Autos

Honda Urban SUV Concept

Consumers in the United States are big fans of big cars. They like heavy-duty 2-ton trucks, executive-sized SUVs and 8-passenger minivans with room for a table and fridge. They love space, and they love lots of it. Unfortunately, all that real estate comes at a high price to the environment and the family budget. It’s no surprise why big families like to own big cars, but it might surprise you to realize how seldom they’re truly needed. Buying smaller has its benefits. Just consider the following:

1. They don’t need so much space very often.

Big families often have age gaps between children, allowing some of them to stay home while mom or dad is running errands. Both parents may take their large vehicles to work for the day, each driving solo. Families should consider how often they really get out all at once, and whether or not it would be financially beneficial to buy a smaller car and just rent a van or SUV on those rare occasions when they need one.

2. They don’t need so much space. Ever.

So many people try to plan ahead when buying a vehicle, but rarely wind up needing the extra room. No one wants to be caught relying on others for help, but there’s little financial sense in paying for space that never gets used. It’s important for consumers to seriously consider their real-world auto use to avoid wasting a good deal of money.

3. Larger cars are much more expensive.

Not only do big vehicles cost more to buy, they’re also more expensive to maintain, to fuel and to register and insure. This element adds to the perception of value that comes with driving a larger, more expensive car. Consumers would be hard-pressed to find local Toyota Sequoia SUV dealerships that don’t capitalize on that.

There’s nothing wrong with owning the car you want most. As buying trends continue toward bigger and more expensive, however, consumers owe it to themselves to consider more affordable alternatives. Very often, they’ll find just as much satisfaction in buying a smaller car.

2014 MINI Cooper SD

by Isaiah on June 11, 2014

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Check out this newly unveiled 2014 MINI Cooper SD. This powerful 3-door vehicle is equipped with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine (w/ a 6-speed manual gearbox) that outputs 170HP and 360 Nm of torque. Performance-wise, the Copper SD can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.3 seconds (or 7.2 seconds with the optional 6-speed Steptronic gearbox) and cover 100 km with just 4.0 liters. The 2014 MINI Cooper SD will go on sale in the UK from July for a starting price of 19,450 GBP (about $32,582). [AR]

Troller T4 SUV Unveiled In Brazil

by Isaiah on June 4, 2014

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The second-generation Troller T4 SUV has just been unveiled in Brazil. This back-to-basics off-roader boasts an interwoven front grille design, modern LED taillights and ‘London Grey’ tint (roof, bumpers and running boards) that are inspired by the 2012 Troller R-X Concept, and is powered by a 3.2-liter turbo diesel engine (w/ an all-wheel drive system) that is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. See one more picture after the break. More»

2015-Subaru-BRZ-Series.Blue-Special-Edition

Subaru has introduced the special edition version of its 2015 BRZ called the Series.Blue. Limited to just 1000 units, this special edition sports car gets better aerodynamic properties including new black STI front, side and side-rear under spoilers, underbody panels, new larger stainless steel exhaust tips and a new shark fin antenna. The 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue sells for $29,490 with a destination charge of $795. [MW]

New SEAT Leon Cupra Tuned By JE Design

by Isaiah on May 28, 2014

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JE Design has released their latest performance package for the new SEAT Leon Cupra. The 2.0-liter TSI engine of the SEAT Leon Cupra received a power upgrade allowing it to produce 350 hp (70 extra hp) and 440 Nm of torque. Having this new power upgrade, the car can now sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, 0.6 seconds faster than when stock. This new performance package costs 1,899 Euro (about $2,588). [Autoevolution]

Fiat 500 Cult Gets Pricing In The UK

by Isaiah on May 26, 2014

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Fiat has announced the all new Fiat 500 Cult price in the UK. Based on the Lounge version, the Fiat 500 Cult is available in both hatchback and convertible 500C models, and comes in four different engine options including a 1.2-liter 8v petrol with 69hp, a 0.9 TwinAir with 85hp, a 0.9 TwinAir with 105hp and a 1.3-liter 16v MultiJet with 95hp. Price itself starts from 13,060 GBP (about $22,075). [MW]