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  1. Instead of updating or redesigning the Optima, Kia has rid the North American market of the car altogether. In its place arrives the new 2021 Kia K5. To be fair, the Optima was always called the K5 in South Korea. So Kia has essentially done away with the Optima name and now its new mid-size sedan will be identified as K5 all across the globe. The K5 is all set to take the fight to its rivals in the mid-size sedan market and it seems well equipped to do so. So here are five cool features in the 2021 Kia K5 that could change the game. SEE ALSO: 2021 Kia K5 Revealed: 290 HP and AWD for Sporty Optima Replacement A Diet Stinger Please Gone are the days when mid-size sedans we considered too beige. Today, aesthetically at least they can give more upscale cars a run for their money. And the K5 epitomizes that ethos. It looks like Kia’s flagship GT, the Stinger, went on a diet and chiseled itself by some serious weight training. The front nose is sharp and the sleek fascia with its front fender-intruding DRLS and all-LED headlamps is enough to turn heads. It sits on the same N3 platform as the Hyundai Sonata and if that’s any clue, it sits lower than before and the sloping roofline creates coupe-like profile that looks sporty. The best part? It’s not all show and no go. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Review Turbo Power Along with a striking design, thankfully Kia has also introduced an engine that would make many an enthusiast take notice. Sure there is the 1.6-turbo GDI. But the engine of interest here is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo from the upcoming Genesis G80. It makes 290 hp of max power and 311 lb-ft of torque which according to Kia is “best-in-class”. It also comes with a segment-exclusive eight-speed wet, dual-clutch transmission and AWD (another first for Kia). All trims are available with AWD except the base LX. SEE ALSO: 2021 Genesis G80 Here To Make Rivals Nervous, Priced From $48,725 Continuously Variable What? Yes, we are still harping on about the engines. As desirable as the 2.5-liter turbo is, the 1.6-liter GDI comes with its own set of innovations. Kia has introduced an industry-first Continuously Variable Valve Duration system, or CVVD. Unlike variable valve timing, CVVD allows for individual valves to remain open or closed for extended periods depending on how the car is being driven. If the car is at a constant speed, the system will allow the intake valves to be open from the middle to the end of the compression stroke so as to minimize resistance during compression. If the car is being driven fast, the system closes the intake during the same stroke to maximize air utilization during the explosion stage. The system can increase fuel efficiency by five percent, increase power by four percent and cuts emissions by 12 percent. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review All-Paw-Drive This is the first time Kia has equipped its sedan with all-wheel-drive. Though it is a front-wheel-drive based system, which essentially means that it is on-demand and will engage AWD when the system detects a loss in traction at the nose. The system is optional on all trims except the base LX and comes as standard on the GT trim with the 2.5-liter turbo. A Cabin From Above? The cabin of the K5 truly looks like from a class above. The upholstery looks premium and upmarket. Kia will also offer two infotainment screen sizes in the K5, an 8.0-inch unit, and a 10.25-inch wide-screen system. Kia will also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Though both will be wireless (another first), that ability will be available with the 8.0-inch screen only. Our guess? Compatibility issues maybe. Though it will also come with natural voice recognition which will allow occupants to operate things like the aircon with voice commands. Other features include an upgraded Bose sound system and smart key that allows you to not only start your car but operate the climate control system as well. The 2021 Kia K5 goes on sale by late summer and the GT version will arrive in fall. Prices will be revealed closer to the launch. The post Top 5 Coolest Features of the New Kia K5 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  2. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] The Optima name is officially buried, but new K5 boasts more power, more tech, and all-wheel drive grip. Goodbye Kia Optima, and hello Kia K5. Last month’s EPA listing was essentially confirmation, but now it’s real: Kia will switch to the alphanumeric approach here in North America for its latest mid-size sedan. The name is hardly the biggest change, however. There’s a whole rethink of the trim levels (five now: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT), and the 2021 Kia K5 is getting more power, a more sporty character, and even all-wheel drive. Let’s start with the engine lineup. Standard-fit on most K5s is the familiar 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The little four-pot uses the same continuously variable valve duration (CVVD) technology as it does in the Hyundai Sonata. The fiendishly clever (and complex) setup can alter how long the valves stay open on the fly. The Korean automaker claims it manages the dual feats of improved fuel efficiency and performance. Power figures sit at 180 hp and 195 lb-ft, with a standard eight-speed automatic sending that to the front wheels. Again, like the Sonata. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Review It’s from here on out that the K5 cuts its own path, however. For starters, it features an available all-wheel drive system. The electro-hydraulic setup is front-biased, a first for the brand. It offers an available “Snow” drive mode which tailors the system for colder climes. Other driving modes include Normal, Smart, Sport and Custom, which all alter engine, transmission, and steering mapping. The drive modes also change the AWD system settings when equipped. The all-paw system provides the basis for the new, high-performance GT trim as well. This K5 benefits from a bigger, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, though it still runs on regular gas. It adds over 100 ponies to the corral, now totalling 290 hp, while torque grows even further to 311 lb-ft. The recently-revealed Genesis G80 shares the four-pot with the K5, although the Kia gets a different transmission: a class-exclusive eight-speed dual-clutch. An additional Sport+ mode joins the lineup for the GT as well. Hook it all up and Kia says the K5 GT will charge to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. The basis of the K5 is Kia’s new N3 platform. Length increases by two inches over the Optima, with the wheelbase growing by 1.8 inches as well. Width is up an inch, while height is down by nearly the same amount. Kia says the new platform is stronger and stiffer than the one it replaces, with improvements in responsiveness and stability. It also boasts improved sound deadening—though the K5 also uses piped-in engine noise depending on drive mode. Of course, it’s impossible to ignore the dramatic new looks of the Optima … sorry, K5. In profile it bears a striking resemblance to the Stinger GT, but it sticks to a traditional trunk instead of the big hatch. Kia has expanded its trademark “tiger grille” into a whole “tiger face” here, spreading across the whole width of the front-end and incorporating the “heart beat” DRLs. The chrome strip that runs up and over the side windows plunges down the C-pillar and loops around the rear glass. Around back an available dash-style LED setup offers a different approach to the de rigueur full-width light strip. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 19 inches, and the larger ones come wrapped in aggressive Pirelli P Zero tires on the GT. Like its Sonata sibling, the K5 brings a whole bunch of tech to the midsize mainstream class. The standard infotainment screen is a healthy 8.0 inches, though a larger 10.25-inch widescreen setup is also available. Curiously, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available—a rarity in non-premium cars—but only with the smaller screen. We don’t understand that move either. Beyond that, the K5 will also offer natural voice recognition (“turn on the AC”), wireless mobile charging (with a handy drop-in design), and an upgraded Bose sound system. New smart key features also allow owners to pre-set the climate controls or remote start the engine. The “Sound of Nature” ambient system also makes the jump from the Sonata. Bring on those calm sea waves! Being a modern Kia there’s a whole suite of driver assist and safety aids on board too. No matter the trim you’ll find automated emergency braking (including pedestrian detection), lane-keep assist, driver attention warning and rear occupant alert. Available assists include rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot assist, forward collision avoidance with junction turning, navigation-based smart cruise control, and safe exit assist. The latter offers a beep if it senses approaching traffic when doors are opening. Kia will build the K5 in the same West Point, Georgia plant as the award-winning Telluride. It arrives later this summer, with the high-performance GT showing up in the autumn. Expect full pricing closer to launch. The post 2021 Kia K5 Revealed: 290 HP and AWD for Sporty Optima Replacement appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  3. The infographic below showcases how many electric vehicles have been sold in different countries worldwide. It also provides data on... The post Electric Vehicle Market Share appeared first on theKEEA. Lees volledige artikel
