February 2014

Toyota, Ford top Consumer Reports 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey

(February 16, 2014) YONKERS, NY — Consumers continue to distinguish Toyota and Ford as the leading brands overall, but several others, including Tesla and Subaru, are moving up the rankings, according to Consumer Reports’ annual Car-Brand Perception Survey.

Kelley Blue Book names 12 Best Family Cars Of 2014

(February 15, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — Not all options are as obvious as a minivan when it comes to cars best suited for families.  In the same light, not all families have the same needs when it comes to their ideal car.  Helping ease the struggle to find the best new cars tailored for families of all sizes, the editors of Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com, have named their recommended list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014.

Lexus most dependable brand; GM wins eight awards in J.D. Power study

(February 13, 2014) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Owners of three-year-old vehicles from the 2011 model year report more problems than did owners of three-year-old vehicles last year, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) released this week.

Falling used car prices likely to affect all car buyers, says Edmunds.com

(February 12, 2014) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A glut of vehicles hitting used car lots will drive down prices as much as two percent this year, projects Edmunds.com. And while that might be music to your ears if you're in the market for a used car, Edmunds.com says that the trend will likely cause a ripple effect, influencing shoppers of both new and used cars.

Yet another list: U.S. News names 2014 Best Cars for the Money

(February 12, 2014) WASHINGTON — U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2014 Best Cars for the Money. The awards highlight cars in 21 automotive categories — from subcompact cars to full size pickup trucks — that offer great value and receive critical acclaim.

Connected Car of the Year awards announced

(February 12, 2014) CHICAGO — Outstanding onboard connectivity carried the day for the winners of this year’s Connected World magazine Connected Car of the Year award winners.

The winning vehicles, chosen by the editorial team at Connected World magazine, will appear in the Feb/Mar issue of the magazine. The awards were presented by Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Connected World magazine.

Consumer alert: 3.5 million recalled cars sold online In 2013

(February 11, 2014) CENTREVILLE, Va. — Carfax today released new data suggesting online shoppers may have unknowingly purchased millions of used cars with unfixed recalls in 2013. The company's annual research on the issue shows more than 3.5 million cars were listed for sale online with an open safety recall.

Lincoln MKZ: Style in search of personality

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(February 10, 2014) I like the Ford Fusion. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about its stablemate, the Lincoln MKZ. Mechanically these two cars are nearly the same, so it should be easy to transfer my affection from the Fusion to the MKZ, and call it a day. But I can’t.

Mazda, Lexus top brands in Kelley Blue Book's Cost to Own Awards

(February 5, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2014 model-year vehicles and brands — in both non-luxury and luxury categories — with the lowest projected ownership costs were announced today by Kelley Blue Book kbb.com. 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.

Cars.com names its Top 10 Most Iconic Cars

(February 4, 2014) CHICAGO — Cars.com today released a list of the top 10 most iconic cars of the past 25 years. The site's experts compiled the list based on cars that set trends, have unusually expressive styling, performance under the hood and other factors that make these some of the most memorable cars to date.