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Kelly Blue Book Announces Best Family Cars for 2016

2016 Honda Civic - Best Family Sedan

If you are shopping for a family car you’ve probably already started looking at the many offerings on the market and the massive amount of information available regarding safety ratings, gas mileage, cost of ownership, and other factors to determine the best value for your family.

Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards of 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Out of all of the car awards that are announced every year the Kelly Blue Book Awards are the ones that are geared most towards enabling consumers to get the most bang for their buck when shopping for a new automobile.  The editors at KBB.com sort through hundreds of new models to narrow the field down and pick winners in 12 different vehicle categories after a 7 week road test comparing various attributes such as how the vehicle handles, entering and exiting, parking, and operational features like the infotainment system and safety systems.  Road test evaluations were combined with pricing information, ownership costs, and consumer reviews.

Auto Shopping Tips to Get the Best Deal

Plan Before Going to the Auto Dealer

According to automotive research and buying site TrueCar, August is the best time of year to buy a new automobile. Based on their customer data the average transaction cost is almost six percent lower in August as it is in December when the manufacturers are heavily advertising their “end-of-year” specials. Their data also indicates that Sunday is the best day to buy and the first few days of the month offer better savings when compared to the rest of the month.

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient SUVs

Lexus RX 450h

Gas prices are creeping higher every summer and a lot of people have switched to smaller, more fuel efficient autos to get more mileage out of every tank. Not everyone can make such a drastic jump to a smaller vehicle to save money. Sometimes you just need more room for passengers and cargo and only an SUV will do.  Thanks to Kelly Blue Book’s list of the 10 most fuel efficient SUVs of 2013 you can find an SUV that fits your lifestyle, your budget, and saves you money at the gas station.

High MPG cars for rising gas prices

2013 Scion iQ EV

Nationwide, gas prices have been steadily on the rise over the past month, up an average of $0.46 with no relief in site as spring approaches. Many anaylists predict gas prices will reach new highs this summer, bringing many to consider purchasing more a more efficient vehicle for 2013.  Kelly Blue Book recently profiled highly efficient vehicles in their list of "The 40 mpg Cars of 2013".  If fuel efficiency is the pinnacle of your criteria for choosing your next car you'll want to take a closer look at the top 10 on their list.  You're going to need a place to plug in

54.5 MPG by 2025 - Positive or Negative For Car Sales?

New Fuel Economy Standards

By now most people are aware that the EPA has passed new regulations regarding minimum fuel efficiency standards that will take effect in 2025. But not too many people are completely aware of what this will mean to them and to the American automotive industry.

 

The New EPA Regulations in a Nutshell

The EPA is the government agency charged with monitoring the fuel efficiency and emissions of all cars made and/or sold in the United States. They have promulgated numerous regulations in the past decades in regard to both emissions and fuel efficiency. Until now, most fuel efficiency regulations have dealt with how vehicle manufacturers are to perform fuel efficiency tests and how they are to announce the results of these tests.

2013 Models Already On The Way

2013 Models

Are you looking for the newest of the new? It’s the heart of the summer, but 2013 models are on the way soon, and some are already in the showrooms. Kelley Blue Book published a rundown of the early arrivals; let’s look at some of the highlights.

Shrinking SUVs

Yes, car buyers can be as fickle as gas prices, and their buying habits closely mirror the price on the pump. But manufacturers know they need to improve MPG while still satisfying our demand for SUVs and crossovers. Hence the trend towards smaller SUVs and CUVs. Several are already on the slate for 2013.

Get ‘Em While You Can!

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It’s a fact of automotive life that every year there are models that die off, never to be seen again. There are many reasons: The car may be subpar in its category. Or it may be a bit long in the tooth. Sometimes a vehicle gets squeezed out by overlapping selections in a manufacturer’s lineup. Or it may be that it just plain did not sell.
 
Whatever the reason, sometimes we wind up losing an interesting vehicle that suits a select few customers’ needs perfectly. Remember the Honda Element? A bonafide Swiss army knife of a ute that could swallow a dorm room, but sales kept dwindling until it disappeared.

Model Changeovers Mean Great Deals

2013 & 2012 Ford Fusion

Most car buyers are fully aware of the “leftover” concept. The model year is drawing to a close, next year’s models are already making their way into showrooms, but inevitably dealers still have a few of last year’s version hanging around their lots. Much dealmaking ensues, with gaudy ads ballyhooing big discounts: “Everything Must Go! We Need to Clear Space for the 2013’s!” And indeed it is true. Even though next year’s model may be virtually identical to the current year’s car, with changes that are nearly indistinguishable to the untrained eye, that incremental digit on the back end of the model year pushes the previous edition to the discount rack. Smart shoppers rejoice.

Leading Green Cars for 2012

With Earth Day right around the corner, it only makes sense to take a look at the leading  environmentally-friendly green vehicle market. What was once a market dominated by the Toyota Prius has ballooned in the last year or so to include a wide range of manufacturers, models, and features. The green car is here to stay and with recent legislation proposals in California and other States, we’re likely to see even more of these environmentally-friendly vehicles on our highways and city streets.

 

Comfort At An Affordable Price

Chrysler 300

Think about what you’re looking for in your next new vehicle or even what it is you like about your current vehicle. Chances are that you’ll list comfort high on the list. Seats that support your back and legs, lots of room so you’re not knocking elbows with your passengers, room for any gear you need to bring with you, and a quiet ride - yes - we all want a comfortable ride.

 

2012 Brand Image Awards

Kelley Blue Book

In every industry, perception and what we think of specific companies, brands and logos goes a long way in contributing to our purchase decisions. When it comes to buying a new car or truck, this brand awareness and perception goes a long way in how we research our vehicle purchases and ultimately in the vehicle we choose to buy.

 

Top 10 Luxury Cars under $40,000

top luxury cars under $40,000

In years past, luxury cars were often priced too high for the average driver to own and enjoy. But automotive manufacturers have realized that we do want luxury in our cars and if priced right, we’ll buy. This has resulted in more and more cars falling into the luxury car category but still being priced affordably at under $40,000.

10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs and Crossovers

Top Ten Fuel Efficient SUV

10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs and Crossovers

It doesn’t look like gas prices are going to get any lower any time soon... And when you’re interested in buying an SUV or crossover vehicle, the price of gas is a big factor in your purchase decision. It is one thing to pay the monthly payments and insurance costs and when you add in the cost of gas, it can make owning a larger vehicle an affordable challenge.

2012 Top 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

Top ten best sedans under $25,000 for 2012

The sedans on the market right now offer you the complete package: good handling, smooth design features, fuel efficiency, lots of extra features and good value for money. But it can be hard to determine which sedan is the right one for you and your family so today we’re looking at the 10 best sedans priced under $25,000.

The team of automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book have done the research, crunched the numbers and have put together a list of of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000. Kelley Blue Book is a leading website of automotive industry experts who provide analysis, review and feedback on the latest vehicles on the market.

Tips on Selling Your Used Vehicle

Tips on selling your new car

Typically we post blog posts here about buying a new car and the best new vehicles on the market based on awards and innovation. Today we’re going to talk about used cars and how to sell your used car. Let’s face it, many people really just feel overwhelmed by the thought of selling their used vehicle.

It can be time consuming. You have to understand pricing and how best to advertise your vehicle. You have to deal with people who aren’t really serious about buying your vehicle but take up your time anyway. Yes, selling a used vehicle can be considered to be a hassle but in today’s automotive market, selling your vehicle privately can be a very smart decision.

10 Best Used and Affordable Cars

ten best used and affordable cars

We often focus on new cars and buying new cars on this blog but today we’re going to take a look at buying a used car. For many of you and for many reasons, a used car makes the most sense. Used cars often make the most practical sense when you need a second car, need a car for your teenagers or a vehicle for city driving. As well, if you make a smart buy, your used car can result in a much better purchase than buying a new car.

Total Cost of Ownership Awards

picture of a new car

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, you want and need to know how much your new car, truck, SUV or minivan is going to cost you. But many buyers don’t realize that the total cost of ownership goes beyond the price you end up paying at the dealership. The total cost of ownership of a vehicle includes costs such as: depreciation, projected fuel costs, financing and insurance fees, yearly maintenance and repair fees, and state-associated fees for new vehicles and models.

Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 Family Cars

Having kids and a family means you’re on the go. You’ve got to drop the kids off at school, pick the kids up at the end of the school day, take the kids to music, dance, and sports lessons and then there are the trips to the mall or out to dinner. And all of this family activity is dependent on having a reliable vehicle. A vehicle that can fit your family, the gear you need to bring, and one that gives you the confidence and comfort in knowing you and your family are safe and well-protected.

Top 10 All New Vehicles for 2012

top ten new vehicle 2012

It looks like 2012 is going to be a great year for those of you looking for a new vehicle. The automotive industry is on a resurgence and with President Obama stating that “with a million jobs at stake, I refuse to let the auto industry die" - things are looking encouraging. Detroit’s Big Three automakers are on the upswing thanks to an $85 billion federal buyout that now sees General Motors as the world’s number one automaker and with Chrysler and Ford putting money into new factories and plants. All this speaks to good things for anyone looking for a new vehicle or for those simply involved in the American auto industry.

Top 10 Cars from the Detroit Auto Show

2012 Top Ten Cars From the Detroit Auto Show

Well, the excitement is starting settle down after a busy week at the Detroit Auto Show. The week at the car show highlights that there really is something out there for every type of driver and buyer. From stylish concept cars, to family sedans and fast-moving sports car - there is a new car waiting for you.

Five Great Car Deals for New Year's Day

It doesn’t really matter what we’re shopping for, we all like to get a good deal. When researching a new car, along with features, warranties, make and model - the price is a critical factor in making a final decision. With this in mind, the team of experts at Kelley Blue Book have put together a list of the top five great car deals.

This list of cars includes luxury cars, a hybrid and sedans:

2012 Acura TSX

Lease for $299/month with $1,999 due at signing (last verified end date 1/03/12)

10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

If you ask a teen driver or new driver what kind of first car they want, they likely will answer with something along the lines of “it has to be cool”. A cool car - who doesn’t want a cool car? Problem is that typically a cool car comes with a hefty price tag. Well, just in time for the holiday season and for the best month to buy a car, we’ve got a list of the 10 coolest cars available for under $18,000.

2011’s Top Ten Green Cars Offer More Choice Than Ever

If you were in the market for a green car ten years ago, your choices were few and far between. The Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid were newly available -- and rarer than hens’ teeth. Now it seems like every third driveway has a hybrid in it, and all-electric cars are moving from hobbyists’ garages to the mainstream vehicle marketplace.

When Kelley Blue Book, a well-known authority on vehicle prices and buying trends, published its annual list of the Top Ten Green Cars for 2011, it had lots of eco-friendlier cars to choose from, and they’re not all limited to that one special dealership in Los Angeles. You can find most of these cars most anywhere.

Fuel-Efficient Used Car Prices Dropping for Summer

Kelley Blue Book

You read that right: the prices of fuel-efficient compact, subcompact, and hybrid cars are actually dropping this summer after 20 weeks of consecutive gains, Kelley Blue Book reports [kbb.com].The drop in fuel-efficient car values coincides with a drop in gas prices, of course. Gasoline hit a peak in May when the national average was $3.98. Gas prices have dropped every week in June, with a national average on June 20 of $3.65 [EIA.gov]

2011 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award Winners Announced

In a world where image really is everything, consumer opinion can make or break a brand.  Recognizing that, Kelley Blue Book – a longtime industry leader in automotive research and information – has just released its annual Brand Image Awards for 2011.  The awards, which are based on detailed data from KBB Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study and are derived from an online study of more than 12,000 in market auto shoppers, recognize the best of the best in 10 categories.  These different categories leave no market uncovered.

$4+ Gas Prices, Limited Inventory, Recovering Economy….Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New or Used Auto?

Is Now A Good Time to Buy?

According to AAA, the average national gas price today hit $4.36 a gallon.  With hard working folks still getting back on their feet after the economic impacts of the past few years this is not welcome news for anybody in the US.  The rise in gas prices can mean a direct increase in your monthly expenses, including everything from your weekly fill-up at the gas station to the cost of your groceries (which increase in price due to higher transportation costs).

Critical Auto Buying Mistake: Only 44% of New Buyers Plan To Get Pre-Approved

According to a recent study conducted by the folks at Kelley Blue Book, only 44% of prospective new car buyers plan to get pre-approved for a loan before buying.  While that isn’t overly surprising, it remains a critical mistake…one that can cost the consumer a great deal of money and time.

Kelley Blue Book Announces the 2011 Best Resale Value Award Winners

As you evaluate different makes and models during your auto buying research process, one of the helpful factors involved in your decision should be the evaluation of a auto's resale value.  This can help ensure you get the most for your money, and if you ever decide to sell or trade-in your auto, that you get a good return for your next purchase.

Kelley Blue Book Launches New Tools for Private Party Sellers

The folks over at Kelley Blue Book just launched some helpful new tools to help those individuals looking to sell their vehicle.

Specifically the KBB tool includes:

- Customizable and Printable "For Sale" Window Sticker

- Digital Window Sticker with a link you can use to promote your for sale vehicle

- The KBB Private Party Value via KBB's LiveValue system