Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Toyota And Partners To Bring Drivers Holiday Gas Saving Tips

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and it’s time to hit the road. Toyota has teamed up with automotive industry expert Jeff Fortson to help make holiday travel more fuel-efficient.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the national average price of gas is approximately $2.29 per gallon, a slight increase compared to last month. This increase is expected to continue as demand for gas holds steady with over 38 million drivers projected to travel this holiday weekend.

Drivers can take simple steps to help them get the most gas mileage on their trips this Memorial Day weekend,” says Fortson, founder and editor of, a site dedicated to auto education and car-buying clinics. “Taking heed to these tips will not only lead to fuel savings but will help provide a little extra money once you arrive at your destination.”

Toyota and Fortson offer six fuel-efficiency tips designed to help protect your pocket at the pump before you start a memorable road trip with family and friends.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

First Safety Test Of Muscle Cars Performed By IIHS

Think "muscle car" performance, and images of speed and power are more likely to come to mind than crash tests and safety ratings. Because no one buys a sports car to drive in the slow lane, the best all-around occupant crash protection is crucial. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety recently put a trio of iconic sports coupes through their paces, and unlike more sedate sedans, none earns the scores needed to clinch a TOP SAFETY PICK award.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: A High-Tech, Compact Luxury Vehicle

Highlight: The Elantra can be outfitted with a hands free radar-activated trunk!

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $27,710 (base model $17,985)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; driver’s blind spot mirror (outside mirror); Daytime Running lights; electronic stability control; traction control; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (Base SE Model): 15-inch wheels; a manual transmission; cloth seats; manually operated front bucket seats; a manually operated ventilation system; a remote keyless entry system; rear seat cupholders; and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Monday, May 23, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Jeep Is In The Hot Seat

Automaker: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
NO. Of Affected Customers: 32,267
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured May 15, 2015 to February 19, 2016. The brake transmission shift interlock solenoid may have a loose electrical connection which could result in a loss of solenoid function.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Touring: Has Gotten Its Groove Back

Highlight: The brand’s first 5-door hatchback will be joining the lineup soon.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $26,960 (base model $19,885)

Seating Capacity: 4 realistically for the coupe, Honda says 5?

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a vehicle stability control system; traction control; an electric parking brake with automatic brake hold; hill start assist control system; a compact spare tire; LED Daytime Running Lights; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Monday, May 16, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Ford, GM And Subaru Are In The Hot Seat

1. MANUFACTURER: Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles may have improperly welded rear suspension toe links that may fracture. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD: A Sporty And Stylish Five Seater Crossover

Highlight: This is one of the few crossovers still available with a manual transmission.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,665 (base model $22,695)

Seating Capacity: Five

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; electric parking brakes; daytime running lights; hill launch assist; electronic brake force distribution; a stability control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (Base Sport model): 17-inch wheels; a manual transmission; an automatic off headlight system; a rear roof spoiler; manual adjustable cloth seats; a remote keyless illuminated entry system; a/c with pollen filter; a cargo area light; center console with armrest tray; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and dual (non-illuminating) vanity mirrors

Saturday, May 14, 2016

What's Hot, What's Not: Fastest-Selling Vehicles (Part 2 of 2)

Subaru Outback
Average Days On Lot: 16
MSRP: $24,995

Honda HR-V
Average Days On Lot: 18
MSRP: $19,215
All New

Toyota Highlander
Average Days On Lot: 18
MSRP: $30,490

Slow Selling Models: What's Hot, What's Not (Part One of Two)

Honda Insight,  a discontinued hybrid from 2014. It was once branded as the most economical vehicle in the hybrid segment in terms of pricing. Average Days On Lot: 232 or 8 months
MSRP: $19,500

Cadillac ELR, a plug-in hybrid that is being discontinued. Again, like all of the Cadillacs on the list, the vehicle suffers from being over priced. Average Days On Lot: 209 or 7 months
MSRP: $65,000 

Cadillac ATS goes up against the BMW 2 and 3 Series vehicles. Its a competitively engineered entry lux coupe or sedan, but just hasn't caught on with the buying public. Average Days On Lot: 153  or 5 months
MSRP: $37,995

Honda  Crosstour was discontinued in 2015 and replaced by the smaller HR-V crossover.  This quirky vehicle was a slow seller for Hyundai. Average Days On Lot: 145  or 4.8 months