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February 2014 Blog Posts

  • Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014

    2014 Tesla Model S

    Consumer Reports’ annual Auto Issue was released this week with reviews, rankings, and of course the magazine’s Top Picks for 2014 Best Cars. Given that Tesla receive a near perfect rating back in May of last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Tesla Model S was ranked as the “Best Overall”, superseding all of the other categories and taking the top spot.

  • GM Cars Rank Well in 2014 JD Power Dependability Report

    Most Dependable Large CUV - 2011 GMC Yukon

    When you are shopping for a new car it pays to do some research and find out as much as you can about the autos you are interested in so you can be sure that the vehicle you end up buying is what you want and there are as few surprises as possible. Along with the price and feature comparisons you can find on AutoBuying101.com, a useful list is J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study that ranks vehicles based on the number of problems customers experience in the first 3 years of ownership of their vehicles.

  • Chevy Spark Only Minicar to Pass IIHS Test

    2014 Chevy Spark

    Minicars may be affordable and get great gas mileage, making them attractive options for students, commuters, and people with limited incomes, but they fare poorly in IIHS safety tests. In the recent “small overlap front crash test”, out of eleven minicars tested, only the Chevrolet Spark received an acceptable rating in the test, earning it the designation of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK.

  • 2015 Chicago Auto Show New Vehicle Showcase

    2015 BMW M4 & M3

    The Chicago Auto Show kicks off this weekend and the previews are already underway. Even though 2014 has barely started auto manufacturers are busy showcasing models for next year already to build anticipation for later this year when the new models start rolling in.  Many of these same vehicles were actually shown to the public for the first time last month at the Detroit Auto Show but they are still considered “debuts” at each show they attend this year. Here are some of the highlights: