What do Abraham Lincoln, Shaquille O’Neal and Chewbacca have in common? Truth be told, not a whole lot. Honest Abe got capped, Shaq can’t shoot free throws and Chewie is hairier than a herd of yaks… or the filter in a Econo Lodge hot tub. This trio’s differences abound, but one thing they all share is height.
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Before trucks and utility vehicles became all the rage, large sedans used to be the heart of the American car market. They dominated thoroughfares and back roads of this country for decades. Big Buicks, mighty Mopars and forceful Fords were a way of life for drivers just half a lifetime ago.
Getting “mileage” out of a purchase can mean more than saving gas. There’s cargo capacity, seat space and price to take into account on top of hunting for high miles per gallon.
You might be surprised by how many new cars there are in dealer showrooms today that offer all of those attributes without compromising much in any category. With that in mind, here are 10 family-friendly options that can achieve at least 40 mpg.
This is the only vehicle on the list with a traditional gasoline drivetrain. Think about that for a minute…
Mazda is the only company with a vehicle this size that isn’t using a hybrid system and is boasting up to 40 mpg. That’s impressive for such a small company. In AutoGuide’s recent mid-size sedan comparison, the car returned impressive fuel economy, too. It wasn’t the claimed 40 mpg, but our car wasn’t equipped with the mildly mpg-boosting i-Eloop system and it still managed to return the second-best fuel economy.
Which family sedan offers the most, for the least?
Last week was a lot like the British ocean liner Lusitania; it got sunk, but this time around it wasn’t the Kaiser’s fault. Instead of falling prey to a German U-Boat it was torpedoed by the New York Auto Show.
AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection
In this week’s Five-Point Inspection we put Chevrolet’s fuel sipper, the Cruze Eco, to the test. With good and bad in the mix, the Cruze Eco will deliver on what you want, and might even surprise you as a decent daily driver, although there is room for improvement.
Read on to see why.
April 14, 1927 marked the first mass-produced Volvo ÖV4 model to roll off the Volvo Lundby factory of Göteborg, Sweden. Now, 2012 marks the 85th anniversary of Volvo cars.
To celebrate the occasion, Volvo president and CEO Stefan Jacoby will join Volvo Group president and CEO Olof Persson to drive a restored ÖV4 past the Lundby factory gates once more to commemorate the company’s history.
According to Stefan Jacoby, the ÖV4 is “a fantastic car, but it’s easy to see how much has changed over the last 85 years.”
A lot has changed indeed as Volvo sold a very modest 300 vehicles on its first year of production. Last year the company sold about 450,000 cars in 120 countries with the United States as its single largest market.
It looks like a larger Sonata, and in many ways that’s just what it is, offering the best leg and headroom in its segment. Power comes from a 3.3-liter V6 engine making 293-hp and delivering a class-leading 20-mpg city and 29-mpg highway.
The real selling feature of the new Azera is how well equipped it is, with an extensive list of standard features, and some incredible options too. Interested? Find out more by watching the video below.
GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera
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Hyundai has just officially revealed the 2011 Sonata model in its home market of Korea. As the numerous spy photos have shown, the Sonata has a coupe-like design and is certainly no boring family-hauler.
There is no specific word on what will be under the hood when the car launches in the U.S., but in Korea it will come standard with a 165-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets 30.1 mpg. The base U.S. 4-cylinder is expected to make slightly more power thanks to a larger 2.4-liter displacement and the use of direct-injection. All models will be offered with six-speed automatic transmissions.
After its official release, a hybrid model will follow.
The 2011 Sonata is expected to officially debut at either the LA Auto Show later this year, or at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early in the new year.
GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Sonata
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