  4. J.D. Power overhauls its Initial Quality Study for 2020, resulting in a shake-up that sees domestic brands having their best showing in years. Give it up for the local talent. J.D. Power has released its annual Initial Quality Study for 2020, and numerous domestic automakers have surged ahead this year. No less than half of the top 10 manufacturers are American, and one ties for the top spot overall. First, a note for anybody comparing 2019’s results to this: the vastly higher average number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) isn’t due to reduced reliability. “The higher problem levels we see in this year’s study don’t mean vehicle quality has worsened,” said Dave Sargent, VP of vehicle quality at J.D. Power, “rather, the redesigned study asks additional questions that allow owners to cite more of the problems that they are experiencing.” The IQ Study polls owners on various issues and problems they encounter in the first 90 days of new-car ownership. J.D. Power found infotainment to be the biggest hurdle across the board. Nearly 25 percent of all problems cited were due to things like smartphone connectivity, touchscreens, voice recognition, and navigation systems. With that out of the way, let’s get to those top makes, in ascending order. 10. Hyundai PP100: 153 SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Review We start with the largest Korean automaker. As a parent company (including Kia and Genesis) Hyundai scored the most segment-level wins with seven individual model awards. H-branded models to top their segment include the sporty Veloster and the compact Tucson crossover. Loading … 09. Volkswagen PP100: 152 SEE ALSO: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport First Drive Review The rebalanced 2020 IQS sees Volkswagen move from the bottom 10 to the top 10. The German brand didn’t score any outright segment wins, but the Jetta did slide onto the podium in the compact car class. Consider this a show of support for VW’s straight-forward infotainment systems. Loading … 08. GMC PP100: 151 SEE ALSO: 2020 GMC Acadia Denali Review General Motors’ truck-and-SUV brand slots into eighth place with a PP100 score of 151, or 15 higher than the industry average. The GMC Sierra is the brand’s best-performing model; it actually out-performed its platform-mate, the Chevrolet Silverado. Loading … 07. Buick PP100: 150 SEE ALSO: 2019 Buick Envision Review and First Drive With news that it’s cancelling its cars, Buick will join GMC as the other car-free General Motors brand. The near-luxury brand is now all crossovers, all the time. Buick will continue to focus on the high-riders this year, with the introduction of the slightly-larger Encore GX and a revised Envision on the way for 2021. Loading … 06. Mitsubishi PP100: 148 SEE ALSO: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review Here’s a surprise: Mitsubishi is the lone Japanese brand in the top 10 this year. Just three brands from the country scored above the industry average: the other two were Nissan (161 PP100) and Lexus (159). Even more surprising: Mitsubishi ranked third-last in 2019! Chalk up this year’s result to the brand’s no-frills approach to motoring, with straight-forward infotainment and high ease of use. Loading … 05. Genesis PP100: 142 SEE ALSO: 2020 Genesis G70 Review The Korean brand held onto its title as the top luxury model in the IQS for 2020. That’s even more impressive when we consider Genesis has done that since it debuted in 2017. The real test will come in the next 12 months: the brand is debuting the new G80 and, more importantly, the GV80, its first SUV. Both will come with a reimagined infotainment system—how well customers take to it will determine the brand’s 2021 ranking. Loading … 03 (Tie). Ram SEE ALSO: 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Review PP100: 141 FCA scores two podium finishes this year, with its Ram truck division tying for third. The American manufacturer completely re-did the 1500 for the 2019 model year, introducing more mature styling, mild-hybrid systems, and including the return of a light-duty diesel option. A big ol’ infotainment system sits right in the middle of the center console—in portrait orientation no less—but FCA’s Uconnect system is one of the best in the business. Loading … 03 (Tie). Chevrolet PP100: 141 SEE ALSO: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review The Bowtie brand shares third place with Ram for 2020. Chevrolet benefitted from two segment leaders: the mid-size Malibu sedan and the sub-compact Sonic. What’s more, the Sonic was the best-rated car overall, scoring just 103 PP100. Chevy’s crossover and SUV lineup also performed well, with segment podium spots for models including the Trax, Equinox, Blazer, and Tahoe. Loading … 01 (Tie). Kia PP100: 136 SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Forte GT Review Some things don’t change. For the sixth year in a row, Kia is the highest-ranked mass market brand in the IQS. With four segment winners—the Forte, Sedona, Sorento, and Soul—it’s hardly surprising. Customers have flocked to the Korean brand for years because of its high perceived value. More recently the brand has ladled on style and tech without any reliability worries, and this year’s results bear that out. Loading … 01 (Tie). Dodge PP100: 136 SEE ALSO: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review In a first for any domestic brand, Dodge tops the charts in J.D. Power’s IQS. It ties Kia with just 136 problems reported per 100 cars. Dodge has a two-pronged advantage here: it uses FCA’s intuitive Uconnect infotainment system, and most of its models, such as the Challenger, Charger, and Journey, have been in production for a long, long time. It’s given the American automaker plenty of time to target and fix any issues, and judging by this win, its work has paid off. Loading … The post Top 10 Manufacturers for Initial Quality: J.D. Power 2020 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. 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  5. Kia has released the first images of the fourth-generation Sedona—or Carnival in other markets—showing off a new, stately appearance. Begun, the minivan wars have. Chrysler fired the first salvo with the redesigned 2021 Pacifica. Then just a month ago, Toyota revealed the all-new, all-hybrid Sienna. Kia would not sit this one out, and it’s now provided the first look at the fourth-generation Sedona minivan. Loading … Technically, this isn’t the Sedona; it’s the Carnival, the name Kia’s people-mover uses in other markets. Also, unlike its competition, Kia has rid the Carnival/Sedona of the minivan name and insists on calling its new boxy people mover a “Grand Utility Vehicle’ possibly to accentuate its SUV-esque design lines. Before we get too excited about this absolute looker of a minivan, pardon, Grand Utility Vehicle, we would like to clarify that the Sedona will not be coming to the US this year. It will go on sale in South Korea in the third quarter of this year and will probably arrive in North America by late 2021 as a 2022 model. Head-on, you can easily mistake the new Sedona for an SUV. It features short overhangs and a bold new face with a massive tiger-nose grille and the full-width LED DRLs. The massive grille along with the sculpted front bumper and the slightly flared wheel arches are all quintessential SUV design elements. Plus, the flush-fitting headlamps inside the grille give the Carnival an air of sophistication. The massive greenhouse, sliding doors, and the tall, boxy shape however are quintessential minivan. Plus, the shoulder line that extends from the headlamps to the tail lamps further emphasizes the van’s sheer size. It features a floating roof design while the C-pillar carries a chrome strip that extends into the rear of the car. The tailamps are an all-LED affair with an LED strip running the width of the tailgate. Kia states that it features a longer wheelbase than before and will be more spacious than the current car. There are no images of the cabin available yet, but the “limousine” badge on the tailgate shows that the one pictured here is the top trim and will come with all bells and whistles. Kia is also keeping mum about the specs but we think when it comes to the US, it will carry over its current 3.3-liter V6 and also add a hybrid powertrain to its lineup. The post 2022 Kia Sedona Puts a Stylish SUV Spin on the Minivan appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  6. Kia Sedona to make its debut this summer. Looks sleeker than before and will likely be more spacious too. Kia Motors has teased the new 2021 Sedona—known as Carnival in other markets—and according to the Korean automaker, it will be a “Grand Utility Vehicle”. Just like BMW makes Sport Activity Vehicles, we guess. Basically, it will still be a massive minivan and will still be called so by its customers. Kia is injecting some SUV attributes to its load-lugger for the fourth-generation model, however. Speaking of minivans, the segment will see a lot of activity in the coming months. With Toyota revealing the all-new, all-hybrid Sienna, Chrysler coming in with the AWD Pacifica, the Honda Odyssey getting an update and now this, the competition in the segment will be quite high. Also, it goes to show that manufacturers have not yet given up on the minivan, sorry, grand utility vehicle market. Back to the Sedona. Though you won’t mistake it for anything else, the big boxy shape looks quite fresh and futuristic thanks to the massive greenhouse and blacked-out pillars. The windows appear to sit lower in the bodywork and the floating roof design looks quite appealing. Up front it retains the trademark tiger grille, though it does give off a Škoda-esque vibe. Headlamps and DRLS are sleeker and all-LED. Plus, the four-point LED fog lamps on the front bumper seem to have been omitted as well. The front flared wheel arches break up the boxy design, but in a good way. It will also probably be longer in width and have a longer wheelbase to offer more space inside. Don’t expect to see the massive wheels from the sketch on the minivan you actually buy. We figure it will likely feature 19-inch wheels, which is still plenty big for modern minivans. The rear tail lamps and the cabin of the new Sedona remain a mystery and so does the powertrain. However, we expect the 3.8-liter V6 from the Telluride to power the minivan, up from the current model’s 3.3-liter six-pot. In addition, the Sedona will need to offer some serious kit and technology to stand out among the Sienna and the Pacifica. As for the launch, it was expected to be revealed at the New York Auto show, which first got pushed back to August due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then canceled entirely. According Kia, the new Sedona will make go on sale in its native Korea the third quarter of this year. Figure for a North American debut not long after, and an appearance at dealers before year’s end. Stay tuned for more details over the summer. The post 2021 Kia Sedona Will not be a Minivan but a ‘Grand Utility Vehicle’ appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  7. Despite the polarizing opinions about its owner, we can credit Tesla with giving the electric car industry the boost it desperately needed. Yes, the electric car still remains an aspiration for many due to the high initial price. And you can’t really keep it as your only means of transportation especially if there are interstate miles