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August 10, 2016

TrueSavings: Great Savings on Sport Utility Vehicles

TrueSavings-Great_deals_on_SUVs_for_August-AskPatty_car_buying_serviceAugust is a Great Time to Buy a Utility Vehicle!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and the end of summer is traditionally the best time to buy a new car because dealers are clearing space for incoming models.

Whether you want something large or small, if you’re shopping for a utility vehicle, this edition of True Savings offers something for every SUV shopper’s needs. TrueCar analysis shows potential savings ranging from 15.3% to 19.7% off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”), while market average pricing on these five crossovers and SUVs demonstrates potential MSRP discounts of as much as $8,050.

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August 01, 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline Crosses the Line Between Utility Vehicle and Truck

2017_Honda_Ridgeline_01-action-AskPatty_Car_buying_serviceSometimes, you need more than a truck, but less than a utility vehicle.

When it first went on sale in 2006, the Honda Ridgeline crossed that line, attracting shoppers with a large and flexible five-passenger cabin, crossover-like ride and handling, and a conveniently sized pickup bed large enough to hold a twin-sized mattress (laying flat) that could be accessed by a dual-action tailgate that folds down or swings open to the side. Its insulated bed-mounted cooler, something not available in any other truck at the time, was an added bonus.

Now in its second generation, Honda has redesigned its profitable four-door midsize pickup truck from the ground up to offer family, recreational, and work users a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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June 22, 2016

Summer Rides: 5 Affordable, Fuel-Efficient Convertibles

2016_mini_convertibleThe wind in your hair and a smile on your face: Nothing says summer like a convertible.

Here are five top rides for $35,000 or less, in vehicles that also get great fuel economy:

1.) MINI: The third-generation convertible since BMW took over the brand in 2002, the 2016 MINI convertible is the first to contain BMW engines. My recent test drive was in a zippy 189-horsepower turbocharged model with the great acceleration and precise handling you would expect from a BMW engine. The new MINI also contains new safety and design features, including back seats that fold down and an innovative trunk with expanding hinges. These features provide not just more cargo space, but easier access to it.

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June 20, 2016

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Buying Guide

Alt_fuel_vehiclesWith tougher emissions and fuel economy regulations on the horizon in 2025, automakers are working hard to build more hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles in all shapes and sizes.

Here's our guide to understanding some of the most popular alternative fuel technologies, and some of the popular vehicles worth considering.

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June 17, 2016

TrueSavings: Six Great Deals for Summer 2016

IStock_86234767_LARGE-Ivanko_BrnjakovicSummer travel season is here, and as families start planning their road trip vacations, we’re collecting info on great deals on new cars.

This summer’s drop in average gasoline prices from $2.80 per gallon a year ago down to $2.37 nationwide per gallon as of June 14 (according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report) has further enhanced the appeal of compact and midsize crossover utility vehicles at the expense of family sedans, triggering higher discounts on midsize cars.

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June 14, 2016

Making News With the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

1344892_2017_ELANTRA_SEDAN-sideYou can sit in a press conference to learn about the improved performance, agility, and comfort of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Or you can drive it in real-life conditions that include high winds, low visibility, tornadoes, and flying debris.

On a recent 2017 Hyundai Elantra test drive that took us from New Orleans to the Mississippi coast, we experienced wicked weather conditions that included all of the above. The results were clear; what was happening outside did not interfere with our experience of the car. The Elantra -- which competes with Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Chrysler 200, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic -- certainly held its own during our turbulent road test.

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May 24, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Enhancing the Minivan with More Family Friendly Features

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-_005PFvccuspi2fb73c8beg4e1rriv9d-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterWhen my second child arrived 13 years ago, my husband and I recognized that my small Honda Civic coupe was insufficient for our family's needs, but when we decided to step up to a minivan, I chose to drive my husband's sedan and let him become the "Minivan Dad." For more than 30 years, minivans have been the ultimate family haulers, offering comfort and convenience, as well as practical flexibility for people and cargo; unfortunately, they've never been perceived as "cool."

Chrysler aims to change that perception with the introduction of its new seven- or eight-passenger Pacifica multipurpose vehicle, promising stylish design, cutting-edge technology, an all-new efficient hybrid powertrain (the segment's first), as well as all the comfort and convenience features we have come to appreciate in Chrysler's previous people movers.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Offers Innovative Back Seat Entertainment

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-kids in back 2-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterTaking a driving vacation with your kids always seems like a fantastic idea. Until that nagging back seat refrain, "are we there yet?" begins.

A good road trip gone wrong? Well, not if you’re driving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the company’s newest minivan designed with everything parents could think of including an app titled, “Are We There Yet?”

The app displays the distance remaining to the destination and estimated arrival times -- all presented in a fun, colorful, and child-friendly graphics.

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May 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Camry: Just What Jane Q. Public Wants in a Mid-Sized Sedan.

2016_Toyota_camryToyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Jane Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan.

The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years.

The Toyota Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers.

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