With the exception of a home, a car is the most expensive purchase a person will likely make (and we hope that home and car aren’t the same thing). Considering the improvements in safety, powertrain, and infotainment technologies, it’s not surprising to see vehicle prices rising at or above the rate of inflation. So, with the fiscal scope of a vehicle purchase firmly in mind, we have to ask: why don’t more people share cars? We posted an earlier article about the prevalence of ride-sharing services and their impact on consumer purchasing trends. While Uber and Zipcar have certainly given drivers more ways to get around, car ownership still seems to be the clearest path to unlocking the flexibility and freedom that a set of wheels can provide.
To most people, spring means longer days, sunny skies, and flowers in bloom. For us, however, spring also means great deals on outgoing model-year vehicles. While some cars, like the Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Outlander, received enormous changes between the 2015 and 2016 model years, others enjoyed more modest enhancements or were complete holdovers from the year before. It’s these cars — the unchanged models — that we want to find.
“The thing about money is… you can always make more.”
Or so a good friend once told us, while detailing his extensive traveling. And although it’s a lovely, freeing sentiment, most of us are more comfortable living within our finances and the limitations they impose. Of course, with tax day creeping around the corner, many of us are anticipating a nice refund, and feeling a little flush. If there was ever a time of year when we’re inclined to peruse the new car listings on CarGurus, searching for our dream ride, it’s now. Whether you’re enticed by a drop-top sports car, a luxurious full-size sedan, or a tough-as-nails off-roader, you’ll find yourself well taken care of by today’s auto market.
We’re not ready to declare summer dead and buried, but football season is nevertheless upon us. This weekend, the NCAA will kick off the Division I College Football season, and with that, we’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite topics: Tailgating. In the past, we’ve shown you plenty of capacious trucks, vans, and body-on-frame SUVs, but this year we thought we’d try something a little different. Sure, a brand new F-150, 4Runner, or Odyssey will offer tons of space for your friends, beer, and grillables, but they also include a major drawback—they’re incredibly expensive.
We thought we would follow up our Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s list with its logical sequel: ’90s cars. We looked at our data again and determined which ’90s cars garnered the most interest from CarGurus shoppers. We have to say, this list surprises us a bit less. The ’80s list featured a good number of discontinued cars, but only one car no longer in production made this one. Nineties cars are probably a bit more practical than some of the nearly ancient ’80s models (cars on this list are likely at least 11 years younger), and most of these cars haven’t quite reached collector status.
Though our friends in England, Germany and Australia won’t take pity, word has it that gas prices in Los Angeles are quickly approaching $5 per gallon. That may not have put a dent in many celebs’ plans to drive their supercars to the Academy Awards last weekend, but that price is a huge budget-killer for most of us. (And a reason for some companies to ramp up their free gas campaigns!)
With no immediate signs of a retreat in prices through summer, it’s probably time to re-think your decision to buy that Suburban you thought was a good idea in 2009. Yes, that’s the last time gas dropped below $2 per gallon. If you took the bait and bought a new car back then thinking we were safe from high fuel prices, guess again. You should consider placing your fuel-chugging ride in the CarGurus used listings and sell before prices really explode. Especially if you drive one of these:
One of the worst feelings in the world is spending big money on an item, then waking up the next morning to see that a new and improved version will soon be released.
It’s happened to me with computers, cameras and iPods. Just last month, for example, I finally caved and bought an iPhone4, only to read that the iPhone5 could come out next month. Of course it will – that’s just my luck.
Many people buy a new car, then find out later that if they had waited 6 months to a year, a better replacement would arrive. Nailing down exact release dates of future models is no easy task, but for car buyers who aren’t in a hurry, keeping one eye on what’s in the automotive pipeline could really pay off.
In the coming months, some pretty sweet rides will show up at dealers across the country. Start making room in your garage now for one these:
I don’t know anyone who has gone out and bought a car just to impress a date.
If such a guy did exist, there are certain vehicles he’d want to consider, and others that have no business shuttling a proper lady between the restaurant, movie theater and mini-golf course.
Of course, if the date involves a woman who doesn’t fit the description of “proper,” the choice of chariot probably doesn’t matter much. But let’s assume that you are the type of guy who wants to impress your date with a car that gives you the best shot at umm… a second date.
What should you buy? Read on.
In the past, Chrysler designers could draw up a vehicle of questionable design, get it signed off by management, see it hit the production lines and then watch it languish on dealer lots.
The fact that the cars sold only to retirees and rental companies was a job for the marketing department, not the designers.
Thankfully for everyone, those days are ending, thanks to a harsh CEO who expects nothing less than greatness and won’t accept another sub-par design.
There’s a cold, dark and ugly secret lurking behind almost every new car:
Buy one today, and it’s almost guaranteed to look dated and old tomorrow.
Most new cars simply don’t age well, which is why most models get refreshed every 3-5 years. Soon the brand-new, cutting-edge source of pride you once displayed in the driveway, freshly washed, will sit in the garage under a coat of mud splatter and road salt as a $500-per-month testament to how quickly car design goes out of style.
Some cars, on the other hand, have proven to look just as good today as when they first graced the showroom floor.
Keep reading for a list of cars that have aged gracefully, and a prediction for which 2011 models might hold up, design-wise, until 2020 and beyond.