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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why the 2017 Subaru Forester is the torque of the town

Most changes in the 2017 Subaru Forester are subtle and what you would expect from a mid-cycle refresh: slightly revised exterior and interior styling and upgrades, a few new safety features… However, what makes the 2017 model stand out from other new cars for sale is the addition of brake-based torque vectoring as part of Subaru’s active safety suite.

Active Torque Vectoring

Active Torque Vectoring will now be available, but only on the top-trim version of the turbocharged, 250-hp Forester 2.0XT. This brake-based feature snubs the inside front wheel during cornering to reduce understeer and enable sharper handling and will be packaged as part of Subaru’s Eyesight active safety suite, which has also been upgraded.

Upgraded safety features

Eyesight has received a long overdue update for the 2017 Subaru Forester. New safety features include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, in addition to previous features such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning. Eyesight will be available on all Forester models except the 2.5i base trim.

Interior and exterior

The exterior of the 2017 Forester features subtle changes, such as LED accent lights, a reshaped hexagonal grille, and revised wheel designs. Inside, there’s a new steering wheel design (with optional heating on certain models) as well as improved soundproofing and Saddle Brown leather seats as a trim upgrade on all Touring models.

Other features that will be more accessible as trim options for the 2017 Subaru Forester include keyless access, automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and Subaru’s X-Mode traction system and hill-descent control.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The 2017 Mazda 6 - A family sedan with a sporty side

Between 2017’s new cars for sale, the Mazda 6 shines as a superb family vehicle that is a pleasure to drive. The 2017 Mazda 6 combines comfort and safety with a sleek design and enhanced luxury features for an overall better driving experience.

New driving features

The 2017 Mazda 6 is one of the vehicles in Mazda’s lineup that will be debuting G-Vectoring Control, which makes fine adjustments to engine torque that induce load transfer toward the front axle as the steering wheel is turned off-center, resulting in improved steering response. This adaption allows for smooth, quick cornering - lending a sporty feel to the Mazda’s driving capabilities.

Also, new to the 2017 Mazda 6 is an upgrade to the i-Activsense safety features, which can now detect pedestrians in addition to other obstacles. In addition, the upgraded i-Activsense package now includes traffic-sign recognition (including speed-limit, no-entry, and stop signs), and the emergency braking function operates up to 99 mph.

Luxury interior styling

While the exterior styling of the 2017 Mazda 6 has barely changed, when it comes to the interior you can expect a host of new luxury features, such as a new steering wheel design (with optional heating), a full-color TFT driver information display, and improved sound proofing.

A new Premium Package offered on the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring is what truly takes this sedan to new heights of luxury. Included in the Premium Package are Nappa leather seats (in a choice of black or almond) with titanium gray piping and stitching, LED interior map lights, heated rear seats, darker metal trim, and the upper trim and headliner available in black. Displaying typical Mazda attention to detail, the Premium Package also features a steering wheel stitched using the specialized Japanese Chidori technique.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Drive the open road dream in the 2017 Ford Mustang

Could there be a car more classically American than the Ford Mustang? With over 5 decades of heritage, the new 2017 Ford Mustang combines the bold styling and thrilling driving capabilities that fans have come to expect, with a couple of exciting new features. If you’re on the lookout for new cars for sale and are in the market for a sports car, this updated icon will surely get your engine revving.

What’s new for the 2017 Ford Mustang?

Exterior and interior styling of the 2017 Ford Mustang haven’t changed much. After all, why fix what’s not broken? Ford introduces 3 hot new colors for the 2017 model - Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue - to replace the Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange.

The most significant change, however, is the accessibility of the previous Ford Mustang GT’s Track Package option. What was formerly an optional upgrade will now be standard on all 2017 Ford Mustang GT models. These features include an aluminum tower-to-tower brace, a high-downforce, deck-lid spoiler, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers, and Ford’s MagneRide damping system.

Available upgrades on the Ford Mustang have also evolved slightly - offering greater flexibility when customizing extras. Two new packages are available: an Electronics Package and a Convenience Package (previously the Tech Package which could not be combined with the Track Package).

The Electronics Package includes SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system. The Convenience Package includes all features of the Electronics Package, in addition to replacing the Ford Mustang’s manual Recaro seats with leather-trimmed power-sports seats.

If it’s ultimate performance that you are after, then take a look at the awesome Shelby GT models available.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A buyer's guide to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ

As Ford’s premium brand, the Lincoln has - for some - been a disappointment in previous years. This is no longer the case with the 2017 Lincoln MKZ which has received a complete upgrade - including an incredible new 400 horsepower  engine - thoroughly elevating it to a new status amongst other new cars for sale in the luxury market.


