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  1. 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
  2. Having a big family means you need a vehicle with cavernous passenger space. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a huge budget. We know how bills can pile up, so we understand that a good deal on a seven-seat SUV is absolutely essential for some buyers. So we’re here to help. There are plenty of three-row SUVs, even luxury ones, that come with a bargain price on the window sticker. We’ve taken the pain to sort out a list of 14 such SUVs so you don’t have to. Let’s dive right in. Note: we’ve included destination charges for all of these models. Mercedes-Benz GLB: Starts at $37,595 The Mercedes GLB is the smallest entry on this list, but it’s also the most expensive. Why? Because it’s the only one that’s a real luxury model. That third row is for occasional use only, and probably not by any adults of average height, but it’s there when you need it and for some, that’s the point. The GLB offers a luxurious cabin typical of the brand. It includes features like the Hey Mercedes voice command system and the excellent infotainment interface that comes with it. The front seats offer impressive comfort. The GLB also boasts a plush ride, and is powered by a 221 hp turbo-four with optional AWD available. Loading … Toyota Highlander: Starts $35,720 This might be one of the newest models on the list, as the Highlander has just started to roll into dealers. On top of being new, it’s also the only one to offer a hybrid model, helping you save some fuel along with some cash. Gas-only models are powered by a 295 hp 3.5-liter V6 and Hybrids get 243 hp from the electric motor and 2.5-liter four-cylinder. SEE ALSO: 2020 Toyota Highlander First Drive Review Toyota makes the best driver assistance features standard across the range, including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control for easier family road trips. With the new model comes more space, especially in the third row and for cargo behind those way-back seats. Loading … Mazda CX-9: Starts at $34,990 Unquestionably, this is the best of these affordable three-row crossovers for anyone who still enjoys driving. That’s because Mazda does its suspension and steering differently, and while it’s still fine on gravel roads, there is much less of a concession made to trade ride for handling. Steering is as crisp as you could expect in this segment and the ride goes the same way. SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Review So if the kids don’t mind you making up time on an on-ramp, this is the one for you. It’s powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-four that makes great whooshing noises and it has a six-speed automatic that’s one of the best around. The third row is tight for anyone approaching six feet, but the ride and handling, the styling, and Mazda’s excellent interiors might mean that’s not an issue for you. Loading … Kia Telluride: Starts at $33,060 The Telluride is Kia’s version of the Hyundai Palisade, but while the Hyundai looks like it’s ready for a night on the town, Telluride looks like it’s ready to start bashing down a rugged dirt trail. Not that that means it’s a brute inside, it just has the styling that suggests it might be. The Telluride gets a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 hp and it can tow up to 5,000 lb of your stuff, but this multiple award-winning crossover also has room for up to eight passengers. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Telluride vs 2019 Subaru Ascent: Three-Row Throwdown There’s even a self-levelling air suspension available if you find you’re hauling lots of people or stuff in the back and want to avoid that high-in-front, low-in-back look that can afflict any heavily loaded vehicle with steel springs only. Going along with the styling and excellent build quality, the Telluride offers 8.0 inches of ground clearance so it really can manage those trails. Or at least the bumpy road to the cottage. Loading … Subaru Ascent: Starts at $33,005 The Ascent is Subaru’s biggest model yet, but despite the size it still does an impressive job of feeling like a Subaru. That means a compliant suspension that’s great for keeping drinks unspilled on all but the roughest roads. It also means a flat-four engine that sounds a bit like a small aircraft; this one is a 2.4-liter turbo that puts out 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard as is a CVT automatic. SEE ALSO: 2020 Subaru Ascent Review The Ascent can seat up to eight, but if all of your passengers have luggage, you might need to reduce that number, and the rear seat is average in class. Forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise, and lane departure warnings are all standard on this big crossover. Loading … Hyundai Palisade: Starts at $32,895 Hyundai went truly vast with its latest Palisade crossover, a model that’s much much bigger than the company’s previous three-row offerings. It offers an interior that’s more luxury car than you’d expect from Hyundai but it also comes with plenty of space for all of your occupants and cargo. The Palisade offers room in all three rows, and optional ventilated seats for second-row passengers if you’re willing to up the budget. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Review The 3.8-liter V6 offers 291 hp and comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Hyundai offers some neat tech features on this one, too, like cameras mounted in the mirrors that show your blind spot in the digital instrument cluster when you signal for a lane change. Loading … Nissan Pathfinder: Starts at $32,775 While the original Pathfinders were old-style SUVs, the model found a new trail to follow and became a large three-row crossover. That’s the path buyers have taken too, so a hat tip to Nissan for the change. The Pathfinder uses a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 284 hp and a CVT to maximize fuel economy. The third row is on the smaller side, though, which may limit the number of people you can fit back there. The second row slides fore and aft to let to trade off middle and rear space depending on what your needs on that particular day. The passenger-side second seat will fold forward with a child seat in place, a feature that a few on this list have, and something that could be very handy for anyone with little ones. Cargo space is below average, but the ability to tow 6,000 lb is at the top. Loading … Honda Pilot: Starts at $32,770 The latest Honda Pilot is a roomy place for seven people to sit, though if you’re planning on six-footers in the last row you’re going to want to do a test fit. The Pilot comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed auto (nine-speed on top trims) that delivers 280 hp, but more importantly, delivers that signature Honda VTEC scream at a little over 5,000 rpm for those drivers who have the family along but still want to have fun behind the wheel. SEE ALSO: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot vs VW Atlas: 3-Row SUV Comparison Honda Sensing comes standard, offering drivers collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, collision and lane departure warnings. If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though, you’ll need to spend a few thousand more for the EX trim. Loading … Volkswagen Atlas: Starts at $32,565 The ninth-most affordable three-row crossover is the first showing on this list from Volkswagen. The made-in-Tennessee, made-for-America Atlas comes with a load more space than the Tiguan, but a price that’s not far off. Like the Traverse (next on this list), the Atlas offers up space for tall adults in the third row. Those who just want five seats should look at the (slightly) smaller Atlas Cross Sport. SEE ALSO: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport First Drive Review The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 235 hp on premium unleaded, or there’s a V6 that pushes power to 276 hp. Both ways you get an eight-speed automatic and the option of 4Motion all-wheel drive. Like the Tiguan, the Atlas offers a uniquely VW cabin and lets you add cool kit like the virtual cockpit display. Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection comes standard, along with blind-spot warnings and rear cross-traffic alert to help out if one of the seven other passengers is a little too distracting. Loading … Chevrolet Traverse / GMC Acadia: Starts at $30,995 The GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse share many components, but do have two big differences. The Acadia offers more luxury trims on the top end, and the Traverse is bigger. In fact, when it comes to dollars per cubic foot, the Traverse is near the top of the heap in any segment. It offers room for grown adults even in the third row, and seating for eight, with the Acadia offering just slightly less. A powerful 3.6-liter V6 and a nine-speed automatic makes these haulers brisk, and the Acadia can be had with a 2.0-liter turbo four for buyers who need a bit less power, more torque, and some fuel savings. Traverse can tow 5,000 lb if needed, and the secret compartment behind the radio should keep your good snacks safe from grabby hands on long road trips. Loading … Kia Sorento: Starts at $28,110 Kia has just announced a new version of the Sorento crossover, set to show up later in the year, but for now, your option is still the old model. Hey, maybe that’ll help you snag a better deal on what is an excellent three-row crossover. SEE ALSO: 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed with Sharp New Look The Sorento is handsome, if a bit blandly styled, inside and out, and offers a 185 hp 2.4-liter four or a 290 hp 3.3-liter V6. The Sorento gets family-friendly Yes Essentials fabric on base models, a fabric it says is earth-friendly, but, more importantly, also highly resistant to stains, liquids, dirt, and even static. The one-touch slide and fold middle row makes rear access a snap. Higher trims offer leather seating, more driver aids, and a near-luxury experience in a plain exterior wrapper. Loading … Volkswagen Tiguan: Starts at $27,860 If you’re thinking that starting price seems a touch high for the Tiguan, that’s because Volkswagen doesn’t offer the base model with all those seats. You’ll need at least the AWD version of the S model, plus $595, to get a three-row Tiguan. Why the choice? Well, some buyers need the extra cargo space, lower cost, or less weight. The VW offers blind-spot monitoring and a 184 hp 2.0-liter turbo as well as the brand’s trademark ride and handling balance and interior fit and finish, and if your budget stretches higher up into the Tiguan’s trims you can get leather, a big glass roof, and VW’s spiffy virtual cockpit digital dash that’s borrowed from Audi. Loading … Mitsubishi Outlander: Starts at $26,090 Mitsubishi’s Outlander is another three-row bargain. At that price, you might not get the nicest interior around, but you do get the standard third row and a 10-year powertrain warranty that should set aside some long-term ownership stresses. Front-drive is standard, with a 2.4-liter 166 hp four-cylinder and a CVT, with AWD optional. While it comes with a 7.0-inch display audio infotainment system, you’ll need to spend a few dollars more for the SE trim to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and active safety features like collision mitigation, lane departure warnings, and blind-spot assist. Loading … Dodge Journey: Starts at $24,990 The Journey is, bar none, the most affordable way to get three rows in a new crossover in 2020, unless you’re in California and one of a smattering of other states where you’ll need to look for a leftover 2019 model. Dodge simplified the Journey lineup for 2020, so there’s only one drivetrain option: a 173 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a four-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. But the important bit is those seven seats, and while the Journey isn’t massive, it isn’t the smallest in this group by a long shot. There’s enough space for a comfortable journey for passengers of almost any size and up to 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Loading … The post 14 Most Affordable Three-Row SUVs of 2020 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  3. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has taken the wraps off its upcoming 2021 Sorento SUV, ahead of the vehicle’s official debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The new model transforms the exterior of Kia’s smaller seven-seat crossover, aligning it with the sharper designs found elsewhere in the lineup, like the Telluride and all-new Seltos. That being said, the 2021 Sorento forges its own stylistic path: this isn’t a same-sausage-different-length approach. It’s also a team effort, with Kia’s Korean, European, and North American design teams all working together to create the final product. Up front is the latest evolution of Kia’s “tiger nose” grille. It stretches across the entire visage, enveloping the LED headlights in a similar way to the smaller Seltos. A character line extends from the headlights right to the lights out back, which look like nothing else on the market. Blocky and bisected, they frame an angular hatch with a sizeable, flicked-up lip. Integrated exhaust tips anchor the rear design. There are a lot of angles here, but they come together well in our eyes. The current model’s rounded, anonymous rear gave off a lot of minivan vibes, which we can’t accuse this one of. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Niro EV Review We also can’t ignore the little shark fin behind the C-pillar either. It’s an interesting design cue not typically seen on this side of the Atlantic—some Euro-market Citröens feature them—but could be very color-dependent. Riding on a brand new platform, the 2021 Kia Sorento features a longer wheelbase. Kia’s designers have massaged the proportions, pushing the wheels closer to the corners of the car. They’ve also moved the windshield base back 1.2 inches, giving the Sorento a more cab-rearward stance. It looks classy and substantial, much like the well-received Telluride. As drastic the exterior redesign is, it’s arguably nothing compared to the interior. Kia’s released a handful of snaps of the new digs drivers will find and, well, we’re impressed. The two-tone, quilted-and-perforated leather interior is sharp, with ambient lighting peeking through the dashboard design. Angular vents mirror the shapes found in the taillights, and flank the dedicated climate controls in the center console. Kia’s 10.25-inch touchscreen sits beside an all-digital instrument cluster as well. We can just make out a rotary-style gear selector too. This is likely a higher trim however: it’s unclear what a base-spec Sorento would keep. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Forte GT Review Kia hasn’t announced drivetrain options, but we’d expect them to reflect the existing model. For 2020 that means standard front-wheel drive with an available all-wheel drive option, plus 2.4-liter four-cylinder (185 hp) or 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp). The Sportage’s turbo 2.0-liter could also find its way under the hood, effectively splitting the difference in available horsepower. The official debut of the 2021 Kia Sorento will happen at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off March 3. Stay tuned for more details on Kia’s next crossover around then. The post 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed with Sharp New Look appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  4. Kia will likely grow its crossover lineup later this week, based on a teaser image for the LA Auto Show. It’s the usual sort of shadowy hint, with little more than the mystery model’s lighting visible. There’s a bluff front end, and it seems to be sitting in the middle of a forest, suggesting a crossover of some sort. That’s about all we can make out from what Kia’s provided. Hold on, let’s get the CSI crew on it. Enhance… Ah, better. This isn’t a big model like the well-received Telluride. No, what we’re looking at is the Kia Seltos. The compact crossover launched in other global markets earlier in the year, slotting in between the Soul and the Sportage. All of the details line up: the thin lights running over the top of the “tiger nose” grille, the multi-element LED headlights and the stacked LED foglights. Even the wheels match what’s available in other markets: The Seltos shares its platform with the Hyundai Kona, though this isn’t a simple redesign. Compared to Hyundai’s funky cute ute, the Seltos rides on a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase, with the whole package stretching 172.2 inches (an increase of 8.2 inches). The Seltos is the same 70.9-inch width as the Kona however—and the boxy Soul for that matter. SEE ALSO: 2018 Hyundai Kona Review and First Drive Overseas the Seltos uses both gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. The lineup includes Kia’s familiar 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated and 1.6-liter turbocharged units, which both see duty here in the Soul, Kona, Veloster and Elantra. If we were the betting type we’d put our money on those two engines arriving Stateside, likely paired with either a six-speed auto or seven-speed DCT a la Kona. The Seltos uses a CVT in certain trims elsewhere, which is also a possibility here with the 2.0-liter engine. Inside, the Seltos majors on tech with either an 8.0- or 10.25-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system. Another 8.0-inch display sits in front of the driver, while there’s also a heads-up display (HUD). Kia’s comprehensive suite of safety features, including lane-keep assist, emergency braking, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, is also available. That’s all based on other markets, however. We’ll know soon enough what’s in store for North America: Kia will kick off its LA Auto Show presentation early in the morning on Wednesday, November 20. The post 2020 Kia Seltos Teased Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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