near future. “Some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10 percent of the U.S. market by 2020 ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Alternative Fuels, Stats and Studies, Fuel Economy, diesel

Redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI earned its Top Safety Pick award. Previous generations of the WRX have never been tested by the IIHS, and although it shares some similarities with the 2014 Subaru Impreza, the IIHS reports that “there are sufficient differences for the vehicles to be rated separately.” The 2015 WRX earned the IIHS’ top rating of “good” in small and moderate overlap front crash tests, as well ... continue reading»

Tags: Crash Tests, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Subaru WRX

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