February 2013

Kelley Blue Book announces 2013 five-year cost to own award winners

(February 5, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2013 model-year vehicles and brands — in both luxury and non-luxury categories — with the lowest projected ownership costs were announced today by Kelley Blue Book. 

These awards are based on Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period.

Consumer Reports finds many small turbo engines fall short

(February 5, 2013) YONKERS, N.Y. — Although small turbocharged engines are marketed as delivering the power of a large engine, with the fuel economy of a smaller one, Consumer Reports tests have found that they often fall short of expectations. Many turbocharged cars tested by CR have slower acceleration and no better fuel economy than the models with bigger conventional engines.

Year-end deals still available as bargain-hunting trend is on rise

(February 4, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Many car buyers in January were able to secure the same great year-end deals that were available in December, reports Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information. According to Edmunds.com's True Cost of Incentives (TCI) report, new car incentives in January fell just 0.4 percent from December to an average of $2,372.

Getting lost in the Arizona desert in a 2014 Kia Forte

By Russ Heaps

(February 3, 2013) I am winging my way home from my third trip to Arizona in as many weeks. I am counting "three" even though on one of them I actually wound up overnighting just north of the Arizona-Utah line. Because Land Rover flew us in and out of Phoenix for that particular event, I'm am exercising a little creative license.

Kelley Blue Books names '10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000'

(February 1, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for an affordable used car should check out the list of 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000 compiled by the editors of Kelley Blue Book kbb.com. With Americans looking to stretch their hard-earned dollars as far as they can go, many people find themselves checking out the used-car market instead of shopping new.