involved. But the recent advancements in battery technology have enabled manufacturers to make electric cars more accessible, so buying an electric car on a budget is now possible. Here are the seven cheapest electric cars you can buy in 2020. Also note, if you’re in the market to buy an electric car, make sure you check your local dealer and government websites for incentives you might be eligible for. The federal government is offering tax credit up to $7,500 that you can claim as a part of your tax return. But there are state-level benefits as well, ranging from additional discounts to free parking. BMW i3 Starting price: $45,445 We start off with the most expensive and arguably the most innovative car on the list, the BMW i3. Yes, there is a Tesla on the list and yet we call the BMW the most innovative. That’s due to its body is made out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), a concept introduced in 2013 that carmakers still shy away from. In addition, the car also uses recycled materials extensively during the manufacturing process to reduce its environmental impact. The i3 comes in two distinct versions, the i3 and the i3s, and both are available with and without range extenders. It makes 168 hp of max power and 184 lb-ft of peak torque in the i3 and 181 hp and 199 lb-ft in the i3s. Both are rear-drive only. The range extender is a 647 cc twin-cylinder engine that never powers the wheels directly but helps charge the battery. SEE ALSO: 2019 BMW i3 REx Review On a full charge, both the i3 and i3s will be good for 153 miles. With the range extender, the range increases to 200 miles. Interestingly, the i3 only comes with a 42 kWh battery pack. But thanks to being so lightweight (around 3,000 lb without occupants), it can go a lot further. Plus, being light also translates to lesser inertia, which doesn’t require massive brakes or extra wide tires, thereby keeping the mechanicals simple, easier to repair, and the body rust free. In the cabin you get things like three-stage heated front seats as standard along with an automatic climate control system, fully adjustable steering, and eDrive system with Apple CarPlay as standard. It also gets adaptive cruise control and automatic collision notification. A standard wall-mounted charger for your home can charge the battery up to 80 percent in less than five hours. If you use public fast chargers, the same percentage takes about 40 minutes. Loading … Kia Niro EV Starting Price: $40,290 The combination of “second-most expensive” and “Kia” don’t really sound right together. But in this instant they are, as the Kia Niro EV is the second-most expensive electric car on the list. Don’t furrow your brow as it is far from the most expensive in the market. Unlike the 2018 MY car, the Niro now utilizes a single powertrain: the 201 hp, 291 lb-ft electric motor with a 64 kWh battery pack. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Niro EV Review Thanks to the large battery, it can do 239 miles on a single full charge but takes about 9.5 hours to charge from a power wall socket. Use a DC fast charger however and the task takes 90 minutes. In the cabin, you get climate control as standard along with an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment screen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Other standard features include 10-way power-adjustable driver’s perch and driver assistance systems like collision mitigation, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control and lane following assist. Upgrading to the EX Premium ($45,585) trim fetches you heated and ventilated front seats, a powered moonroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen system and a wireless charger. All features except the touchscreen are available as options on the EX trim. Loading … Hyundai Kona Electric Starting Price: $38,330 Although the Hyundai Kona shares its platform and powertrain with the Kia Niro EV, it is cheaper by almost $2,000. The Kona is slightly smaller compared to the Niro however, but that isn’t necessarily an awful thing. Despite the same 201 hp motor paired to a 64kWh battery pack, the Kona can do 258 miles on a single charge compared to the 239-mile range of the Niro. The equipment distribution for the two cars is similar too. But where the Niro is available in two trims, the Kona comes with three. SEE ALSO: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review The base SEL trim is on the spartan side but yet offers automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Although there is no power adjustable driver’s seat or a moonroof, you do get the safety suite including the forward collision avoidance and blind-spot detection. The moonroof and eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is available on the Limited trim ($43,240). Features like ventilated front seats, a 10,25-inch touchscreen system, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display are available on the top Ultimate trim ($46,540) only. Loading … Tesla Model 3 Starting price: $37,990 A Tesla for less than $40,000 should be too good to be true and even if it is legit, it should have some caveat, no? We thought so too, but actually going through the builder on Tesla’s website proves otherwise. What you see is what you get here. The Model 3 is the most affordable Tesla and yes, if you want the “Full Self-Driving Capability”—which isn’t an accurate name, we’re must remind—you have to shell out an extra $7,000. But in the base Standard Plus trim you get power-adjustable front seats, heated seats front and rear, and the Autopilot system. The Model 3 has a 250-mile range on a full-charge and finding a supercharger in and around the bigger cities is rarely a problem in the US. Plus, it is pretty good to drive as well. From that standpoint, the Model 3 comes across as a balanced package as it not only looks cool but drives well and offers great convenience equipment as well. Yes, the cabin does look like it was robbed but minimalism has always been a part of Tesla’s appeal. SEE ALSO: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Review The Long Range version ($46,990) claims 322-mile range on a full charge while the Performance trim ($54,990) is, well, built for performance and comes with a dual-motor setup and AWD. However, buying a Tesla is a leap of faith. Being a relatively new carmaker, its reliability and quality record isn’t flawless. And the Model 3 was prone to problems soon after purchase. But Tesla has claimed that it has made significant improvements to the Model 3. Plus, Tesla also has a return policy which states that you can return the vehicle for a full refund if it is no more than 1,000 miles old and doesn’t have abnormal wear and tear. The company offers a comprehensive warranty as well. Loading … Chevrolet Bolt Starting Price: $37,890 Chevrolet’s sole electric offering received a significant update to its range for the 2020 model year. The battery pack is up to 66 kWh and the Bolt now offers 259 miles on a full charge which is significantly more than the Niro and about nine miles more than the Standard Plus Model 3 trim. It makes 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque which should be adequate for both city traffic and short highway hauls as well. The only challenge is the recharging which without a level 3 DC charger can take up to six hours to recuperate completely from an empty battery. But you need a 240-volt level 2 charger for that too. SEE ALSO: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review Chevrolet offers the Bolt in two trims, LT and Premier. Both get climate control and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. But keeping up with the Chevrolet tradition, many driver assistance systems standard on its competition are optional on the Bolt. That includes auto-emergency braking, forward collision alert, pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist. The rear traffic alert and rear park assist are standard on the Premier and optional on the LT trim. Loading … Hyundai Ioniq Electric Starting Price: $34,020 Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric is the affordable electric hatch from Hyundai that is almost strictly a city car owing to its smaller 38.3 kWh battery and a maximum range of 170 miles. The electric motor makes 134 hp of max power and 218 lb-ft of peak torque. The Ioniq Electric is available in two trims, SE and Limited. The equipment distribution is similar to that on the Kona but unlike the Kona, Ioniq gets a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen system as standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard and so is the automatic climate control and heated front seats. Only the driver’s perch is power-adjustable on the Ioniq and on the Limited trim only. SEE ALSO: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review Other features limited to the top trim is the blind-spot detection system, highway drive assist, power moonroof, and the 10.25-inch infotainment system. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, and lane-keeping assist are all standard. Loading … Nissan Leaf Starting Price: $32,525 The Nissan Leaf is the only car on the list that predates Tesla’s entry into the mainstream markets. It debuted in its current form back in 2018 with a significantly bigger battery pack, more power, and range. The updates made the Nissan Leaf relevant again and today it is the most affordable electric car you can buy. It is available in two versions. One comes with a 40 kWh battery pack and makes 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain comes with the S ($32,525) and SV ($40,675) trims and is good for 149 miles on a full charge. The other comes with a 62 kWh battery pack and can do 226 miles on a single charge. It also makes 214 hp and 250 lb-ft which is significantly more than the 40 kWh version. SEE ALSO:2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Review The second powertrain is available with the S Plus ($39,125), SV Plus($40,675), and SL Plus ($44,825) trims. In terms of features too, the Nissan Leaf is quite well-equipped. It gets blind-spot detection as standard along with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The 360-degree surround camera view though is reserved for the SL Plus only. And though SL Plus gets the ProPilot assist as standard, it is available as part of the Technology Package. As for the infotainment, an 8.0-inch system is standard and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You do miss the moonroof entirely though. Loading … Upcoming Mini Cooper SE Starting Price: $29,900 (estimated) To say that BMW is treading lightly in the all-electric car market would be putting it mildly. After the revolutionary i3 failed to take off and the i8 hybrid was only moderately successful, BMW has taken the once-bitten-twice-shy approach with MINI. The Cooper SE will feature the same powertrain as the i3 and offer just 110 miles per full charge which is half of what you get from its competitors. One thing is certain: it will stick to the city limits. It will likely come with all convenience and safety features as standard but will not be your sole mode of transportation. What it is, is a funky looking city runabout car that will help you pose yet be environmentally responsible. Kia Soul EV Starting price: $38,100 (estimated) The Kia Soul EV is already on sale in Canada and is available in two trims. The lower trim employs a smaller battery pack that only offers 155 miles on a full charge and makes 134 hp. The other powertrain is the same as on the Niro and makes 201hp and offers 243 miles of range on a full charge. Also, it is hooked up to a 64 kWh battery pack. In the US however, it will probably be available with the higher range version only. The post Top 9 Cheapest Electric Cars To Buy appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  8. Kia will drop the Optima name for its new mid-size sedan later this year, if a recent EPA fuel mileage listing is any indication. It looks like the Kia Optima will soon be no more, at least in name. For months rumors have swirled that Kia would retire the name and adopt the K5 badge for the car, which it uses in the South Korean market. We now have the firmest evidence yet of this, with the EPA listing the fuel mileage for the 2021 Kia K5 on its website. The listing also confirms another feature, however: all-wheel drive. According to the EPA, the 2021 Kia K5 will send power from its 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four to all four wheels. If that’s the same engine found in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata—which we recently reviewed—then that means roughly 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Sonata’s eight-speed auto is also present. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Review Compared to its Hyundai sibling, the K5 posts slightly lower EPA figures: it sits at 29 mpg combined, with 26 city and 34 highway. That’s down 2 mpg combined and on the highway, and a single-digit change for city driving. It’s pretty on par for the class in terms of all-wheel drive models however. The 2020 Toyota Camry AWD matches the Kia in combined and highway ratings with a 25 mpg city number. Meanwhile the Subaru Legacy is 1 mpg better across the board on all three measures. This drivetrain is the only one the EPA has listed so far, but we expect multiple options for the K5. The Sonata’s naturally-aspirated base four-cylinder is a likely candidate, as is the more powerful 2.5-liter turbo motor slotted under the hood of the 2021 Genesis G80. That engine will also find its way into the Sonata N-Line, which will remain front-drive. The available all-wheel drive of the K5 looks to be the big mechanical differentiator between the two cars this generation. SEE ALSO: 2021 Genesis G80 Here To Make Rivals Nervous, Priced From $48,725 It’s currently unclear if the K5 name change signifies a more concerted move to alphanumerics for Kia as a whole. The K900 is known as the K9 in South Korea, while the Forte and Cadenza are K3 and K7, respectively. With the new name and new looks, the Kia K5 will arrive in dealerships later this year. The post 2021 Kia K5 Says Goodbye to Optima Name, Hello All-Wheel Drive appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  9. The days of the $10,000 new car are long gone. However, when you take into account the added safety and convenience features of today’s cars, they might just be better value than ever before. Case in point: nearly every entry on this list of the cheapest new cars for sale includes things like air conditioning, stability control, ABS, back-up cameras and touchscreen infotainment systems. Some of these features are now mandated, sure, but they make new cars safer and easier to live with for most buyers. The peace of mind that a warranty provides doesn’t hurt either. Even the most expensive model on this list comes in under $19,000, including destination. Looking for a new car deal that won’t break the bank? Read on for our list of the 10 cheapest new cars to buy in the USA. 10. 2020 Kia Soul LX: $18,610 Engine: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, 147 hp / 132 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 25/31/27 mpg (MT), 27/33/30 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $18,610 Kicking off the list is Kia’s boxy Soul compact. “Compact” is a bit of a misnomer really, with the Soul’s upright shape lending it plenty of interior space. Starting its third generation for the 2020 model year, the Soul includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry as standard. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Soul Review On the safety front, the LX includes rear child-safety door locks, four-corner disc brakes, hill-start assist, and tire pressure monitoring. Driving aids such as emergency braking and lane keep assist are available on the next trim up, the $21,410 Kia Soul S. You’ll also find a manual transmission in the LX. Loading … 09. 2020 Hyundai Venue SE: $18,470 Engine: 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, 122 hp / 113 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 27/35/30 mpg (MT), 30/34/32 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $18,470 The newest member of this list, the Hyundai Venue is technically a crossover but we don’t buy that. Don’t let the funky styling fool you: with only front-drive available, this is more of an urban adventurer than a rocks-and-mud one. That being said, the Venue is an entertaining little car, with all the baked-in value Hyundai is known for. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Venue Review There’s only one engine option available, so even the base SE gets the 1.6-liter, 121-horsepower four-cylinder. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission, with a CVT optional (or standard on the SEL and Denim). An 8.0-inch touchscreen is also standard, with both popular phone pairing options. The Venue majors on safety, including emergency front braking, lane keep assist, automatic headlights and driver attention warning on all trims. Of course it also comes with Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty. Loading … 08. 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan: $17,595 Engine: 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder turbo, 138 hp / 148 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 26/34/29 mpg Base Price: $17,595 While the domestic brands have largely abandoned the car segment, Chevrolet has maintained course with the Sonic and Spark. The larger of the two offerings lands on the list in sedan form, and it brings some unique features not found elsewhere here. For starters, the Sonic sedan is automatic-only, where most of the competition still uses a stick to keep the list price low. The other surprise is a turbocharged engine, with the 1.4-liter Ecotec producing 138 hp and a strong 148 lb-ft of torque. The smallest Bow Tie sedan packs in 10 standard airbags, a 60/40 rear folding seat, and LED daytime running lamps. OnStar is standard, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen featuring Bluetooth and 4G WiFi hotspot capabilities. Loading … 07. 2020 Honda Fit LX: $17,145 Engine: 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder, 130 hp / 114 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 29/36/31 mpg (MT), 33/40/36 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $17,145 The Honda Fit may not be long for this market: a fourth-gen model has appeared elsewhere in the world, but Honda hasn’t committed to its availability here. That makes the Fit one of the oldest members of this list, but it’s still a great buy, thanks to clever packaging solutions and a hint of that fun-to-drive Honda spirit. SEE ALSO: 2018 Honda Fit Review: Tiny Hints of Type R Lineage Every Fit comes with the second-row Magic Seat, which lets owners fold them in multiple ways to maximize storage space. Its 1.5-liter, 130-horsepower engine is hooked up to a slick-shifting six-speed manual, with a CVT as an extra-cost option. Where the Fit lags behind others on this list is the creature comforts. Its 5.0-inch LCD screen is tiny—the 7.0-inch touchscreen is available on the $18,555 Sport—and the LX doesn’t feature either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto either. It also lacks the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. As a straight-forward sub-compact people (and their stuff) mover, though, we still have a soft spot for it. Loading … 06. 2020 Kia Rio Sedan LX: $16,815 Engine: 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, 120 hp / 112 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 33/41/36 mpg Base Price: $16,815 Like the Chevy Sonic, the Kia Rio comes in both sedan and hatchback form. And just like the Sonic, the sedan is the cheaper option, undercutting the Rio 5-Door S by just shy of a grand. Both models come with a 1.6-liter engine, producing an acceptable 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. SEE ALSO: 2018 Kia Rio Review The Rio follows the Soul’s tech script, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The rear-view camera includes dynamic guidelines—not a guarantee at this price point—but that’s about it for electronic safety assists. The 5-Door S does add foward collision avoidance, however. Opting for the hatch lops an entire foot off the length of the Rio, and adds a 60/40 folding rear seat to make the most of that utilitarian shape. Loading … 05. 2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan L: $16,605 Engine: 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder, 106 hp / 103 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 30/39/34 mpg (MT), 32/40/35 mpg (AT) Base Price: $16,605 The Toyota Yaris sedan has long been a Mazda 2 in disguise. That works in its favor: the Mazda bones make this a more entertaining drive than Toyota’s homegrown offering. It also includes a reasonable amount of tech, even in the base L form, which starts the lineup off at $16,605. SEE ALSO: 2016 Toyota Yaris Sedan Review Like many other cars on this list, the Yaris uses a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the center of its dash. It features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto plus Bluetooth connectivity, some of which other, more expensive Toyotas lack. Keyless entry and automatic emergency braking are standard too. All Yarises (Yarii?) use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder pumping out just 106 horsepower, but they’re also some of the lightest new cars available, which keeps them feeling sprightly around the city. Loading … 04. 