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Best Vehicles for Summer Road Trips

2016 Chevrolet Impala

According to AAA, the largest motoring and travel organization in the U.S., 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year for road travel in years with over 36 million Americans projected to hit the roads this Independence Day weekend. Traditionally July 4 is also the deadliest day of the year for auto accidents, according to the IIHS. That makes it a great time to evaluate your current vehicle and look for one that is a top safety pick as well as a great overall road trip vehicle.

Here are 5 great road trip vehicles for your summer travel:

Best New Cars Coming in 2017

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

New car sales are still going strong in 2016 and dealers are offering a lot of incentives to keep it that way.  It might be hard to believe but in just a few months the first 2017 models will start rolling onto lots. Some vehicles will only have minor updates but for those that will either be all-new or totally redesigned, there is much anticipation.

Here are 7 exciting new vehicles for 2017:

Tesla Model X Launching This Month

2016 Tesla Model X with Falcon Wings

If you are one of the fortunate few that already reserved your Tesla Model X, you will soon have it as the much anticipated launch of the much anticipated crossover all-electric SUV is just around the corner. Tesla promises this will be the fastest, and safest compact sport utility ever.

Most Anticipated 2016 Models

2016 Acura NSX

As we enter the last full month of summer and start thinking about football and fall weather there’s another thing that’s on some folks’ minds and that is new cars. Specifically brand new or redesigned models. Every year there are dozens of “all new” models to choose from and 2016 is no different. Forbes Autos reports that there are at least 40 new and refreshed vehicles about to hit the dealers’ lots for the 2016 model year.

Not to be Missed Features of the 2015 Ford F150

2015 Ford F-150 Crew Cab

Ford has had the best-selling truck in America for the past 37 years and for the past 32 years the F-150 has also been the best-selling vehicle in America. Overall annual sales of the F-150 is higher than many smaller manufacturer’s sales for their whole vehicle lines. Now for 2015 the F-150 has been redesigned with a much anticipated aluminum-body construction and many other innovative features.

10 High Performance Cars for 2015

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 650-hp

High performance sports cars and muscle cars have seen a tremendous surge in sales over the past few years and 2015 is shaping up to be a battle of horses with several manufacturers launching top-end models with monster engines capable of competing on race tracks across the country. Here is a quick look at some of the choices you will have if you are looking for a fast car this fall.

10 High Performance Cars for 2015:

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.

Six Most Exciting New 2015 Models

All New 2015 GMC Canyon

It’s almost back-to-school time and among other things this is the time of year that auto manufacturers start rolling out the new models for next year. Most of the 2015 class will just have minor changes to the exterior and interior and possibly some technology or performance updates. A select few vehicles have been totally redesigned and are much anticipated. These are the types of vehicles people wait all year for and they should sell very quickly once they hit the lots.

Six Most Exciting New 2015 Models:

10 Fuel Efficient Autos with Solid Handling

2014 Mazda Mazda3 - Sporty and Thrifty

Even if you have a long commute and need a car that gets great fuel economy you can still find an automobile that is fun to drive without breaking the bank at the gas station.

These are Not Your Grandfather’s Station Wagons

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

For many people the mere mention of a station wagon brings to mind images of ugly, wood-covered boats on wheels straight out of the 70s and movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation. Modern station wagons are much more like crossovers and you won’t find any with wood panels. Station wagons today feature options like all-wheel-drive and sporty styling along with improved fuel economy and entertainment packages.

6 Best New Autos for Moms

2014 Infiniti QX60

It’s Mother’s Day and instead of buying mom flowers or some kitchen gadget she won’t use some folks will be out looking for new autos this weekend. Mom’s looking to escape the mundane “mom factor” of a minivan have a lot of options. Here are six very different choices for any mom with her own style.

Super Auto Commercials for the "Big Game"

VW "Wings"

The "Big Game" is this weekend and regardless of how you feel about Seattle or Denver one thing a lot of people will be looking out for is the commercials. Auto manufacturers are well aware of this and past years have seen some epiccar commercials. This year will be no exception with some highly anticipated ads for new cars. And just in case you are busy getting snacks and miss one or you just want to watch the commercials ahead of time, most of the spots are already available on Youtube.

Here are some of the most anticipated car commercials produced specifically for the super audience this weekend's football "bowl" game broadcast generates.

Chevy "Romance" - Silverado HD

Most Fuel Efficient Autos for 2014 – EPA Rated

2014 Chevy Spark

With 2013 coming to a close and 2014 only weeks away the U.S. Department of Energy has released official EPA ratings for 2014 model vehicles on fueleconomy.gov. Over 1,000 vehicle ratings can be accessed through this site. The site has loads of useful information including trip calculators, fuel savings calculators, and side by side comparisons of different autos you might be considering.

