In the world of performance vehicles, certain marques are well-known for their prowess. If you bring up the letter “M,” it’s hard not to dive into a discussion about the race-car heritage found in BMW’s E30 M3, the roaring V8 found in the early-2000’s M5, or even the on-rails handling provided by the M Coupe – all three of which were offered only with a standard gearbox. Talking about “SS” nomenclature stirs memories of the throaty muscle cars of yesteryear at your local small-town car show, while “STi” reminds you of a boxer engine’s distinctive rumble, and the likelihood of vape smoke billowing out of the windows.
Not so long ago, luxury cars were defined primarily by the features they offered. During this era, coddling amenities such as ventilated seats and heated steering wheels were available only in premium models. Luxury brands led the way in safety, as well, and for many years, they were pretty much the only game in town if you hoped to equip your vehicle with key driver-assistive technology.
During the weekend prior to America’s celebration of 241 years of independence, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will hold a race at Daytona International Speedway. Contestants will drive vehicles that are styled to resemble the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry, and after racing ‘em on Sunday, these car companies hope that NASCAR fans will buy ‘em on Monday.
Since cars lose as much as 19 percent of their value to depreciation after just one year of ownership, it’s possible to net big savings by purchasing a used vehicle. However, there is quite a bit of variance in the used cars that are on the market. Some are very old and have heavy mileage, with lots of wear and tear. On the other end of the spectrum, some used cars are newer, meticulously maintained, and in pristine condition.
If you’re looking for a used car, you may want to wait a month or two. That’s because used vehicle prices are increasing, along with demand, as the availability of cars shrinks. According to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, wholesale automotive prices jumped almost 3 percent month-over-month in […]
Minivans are some of the hardest working vehicles on the market today. Sure, you may point to full-size pickup trucks as doing the dirty job of hauling and towing burly loads, but minivans are designed from their inception to carry the most important cargo of all: your family. They happen to be the safest, most practical vehicles around. As an automotive journalist, when someone asks me what the best car for their family would be, I automatically point them to a minivan.
The compact crossover segment has become a cash cow for many automakers, and the pressure is on for each manufacturer to put its best foot forward in this competitive category. Though the previous generation of the GMC Terrain was popular, it was starting to get a bit stale, having been on the market since 2009. To properly compete in this bustling segment, GMC needed an entrant that was less dated and more modern.