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  1. If you know cars, then you already know that the folks at Kia have hit on something special with the Stinger. From its powerful twin turbo V6 engine to the aggressive styling, the Stinger has been making believers out of skeptics with its uncompromising blend of utility, performance and luxury. Check out this “Feature Focus” video from our friends at Kia Canada to learn why car enthusiasts have fallen hard for this high-performance sedan.  The post 5 Reasons People Who Know Cars Choose the Kia Stinger appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  2. Every car you own comes with a story – how you bought it, and why, whether it was love at first sight, or it surprised you, what made it stand out from the pack. Our friends at Kia Canada asked Canadian Stinger owners to share their stories about why they opted for a Stinger over other high-performance sedans. Watch the next installment in “Stinger Stories” below to learn what Kia owner Mario was looking for in a new car, and how the Stinger checked all those boxes – and then some.  The post Learn Why This Kia Owner Fell in Love with the Kia Stinger appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  3. There are plenty of reasons to love the Kia Stinger, a sports sedan that’s been steadily converting skeptics to full-fledged enthusiasts thanks to its uncompromising blend of utility, performance and luxury. For anyone who might still need convincing, our friends at Kia Canada have come up with five key stats about the Stinger that may surprise you. Check out the video below to learn more.  The post 5 Amazing Stats About the Kia Stinger appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  4. Every car you own comes with a story – how you bought it, and why, whether it was love at first sight, or it surprised you, what made it stand out from the pack. Our friends at Kia Canada recently asked Canadian Stinger owners to share their own stories about why they opted for a Stinger over other high-performance sedans. Watch the first installment in “Stinger Stories” below to learn why a real Kia owner like Imran was “wildly impressed” the first time he got behind the wheel of a Stinger. Then stay tuned for more from Kia Canada this week and next.  The post Real Kia Owners Share Their Stinger Stories appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  5. It’s never a simple task to pick the coolest cars on sale, but our team of opinionated experts is up to the challenge. Yes, it’s been an exciting year in the world of the automobile—and below, we’ll highlight ten of the coolest rides we’ve come across in 2019. Each model listed below is available now (although at least one of them is fully sold out), and they all boast plenty of cool factor in their own unique ways. We’ve chosen a wide range of models too—meaning that shoppers after plenty of uniqueness for their dollar have plenty to consider. Find our list of the Top 10 Coolest Cars of 2019 below. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Why: This bar-raising, American-built supercar has stirred up a buzz like nothing else in the automotive world in recent months—and for good reason. When the C8 begins shipping to dealers in the immediate future, it’ll offer supercar performance figures, at a highly compelling price point. There’s likely never been a more capable performance car offered on this side of a six-digit pricetag—meaning that the latest Chevrolet Corvette will turn in incredible bang-for-the-buck, while likely prompting numerous competitors to step up their game. The mid-mounted V8 generates the better part of 500 horsepower, and drivers can expect 0-60 in about 3 seconds—all from a low-slung two-seater with a starting price that barely opens the door on a BMW M3. The new interior looks top-notch, and shoppers can expect no shortage of performance options and add-ons to help dial in their own unique experience. Don’t Miss: Signature Corvette technologies, like magnetic dampers and a multi-mode exhaust system, combine with new innovations like a wide-spectrum drive-mode selector, and GPS-enabled suspension lift, to automatically raise and lower the nose of the new Stingray in locations where it’s more likely to whack the ground beneath. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Audi Q8 Why: One of Audi’s latest models is one of their easiest to spot. The Q8 is a striking take on a modern utility vehicle—and one designed to create its own unique identity in the marketplace, by way of unique styling elements, and the latest in high-tech. Fitted with a specialized turbo-hybrid V6 engine, drivers get 335 high-efficiency horsepower, and no shortage of thrilling torque. Quattro AWD is standard, and advanced suspension and four-wheel steering systems create a drive that’ll satisfy even the sportiest drivers. Look for high-end features including a potent premium audio system, Valcona leather seating with front-seat massage, traffic sign recognition, fully digital instrumentation, and plenty more. For the safety-conscious, Q8 comes equipped with little less than a full arsenal of Audi’s latest in hazard-detection and driver assistance tech. Don’t Miss: Active LED accent lighting, which utilizes unique exterior lighting animations for certain functions, like engine startup and signalling, which help give the Q8 an even bigger presence on the road. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer 2020 Toyota Supra Why: This reincarnation of Toyota’s most famous sports car has created quite a buzz—partially thanks to the re-introduction of a high-performing Toyota sports car after many years, and partly thanks to its BMW-sourced straight-six turbo powerplant. This provides drivers with 335 suspiciously-athletic horsepower, and even more torque. A no-nonsense approach to size and weight keep the Supra light and lean, and though track-ready, it’s remarkably peaceful and comfortable when used for touring, errands, or commuting. All units are rear-wheel drive, and an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard—complete with a lightning-fast paddle shift mode. Drivers can engage Supra’s push-button SPORT mode to dial up the excitement via improved response and power, and a full complement of safety, connectivity and convenience equipment comes standard, too. Here’s a thrilling sports car that’s easy to enjoy on the daily—and one that’s more than happy to handle a track day, commute, or cross-province road trip with little issue. Don’t Miss: The remarkably quiet cabin. Thanks to adaptive dampers, an ultra-rigid structure, and extensively slick aerodynamics, Supra does a surprisingly good job of keeping wind and road noise to a minimum, even at high velocity. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon Why: What’s cooler than a family-ready wagon that’s bursting at the seams with a 600-horsepoweer V8 engine? Almost nothing, that’s what. Long held as one of the most badass family haulers on the scene, this flexible posh-rocket seriously hauls: look for 0-60 in about 3 seconds flat, en route to a low eleven-second quarter mile pass. There’s AWD for inclement weather, though the front axle can be disabled for skids. And, since safety is important to any family, the E63 S Wagon also includes little less than every safety feature currently offered by Mercedes-Benz, too. A drive-mode selector allows the driver to tune the ride, handling and responsiveness of their super-wagon on the fly, and more aggressive settings see a crackling, snorting exhaust note follow this machine around. Or, choose a more comfortable setting to relax and socialize on the open road in the lap of luxury. It might have performance figures on par with a Porsche 911, but the E 63 S Wagon is comfy-cruising ready, if you like. Don’t Miss: Winter-busting technologies, including 4Matic + AWD, and a high-performing LED lighting system that works to ensure finely-tuned illumination in any situation, without straining the driver’s eyes. Ski trip, anyone? Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Kia Stinger Why: Here’s the big, quick coupe, without the big, quick coupe price-tag! Sure, Stinger has four doors—but like many of the pricier four-door “coupes” that inspired it, the nomenclature is subject to interpretation. More importantly, Kia Stinger is effectively engineered to give drivers a world-class driving experience, without the world-class asking price. With twin-turbo power, a fast-acting AWD system, and a chassis that’s as happy being flogged as it is being used leisurely, this one is full of surprises. Built to serve the needs of a wide range of drivers, it’s built for year-round confidence, however you drive it. For many, Stinger’s cabin negates the need to spend thousands more—it’s carefully assembled, and brimming with high-end touches. It’s no slouch on the performance front either, especially with the big V6, good for 365 horsepower. Expect a thrilling, but comfortable, driving experience built around four adults. Don’t Miss: The wintertime drive. On appropriate tires, this one’s a winter driving enthusiast’s dream: the AWD system is very rear-biased, the traction control can be dismissed with a single click, and she’ll powerslide, all day long. Or, cruise icy highways with confidence to spare, and great steering and braking feel, even on snow and ice. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Tesla Model 3 Performance Why: This all-electric super-sedan packs 450 of the quietest, smoothest and most athletic horsepower around: thanks to a dual-motor setup that also provides drivers with over 470 lb.-ft of immediate, electric torque. With AWD and all systems go, this cutting-edge four-door seriously hauls: blasting from 0-60 in a tick over 3 seconds, with the quarter mile mark arriving in less than 12. All of that with no noise, no shifting, no vibration, and no harshness. The immediate but noiseless acceleration turns in a unique experience, and throttle response is unmatched by virtually anything on the road with a combustion powerplant. Best of all, there’s room for the other half, the kids, and a days worth of shopping. Oh, and you never have to visit the gas station ever again, which is pretty swell, too. Other versions of the Tesla Model 3 are available for more modest drivers and budgets, and each shares a similar level of smooth, quiet, and potent performance. Don’t Miss: The unique cabin layout, which eliminates the instrument cluster and virtually all control consoles, instead relegating all functionality to a large, centrally-mounted touch-screen display for a simplistic but high-tech atmosphere on board. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Shelby GT500 (2020) Why: Ford’s recently unveiled the most powerful production Mustang yet—complete with their most powerful-ever engine! The new GT500 will be shipping soon, and when it arrives, it’ll give drivers access to world-class performance, from the most extreme Mustang yet! Power comes from a 5.2 litre V8 engine, complete with flat-plane crank and an Eaton supercharger with integrated liquid-to-air aftercooler for more consistent performance. Total output is rated at a whopping 760 horsepower—all of which are routed to the rear wheels via an 8-speed TREMEC dual-clutch transmission, extensively engineered for millisecond gearshifts. A manual transmission would only slow this machine down. The performance figures are fully backed by targeted, motorsports-derived upgrades—including active oil pan baffles for high g-force lubrication, dual thermostats, and the largest brakes available in an American-built performance coupe. Lightweight wheels, a Shelby-specific magnetic suspension calibration, and extensive structural strengthening help round out the package. This one’s built to perform. Don’t Miss: The GT500’s full selection of carbon-fibre add-ons gives drivers the chance to fully customize their experience through further weight reduction. The available carbon fibre wing, wheels, and rear-seat delete dial up the visual appeal of this rocket-Stang, while reducing weight to the benefit of handling and acceleration. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer McLaren Senna Why: The McLaren Senna is one of the world’s most extreme road-legal performance cars, and one that bears the name of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. Exhaustively engineered to turn in staggering lap times, the Senna embodies the forefront of McLaren’s current capabilities in road-legal performance and design, with extreme weight-reduction efforts applied throughout. Competition-validated aerodynamics give the Senna tremendous downforce for high-speed stability, and result in a distinctive body that’s slathered with vents, ducts, and accented by a massive rear wing and airbrake assembly. A reworked version of the engine from the McLaren 720S provides propulsion—sending 790 horsepower to the rear wheels by way of a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Other extreme performance implements include carbon ceramic brakes with an exclusive compound formulation that enables higher thermal resistance and performance from a smaller and lighter brake rotor. Centre-lock wheels reduce weight even further, negating the need for multiple lug-nuts and studs on each wheel hub. McLaren’s RaceActive Chassis Control system ensures maximum adherence to the surface beneath, with active body control to help further precision and control. Don’t Miss: The incredible power-to-weight ratio. Despite packing the better part of 800 horsepower, the McLaren Senna clocks in at just over 3,000 pounds—enabling 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, en route to a sub 10-second quarter mile pass. Given enough room, the McLaren Senna can exceed 210 miles per hour. Hyundai Veloster N Why: This spunky little hot-hatch is the highest-performing version of the Hyundai Veloster ever made—and by all accounts, it’s a real knock-out. Look for a compact but flexible cabin, hidden rear door for easier passenger access, and all the maneuverability and versatility you’d expect from a compact hatchback. With 275 horsepower on tap via a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine, Veloster N is a proper pocket-rocket. Drivers are supported by a drive-mode selector, multiple drive modes, electronically-controlled differential and suspension, and a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching. Sports bucket seats, an exclusive instrument cluster, high-performance brakes and a 3-mode exhaust system that lets drivers decide how much, or little, of the Veloster N’s signature sound they’d like to hear. Designed and tested to be as thrilling as possible without compromising everyday usability, Veloster N intends to give its driver maximum smiles, any time they take the wheel. Don’t Miss: Veloster N’s extensive list of feature content. Though this machine was built with performance as the priority, it’s also a top-line model—meaning it comes with no shortage of high-end features like an Infinity stereo system, remote smartphone compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, automatic climate control, and more. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer Jeep Gladiator Why: Jeep’s pickup truck is finally here! After teasing us for some time, the new Gladiator has arrived at dealer lots—expanding the Jeep model range to include a unique, pickup-truck model that stays fully in stride with the brand’s adventurous soul. Removable doors and roof panels give loyal Jeep shoppers access to an enticing open-air motoring experience, and a wide range of options, packages, drivelines, an sub-models ensure selection to spare. To the same end, a comprehensive array of Mopar parts and accessories can be specified for further fine-tuning to any budget or lifestyle. Standard is a 285-horsepower V6 engine, and shoppers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission, or an 8-speed automatic. All models are equipped with four-wheel drive for maximum confidence in any weather, or over any terrain. Selected models include additional up-level off-road hardware for the expert off-roader. Leather seating, remote start, an Alpine stereo system, and automatic climate control help dial up the feature content, allowing owners to explore new trails in the lap of connected comfort and convenience. Don’t Miss: The off-road trail cam, which allows drivers to select numerous on-screen images, provided by numerous body-mounted cameras. Select this option, and you’ll be able to see the Gladiator’s full surroundings on a single screen, negating the need to lean out a window, or exit the vehicle, to assess the nearby terrain. Search New And Used Cars for Sale Contact a Dealer The post Top 10 Coolest Cars of 2019 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. 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  6. Got a litter of kiddies and can’t figure out what vehicle to buy? We’ve some recommendations for you! So, what are the best vehicles for families? Well, that depends on what kind of family you’ve got. There are big families and small ones, fashion-forward families and eco-friendly families. Rather than, like, recommending 10 of the 18 million crossover vehicles available right now, we mixed things up a little by selecting the best vehicles for different kinds of families. For Everyday Families: Honda Accord For your typical, everyday family that can live with a four-door car, Honda’s Accord cannot be beat. It’s probably our favorite model in the sedan segment. The Accord has a roomy and high-quality interior, TONS of standard equipment including Honda Sensing, (the automaker’s suite of advanced driver aids) and it also offers a pair of refined turbocharged engines, not to mention a fuel-efficient hybrid model as well. The Accord is safe, efficient and reasonably fun to drive. For a sedan, it just about does everything. SEE ALSO: 2018 Honda Accord Review – VIDEO Get Honda Accord Prices For Fancy Families: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon But for all its virtues, that Honda is still a mass-market model. Certain families demand more luxury, an extra slathering of prestige. For them, we wholeheartedly endorse the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon. It’s far more versatile than your typical four-door and it seats up to seven (yay jumpseats!) Beyond that, it’s beautifully finished inside and out. Oh, and it even comes with standard all-wheel drive. The entry-level version features a twin-turbocharged V6 that delivers 362 horsepower, but you can also get a super-sporty AMG version with 603 ponies and an advertised zero-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds! Now that’ll haul some groceries! Get Mercedes E-Class Prices For Outdoorsy Families: Ram 1500 Of course, certain families eschew life’s finer trappings. They love nothing more than getting down and dirty in the great outdoors. And for these sorts, there’s the new Ram 1500, currently our favorite full-size pickup. Rugged, capable and astonishingly premium across the range, this truck is more versatile than a proverbial Swiss Army Knife, and A LOT less neutral. With a maximum payload of some 2,300 pounds and the ability to tow up to 12,750, this Ram has no trouble hauling four-wheelers, loads of gravel, kayaks, you name it. And of course, it can drag massive campers without breaking a sweat. SEE ALSO: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Review – VIDEO Get Ram 1500 Prices For Eco-Friendly Families: Hyundai Kona Electric Families that want to minimize their carbon footprint, driving