Top Selling Autos of 2013

Top-Selling Sedan - 2013 Toyota Camry

You’ve waited all year to get a new car. Thanksgiving has passed and the end of the year is nearly here. New auto dealers are anxious to make great deals on 2013 new cars before the year ends. For anyone shopping for a new vehicle there are great deals to be had from most manufacturers. Many times manufacturers of the best-selling models keep the incentives strong to maintain their dominance in the category.

Here are the top selling autos for each category:

Top 7 Vehicles for Fall Camping & Hunting

2014 Nissan Xterra

Fall is one of the best times to go camping before the weather gets really cold. Whether your idea of camping is staying at a hotel near a National Park or carrying all of your gear on your back you will need a vehicle to get you there. And since fall is also a great time to pick up a new car, truck, or SUV, we’ve put together a list of the top 7 vehicles for a fall camping or hunting trip.

Three Redesigned Imports for 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

Of all of the new cars making their way onto the streets perhaps none are more anticipated than redesigned models. Several manufacturers are releasing totally redesigned models for 2014. Redesigns include improved aerodynamics, better fuel economy, and new technologies for safety and comfort.

Here are three import models that have been redesigned for 2014:

Nissan Rogue - The second-generation Nissan Rogue has a new, optional third row of seats for seven-passenger capability. All seats except for the driver’s seat can be folded flat for the benefit of cargo capacity, and the cabin has been redesigned for an airier look and feel.

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.

Top 10 Autos for Tailgating During Football Season

Ford Flex console perfect for tailgating

Football season is just getting started and that means tailgate parties. The key to a good tailgate party is having plenty of good food and drinks and of course great company. That means hauling passengers and gear to the stadium parking lot first thing in the morning, finding a parking spot, setting up, having a great time, then heading home to do it all over again the next week.  To do that you need a vehicle with room for passengers as well as cargo. It helps if you can also get a nice entertainment system and some bonuses like built in refrigerators or coolers. 

With that in mind, here are the Top 10 Tailgating Vehicles for 2013:

9 Hottest Selling Cars in 2013

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

U.S. car sales seem to be the main bright spot in an otherwise sluggish economy. Sales are up by 8.2% over the first half of 2013, compared to the same period last year. Some models have even shown double digit growth over 2012 sales. Most of these models have seen significant changes including full redesigns for the 2013 vehicles.  Many of these benefited from increases in fuel economy, which has been a major driver for sales thanks to high gas prices.

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.

Best Autos under $35,000 for Driving Enthusiasts

2013 Chevorlet Camaro

Many auto shoppers are looking for a car that offers more than just a way to get from point a to point b. MSN Autos profiled 15 different autos under $35,000 that they consider built for drivers who love to drive. These cars are fast, sporty, well equiped, and affordable. The first 10 are profiled below. For the full list and more information check out the article here. Details on each vehicle are also available on AutoBuying101.com just by clicking the links provided in the title for each vehicle.

AAA Selects Top Autos for Commuters

2013 Ford Flex AAA Top Pick for Commuters

AAA Auto Buying Experts have selected the top vehicles for commuters based on fuel efficiency, comfort, and overall performance. WIth average commute times of 25 minutes each way and 86 percent of American relying on their vehicles to get to and from work each day choosing the right vehicle for the daily drive can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Compact Vehicles

Chevy Confirms SS Performance Sedan for 2013

Australian Holden Commodore will be the basis for the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

Chevrolet has finally confirmed the long-standing rumor that it will be importing the Holden VF Commodore from Australia beginning in late 2013. The import is a V-8 powered rear-wheel-drive performance sedan and will be sold as the Chevrolet SS. It will arrive in showrooms as a 2014 model. A retail price is yet to be announced.

The SS will also become Chevrolet’s next representative in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The car will debut at next year’s Daytona 500.

2012 New York Auto Show - Ram

Ram 1500

Ram has something they want you to know: the 2013 Ram 1500 has best in class fuel economy. Seriously, they REALLY want you to know that. They must have used that exact phrase, with an accompanying metal-slamming dust-raising graphic, a half-dozen times before they even showed us the truck.

To achieve this best in class fuel economy, they utilized a host of improvements: a redesigned stronger and lighter frame, 8-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, stop-start technology, active grill shutters, and active air suspension for aerodynamic benefit.

2012 New York Auto Show - Subaru

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Subaru's one debut was the XV Crosstrek. In a past life you knew this as the Outback Sport. Basically an Impreza that's been jacked-up and called a crossover. You'll get 8.7 of ground clearance, same as the Outback wagon, so feel free to bust through those snow drifts.

Also previewed were a refreshed Legacy and Outback. A new 2.5 boxer engine, and minor styling updates are the only news.

Subaru also introduced a new technology called EyeSight that offers adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management, and lane departure warning. Normally only seen in more expensive cars, Subaru has concocted a more affordable system using stereo cameras rather than radar.

2012 New York Auto Show - Toyota

Toyota Avalon

Toyota's press conference featured a "concept" that was suspiciously devoid of a name. After the full show and tell, the big surprise was that this wasn't a concept at all; it was the new Avalon, exactly as it will appear in production form.

The Avalon has always been referred to (or derided) as Toyota's Buick; large, plush, smooth ride. Blandly inoffensive. The perfect choice for retirees. But with the changing definition of Buick has forced Toyota to step if up a notch. The new Avalon takes a giant leap forward in styling. Is there anything particularly original going on here? Nope. But it is a handsome, balanced, well-executed design that should broaden the Avalon's appeal further down the age scale.

2012 New York Auto Show - Hyundai

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone a type of automotive mitosis, splitting like an amoeba into two separate vehicles. One, the Santa Fe Sport, has a shorter wheelbase, with two rows of seats that seat five passengers. The other, simply known as Santa Fe, has a longer wheelbase, three rows of seats, and seats seven. Obviously, this broadens the range of crossovers with which the Santa Fe twins can be cross-shopped.

The updated styling continues Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" theme, although perhaps with less fluid than the recent Elantra and Veloster. Attractive enough without being risky.

2012 New York Auto Show - Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz GL

The full-size GL luxo-crossover has undergone a full redesign. Expect the usual dizzying complement of creature comforts and high technology, like Crosswind Stabilization and Active Parking Assist.

Are the luxury brands in danger of running out of whiz-bang doo-dads? The only thing left may be time travel.

 Also from M-B, a styling refresh for the compact GLK crossover. 

2012 New York Auto Show - BMW

BMW X1

The new-to-us BMW X1 crossover made its American debut in New York. It has been on sale in Europe for a couple of years. BMW calls this a subcompact SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) and it slots below the X3.

 The X1 will be available with a 4 cylinder and exclusively in the US, a 6 cylinder. Acceleration in that model should be brisk, to say the least.

2012 New York Auto Show - Nissan

Nissan Altima

Nissan debuted the new mid-size Altima sedan. It's their best-seller and has been redesigned from the ground up.

 How's it look? If you like the Maxima, you'll probably like the new Altima. Sorta. If the Maxima is Peyton Manning, then the Altima is Eli. Clearly brothers, but one just doesn't look quite as sharp, and doesn't perform as well as the other. Don't feel bad for the Altima, though. Just as Eli has more rings than his multi-MVP brother, the Altima outsells the Maxima handily.

2012 New York Auto Show - Acura

Acura RLX

Acura has caught a bad case of Lincoln-itis in recent years.  Bland product and strategy adrift. What are they? They aspire to be a premium brand, but nothing in their product line speaks to the essence of their identity. Where is the flagship? The current RL is barely adequate and painfully long in the tooth (talking about its age, not its awkward grille) when compared to the competition.

2012 New York Auto Show - Lexus

Lexus ES350

For Lexus the big story was the debut of the new ES350. This mid-sized luxury model always follows on the heels of the Toyota Camry debut because it's the Camry that provides the platform for the ES line. So we're talking about a FWD-based vehicle here, not RWD as in the rest of the Lexus sedan stable. Not necessarily a bad thing; plenty of shoppers in this segment are just looking for a quiet comfortable ride to go with the plush amenities.

 The styling is pleasant, inoffensive, with some cues from the top-of-the-line LS, and a slightly toned-down version of the new Lexus family Predator face

2012 New York Auto Show - Lincoln

Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln brand has languished in limbo for years, offering only the ubiquitous Town Car and badly blinged, badge-engineered vehicles thinly disguised from their Ford cousins. While the Japanese brands were seizing market share, and Cadillac was reinventing itself as a bold, brash competitor against the German marques, Lincoln plodded towards extinction, seemingly just one more bad quarter away from the ax.

2012 New York Auto Show - Chevrolet

Chevrolet Impala

With apologies to Hertz and Avis, the 2014 Chevy Impala we finally take the leap from fleet car status to bonafide consumer desirability. No longer the province of county employees, the new Impala is designed in such a way that you may actually notice it on the road.

Clearly, the success of the last iteration of Malibu proved to Chevy brass that style and design actually matter, even in the family sedan market. The sleek roofline with elegantly executed chrome trim, sculpted side sheet metal and long wheelbase combine to cut a stylish, sleek silhouette.

Power will come from three engine choices: a 3.6L V-6, a new 2.5L four-cylinder and a 2.4L four-cylinder with eAssist, promising 35mpg. Expect the new Impala early in 2013.