The 2014 Ford Focus is the best compact car you can buy. That’s according to Edmunds.com, who gave the Focus the high grades for having better technology and better style than any competitor.
“Edmunds.com has conducted multiple comparison tests with the Ford Focus and every time it has thoroughly thumped competitors that are otherwise impressive in their own right. Put simply, the Focus feels like a step above the rest. ”
The Focus, even at its base trim, looks like a high quality sports car inside and out. The hexagon grille that’s now the face of the Ford was first standard on the Focus. The inside seats are very stylish and everything about the Focus just makes it feel like the most modern vehicle on the road today.
When you talk about what’s new, you have to start with HondaVac, the vacuum cleaner built right into the van. It seems so obvious now, but it did take until 2014 for someone to think of it. The vacuum is installed in cargo area, and features a long hose and two attachments. We know your kids are messy and sometimes there’s a spill in the second or third row. Now with the HondaVac you’ll be able to sweep out the van on the go. We love the HondaVac and think it’s a true game changer. It comes standard on the Elite Touring model.
KBB.com used two criteria for the list, fun-to-drive and fun-to-own when determing a vehicle’s “cool factor”. The Veloster’s three-door design and a turbo model make it an easy pick for the coolest affordable car.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe named best new crossover
During the press preview day at the 2013 Atlanta International Auto Show, the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) named the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe the best new crossover.
GAAMA President, Davis Adams said:
“For this year’s Best Crossover Award, GAAMA chose the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for its handsome new design, luxurious interior, impressive technologies, accessible pricing and the flexibility for 5- and 7- passenger configurations.”
The award is determined by a panel of judges consisting of automotive journalists from around the southern United States. The judges look at all-new vehicles that stand out in terms of value, performance, innovation, and features.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe can have a seven-passenger capability and a 290 horsepower 3.3 liter V6. Add to that the beautifully designed exterior, and you have a vehicle that is truly deserving of awards.
Kelley Blue Book has recognized Honda in their sixth annual 2013 Brand Image Awards.
Honda has been named the Most Trusted Brand, Best Value Brand, and Best Overall Brand. Kelly Blue Book bases their decisions on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study. Brand Watch taps into more than 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers annually on KBB.com.
Honda was named the ‘Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand’ by securing the highest average score across ratings of all non-luxury models.
The 2013 Ford Fusion is one of 6 Ford’s named ‘Best Car for the Money’.
Each year U.S. News & World Report awards new models, within 19 categories, for being the best for families.
This year Ford has their models earning top spots. The Ford Fusion won for best midsize car and the Fusion Hybrid won for best hybrid car. This would be the second year in a row for the Fusion Hybrid and third in a row for the Fusion.
U.S. News & World Report determines the winning vehicles based on the best combination of quality, features, and space for families.
Thanks to the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima, Nissan broke all time sales records in 2012.
Nissan has steadily climbed J.D. Power and Associates CSI Study each year. This year they are sixth among 19 nameplates in the mass market brands segment.
The J.D. Power and Associates CSI study ranks customer satisfaction with dealer service departments during the first three years of ownership. The 2013 U.S. CSI StudySM surveyed owners and lessees of 2008 to 2012 model-year vehicles. Nissan improved significantly in all five CSI study factors – service advisor, vehicle pick-up, service facility, service quality and service initiation.
For the 2013 study Nissan has improved by 23 points and earned 797 out of a possible 1,000 points, placing them sixth. Over the past two years, Nissan has earned 66 points and 14 places in the mass market brands segment ranking.
Leon Dorssers, chief customer officer and vice president, Customer Quality and Dealer Network Development – Nissan Americas said:
“Nissan’s performance in the latest CSI study demonstrates that our dealers are fully committed to the Nissan Customer Promise: to work tirelessly to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our improvement is a reflection of the dedication that Nissan dealers have shown to providing an outstanding ownership experience to every customer.”
Two U.S News & World Report “Best Cars for the Money” Awards have gone to the 2013 Honda Fit.
The Fit was given the awards in the Subcompact and Hatchback categories.
U.S News & World Report look at the quality and value of the vehicles. Quality scores are compiled from the current U.SNews car rankings at the time the awards are published. U.S News compares cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.