a big, burly, Hemi-powered truck isn’t going to cut it. For them, we endorse the Hyundai Kona Electric. This vehicle offers all the benefits of a small crossover, like easy maneuverability, decent interior space and energetic styling with zero tailpipe emissions and sprightly performance. The Kona Electric is more than capable of roasting its tires if you get too enthusiastic with the accelerator. A standard 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack juices a 201-horsepower motor and provides an electric driving range of up to 258 miles. All around, this vehicle is a fine choice. Get Hyundai Kona Prices For Urban Families: Honda Fit But in some instances, even the little Hyundai Kona might be too much vehicle. An ideal option for families that live in densely packed cities is the Honda Fit. You’d be hard pressed to find a vehicle twice its size that’s more versatile than this little runabout. With a wheelbase measuring under 100 inches and an overall length of around 161, it’s a snap to parallel park, maneuver in underground garages or dart in and out of traffic. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides up to 130 horsepower, while the second-row Magic Seat flips and folds to transform this subcompact hatch into a tractor-trailer-rivaling hauler. Get Honda Fit Prices For BIG Families: Ford Expedition And at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Honda’s Fit is the Ford Expedition. This massive body-on-frame SUV is ideal for BIG families that love BIG adventures. This is one of the few vehicles on the road today that offers a truly usable third-row seat. In fact, way back there it’s roomy enough for six-foot-tall adults to be comfortable all day long. For EVEN MORE space, you can step up the Expedition MAX, which is about a foot longer overall and offers commensurately more cargo space. No matter the version, you get a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 tuned to deliver 375 horsepower with a walloping 470 pound-feet of torque, all of which gets sent through a 10-speed transmission. Get Ford Expedition Prices For Fashion-Forward Families: Kia Stinger Serving fashionable families is the dramatic Kia Stinger. This fastback five-door features sporty styling and an upscale, Audi-esque interior. Add in pleasant driving dynamics with reasonable practicality and you have a vehicle that checks all the right boxes for those that appreciate seeing and being seen. A 2.0-liter turbo-four is standard, delivering 255 horsepower, but if you’re really in a hurry, opt for the silky-smooth 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. It’s rated at 365 ponies. An eight-speed automatic is used to great advantage across the board, though all-wheel drive is offered for an additional $2,200. Get Kia Stinger Prices For Crossover-y Families: Subaru Ascent Families that can’t live without a crossover should check out the Subaru Ascent, an excellent all-around choice. With three rows of seats and room for seven or eight passengers, this utility can haul copious quantities of both kiddos and cargo. Naturally, all-wheel drive is standard, as is an invigorating 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Horsepower clocks in at 260, torque 277 pound-feet. Not only is Ascent the largest Subaru ever built, but it’s also one of the best vehicles in its crowded segment. Base price is right around $33,000. SEE ALSO: 2019 Subaru Ascent Review – VIDEO Get Subaru Ascent Prices For Sensible Families: Ford Transit Connect One option that’s sure to appeal to families that don’t care about having the fanciest or most-stylish vehicle, is Ford’s Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, our Wild Card pick. This commercial-van-turned people-hauler features a tall and highly versatile interior with seating for up to seven people. The standard engine is a highly efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 150 horsepower. It’s matched to a resourceful eight-speed automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter gasser and a one-five turbo-diesel should also be available for extra powertrain choice. Providing added versatility, you can get either a single, top-hinged rear door or barn-style double doors. It’s up to you! Get Ford Transit Prices For Road-Tripping Families: Chrysler Pacifica Rounding things out, our final selection on this top-10 list is the perfect vehicle for road-tripping families, families that love to get out and explore. Hands down, the Chrysler Pacifica one of our favorite minivans. It offers style, a premium interior, plenty of passenger comfort and loads of room for cargo, all in one very versatile package. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that provides 287 horsepower. It’s teamed to a nine-speed automatic transmission. But if maximum efficiency is a top priority, FCA also offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain, one that delivers 32 miles of electric-only range and an efficiency rating of up to 82 MPGe. Comfortable, quiet, smooth and graceful, the Pacifica will happily devour as many interstate miles as you care to feed it. Get Chrysler Pacifica Prices Check out more episodes of The Short List! 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  7. We’re looking for Canadian Kia Stinger owners to take part in an exciting new video project. We want to hear from Stinger owners who love their car and are eager to tell the world all about it. If selected, you’ll appear on camera as we profile who you are, as well as what makes you love driving and your Kia Stinger. We also want to hear why you made the unconventional choice to opt for a high-performance Kia. To enter, just send us your contact info and a brief paragraph about why you chose a Stinger. If selected, you will be compensated for your time. Please email us at KiaStingerCasting@gmail.com The post Own a Kia Stinger? Live in Canada? Read this! appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  8. The Kia Seltos has debuted as a new subcompact crossover to slot underneath the Sportage in the Korean automaker’s lineup. The new Hyundai Kona-sized crossover debuted in India, but will likely arrive in the North American market in the second half of this year. Kia says the attractive and chunky-looking CUV is “one of the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features.” The Kia Seltos will be available with full exterior LED lighting, an 8-inch head up display, mood lighting that matches the music, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a Bose