2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan SE: $16,250 Engine: 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, 120 hp / 113 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 29/39/33 mpg (MT), 33/41/36 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $16,250 Hyundai gets a second entry on the list with its smallest sedan, the Accent. As it shares its platform with the Venue, the Accent has a lot of the same features, including a standard 1.6-liter, 120-horsepower engine and six-speed manual transmission. A CVT is optional, requiring an extra $1,100 outlay. SEE ALSO: 2018 Hyundai Accent Review and First Drive The Accent’s big advantage over its crossover-styled sibling is at the pumps. With the six-speed manual it’s capable of 39 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined. The CVT does better still, with scores of 41 and 36, respectively. The best the Venue manages from the EPA is 35 mpg highway (manual) and 32 mpg combined (CVT). However, the Accent sacrifices active safety assists to get its low price, and also uses a 5.0-inch touchscreen without any major mobile pairing abilities. Loading … 03. 2020 Nissan Versa Sedan S: $15,655 Engine: 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, 122 hp / 114 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 27/35/30 mpg (MT), 32/40/35 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $15,655 Nissan is banking on the SUV craze to die down, as young adults who grew up in their back seats avoid them the same way their parents eschewed minivans. That’s why it invested in redesigning both the Sentra and Versa for 2020. Both pack in the sort of tech and convenience features found on bigger models only a decade ago. This includes emergency braking with pedestrian sensing, lane departure warning, auto high beams, hill start assist, powered side mirrors, and voice recognition. SEE ALSO: 2020 Nissan Versa Review The base Versa S comes with a five-speed manual transmission hooked up to a 1.6-liter engine. This combo is capable of a decent 35 mpg combined, though that figure jumps to 40 mpg when picking the $17,325 CVT model. All models come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, though you’ll need to upgrade to the $18,565 to gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality instead of just Bluetooth. Loading … 02. 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: $14,990 Engine: 1.2-liter inline three-cylinder, 78 hp / 74 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 33/41/36 mpg (MT), 36/43/39 mpg (CVT) Base Price: $14,990 The Mitsubishi Mirage is on the upswing. In 2019 it sold 26,966 units, an increase of over 10 percent from the previous year. Maybe it’s because so many competitors are dropping out of the segment, leaving the affordable little Mirage to reap the benefits? SEE ALSO: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT Review Measuring just 149.2 inches nose to stern, the Mirage is one of the smallest new cars on the market. It’s also possibly the slowest, with a 1.2-liter engine and just 78 horsepower. But you’re not buying an economy car for speed, you’re buying it for, well, economy. The Mirage posts a 41 mpg highway figure, or 43 mpg with the optional CVT. The only cars that better its ratings are hybrids. Standard features are generous considering the sticker price, with automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch central display, keyless entry, and Bluetooth. If you prefer the longer (169.5-inch) sedan body to the hatch, it’s an extra $1,000. Loading … 01. 2020 Chevrolet Spark LS: $14,095 Engine: 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder, 98 hp / 94 lb-ft Fuel Economy: 29/38/33 mpg (MT), 30/38/33 mpg (AT) Base Price: $14,095 The Chevrolet Spark remains the cheapest new car in America, ringing in for a little over $14,095 including destination (but not whatever discounts your local dealer might be offering). That bargain-basement price gets you a tiny runabout—it’s six inches shorter than the Mirage—with a 1.4-liter, 98-horsepower engine and five-speed manual transmission. SEE ALSO: 2016 Chevrolet Spark Review Chevrolet quotes nearly the same fuel economy numbers for both the manual and automatic transmissions: 38 mpg highway and 33 combined. The auto scores 30 mpg in the city, with the stick giving away just 1 mpg. Thanks to a recent refresh the Spark enjoys standard features such as a 7.0-inch infotainment screen (with Android and Apple pairing), integrated daytime running lamps, tire pressure monitoring, and 15-inch wheels. Passenger space is about what you’d expect of a 143-inch long car; that is to say it’s decent, though trunk space is small. Loading … The post Top 10 Cheapest New Cars to Buy appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  10. You’ve decided that you want to buy an SUV. But given the depreciation rates of today you’ve also decided that the SUV you want is a used one. A smart move that one. But the market is clearly over-saturated with SUVs as they have become the favored vehicle format of this decade. You can have an SUV in virtually any shape or size including a coupe and until quite recently, a convertible as well. So among the plethora of options, we’ve narrowed down 12 best SUVs you can buy for under $20,000 that would return the best bang for your buck. A couple of things before we begin. Always remember to check the vehicle history thoroughly especially for accidents and recalls. Also, test drive the vehicle until it satisfies you and we strongly recommend that you take your mechanic with you when you go to look at your potential purchases. One final disclaimer though, this not a ranked list. The SUVs featured here are based on their reliability, ease of repair, parts availability and customer requirement. The list is an attempt to highlight the variety of options available at a pricepoint. Toyota RAV4 Year: 2016-2017 Mileage range: 20,000 to 60,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $460/year It should really be no surprise that the Toyota RAV4 would be on the list. It’s strong sales numbers are a testament to consumer trust and brand loyalty. The primary reason for its popularity is its reliability and robust after-sales service. These factors also contribute to a lower depreciation percentage among its competitors. That’s why even cars with higher mileage demand premium prices in the used car market. If reliability and tension free ownership are your primary criteria, the RAV4 should be on your radar. You will be able to find a 2017 model with relatively high mileage for under $20,000. The 2017 model was the final facelift of the XA40 generation (the one before the current one). You can even find a hybrid under with asking prices bordering the $20,000 mark. Loading … As for the equipment, under 20K the trims available will likely be LE and XLE. The two base variants. The XLE comes with climate control and a 6.1 touchscreen infotainment system that supports iPod and Sirius XM. The LE is equipped with manual AC and the standard 6.1-inch infotainment system. Safety like emergency braking and pedestrian detection is standard on both but the blindspot detection is available on the XLE only. A couple of things to note about the RAV4: the infotainment does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, also, the interface itself is a bit dated. Lastly, the 2.5-liter gasoline engine though frugal for its size will feel underpowered as it makes just 176 hp and 172lb-ft of torque. Honda Pilot Year: 2013-2016 Mileage range: 20,000 to 140,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $460/year (2016)/ $570/year (2013-2016) The Honda Pilot is Honda’s largest SUV that competes in the mid-size SUV segment in North America. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. This is the ideal SUV for someone looking for a versatile people mover with three rows. For under $20,000 most of the Pilots you will find will be from the previous generation. Especially if you are looking for higher with higher level of convenience features. While you will find some current-gen albeit pre-facelift models as well but they will almost certainly have much higher mileage and a lower trim level. With the newer model you might have to make do with the LX or the EX variant. The 2016 model, however, will come with some driver assistance and safety systems that were not available on the 2013 model. In addition, the 3.5-liter V6 was significantly upgraded for the 2016 generation with output standing at 280 hp against 250 hp. The V6 is one of the most reliable engines on the market and will likely not fail on you. Loading … Honda issued a recall for the 2005 and 2008 model years of the Pilot due to faulty bicycle racks and steering column respectively. If you are opting for those, make sure to check the parts thoroughly. Also, older Pilots can develop transmission knocking and rough shifts. So ensure to test drive the car thoroughly and look into the service history. More often the culprit is transmission oil. Finally, the car can tend to feel a bit underpowered especially the old generation as it has only 250 hp/253 lb-ft to cope with the bulk. Subaru Forester Year: 2013-2017 Mileage range: 40,000 to 140,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $560/year (2017)/ $550 (2013-2016) The Subaru Forester an SUV that has a dedicated following not unlike the RAV4. I have personally known people who’ve ‘upgraded’ from an old Forester to a new one and with good reason. The Boxer configuration ensures the weight is concentrated lower in the chassis ensuring a more stable vehicle. Plus, the facts that it came with a WRX engine until 2018 and standard AWD only adds to its desirability. The new Forester however, is only available with the 2.5-liter engine paired to a CVT gearbox. Hence, a lot of Forester faithfuls have moved to actually looking at older cars. Even though, under 20K is a bit tight you can find good options. Though if you’re looking for the later models (2016-2017), the base will be the most common listing. We strongly recommend you look for at least the Premium trim as it adds the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, power adjustable driver’s seat and the Subaru Starlink safety system. The only thing it doesn’t get is blind-spot detection. Plus, you can have it with a manual transmission. If you want the 2.0-liter turbo engine however, you will need to go for the older versions of the same generation. In addition, the 2.0-liter DIT was only available with the Limited and Touring trims which puts the engine at the very top also, it doesn’t come with a manual option. It does, however, come with 250 hp of peak power. Loading … A few things to watch out for if you’re going for the older models. The FB25, the 2.5-liter engine tends to develop problems with the connecting rod bearings past 100,000 miles and the 2.0-liter engine tends have a higher oil consumption plus can develop oil pressure loss and cam gear issues later in life. Plus, both engines demand premium gas for optimal performance. BMW X3 Year: 2013-2017 Mileage range: 35,000 to 70,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $890-$1040/year Looking for a luxury SUV for under $20,000? Well, thanks to the high rate of depreciation these days, that is not as difficult as it used to be. One of the best options in that space is the BMW X3. You can easily find one from the F25 generation for less than 20K. For that money you have an option of a 2.0-liter turbo making 242 hp if you go for the xDrive28i and the quintessential N55 3.0-liter turbo making 302 hp in the xDrive35i. Loading … The equipment levels in the SUV will be similar, the main differentiating factor between trims in BMW is usually the engine. A few things to note here are that these are the newer crop of engines which are significantly more reliable than previous engines. Even then they do tend to develop issues past 100k mark. The good thing is that BMW provides extended warranties on at-risk parts so ensure you get a lowdown on what they are. Also opt for any and all warranties especially on parts like the water pump, turbos, and the high-pressure fuel pump. Lastly, warranty on RFT (Run Flat Tires) is also essential as you can cancel it at a later stage but cannot opt for it once you make the purchase. The ownership of a BMW can be relatively more expensive but it is certainly one worth experiencing. Lexus RX Year: 2013-2014 Mileage range: 35,000 to 100,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $550-$650/year Just like the RAV4, the Lexus RX is one of the most dependable SUVs out there. Toyota’s luxury outfit has been producing the SUV for over two decades and in that time it has garnered a loyal following of its own. A lot of it is down to the never-say-die engine and the high-quality materials that refuse to age. It might not be the best driving SUV, neither the best looking but it will last you long enough to use it as a family heirloom and still work. Loading … Though finding low mileage options under $20,000 will be quite difficult for the RX holds its value really well. The options available will be from the previous generation but you will be able to easily find post-facelift models between 2013 and 2015 model years. In addition finding a hybrid RX will not prove to be difficult either. The RX was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 270 hp and 248 lb-ft in the gasoline version. The hybrid employed an Atkinson cycle version of the same engine to produce 295 hp of peak power. The RX is a comfortable and easy to drive vehicle that will remain hassle free as long as regular maintenance is done routinely. About the only downside is the infotainment system that feels complicated and quite dated. Kia Sorento Year: 2016-2019 Mileage range: 35,000 to 100,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $470/year The Kia Sorento is the second three-row SUV on this list and also one of the most versatile. The interior space offered on the Sorento can rival that of a minivan. Behind the front seats, it can fit in 73 cu ft. worth of luggage with ease. Hence, it is the ideal choice for someone looking for a family SUV comfortable for dogs included. We would highly recommend looking for SX and SX Limited trims for they offer an exhaustive feature list. The infotainment system offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SX Limited trim will come with adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, pedestrian detection and blind-spot with cross-traffic detection whereas the SX gets the blind-spot detection and standard cruise control. You will be able to find a good deal on models between 2016 and 2018 model years. Though we recommend that you look for a 2019 model as it is equipped with the 286 hp 3.5-liter V6 instead of the 270 hp 3.3-liter V6 in the previous year’s cars. And the Sorento will benefit from the added power. Loading … Most of the cars you find will have a higher mileage on the odometer but don’t fret for the V6 is a frugal and reliable engine. It is also very common which means parts availability will not be an issue. Plus, the Sorento has one of the lowest annual maintenance costs on this list. Jeep Grand Cherokee Year: 2015-2017 Mileage range: 20,000 to 60,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $530-$590/year You would be surprised to know that you can get the luxury Jeep for under $20,000. Although, the Grand Cherokee comes with some caveats, you cannot deny that it is a pretty sweet deal. Fortunately though, none of the caveats have anything to do with the engine. The one you will find will be the 3.6-liter Pentastar. Though the engine is virtually bulletproof avoid ones prior to model year 2014 as it had teething issues for a couple of years since its inception in 2012. Loading … The most common trim you will come across will be the Laredo and you will not find a 4×4 version in this range so it’s best to look for the best deal in 4×2 trims. Also, Jeep had issued recalls for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 models. The 2016 model had an issue with the shift interlock solenoid that coild leave the car stuck in park or neutral. So you should check the service and repair records thoroughly for this issue. Move on to the next one if records are not available. Another issue that could arise with the old cars was erratic shifting in the 2014-2015 models but a simple software update of the Transmission Control Module or TCM will rectify the issue. Hyundai Tuscon Year: 2017-2019 Mileage range: 15,000 to 40,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $550-$650/year If you want an SUV that is packed to the brim with features, offers a premium cabin with high-quality materials and is as reliable as a rock, you can’t do much better than the Hyundai Tuscon. For $20,000 you will be able to find a good Tuscon with relatively low mileage on the odometer between 2017 and 2019 model years. Loading … We recommend you look for the highest trim possible though you will be able to find the Tuscon Limited with relative low mileage with ease. For the money you will get a 1.6-liter turbo motor making 175 hp and 195 lb-ft.of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed DCT. But the main lure of Tuscon is its feature list. For the money, you will get soft-touch materials, climate control, heated seats, 8.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The only things you will miss out on will be autonomous braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning system. Honda CR-V Year: 2017-2019 Mileage range: 15,000 to 55,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $350/year Hondas have gotten expensive lately so buying one new rarely makes sense anymore. If you’re a fan of the CR-V and are on a budget, a used CR-V makes much more sense. Plus, you can have one from the current generation albeit a pre-facelift of course for less than $20,000. The good news is that all CR-V trims are pretty well equipped so long as you choose EX and above or the LX AWD trim. All safety systems including collision mitigation, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are available across the board. Only the blind-spot detection is available on the Touring trim only. You also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Heated front seats though are available EX-L trim onwards only. Loading … The only catches here are that one, most of the ones you will find will likely have a high mileage. Secondly, the 1.6-liter turbo engine had a known issue. Honda did however offer an extended warranty on the engine to cover for the faulty motor. So before you put the money down, ensure you check with Honda and the owner that the warranty is still valid or not. Inifniti FX35 Year: 2008-2012 Mileage range: 30,000 to 120,000 miles Average maintenance cost: $530-$650/year The Infiniti FX35 is a classic case of ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to.’ arguably this is the OG performance SUV. A tiny coupe-esque SUV with a 302 hp 3.5-liter V6 tucked under the bonnet, the FX35 was the quintessential sleeper. And it has become one of the most sought after SUVs in recent times. Whether it will be a future classic or not is up for debate but one thing is certain, it is an absolute hoot to drive. Loading … Yes, the car is old and the one you want will probably have over 50,000 miles on the clock. Fortunately, the 3.5-liter engine is not only fairly common even today but is also one of the most reliable out there. It never loses its grunt as long as its maintenance is regular. Along with a great engine and performance the FX35 came with a premium cabin as well. For the time anyway. On the flip side, however, the cabin materials don’t age too well, so ensure you give the cabin a thorough look for wear and tear on the seats and upholstery. The headroom on the rear bench too is adequate for average-sized adults. Needless to say the FX35 is not a family vehicle in the traditional sense. The post 10 Best SUVs To Buy Under $20,000 in 2020 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  11. The threat of fully autonomous driving is, realistically, decades away. We want to celebrate the fun of driving while we still can, but we also want to do it on a budget. Luckily, this list of cars accomplishes just that. We combed through every automaker’s lineup to find the vehicles with the highest smiles-per-mile ratio. Every one of the cars below are factory-fresh funmobiles with full warranties included, so you can rest easy for years to come. 30 grand is a considerable amount of scratch, but it’s less than the average new car price of 2019. From hot hatches to muscle cars, roadsters to rally heroes, read on for our top 10 most fun-to-drive cars under $30,000, presented in alphabetical order and including destination charges. Most of these cars aren’t volume models either, which means bigger discounts could be had at your local dealer. Dodge Challenger SXT Horsepower: 303 hp Torque: 268 lb-ft Weight: 3,858 lb Cost: $29,490 The Reasoning: The Challenger is the undisputed cruiser of this group. This big boy is a whole lot of car for the money, with a curb weight not far off 4,000 lb and over 300 ponies to play with. Dodge only offers the V6 with a slushbox, but we’re okay with that. None of the other cars on this list, not even the Mustang, have this level of cool. SEE ALSO: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review The Challenger slips under the limit bone-stock, with enough leftover cash to add the cold-weather package if you’re further north. Unfortunately, the cooler visual packs, which can add stripes and larger tires, take it over the self-imposed $30,000 mark. So to do the tech packs, including the valuable Driver Convenience Group, which adds park assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Challenger is a big car, and you’ll want the extra sets of digital eyes. Loading … Ford Mustang EcoBoost Coupe Horsepower: 310 hp Torque: 350 lb-ft Weight: 4,089–4,155 lb Cost: $27,865 The Reasoning: The Ford Mustang is the default pony car choice for a reason. The Blue Oval offers myriad options to tailor the big coupe to your needs, from stripped-out four-cylinder coupes to loaded V8 convertibles. The entry price here represents the six-speed manual EcoBoost coupe. It out-muscles the Challenger, especially in the torque department, while also packing an extra 200 lb between its ample wheelbase. Despite that, it’s more sporting than its cross-town rival, even in comparable base trims. SEE ALSO: 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High-Performance Package Review The initial $27,865 hit to the wallet gives you access to a few choice options while still sliding in under the the 30-large bar. Well, so long as you want the three-pedal setup: switching to Ford’s 10-speed automatic is a $1,595 premium. Stick with the stick however, and you could go for the value-oriented 101A option package, which drops in SYNC 3, a nine-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, six-way power seat, selectable driver modes, and 18-inch rims. If that’s not your cup of tea, you could pick two of the three following: the Safe and Smart Package ($1,000, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High Beam headlamps, Lane-Keeping Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and rain sensing wipers); Wheel & Stripe Package ($895, stripes and 19-inch wheels); or active valve performance exhaust ($895). Like we said, plenty of choices. Loading … Honda Civic Si Horsepower: 205 hp Torque: 192 lb-ft Weight: 2,889–2,906 lb Cost: $26,155 The Reasoning: Did you know the Civic Si coupe is now in a class by itself? It’s true: the only other quick, smallish front-drive rides are all hatchbacks now, not coupes. We love the practicality of a hatch, but it’s a shame, really. For the $26,155 Honda asks for a Civic Si, you can get either a coupe or sedan. With a weight difference best measured in tiny dog, there’s no performance penalty when opting for the second set of doors. Both Si models get the same torquey, turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, with the only transmission choice Honda’s slick-shifting six-speed manual. SEE ALSO: 2020 Honda Civic Si Gets New Looks, Technology There aren’t a lot of options to drive the price up more here. You could opt for the Honda Factory Performance (HFP) pack, but its $4k price tag puts the Civic over the limit, and it’s pricy for what it offers. Add the wireless mobile charger or engine block heater if you’re so inclined and pocket the change, comfortable in the knowledge you have one of the best front-drive all-rounders out there. Loading … Hyundai Veloster N Horsepower: 250 hp Torque: 260 lb-ft Weight: 3,036–3,106 lb Cost: $28,555 The Reasoning: Want a more overtly sporty front-driver than the Civic? The only option at this price is the loveable Hyundai Veloster N. This funky little four-door—yes, the hatchback keeps the second door on the passenger side only—sits closer in spirit to the pricier Type R than the mid-range Si. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces a healthy 250 hp in base trim, with a stout 260 lb-ft of torque backing it up. The only transmission option is a six-speed manual, which is a joy to row through. The Veloster’s impressive dynamics are thanks to a team led by Albert Biermann, the former head of BMW’s M division. The steering is direct and engaging, the handling balance is lively, and best of all, the N manages to feel special at legal speeds. SEE ALSO: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Review There’s just one small catch. At $28,555 including destination, there isn’t enough wiggle room to add the $2,100 Performance Package. Not only does that bump horsepower to 275, it adds an electronic LSD, 19-inch wheels with 235/35 Pirelli P Zero tires, an active exhaust valve and bigger brakes. We consider it pretty much essential, but, well, we set the price limit. No exceptions! Loading … Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo Horsepower: 201 hp Torque: 195 lb-ft Weight: 3,036 lb Cost: $28,610 The Reasoning: The Kia Soul entered its third generation for the 2020 model year, keeping its iconic boxy shape while adding some extra attitude. Nowhere is that more on display than the top-shelf GT-Line Turbo model. Opting for this $28,610 model doesn’t leave much room in the way of options. Luckily, outside of some small dealer-installed ones, there really aren’t any to add. A 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder does duty here, familiar from many other Kias and Hyundais (including the Veloster). A seven-speed dual-clutch auto sends the power to the front wheels. Performance can best be described as “warm”, not hot, but the Soul’s rectilinear silhouette means it offers comparative acres of storage in this company. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Soul Review Standard kit is generous, with a large 10.25-inch touchscreen, Harman Kardon sound system, customizable interior lighting, smart cruise control, lane-keep assist, and more. If it made the cut, we’d almost rather recommend the Soul EV, which recently won the 2020 World Urban Car of the Year award. Loading … Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Horsepower: 181 hp Torque: 151 lb-ft Weight: 2,341–2,403 lb Cost: $27,525–$28,875 The Reasoning: Mazda’s evergreen MX-5 is once again the cheapest way into a convertible in the US market. In its own way it’s a bit of a bargain: it may have less horsepower than anything else on this list, but it’s also lighter and the only dedicated two-seat sports car. SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review Mazda increased the engine’s pony count last year, bringing the free-revving 2.0-liter’s total to 181. For less than $30,000 your only option is the entry-level Sport trim, in either six-speed manual or automatic form. You’ll find standard LED head and taillights, a six-speaker sound system and Mazda’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. On the safety front, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and emergency braking are all standard. Loading … MINI Cooper S Horsepower: 189 hp Torque: 207 lb-ft Weight: 2,862 lb Cost: $28,250 Reasoning: MINI’s smallest model might not be so small anymore, but that shouldn’t count against it. It’s still our pick of the range, and in $28,250 Cooper S 2 Door form, is still a reasonably priced bit of fun. One MINI tradition that persists is an expensive options list however. Even our listed entry price comes with an asterisk: you better like Moonwalk Grey, because it’s the only one of the four paint options that doesn’t come with a $500 charge. The others are red, white and black too: hardly adventurous. SEE ALSO: 2019 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review Standard kit includes faux-leather seating (though a real-leather steering wheel), selectable driver modes and a six-speed automatic transmission. Yes, we were surprised at the lack of row-your-own option too. Heated front seats are an extra $500. Loading … Subaru WRX Horsepower: 268 hp Torque: 258 lb-ft Weight: 3,294 lb Cost: $28,395 Reasoning: The WRX is unique amongst the whole lineup here as the only all-wheel drive entry. There are other AWD models out there for less than 30 large, but none come close to the fun Subaru’s rally hooligan provides. Subaru’s boxer engine sits low under the WRX’s nose, with a turbo helping it produce a healthy 268 hp. Sorry, those who want their WRX to shift for itself: the CVT breaches the price limit. Not that we’d recommend it anyway, as it robs the boxer four of its sense of urgency. That power and the all-power traction makes the WRX one of the fastest straight-line options here, and it places second for power-to-weight ratio, just behind the Veloster. SEE ALSO: 2019 Subaru WRX Raiu Review The WRX’ interior is spartan and lacking in quality, but we imagine most buyers aren’t getting into it for a cushy ride. The lack of safety features, like Subaru’s well-received EyeSight suite, is a harder pill to swallow. Still, we’re happy that here in 2020 the WRX even exists at all. Loading … Toyota 86 (or Subaru BRZ) Horsepower: 200–205 hp Torque: 151–156 lb-ft Weight: 2,776–2817 lb Cost: $28,395–$29,745 Reasoning: The Toyobaru twins are some of the oldest models in this list, first debuting way back in 2012. Despite the age they still offer a unique experience, being relatively lightweight rear-drive sports coupes with naturally-aspirated engines. A light facelift a few years ago unlocked an extra five ponies for manual-transmission cars, totalling 205. The six-speed auto stays at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, also down five from the row-your-own. The slushbox option is just $720 more on the Toyota 86; the BRZ requires $1,100, breaching the limit. SEE ALSO: 2017 Toyota 86 Road Trip Review These aren’t straight-line warriors, instead putting an emphasis on a pure, rear-led handling experience. The 86/BRZ is a lesson in balance and perseverance, requiring high revs to extract performance. Both are nearly identical in terms of spec, with the biggest interior differentiator being heated front seats and mirrors, plus automatic climate control as standard in the Subaru. We’ll miss them when they’re gone: a recent