Exterior styling changes to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ are subtle. Most notable are the new signature front grille (this will be the first Lincoln to feature this styling change), adaptive LED headlights, and a Lincoln logo ‘welcome mat’ projecting from the side mirrors when the car is unlocked at night.


Inside, the MKZ has been vastly remodeled, with buttons and knobs replacing the previous sliding controls. The interior styling is elegant and luxurious, with the top of the line trim featuring a center console trimmed in real aluminum. For added convenience, four high-speed USB charging ports (two of which can be accessed by passengers in the rear) are included, as well as 2 choices of Revel-branded Harman/Kardon audio systems (14- or 20-speaker set-up).


New to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed adaptive cruise control, and the latest version of Ford’s park assist system. In addition, the MKZ will debut the MyLincoln Mobile app to enable remote locking, unlocking, and starting via smartphone.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Feature-rich Family Fun - That's the 2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage has been completely redesigned, addressing some concerns of previous models such as interior space and the smoothness of the ride. If you’re searching new cars for sale specifically with a family car in mind, the new Sportage is a superb choice that competes well with other compact crossover SUV’s.

Exterior and interior styling

The exterior of the Kia Sportage has been restyled to feature a bold, modern design. In addition, the new model is slightly bigger, which adds up to a much roomier interior, particularly for back seat passengers (an upgrade that makes the 2017 Kia Sportage especially family-friendly). The interior styling is very elegant, featuring leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel, and updated controls. The infotainment touch screen has also been updated, and now includes syncing with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Driving capabilities

The Sportage has received a re-engineered suspension set up, making for a much smoother ride than previous models. In addition, features such as the optional Turbo engine, front or all-wheel-drive, electrically assisted power steering and noise-reducing interior insulation result in a great all round driving experience.

Safety features

In terms of safety, the 2017 Kia Sportage is on a par with other compact SUV crossovers, offering features such as forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

From All-terrain to Tailgating - The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Has It All

A true winner amongst 2017’s new cars for sale, the redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been styled to look more like a conventional pick-up while retaining the spacious interior comfort of an SUV. What’s more, a combination of existing and new innovations gives it a variety of features that no other vehicle in the mid-size pick-up market offers.

With gross combined weight rating of 8,201 pounds on two-wheel-drive and 9,986 pounds on all-wheel-drive models, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has improved towing capabilities. The truck also has a pick-up-bed wide enough to fit a quad bike, clever storage spaces under the back seats, and a ‘trunk’ in the pick-up-bed.

Driving capabilities

Although Honda’s 6-speed transmission has been retained, adjusted gear ratios make for a quick response from a dead stop and quick transitions. Suspension has been completely revised, resulting in a smooth ride on the open road. It also boasts one of the quietest interiors on the market, with sound insulating materials to reduce road-induced noise.

Off-road performance

While the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is not as rugged as some of its body-on-frame competitors, it handles more than adequately. In addition to redesigned suspension, a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system allows drivers to select driving conditions (normal, snow, mud, and sand) and let the onboard computers handle throttle response and traction control.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Design and functionality upgrades in the affordable 2017 Ford Fusion

With new styling, some significant mechanical upgrades, and an expanded line-up, the 2017 Ford Fusion is a stylish yet affordable option for anyone looking at new cars for sale.

Exterior and interior styling

The styling of the Ford Fusion has received a slight upgrade, with a reshaped grille and headlamps. The interior of the car has also been upgraded, with a more modern gear box design featuring a rotary dial to replace the previous center-console-mounted transmission lever. In addition, the 2017 Ford Fusion Sports model will now feature front bucket seats.

Mechanics and functionality

The S and SE 2017 Ford Fusion models will again have the standard 175-horsepower 4-cylinder, while higher end models will offer Ford’s turbocharged EcoBoost engine to deliver more horsepower. All hybrid models will switch to an 8-speed automatic transmission for better response and mileage. Two different hybrid models will be available - The Fusion Hybrid (a conventional hybrid) and the Fusion Energi (a plug-in hybrid that can travel 20 miles on electricity alone).

Additional features

The MyFord Touch interface will be replaced by Sync 3, a more logical infotainment system that operates in a similar way to a touch screen smartphone. Also included is Siri EyesFree connectivity and Sync Connect, allowing remote locking, unlocking, and starting via a smartphone app. Other new features include adaptive cruise control, front-crash-mitigating automatic braking, potential collision alerts, and autonomous parking.

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