Mirage Named One of the Greenest New Cars for 2014

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infrared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a list of the top 12 ‘Greenest’ vehicles of 2014. Showing up on this list for the greenest new cars is the Mitsubishi Mirage, with a Green Score of 54.

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Why 2014 will be positive for the car shopper

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

All economic forecasts show 2014 as another bright spot in the Automotive Industry. Competitive pricing, credit availability, low interest rates, supply and demand and a great new model lineup will all contribute to positives for the consumers. It may be the best time ever to buy or lease a new car.

AUTO LENDING

Credit bureau TransUnion tells Automotive News that Auto Finance Trends will remain positive in 2014. They predict easier access to credit for consumers, more leasing and bigger loans.

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Today’s Cars are more Fuel Efficient and Powerful than Ever

A report from Business Insider reveals that vehicles are more powerful and more fuel efficient than they have ever been. Studying data from 1975 to 2013, Business Insider reports its never been a better time to own a car.

Start with adjusted fuel economy, or MPG. Model year 2013 vehicles are the most fuel efficient ever, across the board. Compared with 1975, vehicles are 80 percent more fuel efficient. Simply go back to ten years ago, and you’ll find that vehicles are more than 20 percent more efficient than they were at that time. Business Insider  says 2005 was a turning point for the industry and fuel economy.

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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Sales top 400,000 in Sales; Saving Millions in Fuel

Sales of Ford F-150 with EcoBoost have exceeded 400,000 units.

Sales of Ford F-150 with EcoBoost have exceeded 400,000 units.

The Ford F-150 with EcoBoost topped 400,000 in sales since its introduction three years ago. With the advanced Fuel Technology in this engine, drivers are using 45,000 fewer gallons of fuel.

Ford F-150 with EcoBoost launched in 2011 and helped lead to a transformation in the brand. The EcoBoost is a great combination of fuel economy and engine power.

Estimated fuel savings are based on the EPA-estimated combined ratings for 2011-13 F-150 EcoBoost models and for the same mix of 5.4-liter V8-equipped 2010 F-150 models, across 400,000 units and 15,000 miles of driving a year. F-150 EcoBoost sales are comprised mostly of 4×4 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 15 mpg city and 17 mpg combined, and a smaller percentage of 4×2 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 16 mpg city and 18 mpg combined. Ford has had success transitioning many customers to the new EcoBoost offering.

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Review: 2013 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is the perfect vehicle for the driver seeking practicality and fuel efficiency.

The Honda Fit may be a small car, but is provides the cargo capabilities of the larger sedan. Plus you don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy. The urban apartment dweller, city liver, college student, or those just getting started should consider the Fit.

When you talk about the Fit, you have to start with its fuel economy. The Fit gets up 35 MPG on the highway, which will keep you away from the pump. In Fact, MSN Autos says the Honda Fit is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles of 2013.

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Review: 2013 Nissan Sentra Redesigned and Improved

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a redesigned model that looks nothing like previous models. With new design cues, better fuel economy and great features, you’ll love this redesign.

The Sentra was completely redesigned throughout. It looks like the little brother of the 2013 Altima. The 2013 Sentra features a lower, more aero-friendly body. You’ll get thinner LED headlights and wider fenders, so the Sentra appearance is really a mash up of luxury and style. Overall, we find the newer model to be more stylish than previous models.

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Review: 2013 Ford C-Max The New King of the Hybrids

It’s been too long since a legit competitor has emerged in the hybrid market. That’s not the case anymore thanks to the new 2013 Ford C-MAX

The 2013 Ford C-Max is brand new Hybrid model from Ford. Finally we have a competitor that tops the Toyota Prius. The C-Max is the most stylish Hybrid on the market, and as special features go, you’ll get them all when you choose the C-Max.

The best feature? Up to 47 mpgs.

As we said, the Ford C-Max is a brand new five passenger vehicle from Ford.  The Hybrid C-Max comes in two available trims, SE and SEL. The SEL has all the special features of the top of line luxury vehicle.

