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Best AWD Cars & SUVs under $25,000

If you live where it snows or driver there regularly, you're a prime candidate for the added traction of all-wheel drive.  But AWD can also improve drivability on dry roads, too.  For 2014 there are plenty of all-wheel drive models available for less than $25,000, and here are the top 5 according to Kelley Blue Book:

#5 - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
The XV Crosstrek splits the difference between compact car and compact SUV, with the added benefits of hatchback versatility and Subaru's famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.  It's also available as a hybrid, Subaru's first…
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The 2014 Kia Cadenza wins "The Big Test: Full-Size Sedans"!



According to Motortrend, the 2014 Kia Cadenza is the "full-size sedan champ"!  It is strong in all of the categories that matter most:  ride comfort, interior space, performance, and fuel economy.  It also has features that could rival an $80k BMW's and value that places it above its full-size competitors.

1st Place:  Kia Cadenza
A huge value proposition, solid fuel efficiency, near-luxury ride, pretty sheetmetal make the Kia the near-unanimous choice for first place.

2nd Place:  Chevrolet Impala
Despite a few flaws, the Impala offers a well-thought-out package at a reasonable cost.  This is a solid step forward for…
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The 2014 Kia Forte Wins "The Big Test: Compact Sedans"!



According to Motor Trend Magazine, the 2014 Kia Forte was picked as the best all-around car after weighing the contender in each category against what what would best serve the average compact car buyer.  The Forte's combination of performance, fuel efficiency, reasonable pricing, and endless feature list had their judges agreeing it's the best car in this class.

RANKING

5th Place:  Nissan Sentra
Poor handling, poor fuel economy, and a shorter feature list outweigh a low price and big back seat.

4th Place:  Honda Civic
A weak drivetrain, poor fuel economy, and frustrating nav system sank a solid…
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2014 Kia Forte!


The all-new 2014 Kia Forte is elevating the Kia brand to new levels of sophistication.

  • Longer, Lower, Wider - Sleek, sporty and dynamic profile adds more front leg, head, and shoulder room, providing more space where it counts.
  • Two New Powertrains - A choice of an efficient 1.8L 148hp engine or a more powerful 2.0L GDI 173hp engine.
  • All-New Chassis with Improved Riding & Handling - An all-new structure utilizing 63% high strength steel improves torsion rigidity by 37%.  The suspension is tuned for ride comfort without compromising handling.
  • Quiet Cabin - Popular Mechanics called it "incredibly hushed."  By adding a sound-insulating layer…
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Couple gets 84 MPG in Passat Diesel!


A couple well-known for fuel mileage records on regular roads notched 84.1 mpg in a Volkswagen Passat diesel with six-speed manual.

That high mileage let them go 1,621.1 miles on a single tank of fuel in a three-day ramble through nine states from Houston to Northern Virginia.

That car has a government rating of 31 mpg in the city, 43 on the highway and 35 in combined city/highway driving.

Last year, the Taylors recorded 64.42 mpg in a Chevrolet Cruze Eco.  Its government rating is 28/42/33.

VW says that the car's odometer…
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Volkswagen Passat named KBB's #1 Sedan under $25000

Finally roomy and affordable enough to compete side-by-side with midsize sedan stalwarts like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the all-new Volkswagen Passat is Kelly Blue Book's 2012 pick as the best sedan under $25,000 in large part because it still drives like a smaller, pricier car.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan has grown substantially to appeal to North American sensibilities, but even though it's now a larger car, the new Passat is…

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Volkswagen Tops Stategic Vision Total Value Index

Strategic Vision announces results of the most recent Total Value Index? (TVI). Volkswagen of America was again the best brand in terms of Total Value. Hyundai Motor America was the number two corporation, with Ford Motor Corporation third. Total Value is a calculation of explicit owner statements on 442 attributes and focuses on immediate and expected (long term) economic factors such as warranty, technical innovation, standard equipment, MPG, etc. and each is weighted appropriately as the data dictates. Chris Chaney, the company's Vice President and head of Automotive Research, "Our…

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New Kia C'eed unveiled!


Kia unveils the first image of all-new cee'd today ahead of the car's world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

New Kia cee'd combines styling typically found on a sporty coupé with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch.

Upmarket exterior design immediately gets your attention, with details like chrome framed windows and muscular lines on the bonnet. The stunning exterior design is complemented by an ergonomic, driver oriented dashboard and refined interior, with a strong focus on quality of materials.

The new Kia cee'd is a technically sophisticated, highly competitive, C-segment…
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2012 BMW 3 Series Unveiled!




The BMW 3 Series has been the most lauded sport sedan in the world for longer than we can remember. Worthy competitors pop up, only to fall short of beating this benchmark - often by some subjective measure that can't be quantified. So it's a big deal when the 3 Series is up for a clean-sheet redesign. Not one to refuse a challenge, BMW has stepped up to the task of redesigning its best-selling vehicle and came up with this, the redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series.BMW clearly wanted to bring the design of the new 3 Series more…
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2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Volkswagen Passat




ADVANCEMENT IN DESIGN

Granted, from 50 feet or in a two-dimensional photograph, the Passat engages the eye less than does the splashy "fluidic design" of the Hyundai Sonata, but closer inspection reveals exquisite detailing. Our own expert witness, Tom Gale, gets the ball rolling: "The package provides good accommodation, and like the Audi [A6], what is remarkable is the restraint shown with the handling of the design. Clean, beautiful surfaces have been refined for an engaging result. The upper character line, with its subtle undercut, is an example of the care taken with the stampings throughout." Engineering guru Chris Theodore…
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