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Ford Dealerships Offer Yakima Adventure-Ready Ranger Accessories
   Published April 16, 2019
The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is already on the streets and if Ford has anything to say about it wonít stay on the pavement for long.

Ford is hoping buyers will enjoy the adventure-ready aspect of the midsize pickup by teaming up with Yakima, a company that makes adventure products. The idea is that buyers can customize their pickup with some of Yakimaís highest-selling accessories that are now available through Ford dealerships.

During a recent Ford media event in Dallas, Ford Ranger  Read More
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Parents Magazine Names Best 2019 Family Minivans & SUVs
   Published April 3, 2019
Parents Magazine is out with its 10 Best Family Cars of 2019.

The list started with 30 minivans and SUVs that all passed government safety tests with flying colors. They all also provided a good value.

Parents Magazine then got into more specifics to narrow the list down. A child passenger safety technician installed multiple car seats in each, and a mom mechanic weighed in about gas mileage, maintenance costs, and high-tech driving features. Parents also looked at family-friendly  Read More
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Car Buying Tips For Seniors
   Published March 12, 2019
This past Saturday, we had several calls from people who identified themselves as Senior citizens wanting advice on new vehicles. Many were considering going from a sedan to a crossover.
By the time you get to be a Senior citizen, you have probably bought a good number of cars. The truth is, even if you donít admit it, you are wondering if this will be your last car, and frankly, that makes you think a little harder and a little longer. When I was the owner of a car dealership, I sold a lot  Read More
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AutoTrader Best Interiors Under $50,000
   Published March 6, 2019
American drivers spend on average more than 290 hours behind the wheel each year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey data.

With so much time spent in their vehicles, itís no wonder comfort is a key factor in consumer buying decisions.

AutoTrader editors recently looked at 2019 model year car interiors and assessed them for style, comfort, design and the latest technology to compile its list of 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000.

"The interior design of a vehicle  Read More
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8 Car Buying Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
   Published February 27, 2019
Each week, I hear from listeners whoíve been thwarted by making classic car buying mistakes, without even knowing it. So here is a handy list of 8 common mistakes people make and tips on how you can avoid them.
#1: Not Trusting Your Gut
Mistake number one is not trusting your gut. This oneís easy to avoid. Trust your instincts, you have them for a reason. If something doesnít feel right, either with the business or salesperson,  Read More
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2019 Ram Heavy-Duty Lineup Starts From $33,395
   Published February 27, 2019
Once again, Ram Heavy Duty pickups look ready to chew up anything they encounter Ė and with 1,000-lb. ft. of asphalt-wrinkling torque, just might do it.

I donít recommend trying to skateboard behind one of these 2019-model monsters.

As you may have guessed, the heavy-duty truck wars -- featuring 7,000-pound brutes that can likely tow most houses -- have officially begun.

Ram recently unveiled its pumped-up 2500 and 3500 trucks, saying they will become the benchmarks for capability,  Read More
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2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 Priced From $97K
   Published February 20, 2019
Canít decide on a Harley or a Ford F-150? Well this gets you both. Well, sort of.

Check out the all-new custom 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup truck that was unveiled at this yearís Chicago Auto Show. The price tag? $97,415 and up.

The truck, developed by Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Tuscany Motor Co., is the production version of a concept. (Tuscany Motor Company is a Ford Motor Company speciality vehicle manufacturer.)

Tuscany will provide the F-150 and manufacture the  Read More
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If You Want A Buick Cascada, You Better Hurry
   Published February 20, 2019
We will soon be bidding farewell to the Buick Cascada. Buick has told its dealers that they are going to end production of the Buick Cascada convertible by the end of the year, according to trade publication Automotive News.

The Poland-made roadster was never intended to be a big volume car, but talking to dealers, sales have never been as good as they expected, and the dealers havenít ordered a lot of them in recent months.

When the Cascada was introduced, GM had an ad on TV in 2017 for  Read More
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First-Ever Edmunds Editors' Choice Awards Announced
   Published February 20, 2019
Edmunds.com is handing out its first-ever Editors' Choice Awards. They go to vehicles in seven categories that Edmundsí editors rate as best in their class. They ratings are based on selected criteria like driving and performance; comfort; interior; utility; technology; fun factor and value.

"Our editorial team tests more than 300 vehicles a year ― that's more than a collective 17,000 hours behind the wheel," said Alistair Weaver, editor-in-chief at Edmunds. "We're going beyond what's  Read More
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Best-Selling Large Luxury SUVS For 2019
   Published February 13, 2019
This segment of SUVs continues to do well in America. About 1000 more large luxury SUVs were sold this January versus January 2018. The big winner was Range Rover, it doubled its sales this year from a year ago.

