Top 3 SUV's under $25k? Ideally looking for AWD. Thanks!
Anything Subaru, including the new Crosstek, Kia Sportage
The radio had an ad about the importance of car seats for infants and children. They said that more than half (maybe 3 out of 4) are not installed correctly. Why are the seats so hard to install? Would it be better if Ford, GM, and Toyota all sold car seats specifically designed for their cars? If car seats are so important, it seems that making them easy to install would be a higher priority.
Local fire stations nationwide are running programs to teach parents how to properly install ar seats. The fault isn't with the car companies any more than the improper use of smart phones is with the telephone companies. Folks need to pay attention. Thankfully, fire and police officials are teaching them to do that.
Greetings! At 148,000 miles and counting, my 2002 Mercedes C230 Sportscoupe is beginning to show its age. I'm keeping it till it dies, but I'm also looking to buy another car before that happens. I want another C-Class 2-door, 2012-13-14. My question is whether the 17-inch tires on a C250 can handle DC-area snow or I should be looking at the 4Matic C300(?). I know from talking to other C230 owners that the sport package 17s on the coupe tended to get stuck in snow (I have 16s). I have no place to store tires so I need all-seasons rather than snows. Thoughts?
Get a 4matic C or E. For best winter traction, buy genuine snow tires. I recommend Blizzak.
We are ready for a new car and are strongly considering the Subaru Impreza for its cost, city-friendly size, and (important for my wife) all-wheel drive. Before we commit, is there anything else that we should be looking at or considering that is NOT a "cute-ute" (like the CRV, CX-5, etc)?
All of these are all-wheel drive and in the same price category as an Impreza. The Sportage is kind of a cute-ute but it's well positioned with content and should be looked at.
2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Outback
2014 Subaru Legacy
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Kia Sportage
I have an old Chevy S-10 that's getting long in the tooth. I would love to replace it with a small pickup with the Volt drivetrain or even a pure electric. Have either of you heard any rumors of anything like that coming to the market in the next few years?
Via is supposed to be coming out with an electric truck. http://www.viamotors.com/vehicles/electric-truck/
Dear Warren and Lou Ann, We're looking at <$10K for a replacement, Point A to B SUV. Occasional I-10 roadtrip. Like the safety of Boron steel and "Drive Safely" motto. Keys will be turned over to younger driver in a few years. Is there anything to pay attention to with the V8 XC90 AWD? Also found a 3.2T FWD. Just want a professional opinion. Thanks, AWD Mobile
Gasoline mileage is the first thing that comes to mind. I6 mpg city and 25 hwy isn't much to cheer about. But, if you're okay with that, the XC90 is a go.
What did you think of the Post's review of the Mercedes electric car? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/08/20/what-happens-when-a-tesla-fanboy-meets-mercedes-benzs-electric-car/
If anyone thinks the other car companies are standing still and letting Tesla create electric cars they are sadly mistaken. it is one of the biggest questions Tesla is going to have to answer - BMW and Mercedes are coming on strong with EV and PHEV. How long before the cult status following of Tesla goes back to the manufacturers that have dealerships already in place to service your car? I love the Tesla as well and hope they continue if only to keep the big boys on their toes.
Why doesn't Honda add AWD to their Accord models---and I discount the ugly Crosstour. Thank you
I suspect that Honda is responding to its interpretation of demand, which isn't that great, at the moment, for AWD n the Accord.
Thanks for the response Lou Ann. It looks like Via is only selling to fleets at this time not to individuals. Oh well, maybe someday.
They will get there. Someday soon. There is more and more call for plug-in hybrids. As much as I hated the start up in the ELR I loved not buying any gasoline for the ELR. I remember watching the Streets of San Francisco with the big old cadillacs - could you imagine filling those cars up?
You could have that kind of design again if we didn't have to worry about aerodynamics for fuel economy