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CarGurus Reviews the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser

September 22nd, 2008

The PT Cruiser has had a decade long run as America’s most loved, and hated, retro-styled cruiser, but rumor is that 2009 is the last year to get your hands on one. Should consumers be rushing out to grab a piece of automotive history, or should the PT Cruiser cruise into automotive obscurity?

The CarGurus View

The PT Cruiser has been around for a decade now, and it still gets the same reaction as when it was introduced – some love it, and some hate it. If you love it, go for the turbocharged engine, especially if you plan to do any hauling, of either cargo or passengers. If this truly is the last year for the Cruiser, perhaps the Limited models will be worth something to collectors in the future. Read More…

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It’s time to drive 55!

September 19th, 2008
Save the Polar Bear

Save the Polar Bear

They say driving 55 will save the polar bears.

They say driving 55 will bring world peace.

They say driving 55 will stop global warming.

They, the folks at www.drive55.org, might have a point. Though for most of us living in civilized America, the only way a polar bear is going to slow us down is if one is standing on the interstate.

If Americans are going to make a change, I think it’s pretty well understood that we had better see an immediate and measurable impact that benefits us directly.

It’s hard for me to believe, or even care, that getting from point A to point B a few minutes slower than normal will have any effect on a polar bear living roughly 6,223,989 miles away.  But tell me I could save 20 bucks and you’ve got my attention.

Gas costs around 4 dollars per gallon. And Americans use about a trillion gallons of gas per year. Yes, we probably should do something to reduce how much we use.

Normally I’m the first to write off a group like drive55.org as extremists, but this time, I could be influenced enough to agree. The math is simple: we drive slower, we use less gas, we pay less in fuel costs. Count me in.

Of course that also means we have to drive slower. A lot slower. Would Americans be willing to do that? Absolutely not. I think most of us would rather pay the speeding tickets than slow to a pace our grandfathers would approve of.

But what if the consequences were a little more severe? What if a revoked driver’s license loomed on the horizon if you crested it at 75 MPH?

If I were the boss at drive55.org, that’s what I would demand. If the group wants some serious attention, they should advocate for consequences that actually mean something close to home.

Saving the polar bears just isn’t going to cut it.

If this country is serious about reducing it’s consumption of gasoline, there are two things that will make a measurable impact immediately and require no new technology or infrastructure. The first has already happened: increased fuel prices. The second is lowering the speed limit, with severe consequences for breaking it.

- tgriffith

Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Gas for your car..., General Chat

CarGurus releases an Automotive News Feed Google Widget

September 18th, 2008

This week we released a new Google widget that provides users with the latest automotive news gathered from around the web.  Users can customize the news feed to suit their interest.  To install this widget on your iGoogle page, click here.

Cheers – The Car Nut

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CarGurus Reviews the 2009 Toyota Corolla

September 15th, 2008

The folks at CarGurus have published their review of the completely remodeled 2009 Toyota Corolla. After 40 years in production,  will the Toyota Corolla remain the king of the compact car class?

The CarGurus View

The ’09 Corolla rightly appeals to buyers both young and old looking for an economical yet reliable compact sedan. No longer the entry-level car in Toyota’s lineup (thank you, Yaris), the Corolla could have spread its wings and taken bolder steps in its design and performance, but chooses instead not to stray far from its successful formula. Though far from exciting, it delivers what its target consumer needs: dependability, a quality build, and top-notch fuel economy, all backed by Toyota’s solid reputation. Read More…

2009 Toyota Corolla

2009 Toyota Corolla

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CarGurus Reviews the 2009 Pontiac G6

September 15th, 2008

CarGurus has published a review of the 2009 Pontiac G6. Will the improvements be enough to woo buyers away from the almighty Camry or Accord? We don’t think so.

The CarGurus View

The G6 is a great value for the money, and overall you won’t be disappointed, regardless of the trim. If you’re looking to upgrade, consider spending your money on some of the creature comforts rather than the sporty options, as you’ll definitely have an easier time noticing where your money went. But if fit and finish are really your thing, you may want to consider an Accord or Camry. Read More…

2009 Pontiac G6

2009 Pontiac G6

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CarGurus’ 2009 Nissan Murano Review

September 15th, 2008

CarGurus reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano crossover. Nissan has completely remodeled the Murano for the 2009 model year and, according to CarGurus, the improvments make it a leader in the important crossover segment.

The CarGurus View

While not quite large enough to meet the passenger and cargo requirements of a family, the ’09 Murano should please young couples and single drivers looking for a nice blend of style, comfort, and solid performance. With the crossover field growing every year, the Murano remains a unique presence and offers many of the same features and high-quality interior materials as the higher-priced Infiniti. Families looking for a third row, however, will probably be inclined toward the more practical Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. Read More…

2009 Nissan Murano

2009 Nissan Murano

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CarGurus Reviews the 2009 Hummer H3

September 15th, 2008

CarGurus has published their review of the 2009 Hummer H3. Hummer may not be around much longer as GM is trying to unload the gas-guzzling nomenclature on anyone who will take it, so grab one while you can. Or not.

The CarGurus View

The Hummer badge offers far more in prestige than the H3 offers in value, especially compared to its competitors in the luxury SUV segment. While the H3 represents a fine blend of on-road refinement and off-road durability, buyers will pay a price in lost performance, diminished cargo capacity, and poor fuel economy. Read More…

2009 Hummer H3

2009 Hummer H3

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CarGurus’ 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Review

September 15th, 2008

CarGurus has published their review of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The new Chevy Malibu shows a marked improvement in style and quality over its predecessor, but will it be able to challenge Camry and Accord?

The CarGurus View

For those looking for a family car with plenty of space and passenger comfort who prefer to buy American, the 2009 Malibu represents a sound alternative to foreign competitors. Going beyond the typical family sedan, the Malibu offers a higher-end look and feel than many of its competitors. However, the 2009 Malibu is not geared toward fuel economy, despite the misleading presence of a hybrid model, and those seeking gas savings might want to take a look at a comparably sized and outfitted Camry or Accord. Read More…

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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CarGurus’ 2009 Dodge Challenger Review

September 15th, 2008

The CarGurus team has published their review of the game-changing 2009 Dodge Challenger. The Challenger stormed onto the market last year with it’s 5.7 liter HEMI engine but only time will tell if matches up to the much hyped and anticipated Chevrolet Camaro.

The CarGurus View

Muscle cars were never practical, and Dodge’s stylish, retro-classic Challenger fits that mold. The V6-powered SE trim attempts to break out by offering better mileage at a substantial power penalty, but the Hemi-powered R/T and SRT8 provide plenty of tire-smoking power at the expense of efficiency. Read More…

 

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT

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CarGurus’ 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Review

September 12th, 2008

Once again the CarGurus team has put together an interesting review of the 09 ZR1 ‘vette.  This car has amazing power and potential. If you have ever watched the C6 series Corvettes racing in the American Le Mans series you know what I mean.  This car is slated to go down in history. 

The CarGurus View

The ZR1 is brutal, almost atavistically so. Imagine a Neanderthal with an aluminum bat; all of the force with none of the vulgarity. If you’ve got the money, and a desire to shame Ferrari owners, go for it. Read More…

 

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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