We are approaching that time of year when some car buyers start freaking out about the upcoming cold weather and decide they need a larger, “safer” family car. Usually, this involves some kind of SUV with all-wheel drive. But I’m here to tell you that too many buyers are looking at this “family car” thing all wrong. These days most family cars are defined as either a three-row crossover like a Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer, or a minivan like a Chrysler Pacifica or Toyota Sienna. Now the key in selecting the right family car is not to get the fanciest or the fastest vehicle, but the one that will reduce the stress of traveling with children. I’ll let my Deadspin colleague Drew Magary describe the hell that can be schelpping kids in the car for a long ride. The holidays are a good time for road trips and travel with the whole crew. If you are lugging kids around obviously you want something safe and comfortable. We have already covered in great detail … [Read more...] about This Must-Have Feature Will Make Your Next Family Car So Much Better
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5 Without boasting, we get to drive a lot of cars. Brand new this, mid-life facelifted that, everything from urban SUVs to supercars, but without exception they come with a massive dollop of technology and complexity that perhaps a large number of drivers don't want or need. Certainly our 'agony uncle' Honest John's postbag regularly contains complaints about how the raft of safety and comfort technology means that there's more to go wrong. I must be getting old, but I number myself among that group. While I'm not a Luddite and embrace all the convenience items in modern cars, much of my driving consists of a short commute and general leisure use. And I generally know where I'm going so I tend not to require a satnav. So I've been hunting for a car that's relatively simple. Not as in basic, or necessarily cheap, but one that's more suited to the aforementioned usage. And wonder of wonders, this week the new Citroen Berlingo arrived. We've long championed … [Read more...] about 2018 Citroen Berlingo review: is this the perfect family car?
How does Fiat’s practical family hatchback measure up to rivals? Fiat is best known these days for the cute 500 city car, a model which still sells by the truckload. It has another showroom star, the 124 Spider, along with variants of the 500 for crossover and MPV buyers. It also sells the Tipo, a car that, unlike its siblings, is focused very much on practicality, space and value for money. It’s Fiat’s most sensible car, a five-door hatchback that competes with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Its headliner is undoubtedly value-packed pricing. Fiat doesn’t give you a miserly standard spec for your budget-level cash, either. All Tipos feature air conditioning, electric front windows, DAB radio and Bluetooth. The equipment list swells further as you go up the range. The small engine range tops out with two 118bhp power units, one petrol and one diesel. They both do 0-60mph in under 10 seconds, but never feel particularly fast; on paper, the 1.4-litre turbo is … [Read more...] about Fiat Tipo review: a decent family car for not much cash
THE new Ford Focus has been revealed - and it's cheaper than ever. The fourth generation starts from £17,930, more than £2,000 less than the outgoing model. The new family car promises to be a big hit with almost two million sold in the UK since the original launched 20 years ago. It's one of the UK's biggest selling cars and the new model gets an estate, crossover version and a posh Vignale option. Buyers ordering now can expect deliveries to start in September as Ford takes the fight to the Volkswagen Golf. The 2018 Focus gets a completely new design that's sportier and sleeker with a lower roofline and longer body. Despite the new model undercutting the outgoing car by £2,300 it's packed with latest gadgets. Stop&Go, speed sign recognition and lane assistance technology will help on your morning commute. The car can park itself at the push of a button and can even help you get out of tight spots with its "Park-out Assist". The Focus is also the first Ford in … [Read more...] about The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain’s favourite family car is now cheaper than ever
On June 19, 2015, Bronx resident Carlos Guerrero-Roa went to an auto dealer in Brooklyn to purchase a 2005 Lexus RX that was being advertised online for $6,900. Guerrero-Roa left with the car that day, only after it was financed with a loan that, according to a lawsuit he later filed, carried an interest rate “well over” 25 percent—a threshold that New York state law deems a felony. But thanks to a loophole in the statute, Guerrero-Roa and countless others in New York end up with auto loans that have high, and possibly illegal, interest rates. When Guerrero-Roa arrived at the dealer that day, his goal was to buy the Lexus with cash at the advertised price. But the dealer, CarsBuck, claimed that wasn’t possible due to his low credit score—something that should never have been a factor on a cash purchase, the suit said. An employee told him the car could only be acquired “by way of a one-year financing plan,” according to the complaint. In need … [Read more...] about The Devastating Loophole That Sticks Car Buyers With Interest Rates That Would Be Otherwise Illegal