Are Electric Vehicles as Popular as Pickups?

About one in seven American drivers say their next new vehicle purchase will be a pickup. There’s nothing surprising in that statement, right? I mean trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America. We can’t get enough of the big, powerful, fuel-draining mega-machines.

So would it surprise you to learn that the same number of people say the next new vehicle they’ll take home will be electric?

True story, folks. Sales of electric cars are surging like the power coming back on after a lightning storm.

What gives? Continue reading >>>

What Full-Size SUV Would You Buy for Under $8,000?

There’s been a dilemma at my house this week. Every time I step out the door and need to take a bevy of children to lacrosse practice or Costco or wherever else our daily adventures lead, I’m faced with a choice between two vehicles:

A 2004 Chevy Tahoe or a 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Only the Toyota is mine. The Tahoe is on loan for the week. Both offer room for five kids and two adults (three of the kids are, like the Tahoe, on loan for the week) with just enough room to spare for some practice equipment and changes of clothes.

Neither SUV offers the cutting-edge technology or panache of modern versions of the Tahoe and Land Cruiser, but their affordability and work-a-holic attitudes make either one a solid choice for a buyer who needs a full-size SUV but has the budget for a used Civic. Continue reading >>>

Here’s the Best-Selling Non-Pickup in America

The list of best-selling vehicles in the United States is always topped with the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. Beyond those two constants, there’s a consistent flow of Toyotas and Hondas that typically round out the top 10.

One car that hasn’t spent much time on the best-selling list is the Nissan Rogue. Its name suggests that the car is a lone ranger, a scoundrel driven away from the rest of the herd and left to operate on its own. This is a vehicle that might be more comfortable slinking around in the dark than basking in the limelight of a top-sellers list.

It’s ironic then, that the once-mediocre and formerly unpleasant Nissan Rogue has evolved into the best-selling non-pickup in America.

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NYIAS Preview: The Most Exciting Models Debuting at the New York Auto Show

The New York International Auto Show’s press preview is less than 24 hours away, and CarGurus will once again be in attendance, delivering updates and footage of the show’s most exciting and noteworthy debuts. As we prepare for two whirlwind days of coffee (courtesy of Volvo), jokes (courtesy of Dr. Z), and discarded laundry (courtesy of every automaker pulling sheets off their cars), here are the debuting models we’re excited to see. Continue reading >>>

A Corvette SUV: Could It Happen?

How would it look as an SUV?

Let’s play a game of what-if for a minute.

I’ll set the stage for you. Think of the cars in the stables of Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, or any other luxury/performance automaker. What do they all have in common? A full range of automobiles that meet the needs of specific target markets, of course.

Some of the bigger automakers now even have family haulers and SUVs. That was nearly unheard of when Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV, but today it’s standard fare, even for the likes of Bentley and Lamborghini.

Now think about General Motors. The U.S. automaker owns Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac, but doesn’t currently have a luxury performance brand to compete at the top of the auto market.

But it could have one waiting in the wings. Continue reading >>>

Thanks to Toyota, Ford, and Jeep, Off-Roading’s Future Looks Bright

This is an exciting time for all of you rock-hopping, river-traversing, boulder-crushing off-roaders.

What makes now perhaps the best time ever for folks who love to spend their weekends getting dirty?

The upcoming selection of vehicles purpose-built to tackle any road not covered in asphalt, of course.

The stalwarts from Land Rover and the ultra-luxurious Land Cruiser are mainstays as far as off-road capability goes, but the vast majority never see anything dirtier than a manicured gravel road leading to a hidden lake cabin.

The cars most likely to see true off-road action are the Jeep Wrangler, the returning Ford Bronco (we hope), and now, a potential successor to Toyota’s much-loved FJ Cruiser. Continue reading >>>

Because We Need Another 3-Row SUV: Here Comes the Subaru Ascent

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

The list of the world’s ugliest cars gained a new member with the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca. Designed to inspire thoughts of the company’s aircraft heritage, the front end of the B9 ended up looking, at best, awkward and quirky.

At worst it’s the feature that kept buyers from driving the B9 Tribeca off the lot. Well, that and the fact that it offered a cramped interior and got less-than-stellar fuel economy.

In 2008 Subaru dropped the “B9” from the name and revised the grille, but it was still the same car, albeit with what looked like a transplanted front end from a Chrysler Aspen.

In short, the Tribeca had few redeeming qualities, and it was discontinued in 2014.

Now Subaru wants to try its hand at a 3-row crossover again, and this time it should get the formula just right. Continue reading >>>

Lexus or Jaguar: Rakish Design Versus Subdued Elegance

Lexus RX 450h

Allow me to take you back in time. Let’s go to the early 1990s and stroll right on up to 2015 or so.

I want us to take a look at luxury cars during our journey. Specifically, let’s focus on Jaguar and Lexus.

Lexus was still new to America after being introduced in 1989 with the LS 400 sedan. The company took pride in creating a luxury car that was high in comfort while possessing a certain understated elegance.

Lexus appealed to people with similar qualities. Conservative older folks flocked to Lexus because it provided the reliability and unassuming looks of Toyota with the comfort and interior class of traditional German luxury brands.

Other luxury makers, including BMW and Jaguar, touted performance and unique design as selling points. Lexus buyers wanted none of that and enjoyed decades of low-profile luxury motoring.

Those days are gone. Continue reading >>>

GM Downsizing! Which Cars Should Go?

Sometimes downsizing is the most responsible way to rein in spending and guarantee a future of financial well-being.

Getting a smaller house, selling those extra cars, and starting to spend a little bit less every month can have lasting positive effects on your life.

Don’t worry, this hasn’t become a self-help or financial advice blog. Downsizing is just a natural part of modern life, and sometimes even the biggest companies in the auto industry have to pare down their possessions to stay viable and relevant.

General Motors is in the midst of a downsize after selling off its European unit. It might just be getting started, too, with reduced investments potentially affecting North American vehicles. Continue reading >>>