audio system. There was no information yet on active safety features like automatic emergency braking, but it would make sense for the Seltos to get the full suite of driver assistance features unless Kia is omitting them to keep the pricing low. For our market, two engines will be available: a 2.0L four-cylinder and a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder. In the Kia Soul, the 2.0L outputs 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, while the 1.6T gets 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. Other markets also get a diesel option with a six-speed automatic. Two transmissions will be offered (a seven-speed DCT for the 1.6T or a CVT for the 2.0L engine) and the Seltos will have different driving modes to choose from. ALSO SEE: Where is Kia From and Where are Kias Made? The Kia Seltos will be manufactured in Andhra Pradesh, India, and Gwangju, Korea. Expect a full North American debut with region-specific specs, features, and pricing in the coming months. No photos of the interior were also released, so expect more information when the full debut happens. Discuss this article on our Kia Seltos Forum The post Kia Seltos Debuts Abroad as New Subcompact Crossover appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  9. When it comes to electric cars (EVs), there’s nothing more important than range. Sure, comfort, performance, and technology are very important to many prospective EV owners, but typically, they want the vehicle to be able to travel a respectable distance on a full battery charge before anything else. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles – The Short List In this post, we’re going to count down the top 10 EVs with the most range for 2019. Our list includes vehicles that can be purchased new in 2019 only, so electric vehicles or variants that have gone out of production were not eligible. This wasn’t a very hard list to whittle down, to be honest, as there aren’t many EVs for sale today. Hopefully, that will change in coming years, however, as major players like Honda, Volkswagen and Ford look to get in on the EV game. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD 10. Audi E-Tron The 2019 Audi E-Tron is 10th on our list, with its 95 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors providing a maximum estimated driving range of 204 miles. The vehicle returns the equivalent of 74 MPGe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. ALSO SEE: Best EV Charges for your Home 9. Nissan Leaf Plus Ninth is the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus. Serving as a long-range version to the standard Leaf, the Leaf Plus has a larger 62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a slightly more powerful single electric motor. It will get an estimated 226 miles on a charge and is rated at 108 MPGe by the EPA. ALSO SEE: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Review 8. Jaguar I-Pace The Jaguar I-Pace crossover (not to be confused with the gasoline Jaguar E-Pace) has a dual motor electric drive system and 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which make for a maximum electric driving range of 234 miles. The EPA rates the vehicle’s efficiency at 76 MPGe. ALSO SEE: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review 7. Chevrolet Bolt EV General Motors’ awkwardly shaped EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, is very efficient for what it is. It has a single electric motor and 60 kWh battery pack, which provides a pure electric range of 238 miles. The vehicle is rated at 109 MPGe, meaning its battery and electric motor aren’t wasting much energy and do a good job at regenerating energy when the vehicle is coasting and braking. ALSO SEE: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review 6. Kia Niro EV Hyundai and Kia are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the electric vehicle space. The Niro EV is a shining example of the Korean brand’s EV prowess, with its 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor good for an impressive driving range of 239 miles. The EPA rates the Niro EV at 112 MPGe – only slightly less efficient than the smartly engineered Bolt EV. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Surprising Cars a Tesla Model 3 Beats in a Drag Race 5. Kia Soul EV The new Kia Soul EV seems like a great offering right off the bat. It has the same 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor as the Niro EV, but it is slightly more efficient at 114 MPGe. This enables a slightly further driving range than the Niro EV of 243 miles, although the real-world range of these two would be nearly identical. ALSO SEE: 2020 Kia Soul EV Review 4. Hyundai Kona EV Yet another Hyundai-Kia entry appears on our list in the way of the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona is one of our favorite crossovers in standard gas-powered form and it only gets better with a torquey electric powertrain. Powering this emissions-free crossover is the same 64 kWh battery and single electric motor found in the Soul EV and Niro EV, but better aerodynamics help the Kona EV eke out an estimated 258 miles of range on a single charge. ALSO SEE: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review 3. Tesla Model X Long Range You knew Tesla would occupy the first three spots of this list, right? Kicking things off for the electric car brand is its fancy Model X crossover, which can travel 295 miles on a single charge thanks to its large 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at a somewhat poor 87 MPGe – the Model X’s potato shape certainly lending itself to this disappointing figure. 2. Tesla Model 3 Long Range The long-range Tesla Model 3 has a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery and either a single or dual electric motors, which provide an estimated driving range of 310 miles. The EPA rates the Model 3’s efficiency at a very impressive 130 MPGe. While it finds itself in second place, the Model 3 has the best efficiency of any EV on this list. ALSO SEE: Tesla Model 3 Review 1. Tesla Model S Long Range All these years later and the Tesla Model S remains the most impressive electric production vehicle, with the long-range version of the sedan able to travel 335 miles estimated on a single charge thanks to its 100 kWh battery and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at 102 MPGe. Can anyone dethrone Tesla at this point? From HybridCars.com The post Top 10 Electric Cars with the Longest Range appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  10. Are you a young driver in need of a new car or the parent of one that will be making the monthly payments? If so, you’re probably wondering what are the best new cars for teenage motorists. Well, any recommendations need to be safe, so we picked cars with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Affordability is also critical, as is reliability, efficiency, and even coolness. Anything we recommend can’t be a total snooze. Keeping all those important factors in mind, here are our picks for the best cars for teens. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Honda Fit The Honda Fit is a snap to maneuver, exceptionally efficient, and more versatile than some vehicles twice its size, thanks to that hatchback body and second-row Magic Seat. With a base price around $17,000, up to 40 miles per gallon highway, and good crash-test scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this car is a no-brainer. Oh, and for extra fun, they can even be had with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is great because we think it will help curb distracted driving. Get New & Used Honda Fit Prices SEE ALSO: Top 10 Least Reliable Cars Toyota Corolla Hatchback What is it that Toyota does better than practically any other automaker? Oh, that’s right, they make vehicles that last forever. With luck, the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback will provide decades of reliable service with minimal repairs. Versatile, stylish, and economical with a starting price around $20,000, this five-door just about does it all. And with 168 horsepower on tap, its performance isn’t too bad, either. Another bonus? It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Get New & Used Toyota Corolla Prices Nissan Kicks Next up, a crossover, Nissan’s subcompact Kicks. One of this vehicle’s main advantages is its bargain-basement price, starting off around $19,000. But even though it’s exceedingly affordable, nothing about it feels flagrantly chintzy. The interior is reasonably nice, there’s plenty of cargo space and of course, the fuel economy is stellar, topping out at 36 MPG highway. Throw in good crash test scores and just 122 horsepower so no one can go too fast and it’s an ideal choice for teenage drivers. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers Get New & Used Nissan Kicks Prices Hyundai Veloster But if young motorists want something with a little more visual pizzazz than provided by the Kicks, Hyundai’s Veloster delivers. This asymmetrical hatchback looks cool yet is still reasonably practical. Three powertrains are offered, including a base 2.0-liter engine with 147 ponies, though a 1.6L turbo with much more giddy-up is also available, as is a high-performance N model with up to 275 horsepower. We’re going to recommend the base version, which starts at right around $19,500 with a six-speed manual transmission. Yes, an automatic is offered for an extra $1,000. Get New & Used Hyundai Veloster Prices Kia Forte The Kia Forte is another excellent choice for youthful drivers. Not only does this compact sedan look great, but it also comes with an upscale interior and starts at right around $18,000. At that price, you get a standard eight-inch touchscreen, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and much more. The Forte even earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, meaning it should perform well in practically every type of crash. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Reliable Cars Get New & Used Kia Forte Prices Mazda CX-3 Our next recommendation is the Mazda CX-3, one of the most stylish and upscale small crossovers available today. Not only does it look and feel far more expensive than anything that starts at less than $22,000 should, but it’s also great to drive and is extremely safe. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides the motivation, delivering 148 horsepower. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox and standard front-wheel drive. Of course, for extra grip, four-corner traction is also on the menu. ALSO SEE: Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks Get New & Used Mazda CX-3 Prices Subaru Impreza The Subaru Impreza’s biggest selling feature is standard all-wheel drive, but that’s not all this small sedan or five-door hatch has going for it. An IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its superior front-crash prevention technology, excellent headlights, and all-around structural integrity, this Subaru is a jack-of-all-trades. A 2.0-liter boxer-four provides 152 ponies, while an available continuously variable transmission helps deliver up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway. SEE ALSO: Why the Four-Cylinder Hybrid is the Best Powertrain in the Jeep Wrangler Get New & Used Subaru Impreza Prices Kia Soul Another top choice for young drivers is the Kia Soul. A style-focused hatchback-crossover-thing, this segment-blurring icon has been totally redesigned for the 2020 model year. Not only does it look cool, but it’s also versatile, well-built, and offers loads of technology, like standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Most models of the Soul feature a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, but you can also get a 1.6-liter turbo with 201 ponies. No matter what’s under the hood, this Kia is an excellent choice for teens. Get New & Used Kia Soul Prices Volkswagen Golf The Volkswagen Golf has always been popular with young motorists, likely because it has cachet thanks to its buttoned-down looks and no-nonsense interior. Starting at around $22,000, this versatile VW gives you a lot for your money, like a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 147 horsepower. There’s also standard blind-spot monitoring and even forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. But perhaps best of all, the Golf comes with a standard six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. It may not be as reliable as a Toyota, but that guarantee is tough to top. SEE ALSO: 5 Fun, Low-Horsepower Cars Get New & Used VW Golf Prices Honda Civic But perhaps the best new car for young drivers is the Honda Civic. This nameplate has a long track record of dependable and economical service, providing transportation to millions of people around the world. It’s super safe, starts at about $20,000, sips fuel, drives well, offers lots of tech, and is even available in a wide range of flavors. You can get sedan, coupe, hatchback, sporty Si and ultra-high-performance Type R