The Motorist Choice Award is given to vehicles at the top of their segments. Data is collected by AutoPacific and IntelliChoice. These research firms measure data points such associated with new vehicle ownership satisfaction and cost of ownership. The output of this data is a group of vehicles that can be a great long term investment, as they are enjoyable to own and have less-than-expected ownership costs. For the 2017 award, the Kia Sportage won the compact crossover SUV category.
This iteration of the Sportage has two available power plants. The base engine is a 2.4L 181 hp / 175lb-ft of torque naturally aspirated inline four cylinder. The SX Turbo is a 2.0L mill making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The six speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. Underneath, the chassis uses advanced high strength steel. The suspension tuned on the stiff side, but not aggressive or unstable. In the cabin is the UVO3 infotainment system. It features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as telematic services and an 8gb HDD.
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I just read another great article written by Tom McParland over at Jalopnik about car dealers sneaking in fees and really just flat out mis-advertising their vehicles.
This is a very familiar subject to the guys and gals down here at eimports4Less because we have clients all over the country who shop for and buy their vehicles online. We hear the stories. They find vehicles online that are advertised at pricing that’s “too good to be true” and they find out why after spending a bunch of time arm wrestling the actual prices from someone on the dealership’s staff.
In Jalopnik’s most recent article, Tom shopped for a used Genesis sedan that was being advertised by a KIA dealer in NJ. This vehicle had an advertised price of $28,400. That sounded like a good deal until the dealer added on $3,000 in prep fees, window etching, etc.
Basically these dealers want to advertise their cars for the lowest possible price so when you’re shopping online for a car you see their price and contact them. They want to prompt that contact, so they use fake pricing to lure you in. Most dealers don’t like selling cars online to long distance customers and they don’t like selling cars to cash buyers because they have to tell you the price SO YOU CAN PAY THEM! Most dealers want the customer to make a commitment and spend half a day at the dealership before they make it to the finance office and find out the real price. And worst of all, many people never even find out the real price because it’s hidden in finance documents that buyers don’t understand and then just added to a monthly payment. You end up paying thousands more for a car that you thought was the least expensive one you could find.
Tom’s Jalopnik article suggests the same thing that we do: get the pricing in writing when you’re shopping for a vehicle and always question fees that don’t make sense to you. You should only be paying for the vehicle, the registration and your state’s sales tax. Anything more than that should be questioned.
First Pennsylvania Mustang Club presents their 44th Annual Collectors Car Show & Flea Market tomorrow, August 11, 2019, at Macungie Memorial Park 50 N POPLAR ST Macungie, Pennsylvania. Event hours are 10 AM to 3 PM. Registration is open 8:00 AM to 12 PM.
All makes and model are welcome, but because this event is sponsored by a real popular Mustang club and a Ford dealer…expect to see some awesome Mustangs there.
There’s also a flea market, 50/50 raffle, prizes, food and more.
Check out the Mustang Club’s site for any additional details: