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The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the sedan for muscle lovers who need a little extra room. Chevy's first performance sedan since 1996, the SS packs a rare combination of room for five and more than 400 hp. Chevy announced a base price of $44,470 this week. That price includes a $995 destination fee.
"Far more flexible than a sedan but more affordable, maneuverable, and fuel-efficient than a larger SUV, today's compact SUV is a masterful mix of practicality," describes Kelley Blue Book on its website KBB.com. Indeed, the small SUV, commonly known as the crossover or CUV, has been a popular and growing segment of the auto market. With an increasing number of options to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right one. KBB has identified the 10 choices that it believes are better than the rest.
It's been nearly two decades since Chevrolet had a muscle-bound rear-drive sedan in its lineup. The last one was a Corvette-powered monster called the Impala SS, and people loved it. Problem was, fullsize SUVs were all the rage in 1996. So Chevy decided to stop production of its snarling gazelle and use that production line to build more profitable SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe.
GM brought back the RWD super sedan in 2012, when it started importing a re-badged version of the Australian-made Holden Caprice. But the Chevrolet Caprice PPV was strictly a police model, which left the enthusiast market a bit... cold. Granted, if you wanted a kid-friendly American steroid-special, you could go for the 470-hp Dodge Charger SRT8, or the AWD Ford Taurus SHO (365-hp). But GM fans were SOL, until today, that is.
Today’s cars are safer than ever before, with thousands of safety feaures built into each model. Unfortunately, despite these measures, unforeseen things still happen, even to careful and experienced motorists. So, in this article and ones to come, we’ll look at what to do when the unexpected occurs. This time around, we’ll outline the steps to take if a tire should blow out while you’re driving.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Safety
Tags: flat tire, blown tire, roadside emergency
With summer finally here, millions of Americans will soon be hitting the highway for that iconic ritual: the family vacation. But, before you pack the car and head out, take a couple of minutes to review the following tips for staying safe. They could make all the difference between a pleasant getaway and one that’s best forgotten.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Safety
Tags: vacation safety tips, driving safety tips
We knew cars were becoming less and less popular, thanks in part to young folks who would rather travel the world over bandwidth than via asphalt, but we didn't quite know how drastically the phenomenon was affecting car ownership numbers until a new report. According to automotive research firm CNW, 9.3 percent of American households did not have a single car parked outside as of last year.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: market, business, industry, auto industry, research
GM has issued a recall of 18,871 new 2013 Cadillac SRX models. The production dates for these cars are from January 31, 2012 to march 18, 2013, but only for models that were fitted with 18-inch factory wheels. It seems that the wheel lugs for the 18-inch wheels on these models may come loose, which will ruin just about anyone's day. Obviously if the lug nuts loosen, they may fall off, which may lead to the wheels coming off of the vehicle entirely. GM has said it will begin this recall next week, notifying owners and providing them with a free change of their wheel nuts with one that will not come loose. There will be no charge for the service. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300 to schedule their free fix. Read on for the full report...
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, GM, Cadillac, SRX, Wheels
Electric vehicles still aren't competitive with ICE vehicles price-wise, but they're getting closer every year. Chevy priced its Spark EV subcompact this week, showing a price that drops below the $20,000 mark for those eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.
It’s no secret that new cars are getting more expensive all the time, and, in today’s cash-strapped economy, consumers have tighter budgets than ever. One way many drivers try to avoid sticker shock is by leasing a vehicle. But does this actually save money as opposed to buying? And are the restrictions dealers place on leased vehicles outweighed by the advantages? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of leasing.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Reports
Tags: car financing, car leases, financing, car buying, auto financing
Every once in a while a car comes along that we term a "crossover". Now, when we say crossover, we are definitely not talking about a Buick Enclave or a Toyota Venza here. Make no mistake, in no way are we referring to a car that crosses over two different vehicle genres. Oh no, when we talk about a car that can be termed a "crossover-car", it means something else entirely. A crossover-car is a car that is so beautiful, so special, that it can take a die-hard enthusiast from one car company and make them crossover to become a true lover of another car company. These cars don't come along too often, but when they do, they are something special. The most recent addition to the crossover-car list is none other than the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
Tags: mercedes-benz, amg, sls, black series, Crossovers
Tires are to cars are feet are to bodies. We need them to get where we want to go, yet we fail to check them for signs of trouble. Unfortunately, that can cause us to miss important messages they’re trying to send us. The results of such carelessness can include hefty repair bills, safety issues, and even traffic accidents. So here’s a look at six things your tires might be trying to tell you.
Posted In: Car News, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Safety
Tags: tire wear, tire tread wear, tire care, tire trouble