versions of the Civic, meaning there’s something there for practically everyone, even teens. Get New & Used Honda Civic Prices Check out more episodes of The Short List The post Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  11. It’s no secret that the pickup truck market is a cash cow for many automakers, and with small pickups gaining popularity again, should a Kia Telluride pickup truck be considered? Kia Telluride Forums recently released a rendering of what they think a truck based on the new Telluride three-row SUV could look like. With Kia’s sister brand Hyundai also considering entering the compact pickup market with the Santa Cruz, it wouldn’t be crazy for a larger mid-size truck from Kia. Although it would have unibody construction, the renders picture the Telluride pickup as off-road focused. Although the Telluride’s AWD system sends power to the front axle by default, the system can also be locked for even distribution. The truck will be powered by the same 3.8-liter V6 that outputs 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Although pickup trucks from Asian automakers (with the exception of Toyota), don’t perform that well in terms of sales, this Telluride truck actually looks pretty good. It certainly looks better than the Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and aging Nissan Frontier, but perhaps isn’t as solid as the Tacoma. Do you think it could be a success? Let us know in the comments. Discuss this article on our Kia Telluride Forum The post Should a Kia Telluride Pickup Truck be Considered? appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  12. The Kia HabaNiro is a peppery concept car that was just revealed at the New York International Auto Show. This design study is fully electric, offering an advertised range of 300 miles (483 km). The battery technology delivering this figure is not mentioned, though it is described as being “advanced” and “state of the art.” Additionally, this Kia seats four people, sports all-wheel and even offers cutting-edge level-five autonomous driving capability. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger Review HabaNiro also rolls on 20-inch wheels and features short overhangs both front and rear. Further dressing things up are satin aluminum skid plates, billet tow hooks and bright-red-anodized accent pieces. Additionally, the daytime-running lights pulse like a heartbeat, suggesting the vehicle is alive. Despite its high-style design, complete with butterfly-wing doors, this vehicle is not meant to be some pie-in-the-sky concept, rather “a prescient look into the future of mobility,” at least according to the press release sent out by the South Korean automaker. SEE ALSO: 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage Inside, there’s just as much cutting-edge technology as on the outside. The cabin is finished in a searing lava red color, while the entire windshield is transformed into a head-up display. This is controlled by a touchpad mounted on the vehicle’s concave instrument panel. The Technical Option Sharing System, TOSS for short, lets users easily rearrange things on that gigantic display. Passenger comfort is handled by the HabaNiro’s Perimeter Ventilation System. It evenly distributes air throughout the cabin. The geometrically patterned floor glows with soft ambient lighting. As for self-driving functionality, this concept’s steering wheel and instrument panel retract when it’s operating autonomously. This provides greater space for passengers and more comfort. ALSO SEE: Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 Kia is coy about whether the HabaNiro will ever be built. Certainly, some of the technologies this design study features are a bit too out there, but other underlying features, like the electric drivetrain, are more likely than not close to production-ready. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Unveils All-Electric, Self-Driving Concept Car With Punny Name appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  13. Kia’s sexy Stinger blurs the lines between sedan and station wagon, brandishing athletic design, riotous dynamics and an upscale interior. Giving enthusiasts even more of what they love, the automaker will offer an enhanced model starting this spring. Featuring real carbon fiber trim on the grille, mirror housings and side vents, the Stinger GTS is a special-edition vehicle, with production capped at just 800 units. These cars will also be offered in a retina-searing bright-orange paint job and come dressed up with special badges. Motivating this liftback is a standard 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, it’s paired to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, a combo that provides scorching acceleration. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger Wins AutoGuide.com’s 2018 Car of the Year Award Offering drivers choice, the Stinger GTS will be available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Cars equipped with the traction-enhancing system gain a few additional benefits. Kia calls this system D-AWD and it’s designed to make the vehicle behave more like a pure rear-driven car. It features a mechanical limited-slip differential for enhanced control in dicey conditions, plus it offers a drift mode, where 100 percent of available torque gets routed to the rear for smoky burnouts, power slides and other irresponsible-but-oh-so-fun hoonage. The transmission will also hold gears so you can keep those tires roasting if obliterating pricey rubber is your hobby. The drive-mode selector also features other settings including Comfort, with sends up to 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels for stable performance. Sport mode routes 80 percent of available twist to the back for even an even more engaging drive. SEE ALSO: 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage The Stinger’s already upscale interior is further enhanced by the addition of Alcantara trim on the steering wheel and center console. Looking skyward, the headliner is trimmed in something called Chamude, a suede-like material. A sunroof is also standard, ditto for a 720-watt Harmon/Kardon sound system and wireless charging for supported mobile devices. Production of the Kia Stinger GTS is slated to commence this spring. Base price for a rear-wheel-drive example is projected to be $44,995 including an estimated $995 in delivery fees. If you’d prefer an example with four driven wheels, plan on spending an additional $2,500. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Building Special-Edition Stinger GTS appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  14. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has used the 2019 Seoul Motor Show to give us a glimpse into the future of its crossover portfolio. The Korean automaker debuted two new concepts at its home auto show this week: the rugged Kia Masterpiece and youthful Kia Signature, which “both provide an insight into how Kia could develop its model line-up in future, in terms of design, layout and use of technology,” the company says. First up is the Masterpiece. Described as rugged and robust, the Masterpiece appears more tough and boxy than many of Kia’s current crossovers. It has a “purposeful SUV stance and raised body, and a powerful all-wheel-drive system,” that gives it “go-anywhere capability,” Kia says. To our eye, it looks like a Telluride with a higher ride height and more dramatic front and rear lighting elements. SEE ALSO: Hyundai Tucson vs Kia Sportage: How Are the Crossovers Different? Which One is Right for You? The Signature is more typical for Kia. This is actually an evolution of the Kia SP Concept showed at last year’s Delhi Auto Show in India and “hints at the company’s plans to introduce a new small SUV for its global markets.” It features an evolved version of Kia’s tiger nose grille and youthful design elements that are intended to attract “young trendsetters.” Kia says the Signature’s design will also influence other “future models destined for Kia’s global markets.” Both the Kia Masterpiece and the Kia Signature concepts will be on display for the duration of the 2019 Seoul Motor Show in South Korea. ALSO SEE: Where is Kia From and Where are Kias Made? Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Masterpiece and Signature SUV Concepts Hint at Future Designs appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  15. Get the Flash Player to see this player. If vehicle dependability matters, you should probably avoid the following 10 models. Recently, Consumer Reports published the results of its 2018 Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Far and away dependability is the No. 1 purchase consideration of new-vehicle shoppers. That’s at least according to the influential watchdog organization. In fact, it beats out performance, price and even fuel economy. Moving on, here are some of the most problem-prone vehicles you can buy right now. 10. Honda Odyssey Landing in 10th place is the Honda Odyssey. Wait, WHAT? A Honda on a list of MOST UNRELIABLE VEHICLES? That’s just hard to believe. But according to Consumer Reports, body hardware and interior electronics proved to be major trouble spots. Somewhat offsetting these deficits, this minivan is comfortable, refined and economical. ALSO SEE: Top 10 Most Reliable Cars 9. Volkswagen Atlas Next on this list of underachieving autos is the Volkswagen Atlas. Despite offering respectable driving dynamics, a hushed cabin and even a third-row seat that adults can actually fit in, this three-row utility vehicle was savaged for its cantankerous climate-control system and troublesome transmission, among other minor issues. ALSO SEE: Volkswagen Atlas V6 Review 8. Buick Enclave Edging out the Atlas in projected unreliability is the Buick Enclave. Also a three-row crossover, Consumer Reports liked its quiet and spacious interior, easy-to-use infotainment system and comfortable ride. But minor transmission issues, as well as problematic climate-control and emissions systems, really hurt it. SEE ALSO: Is Tesla’s Elon Musk Crazy or a Genius? – The Short List 7. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty Falling below these also-rans is the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. It’s kind of weird seeing a big, tough truck on this list, but apparently, Consumer Reports subscribers said they’ve had major engine issues with these pickups as well as noises and leaks, plus troublesome in-vehicle electronics, a recurring theme on this list. 6. Kia Cadenza In the No. 6 position on this Bottom-10 List is the Kia Cadenza sedan. It competes with larger four-doors like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon. The Cadenza is roomy and quiet, with easy-to-use technology, though problematic climate control, fuel and emissions systems were its undoing. 5. Chevrolet Traverse Moving along, the Chevrolet Traverse is also one of the most unreliable vehicles available today. Much like its sibling the Buick Enclave, minor transmission issues and problematic electronics landed it in the middle of this list, a pity, really, because it’s an attractive and highly functional vehicle. 4. Honda Clarity Surprisingly, the No. 4 finisher here is another Honda, specifically the Japanese automaker’s cutting-edge Clarity sedan. This futuristic vehicle is offered as an electric, a plug-in hybrid and even with a hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain. Can you say complexity? Issues that dragged it down in reliability rankings include weaknesses in the climate control, fuel and emissions systems as well as problems with body hardware. SEE ALSO: 12 Facts About Alfa Romeo You Should Know – The Short List 3. Cadillac ATS Nimble and sharp, the Cadillac ATS is an absolute driver’s car, with a buttoned-down ride and peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine or smooth-running V6. A convoluted infotainment system and cramped interior detract from the overall experience, as do glitches with its climate controls, in-car electronics and driveline. Perhaps this is why Cadillac is killing off the ATS. 2. Tesla Model X Tesla’s Model X is the second-least reliable vehicle according to Consumer Reports. Despite its driving finesse, futuristic interior and respectable all-electric range, it was failed by issues with body hardware, noises and leaks as well as cantankerous interior electronics. 1. Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Finally, we come to the most unreliable vehicle. Surprisingly, it’s another heavy-duty pickup, the Ram 3500 HD. Able to tow massive trailers and haul heaping loads without breaking a sweat, this tough truck is nonetheless undermined by issues with its steering, suspension, fuel, emissions and engine-cooling systems. It’s even dogged by various noises and leaks, again, at least according to Consumer Reports. Check out more episodes of The Short List The post Top 10 Most Unreliable Cars – The Short List appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
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