leak suggests next year’s replacement will arrive with a new turbocharged heart. Loading … Volkswagen Golf GTI Horsepower: 228 hp Torque: 258 lb-ft Weight: 3,124 lb Cost: $29,515 Reasoning: Often billed as the consummate all-rounder, Volkswagen’s GTI is the People’s Hot Hatch. It has a decent but not irresponsible amount of power, it has just enough visual upgrades to separate it from regular Golfs, and it trades zero practicality for either. The baseline S trim just slides under the limit here at $29,515 including destination. That price gets you the classic GTI touches like the tartan seats and dimpled golf-ball shifter. Yes, like many models on this list, only the manual transmission, a six-speed item—is available under $30,000. The DSG auto, while a great example of the type, is too rich for our blood. SEE ALSO: 2019 Volkswagen GTI Review Other standard features include the VAQ electronic LSD, selectable drive modes, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and 18-inch wheels. It might miss out on niceties like a panoramic sunroof or the larger infotainment screen, but we’d argue simpler is better in the GTI’s case. The hard thing will be finding one: this is the Mk7.5’s last model year, with the newer, 242 hp Mk8 Golf GTI arriving in 2021. Loading … The post Top 10 Most Fun-To-Drive Cars Under $30,000 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  12. It’s a big win for Kia’s biggest vehicle; Soul EV picks up award too, alongside two wins for Porsche and one for Mazda. After months of whittling down the field, a panel of 86 jurors from across the globe selected the World Car of the Year winners, announced early Wednesday morning. The awards recognize the most significant new vehicles of the past year. For the first time in the awards’ 16-year history, a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market has won. Yes, Kia’s Telluride drove off with the top honor. It’s another addition to the three-row crossover’s trophy cabinet, alongside a recent win for North American SUV of the Year. It faced a Mazda duo in the final three, in the shape of the new 3 compact car and CX-30 crossover. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Telluride Review Mazda might’ve missed the main title, but it won one of the supporting fights. The little Mazda 3 picked up World Car Design of the Year, beating out the Peugeot 208 and Porsche Taycan. We’ve lauded the design of Mazda’s mainstream hatch since its redesign last year, especially the high-class interior, easily the best in its class. SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda3 Review: We Drive the AWD Model, Hatch and Sedan The Porsche Taycan won two titles from the global awards: World Performance Car and World Luxury Car. In the former category, it was a guaranteed win for Porsche, with the Taycan, 911, and 718 Cayman GT4/Boxster Spyder all making it to the final three. The 911 showed up with its all-electric sibling in the latter category too, as well as the Mercedes-Benz EQC. That the Taycan won isn’t a huge shock: yours truly enjoyed the Taycan 4S when I drove it in Finland last year, calling it “a Porsche for a new era.” SEE ALSO: 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S First Drive Review The fifth and final World Car of the Year category was for the Urban Car category. Kia won here too, netting its second (ever) WCOTY win with the funky Soul EV. Like the Luxury lineup, the final three here were predominantly battery-powered, including the Mini E and the conventionally-powered Volkswagen T-Cross. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Soul EV Review 2020 Soul EV As the global market shifts ever more towards crossovers, it shouldn’t be surprising that one snatched up the top honor again at the World Car Awards. Last year the Jaguar I-Pace did the same, plus won in two additional categories. The UK brand’s F-Pace took the top spot in 2017, and the Volvo VX60 in 2018. The New York Auto Show was originally going to host this year’s announcement, but the ongoing COVID-19 situation has forced a rescheduling to August 28 through September 6. The 2021 World Car Awards will launch there with a preliminary list of vehicles. The post Kia Telluride Scores World Car of the Year 2020 Title appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  13. 5 technologies that Kia plan to apply on their future vehicles. The post Where is Kia Going With Smart Car Tech? appeared first on theKEEA. Lees volledige artikel
  14. Latest news about Hyundai, Genesis and Kia. The post Top 8 Korean Car News In March 2020 appeared first on theKEEA. Lees volledige artikel
  15. After weeks of down time, North American automaker production plants are gearing up for a return to work. For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to check the World Health Organization website. With most plants going quiet in mid-March, the initial plan at most was for a two-week suspension. As COVID-19 continues to spread, however, that was not to be, with manufacturers like Ford announcing an extension—and plans to build much-needed respirators and other medical equipment. We’ve compiled a list of tentative restart dates for most automakers, and will keep the info updated as we hear more. Keep an eye on this, as well as the updated list of what deals and support programs automakers are offering during the ongoing pandemic. SEE ALSO: Coronavirus: All the Deals and Support Programs Automakers are Offering BMW BMW originally planned on shutting its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant for two weeks, from April 3 to 19. The plant produces most of its SUV lineup, from the X3 through to the X7. However, supply chain disruptions brought the stop forward, with production halting March 25. BMW Plant Spartanburg will remain closed until at least Sunday, April 12. Ferrari No, Ferrari doesn’t have a North American production plant. However, Italy is the European epicenter for COVID-19, with over 97,000 cases as of March 30. So it’s worth noting Ferrari is aiming to restart production at its Maranello plant April 14, so long as suppliers and safety allow. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA is targeting April 14 for resumed production at its Canada and United States plants. Products affected by the current shutdown include the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Chrysler Pacifica (all produced in Canada), as well as numerous Jeep and Ram models. Ford and Lincoln Ford will be one of the first to restart production on April 6, if all goes to plan. The vast majority of the brand’s current lineup is produced in the US, including the F-Series, Escape, Explorer, Expedition and Mustang. The Ford Bronco is set to start production later this year at the Michigan Assembly Plant, alongside the Ranger. There are also three plants in Canada: one in Oakville, Ontario, producing the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, and two engine plants. Honda and Acura Honda may be a Japanese brand, but nearly all of its current offerings are built right in the US of A. Across four plants in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana, Honda produces the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline. These plants also produce the Acura ILX, TLX, RDX, MDX and NSX. A solo plant in Canada adds yet more Civics and CR-Vs. The brand is targeting a return to production starting April 7. Hyundai Hyundai has a sole production plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The location is responsible for production of the Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe. Currently the plan calls for production to resume on April 13. Kia Like its fellow South Korean sibling, Kia is hoping to restart production on April 13. Its plant in West Point, Georgia builds one car and two crossovers: the Optima, Sorento and Telluride. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes’ main American production plant is located in Vance, Alabama. The plant employs roughly 3,800 people to produce the GLE (in both body styles) and the GLS full-size SUV. Mercedes originally stated the plant would close for two weeks starting March 23, suggesting a return of April 6. Nissan Nissan has two plants in America (Tennessee and Mississippi), where it produces everything from its electric Leaf through to the full-size Titan pickup. Production stopped at both by March 20; Nissan has a tentative restart date of April 6. Polestar Polestar, like Ferrari, is not US-based. We’ve included it for a rather unlikely stat: amidst the closures of plants in America, Polestar quietly announced production of its second model, the aptly named Polestar 2, had begun in China. The company has said it has taken extra precautions at the plant responsible for the new electric sedan. Subaru Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana plant, which produces the Impreza, Legacy, Outback and Ascent, was originally going to resume production March 30. It has since extended the down-time to April 6. Tesla Right as production of the Model Y was coming on stream, Tesla was required to shutter its California plant due to Bay Area shelter-in-place orders. While it initially continued production, Tesla relented two days after the order went out. The current end date for the shelter-in-place order is April 7, though that may change. Toyota and Lexus Toyota is, at the time of writing (March 30), the odd one out: the largest Japanese automaker announced it won’t restart US and Canadian production until at least April 20. That’s a week or two longer than others on this list. The company has four plants in the US, producing the Corolla, Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES350, RAV4 Hybrid, Sienna, Sequoia, Tundra and Tacoma. In addition, two Canadian plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario build the Corolla, RAV4, and Lexus RX. Volkswagen The Volkswagen production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be one of the first to restart production, on April 5. The plant, which opened in 2011, produces the Passat, Atlas, and newly-introduced Atlas Cross Sport. Volvo Volvo’s South Carolina plant only opened two years ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced it closed. The Swedish brand announced a three-week closure in mid-March, aligning with its factories back in Europe. The Ridgeville plant will hopefully resume production on April 14. The post Coronavirus: When Each Automaker Will Restart US Production appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
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