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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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