Weight Up and Down

2016 Yellow KIA Soul

For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid.  In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency.  You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more.  To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more

Lower Battery Costs for GM

2016 Spark EV

Whatever the reason, GM has announced a much lower Lithium-Ion battery cost per kWh than just about anyone else.  The average cost is said to be around $300/kWh while GM states they are experiencing cost of $145/kWh which is much lower to give a savings to their EV customers and make their hybrids even better.  Adding to this, GM states they expects to see costs of $100/kWh or less by 2021.  What does this mean for the EV market?  This means many of these EV cars that seem to be priced too high compared to their gasoline counterparts should begin to experience lower prices to make the decision much more difficult on us as buyers. Read more

Garage and Barn Finds Could Bring You a Massive Price

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV

In the days of the American Muscle Cars (1960s-1970s) these cars were built with one goal in mind; win a drag race.  This meant the typical muscle car of the time did not have sophisticated chassis adjustments or tooling to make them great on a race track, but when it came to straight line power and speed these cars could not be beat.  The muscle cars of this era had a two door design in a strong and powerful body style that put fear into the hearts of lesser species of automobiles.  During this era muscle cars were actually very affordable but now many of these will fetch a high price.  It might be time to take a look in your garage or out in the barn to see if you have a veritable gold mine hiding in the dust and dirt. Read more

Concept Cars That Turned Out to be Duds

2013 Corolla Furia

Is it a stud or is it a dud?  That is as simple as the question gets but for many automakers this is what faces them when they are ready to take a car from concept to production.  The idea behind a particular car is sometimes more enticing and alluring than the car itself.  Other times we see production models that have too many problems right from the start, causing the manufacturer to need to go back and try again.  There are still several auto shows yet to take place this year and many of the concepts offered may be case studies that are being done to gauge reaction while others are possibly the answer an automaker thinks they have for previous problems.  Take a look at these concepts that turned out to be duds and see if you see a few duds coming out of the upcoming auto shows. Read more

2016 Chevrolet Impala Continues the Excellence

2016 chevy impala

When you have to play in a sandbox with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon you can expect to have some sand thrown in your face, but the Chevrolet Impala certainly has the ability to throw some back as well.  The Impala is one of the only sedans in this class that does not offer AWD but it does offer a bi-fuel engine, a wireless charging pad for multiple mobile devices, a roomy interior and the most powerful naturally aspirated V6 engine in the class.  Take that Taurus, 300 and Avalon, the Impala just kicked a big pile of sand in your face. Read more

Brawn in a Look You Don’t Expect

Chevrolet SS Sedan

There is a car that shows up with the appearance of a run of the mill sedan and gives you the feeling that is not much more than a simple car that is meant to take you to and from work on a daily basis.  If you mistake that badging or simply haven’t seen what this car is capable of the turn of the key and a press of the accelerator might just surprise you as you take off down the road and before you know it the car will have taken over and let you unleash your wild side when it comes to driving to allow you to enjoy some of the best performance in the sedan class. Read more

What You Might not Know About American Muscle Cars

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

With the heyday of the American Muscle Car behind us but also being reborn, it’s good to know a few facts about muscle cars that you may have never known or heard.  The 1960s and 1970s offered us some of the most powerful torque-rich cars on the planet at the time that you could witness racing on a Friday night at an open road to show whose car was the one that would come out on top.  This era ended with the stricter emissions regulations of the 1980s, these cars were a thing of the past until manufactures started pulling more from less in recent years.  Here’s what you might not know about muscle cars.

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Chevrolet Spark Sales Are On The Rise

2015 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark “sparked” an electric vehicle revolution when it first hit the streets and dealership lots. The compact mini car has consistently sold around 100 vehicles per month since its inception in June of 2013, but for the month of April 2015, the Chevrolet Spark sold 920 units. That is a huge increase from previous months. Some think the reason behind the jump in numbers is that Chevrolet and GM recently cut the price of the Spark to $25,999 in the 3 states that it is sold: Oregon, California, and Maryland. Read more

Great Vehicles for Grads

College Graduation Cars

It’s that time of year again where we come close to the end of a school year and many high school and college grads will get many great graduation gifts to celebrate their achievements and a transition to the next step of their lives.  For those graduates some will receive  vehicles as the graduation gift from parents or grandparents, but what are some of the top choices to give graduates in order for them to have a fantastic vehicle that won’t cost them an arm and a leg to either insure or operate. Read more

Where is the Hot Spot?

2015 Ford F-150 Hot Spot

 While many vehicles may be overall best-selling brands for their class there are many that are favored by different states due to the climate, terrain, preference and equipment found on the vehicle. We all know the Ford F-Series is the best-selling truck in America, but there is over twenty-five percent of the country that prefers other models over the F-Series. There are also two states that show a huge preference to Subaru models which might not be expected. Let’s take a look at what the top selling vehicles are by state and why they are the most popular for that particular area. Read more

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