Here are your volume leaders that we know of, with Escalade and Navigator excluded, since neither manufacturer reports sales monthly.
Mercedes-Benz GLS: 2,007Infiniti QX80: 1,943Land Rover Range Rover: 1,651Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 427Lexus LX: 251Toyota Land Cruiser: 114  Read More
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U.S. News 2019 Best Cars For The Money
   Published February 13, 2019
Quality and value are two musts on our list when it comes to shopping for a new car at places like the Chicago Auto Show. Thatís also where U.S. News & World Report recently handed out its 2019 Best Cars for the Money awards.

The awards cover 14 automotive categories and highlight vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. The winners are scored on data-driven rankings, along with ownership and pricing info.

One glance at the list and youíll quickly  Read More
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Frigid Weather Decreases EV Range Dramatically, Study Finds
   Published February 13, 2019
Electric vehicle range can be impacted drastically by extreme temperatures, according to a new study from the American Automobile Association. Itís especially true when using the car heater during frigid temps, but hot weather has an impact, too. Using either the carís heating or A/C system can reduce range and result in the need to charge more often. Both are things drivers should keep in mind when they head out on the road in those conditions.

Extreme Temps Decrease EV RangeHere is a  Read More
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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition
   Published February 6, 2019
Nissan is rolling out the 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition. Available on either the SV or SL grades, itís designed to emphasize the Pathfinderís rugged heritage.

Pathfinder Rock Creek EditionThe Rock Creek Edition package is an option in both 2-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, and in a choice of seven available exterior colors. It goes on sale this spring with a package price of $995.

It features unique dark 18-inch wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires, black mesh grille,  Read More
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Auto Industry Winners And Losers in January 2019
   Published February 6, 2019
As I have told you, as a car company, you are judged by the last monthís sales results versus the same month of the prior year.

Here are your automakers that were up or down 5% or more from last January, again not including General Motors.

WINNERS:Ram up 23.75%
Jaguar up 17.3%
Land Rover up 14.57%
Acura up 9.61%
Volvo up 5.29%

LOSERS:Fiat down 38.89%
Alfa Romeo down 20.22%
Mercedes-Benz down 24.93%
Genesis down 24.12%
Smart down 20.95%
Nissan down 19.9%
Mazda down 19.7%
Mini  Read More
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Best-Selling SUVs Of All Sizes For 2019
   Published February 6, 2019
The SUV craze continues for 2019. We donít have a good picture, however, because General Motors does not report sales except quarterly, and although Ford released total numbers, we donít have a breakdown by model, so you wonít see those numbers either.

Kicking off 2019 SUV sales at the top of the list is Honda CR-V, which hasnít been there in a while. CR-V had a gain of almost 20% versus January of 2018. Nissan Rogue was off 28% from a year ago, primarily due to a cutback in incentives.   Read More
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Why It's Important To Teach Kids About Cars
   Published January 30, 2019
You teach your kids to be responsible, about the birds and the bees, how to be a responsible adult, but do you teach your kids about the basics of cars? Too often, parents hand their kids a set of car keys and simply say, ďbe carefulĒ.

There are things your kids need to know about cars to prepare them for the rest of their lives. This is not necessarily a job for dads, either parent can step up and prepare kids for proper maintenance, safety, and care of his or her car. This can save  Read More
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Redesigned 2019 Mazda3 Starts From $21,000
   Published January 30, 2019
The redesigned Mazda3 rolls into dealerships in March. The fourth-generation model comes as either a sporty hatchback or standard sedan and comes in either Standard, Select, Preferred or Premium trim levels. The front-wheel sedan starts from $21,000 while the hatchback starts from $23,600 (not including destination.) Both feature Mazdaís SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.

All-New InteriorThe redesigned model looks attractive inside and out. In  Read More
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Starts From $32,500
   Published January 24, 2019
If youíre interested in Mercedes-Benzís smallest sedan, here is some pricing info for you.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class PricingThe all-new 2019 A-Class sedan arrives in U.S. dealerships soon. The base model 220 will start from $32,500, while the 220 4MATIC will start from $34,500. Then factor in the $995 destination charge.

MBUXOne of the biggest highlights of the A-Class sedan is that it introduces the new infotainment system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). It has a completely new  Read More
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December Is The Best Time to Buy a New Vehicle
   Published December 19, 2018
December is the time to snag a bargain and itís been that way for years. It is easy to get caught up in the hype and incentives and not end up getting a good deal. This year, people seem incredibly surprised at the deals dealers are offering up right now, mainly due to big customer incentives.

As a reminder, you can take all or part of the rebates in CASH if you need readily available cash for Christmas bills etc.

Timing Is CriticalI often talk on the air about why timing is important  Read More
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Picking The Right Axle Ratio For Your Pickup
   Published December 5, 2018
[Editorís note: This article has been updated since its original post in August 2015.]

We had a caller last Saturday on the Car Pro Show who was unhappy with the fuel economy of his truck. This is one of two common problems I hear all the time: 1). My pickup gets horrible fuel economy, or 2). My pickup doesnít do a good job towing my trailer.

When I get these questions, I always ask which rear axle ratio the caller has, and I would guess 90% of the time, the caller doesnít know. People  Read More