Hyundai Elantra, Accent Voted Best Cars Under $20K

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The Hyundai Elantra is one of the best cars under $20K, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports says the Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Accent are among the best cars under $20K. The report, set to come out in the April edition of Consumer Reports, shouldn’t be a surprise to those already behind the wheel.

The Hyundai Elantra may be the best car on the road today, considering everything you get and the price you pay. At less than $20k, the Elantra still comes with Bluetooth, plug-ins for your iPod and iPhone, cruise, power locks and windows and a ton of other features. The Elantra also may be the most stylish car on the road. All Elantra models have the stylish leading lines down the side.

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe Earns Highest Safety Rating

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The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has earned the highest safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score.

This adds to the already earned Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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Honda Models Dominate Consumer Reports Top Picks

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The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of three Honda models honored with Consumer Reports best in class awards

The Honda brand continues a strong year with a large presence in Consumer Reports annual Top Picks awards.

Three Honda models were awarded best in class in the rankings, which were announced Thursday on their website and will be featured in the April edition of Consumer Reports. As a whole, the Honda brand was in the top 5 of non-luxury models.

The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord, 2013 Honda CR-V and 2013 Honda Odyssey were recognized as best in their class. Consumer Reports chooses vehicles based on a road test, reliability, and safety.

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Ford Announces New Jobs in Cleveland

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Ford announced it will create 450 new jobs in Cleveland building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The engine is already found in the 2013 Ford Escape.

The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding production and adding new jobs to the EcoBoost Engine Production Plant in Cleveland.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, spoke at the Cleveland, Ohio plant Thursday. Ford will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 jobs at the Cleveland Engine Plant. The workers will build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is in 95 percent of the Ford lineup.

“This is our One Ford plan at its best – giving customers the power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored to their needs,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions.”

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Waikem Featured in the Wall Street Journal

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Doug Waikem,. co-owner of the Waikem Auto Family, was featured in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 21, 2013.

Doug Waikem’s innovative business strategy has again earned him a story in the Wall Street Journal.

Waikem, the co-owner of the Waikem Auto Family, was featured in the Feb. 21 edition of the Wall Street Journal, in a feature story about dealers coming up with new ways to find used cars. In general, the Wall Street Journal says it is a great time to be a consumer, and customers get more than ever for their trade.

“I am spending more time now trying to buy cars than sell them,” Doug Waikem tells the Wall Street Journal.

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Review: Ford F-150 Trims Explained

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The 2013 Ford XLT is one of ten different trims you can choose from when you pick a Ford F-150.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in series of articles explaining the ins and outs of the Ford F-150. Today, we explain trim levels. 

Did you know there are ten different models of the Ford F-150? With that many choices, where do you start when picking out you truck. Today we’ll break down the difference in trims and models. Luckily, with so many different models, you can basically pick your price and your features. Let’s start by watching George Waikem Ford salesman Jae Harig discuss the trims in our exclusive YouTube video:

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Review: 2013 Honda Pilot

 

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The 2013 Honda Pilot adds a backup camera standard on all models, along with room for 8.

The 2013 Honda Pilot is one of the best choices for a larger families. It’s one of the few vehicles that offers comfortable seating for up to 8 people, and with a backup camera now standard across the lineup, the Pilot is one of the most practical choices for those seeking a large SUV.

We’ve always found the Pilot to be one of the most underrated vehicles in Honda’s lineup. There isn’t a wasted millimeter of space in the Pilot. There’s room for 8 people to sit inside, and even taller passengers will fit comfortably in the back of a Pilot. Sometimes we look at 3-row models and think “who would fit in that third row,” but we don’t think that’s the case in the 2013 Honda Pilot.

While the Pilot is relatively the same as previous models, a backup camera is now standard on all 2013 Honda Pilot models. This is a big step forward, because we know it can be hard to fit a larger SUV into a tight space. Those problems are now a thing of the past.

VIEW THE DIGITAL BROCHURE OF THE 2013 HONDA PILOT 

Watch Waikem Honda salesman Dustin Shahan’s walk around of the 2013 Honda Pilot:

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Hyundai Claims Top Honors for Customer Loyalty

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Yet another honor has gone to Hyundai. We can add this to the Hyundai Sonata being named the most dependable midsize car, and the Hyundai Santa Fe named a “Best Bet” by The Car Book. 

This time, however, it is less about the cars themselves and more about Hyundai’s commitment to you, the customer.

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