2015 Kia Rio Leads Subcompact Group

What do you think of when someone says “subcompact car?”

Most people would answer small, cramped, economical and inexpensive, right?  Those are the qualities that come to mind first for most drivers and historically those impressions would be accurate.  “You get what you pay for” is a maxim that most drivers would subscribe to.  If you are paying $15,000 for a new subcompact then you won’t be getting very much other than a reliable, crowded, uninspired ride for ten years.

That kind of thinking may change if very many more cars like the 2015 Kia Rio hit the market.  Various auto publications like Edmunds.com have praised the 2015 Kia Rio for its long list of features, a very roomy interior, great styling and of course, the great Kia warranty which is second to none other on the market.

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2015 Honda Civic Tops the Compact List

It began way back during the oil embargo several decades ago.

Americans came to the realization that if they were going to have enough money to buy food, they could no longer drive vehicles that got horrible gas mileage and cost an arm and a leg to maintain.  The door was open, suddenly, to the makers of compact cars that were dependable and cost very little to operate.

With the door open one of the first to enter was the Honda Civic, and over the years the Civic has not only filled every need of a hungry America but it has also made it very hard for competitors to enter the same room.  In the world of compact cars, and there are a great many competitors, the Honda Civic has to be consider the king or darned near the king.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

One truth about luxury cars is that they will always be priced out of the reach of the average driver.  We look at the Mercedes-Benz’s of the world and wish; we don’t for a second think we can actually drive one. Even when Mercedes-Benz makes a model and calls it their entry level model, like…

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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Is Premium Luxury

Think of luxury crossover SUV’s and what comes to mind?  Many will say the 2013 Acura MDX or possibly the Infiniti JX. Some will say the BMW X5 or the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.  Few, however, would say the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg because let’s face it, Volkswagen isn’t a luxury automobile line, right? Well you just might…

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle

So what do you get when you have take an American classic automobile, stop selling it for decades, and then try to re-produce it in a modern world? In most cases you get a disaster, but not in the case of the Volkswagen New Beetle.  In that case, you get an excellent flash from the…

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2013 Toyota Avalon

If this review were about the 2012 Toyota Avalon, you might not consider it a car worth buying.  Let’s face it, full-sized sedans are a dime a dozen in this crowded field, and because there is so much competition, it takes a pretty good vehicle to make the top of the list.  The 2012 Avalon…

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2013 Subaru Outback Leads The Field

Even though Subaru is a Japanese company and has been since 1915, the Subaru Outback has always seemed like an American car.  Perhaps that is because it was designed for the North American market specifically, and has been such a staple of our automotive landscape for four generations now. When the Outback was first introduced…

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2013 Nissan Altima

What is the best-selling model for Nissan?  If you said the Altima you would be absolutely correct.  Now, having said that, is there any advantage to redesigning that which leads you in sales?  Well, one only has to look at the story of the Toyota Matrix to answer that question.  Once the darling of the…

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