QUIET RIDE

In our test drive of the 2013 Ford C-Max, we were hooked. When you turn the key, the C-Max even sounds like an electric vehicle. There is no sound when get it started, but a message pops up saying “Ready to Drive.”

Put it in drive and it still doesn’t make a sound. The Ford C-Max is a smooth riding vehicle. The C-Max has  a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor to generate a projected 188 total system horsepower, delivering the responsive power you want when you need it. The motor is  teamed with an advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery

A new electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) built and engineered by Ford helps the C-Max get up  to 47 MPG!

The regenerative braking system helps the MPG and once you get to use to it, you’ll love the C-Max.

Did we mention how quiet it was? We had the C-Max in park to take some pictures, and it was honestly so quiet that we forgot the engine was on.

STYLE

The C-Max finally proves that  a Hybrid model can be stylish. Ford took cues from its most popular models – Focus, Fusion and Escape, to style the C-Max with thin, swooping headlights and a trapezoid styled grille. You also get 17-inched machined alloy wheels, the same as some sports car.

The inside is also very stylish with available leather seats, and the touch screen dash similar to Ford’s other models.

FEATURES

The C-Max has available features that rival even the best luxury model. We tested the top of the line SEL trim, and you get all when you choose the C-Max.

Our C-Max had heated power leather seats, a sunroof that stretched from front to back, backup camera, satellite radio, leather steering wheel, and push button ignition. Push button ignition makes the key a thing of the past, just push the button and the C-Max quietly starts.

All come with the Ford MyTouch system.

All C-Max models feature Next-Generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide. The dual-LCD next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide is an innovative cluster that provides real-time information to help you get the most efficiency from your C-MAX Hybrid or C-MAX Energi. Efficiency Coach screens such as Brake Coach help you maximize your vehicle’s efficiency. Screens include Inform, Enlighten, Engage or Empower, and explain your options within each. Five-way steering wheel-mounted controls make it all easy. The gauge can indicate instant fuel economy, fuel economy history, odometer, engine coolant temperature, plus trip data including fuel economy, time-elapsed fuel economy and miles to empty. Watch the display grow leaves when you drive efficiently. Or watch them fade when you don’t. This green motivator works in any of the four display modes. You may also access your MyFord Touch® screens using the next-generation SmartGauge.

Another great new feature is an innovated storage system in the back seat under the second row. You can now store and locks smaller features in that compartment and save room in the glove box.

The C-Max comes in 8 exterior colors

 

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Edmunds

“The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an interesting alternative to compact crossovers, wagons, minivans and hybrids. Its fuel economy and refined driving manners make it especially appealing.”

Their pros include: Superb gas mileage; stylish and well-made interior; refined ride; responsive handling; quick acceleration; abundant features list; elevated driving position.

Car and Driver

“Our first dry run reinforced the notion that, much like its platform-mate, the C-Max can be fun to drive. It proved powerful enough to do 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which only seems slow until you commit the same crime in one of  the Toyotas.”

Autoblog:

“The new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is very good – better than the Prius V in many ways – and buyers will recognize that if they’re truly shopping. Its cabin is comfortable and roomy, and the five-passenger configuration offers plenty of utility. The 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain is seamless in operation and delivers very impressive fuel economy in all driving cycles. Most important, the system develops sufficient power to make driving mildly engaging and enjoyable – that’s a sentiment we don’t often feel while behind the wheel of a Prius.”

We feel the same as the reviewers – the Ford C-Max beats the Toyota Prius. We love this vehicle and really think the other Hybrids have been dethroned. When you are ready to test one for yourself, call 330-478-0281.

MSN Ranks America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

MSN Autos researched and studied what are the most fuel efficient vehicles in America, and on Thursday they submitted the top 37 models.

It should come as no surprise that many of our top models are the most fuel efficient in the nation. And it should come as no surprise the Hyundai, America’s most fuel efficient model, placed four vehicles in the list. Ford had 3 cars on the list. Honda also had 3 cars make the list. Kia and Nissan’s most fuel efficient models were also selected to the list.

If you want the best fuel economy, MSN suggests checking out the top plug in models.

The notables on the list as followed:

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