2013 Toyota RAV4 Fails Safety Test: Now What?

The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 has received a rating of “poor’ in the IIHS small overlap test.

According to Automotive News, this test simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car. Small overlap test examines how well a vehicle handles 40-mph frontal collisions.

According to IIHS and Automotive News, the RAV4’s driver’s space was “seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.”

The institute also said the seat belt allowed “excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel.”

Watch the video: 2013 Toyota RAV4 fails small overlap crash test:

Continue reading

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Named Top Safety Pick Plus

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2013 Mitsubishi Sport was named IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, making among one of the best of the best for car safety.

Top Safety Pick Plus is a new IIHS designation for 2013. Cars awarded with this new Top Safety Pick Plus designation achieve the best protection in crash, and meet the even tougher crash standards established by IIHS for 2013.

Anyone who has drive one knows that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the safest vehicles on the road today. It achieves a top score of “good” in IIHS moderate overlap front test results, side impact test results, and roof strength test results.

Continue reading

Review: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is all about safety

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the safest vehicles on the road today, and with it’s great warranty and array of optional features, we think the Outlander Sport is an overlooked crossover SUV.

The Outlander Sport has a huge emphasis on safety. It has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and carries a 4-star crash test rating. There are a number of great safety features built in to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that help it achieve this status.

First off, let’s talk about All Wheel Control. The All Wheel Control system engages an onboard computer that monitors your Outlander Sport’s throttle, vehicle speed and the road conditions. The Outlander Sport can then intelligently help you determine which drive train you should be using — two wheel drive or four wheel drive. You can easily override this with a switch that easy helps you change from two or four wheel drive yourself.

Continue reading

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named One of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors

hyundai santa fe

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe named one of the top ten interiors.

WardsAuto has named the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport as one of the 10 Best Interiors. 

The Santa Fe Sport was redesigned in 2013, and one of the major upgrades to this model came on the inside. The new Santa Fe sport features a flowing, interior look that become the model for the ever-popular Hyundai product. The available leather seats are some of the most comfortable seats you’ll find. The burnt orange  interior seats, seen in our first test drive, were gorgeous.

“The latest version of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the essence of a midsize family CUV: well-crafted, tastefully appointed and affordable, despite a decidedly upscale look and feel,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto. “Hyundai is consistently delivering excellent interiors that reinforce the brand’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language.”


Continue reading

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander wins KBB Lowest Cost of Ownership Award

Kelley Blue Book and KBB.com announced Tuesday that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has the lowest cost of ownership for any vehicle in its class.

Kelley Blue Book says in its annual 5-Year Cost to Own Award that the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has a five year cost own total of $39,699. The lowest cost to own among all Mid-Sized SUV or Crossovers in its class. Among all vehicles on the road today, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander finishes 10th overall.

Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award accounts for nearly all expenses of car ownership, including depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models. The awards exist to help shoppers make more informed new-car buying decisions by breaking down typical ownership cost details and naming the brands and models with the lower projected five-year total.

Watch the debut of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander:

Continue reading

Hyundai, Kia Debut Super Bowl Commericals


The Super Bowl is just as much about commercials as it is football, so it’s no wonder people are talking about the commercials as much a previewing the game.

Hyundai and Kia leaked their Super Bowl commercials earlier this week to much fanfare, and we’re giving you a sneak peak right here at the Waikem Blog.

Hyundai has leaked two commercials promoting the 7-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Continue reading

Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Game Changing Crossover

no images were found

You’ve already seen the first pictures of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, but the brand new SUV has hit the dealership floor!

It’s even more stylish in person, and the smooth ride combined with simple to use special features make the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport a great new choice in the SUV market.

This five passenger Crossover is replacing the Hyundai Veracruz. The long, fluid designed is incredibly stylish, and this is a fun SUV to drive.

Continue reading

Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

hyundai santa fe sport

Hyundai is introducing the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport very soon, and this completely new model is bound to turn a lot of heads when does arrive on the showroom floor.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will be a five-passenger Crossover that is replacing the Hyundai Veracruz. It will of course feature the Fluidic Sculptured Design that has put Hyundai at the top of the charts the past few years.

Continue reading