Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Honda CR-V Touring AWD: The Brand's Roomier And More Premium CUV/SUV

Highlight: In 2017, the Honda CR-V earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘Top Safety Pick Plus.’

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $35,025 (Base model $25,245)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; a multi angle rearview camera; a hill start assist system; a compact spare tire; a tire pressure monitoring system; a stability control system; and daytime running lights

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Free 'Auto Trends' Shows On SiriusXM With Two History Makers Thru Tuesday, May 29

If you have not had a chance to tune in because your car does not have satellite radio, here's what you've been missing out on. We have an opportunity for you to hear two shows for free on your mobile device or online.

From now until Tuesday, May 29, you can access SiriusXM for free in your car or online. 

And, for the first time, you can even tune in on the SiriusXM App for free to listen to on your smartphone. Visit SiriusXM now. No credit card is required.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Study Reveals Pedestrian Deaths Are Been Driven By SUVs

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pedestrian deaths have jumped 46 percent since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent. The increase has been mostly in urban or suburban areas, at non intersections, on busy roads designed mainly to funnel vehicle traffic toward freeways and in the dark, a new IIHS study shows. Crashes were increasingly likely to involve SUVs and high-horsepower vehicles.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo: A Refreshed Midsize Vehicle

Highlight: Hyundai’s Blue Link feature talks to Amazon Echo, which allows the owner to control the Sonata inside their home or wherever the device is located.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $33,460 (Base Model: $22,935)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; traction control system; a rear camera; a vehicle stability control system; electronic brake distribution; a blind spot detection system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a temporary spare tire; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Auto Diversity Guru Talks Car Sales Based On Race, Sexual Orientation And Gender On ‘Auto Trends’

Marc Bland, who is the vice president of diversity and inclusion of the Michigan-based data mining organization IHS Markit, is one of the leading authorities in the auto industry whose focus is on targeting diverse groups.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 VW Tiguan SEL: The Brand’s New And Improved Compact Crossover

Highlight: VW kept the original Tiguan in its portfolio, renaming it the Tiguan Limited, while adding a new compact crossover.

Test Vehicles MSRP: $33,450 (Base MSRP: $25,495)

Seating Capacity: 5 (VW says 7!)

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; daytime running lights; heated side mirrors; a rearview camera; automatic headlights; and a hillstart assist system

Automakers Offer Gifts for Grads

Whether you've completed trade school, finished a nursing program, completed an apprenticeship certification training program or earned a bachelor and/or graduate degree, most automakers want to reward you for going the extra mile. Many are offering special interest rates, relaxed credit stipulations, deferred payments, extra cash rebates, special non-negotiable pricing and complimentary roadside assistance on the purchase or the lease of a new or pre-owned vehicle. In fact, the cash rebates can be used on top of other incentives, and some automakers may even overlook charge-offs less than $1,000.

Click on the appropriate link below to get more details. The programs were last updated on May 8, 2018:

Acura, Honda: offers $500; special financing; deferred payment
Audi: No credit required. Waives lease deposit. Competitive financing available.
BMW: offers $1,000 for new and certified pre-owned when financed with BMW;  special financing
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Currently no incentives are being offered for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat.
Ford: $500 incentive toward lease or new; students enrolled in a post-secondary accredited program can also participate in program. Check with Lincoln dealers for more details.
General Motors: (Buick, Chevy, GMC):hassle free, non negotiable pricing; rebates; 90-day deferred pricing (Note: We also recommend shopping around to see if discounts are higher without using College Grad Program.)
Hyundai: $400 rebate if financed or leased with Hyundai
Infiniti: Check with Infiniti for the most current incentives.
Kia: See your Kia dealer for latest details.
Lexus: $750 rebate if financed on select models; no money down; 90-day deferred payments; limited program. 
Mazda: No program at this time.
Mercedes-Benz: No program at this time.
Nissan: offers incentives ranging from $500 up to $1,000.
Toyota: $750 rebate if financed or leased with TFS (Toyota Financial Services) on select models. 
Subaru: offers special credit stipulations. See your Subaru dealer for more details.
Volkswagen: no previous credit history required; security deposit waived on leases; will pay up to $800 of 1st payment