• RELIABILITY GUIDE: What’s the Most Reliable Year of Toyota Camry?

    Craig Fitzgerald | Feb 8, 2016

    Conventional wisdom would have you believe that buying a Camry — any year Camry — would be a good bet, but our friends at CarComplaints.com have fielded scores of engine issues on certain years of the popular sedan. Find out what years to avoid. (more…)

  • BUYERS GUIDE: 2016 Model Year Mid-size Crossover Safety – Which Score Best, and At What Cost?

    John Goreham | Feb 8, 2016

    Mid-size crossovers are the new family cars. We look at which popular models have the best safety ratings and what you have to pay to get the safety upgrades. (more…)

  • REVIEW: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD Adds a Small Crossover to the Mix

    Nicole Wakelin | Feb 8, 2016

    Car companies can’t introduce crossovers fast enough for the public. It’s the new must-have and Mazda joins the fray with the all-new CX-3 this year. This crossover slots between the larger CX-5 and the smaller Mazda3 giving compact crossover shoppers a good reason to check out Mazda. (more…)

  • Safety Recall Update – February 8, 2016

    S.M. Darby | Feb 7, 2016

    The safety of automobile consumers continues to be a concern as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues further recalls for air bag related issues. Check out BestRide.com for all of the latest major safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. There is even a downloadable app that can allow you to keep track of all your favorite vehicles. NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V061000 Honda Recall Campaign Number(s): JX2, JX3, JX4 Vehicles Affected: Certain 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z, 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity, and Honda Insight, 2009-2013 Honda Fit, 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV, 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 Acura RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. Approximately 2,230,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign. Cause: The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture inadvertently. Concern: In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Correction: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in the fall of 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning on March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V056000 Honda recall Campaign Number: JW9 Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2010 Honda Accord vehicles. Approximately 341,444 vehicles are expected or inclusion in this recall campaign. Cause: In the affected vehicles, the air bag control units may corrode and fail. Concern: If the air bag control unit fails, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Correction: Honda will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will replace the air bag control units, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in the fall of 2016. Interim notifications will be mailed to owners beginning on March 15, 2016, and a second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.

  • Low Budget Luxury Sedans – $5K to $15K

    S.M. Darby | Feb 7, 2016

    Regardless of whether you are just looking to make the neighbors jealous or you need to log some serious road trip hours, a high-filootin’ luxury sedan can usually get the job done.  If you are like me, and have to worry about budget limitations, this article should give you some inspiration. Every one of these top-shelf sedans can be found for anywhere between $5k and $15k. Check out used car websites like BestRide.com to find millions of listings on cars just like these. Lincoln LS With Mercury going down the tubes and many perspective consumers left wondering about the future of Lincoln, it’s no wonder that the depreciation bug has bitten the LS hard. That’s great news for you if you’re a used car buyer because this luxury sedan features powerful V6 and V8 engine options coupled with more than adequate handling and a comfortable ride. Expect to find a low mileage version in you area for around $5k or even a little less. BMW 3 Series If European sport sedans strike your fancy, then the BMW 3-Series may be your cup of tea. Since the 3-Series has been in production for years, a used version can be found to accommodate virtually any budget. No matter which one you decide upon, it’s going to be a blast to drive and instantly recognizable to rubber-neckers. 2005 to 2011 models can be had for around $10,000, and the generation before that is even cheaper. Lexus IS What the BMW is to performance the Lexus is to reliability. There are basically two generations of the IS available in the used market. Both will prove inexpensive to maintain, and while the Lexus badge isn’t quite as prestigious as the BMW badge, it’s still a luxury brand. It should only take approximately $15k to obtain a clean, late-model version of the second generation in your driveway. Volkswagen Phaeton When you realize that the Volkswagen Phaeton is a Bentley Flying Spur with different bodywork, things get very interesting. Considering that laying your hands on a Flying Spur could take in the area of $100k. The VW logo on the hood means that the Phaeton is much more affordable, with some of the V8 models dipping below $10,000. It may well cost more to maintain than the rest of the cars on this list, but none of those cars have a Flying Spur underneath. Acura TL It was hard to beat the Type-S Acura TL from 2004 to 2008. It is incredibly fun to drive and sells for somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000. For that price, you can get a powerful car that’s incredibly fun to drive and a classic design that resembles newer Acura models. In my opinion, Acura took a huge step backwards (aesthetically) after 2008 so stick with the classic models Infiniti G37 The original G35 sedan version was a bit frumpy in appearance but the 2006 model got a new design that improved its looks dramatically. Later it received a larger engine as well. A nicer interior and a more powerful V6 engine make the G37 a great used car buy – even if it lacks the handling to take on a BMW 3 Series. Its superior reliability make this sedan hard to resist if you can find it for a little under $15k. Volvo S60 Volvo is the go-to automaker especially for the budget-conscious luxury car buyer who also cares about safety. The first-generation S60 is still a spectacular car but the S60 R is the true star of the lineup. The S60 R should still only cost a little under $10,000. Basic trim versions can be had for closer to $5,000, but if you can afford the better-handling, more powerful Volvo S60 R, you won’t be disappointed. Lexus LS The Lexus LS was the first model that the Japanese luxury car company introduced to North America, and it launched with a great deal of fanfare. This sedan was marketed specifically for competing with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class and it proved to be one of the best cars ever built. For buyers on a tight budget, selecting a first-generation or second-generation LS will cost less than $5,000. Early versions of the third generation can be had for closer to $10,000. Mercedes-Benz S-Class A new version of the Mercedes S-Class is a very prestigious car but prices begin at nearly $100,000 and late model used versions have major reliability issues. However, the version of the S-Class built from 1998 to 2005 is one of the best ever and they have proven to be extremely reliable. Early versions cost well under $10k and being able to say that you drive an S-Class sedan carries serious prestige that other car-lines just cannot rival. BMW 530i From 1995 to 2003, BMW built what was arguably the best car in the world and by the time the 530i was introduced (in 2001), the 5 Series was considered nearly perfect. All these years later, a 530i that’s been well maintained continues to ride, drive, and handle like a new car. Better yet, a clean version will only cost you around $5,000.

  • REVIEW: 2016 Audi TT Coupe 2.0T — Coupé con Quattro!

    Lyndon Johnson | Feb 5, 2016

    The Audi TT never registered on my radar of desirable cars back in my teenage lusting-after-sportscars days, perhaps because I naively thought of it as a front-wheel drive-based faux sportscar. The week I just spent in a 2016 Audi TT turned that notion on its ear. (more…)

  • Watch Kia Super Bowl Ad Put Christopher Walken in a Walk-In Closet

    Nicole Wakelin | Feb 5, 2016

    Beige is a lovely color. It works well on houses and walls and pants paired with blue blazers. Despite its many uses, beige has become the way we describe something that is horribly bland. No one wants to have a beige life, unnoticed, unimportant, and lost among the colors. Kia and Christopher Walken want to be sure you don’t fall prey to a beige car. (more…)

  • Pickup Trucks: New Stripes and Graphics For 2016

    Philip Ruth | Feb 4, 2016

    Want a bit more flair with your Ford or Chevy pickup? You’re in luck – both have the option of a spicier look for 2016. (more…)

  • Is Tesla Opening Dealerships?

    Nicole Wakelin | Feb 4, 2016

    Tesla if fighting a state-by-state battle to sell its cars without dealerships. CEO Elon Musk believes dealerships aren’t in the best interest of consumers, prefering a direct sales model, but he has never ruled out the possiblity. Now, Tesla has applied for a dealership license in the state of Michigan in the face of state laws prohibiting the direct sales model. (more…)

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