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8 Cars Under $30K for Cheap Speed

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI - Speed for Less

Some drivers want a vehicle that will simply get you from point A to point B for the least amount of ownership cost and fuel. Other auto owners want a car that’s actually fun to drive with a performance tuned suspension and enough engine power to offer some zip.

GM Wins North American Car and Truck of the Year at Detroit Auto Show

2014 Chevy Silverado and Corvette - Car and Truck of the Year

The Detroit Auto Show started last week and on opening night it was announced that GM had won a rare sweep of the North American Car and Truck of the year awards for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray<

Ford Bacon Fiesta for Intn’l Bacon Day

Bacon Wrapped Ford Fiesta

International Bacon Day was this past Saturday and bacon festivals were held all across the United States.  To celebrate America’s obsession with bacon and to promote the customization options available for the Fiesta Ford has introduced a full wrap of bacon that covers the whole car.  Options range from mini strips for just under $80 to the complete wrap for $3,347.00 plus installation costs.

Hyundai and Kia to Reimburse Customers for Erroneous MPG Claims

Hyundai Kia MPG Claims

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia (which is a subsidiary brand of the Hyundai corporation) have admitted to errors in the calculation of MPG figures on 900,000 vehicles sold from 2011 to now, and they have voluntarily set up a program to reimburse current and former owners of affected models. On most vehicles the difference is 1-2 miles per gallon lower than stated on the window sticker. The biggest discrepancy was on the Kia Soul, with certain models having been misstated by as much as 5 MPG.

Used Car Prices Dropping

Used Cars

After a dramatic rise in used car prices in recent years, it appears that these prices have now started a slow downward trend, according to a report by NADA.  Over the past three years, used car prices had soared, growing nearly 20% since 2009. The main reason for this run-up was simple supply and demand. Because of poor new car sales due to the economic recession, the demand for used cars increased. But the lack of new car sales also meant fewer trade-ins, thus less used car supply. Less supply + more demand = higher prices.

This Week In Blurbs

This Week In Blurbs

Here are stories from this week that are interesting, odd, entertaining, and/or of remotely tangential interest to the auto buyer, in blurbs:

This Week in Blurbs

This Week in Blurbs
Here are stories from this week that are interesting, odd, entertaining, and/or of remotely tangential interest to the auto buyer, in blurbs:
 
  • The European version of the upcoming FIAT 500L includes an optional espresso maker. Why do they get to have all the fun?

Best Cars For Teens & Grads

Grad Car

The school year is rapidly drawing to a close, and graduation day is just around the corner. Just as mortarboards will be soon be cluttering the afternoon sky, the internet is cluttered with articles about the best cars for teens and grads. A quick search turns up more than you can shake a tassel at.

All of these articles identify safety and reliability as key factors in selecting a car for your kid, but some include other considerations such as insurance costs. Considerate of your bank account, half of these lists look at used cars, but for you big spenders, there are a few lists that feature reasonably priced new cars. Let’s take a quick look at some of these articles, understand their criteria, and see if we can identify some consensus.