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Compact/Subcompact Cars: Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L
An attractive price tag doesn’t always mean you’re getting a good deal for your money. That’s especially the case when you’re shopping for a car and you have to take into account its depreciation, cost of maintenance and even how much it’ll run you each time you have to fill up the gas tank.
Because of all those variables, Consumer Reports has released its list of new cars with the worst value, taking into account all the previously mentioned variables. As a result, the publication determined the five-year ownership cost for each vehicle and ranked them accordingly to determine which vehicles in today’s market gives you the worst bang for your buck.
While it certainly has its appeal as an iconic model in the automotive world, the Volkswagen Beetle 2.5-liter is actually the worst value in the compact/subcompact car category. With a starting price of $20,815 including destination, the Beetle 2.5-liter isn’t exactly an expensive car but considering it only gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, it’s not the most fuel efficient either. The Beetle is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, but over five years its depreciation is worse than the average car in its category and its cost to maintain certainly gives it poor value.
10. Dodge Challenger
Fuel economy might top the list of things car shoppers are looking for when choosing a new vehicle, but resale value is still a valid concern for many buyers. Knowing what your car is worth three to five years down the road is important, since vehicles depreciated quicker than any other asset we can spend our hard-earned cash on.
So if resale value is one of your top priorities when deciding what vehicle to purchase, this Top 10 list will be of interest to you. Based on Kelley Blue Book‘s nominees for Best Resale Award among the 2014 lineup, you can get a good idea of what your future investment could be worth in the future.
Kicking off the list is the Dodge Challenger, netting itself 60.8 percent of its original value after three years. Those looking to keep their American sports car for five years can look forward to getting back 50.5 percent of its original price. The 2014 Dodge Challenger starts from $27,290 including destination and comes standard with a Pentastar V6 engine with 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Power hungry shoppers can opt for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that features 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
Top 10 Cheapest SUVs
With the growing crossover segment, the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market is slowly dying. Still, it’s got life in it yet and no cute-ute can replace the pure utility of a go anywhere, do anything body-on-frame Sport Utility Vehicle.
If you’re in the market for one and the Cadillac Escalade is a bit out of your budget, AutoGuide has compiled a list of the top 10 cheapest SUVs available today. True, they’re not all strict SUVs. Nonetheless, these are all seriously capable machines.
It’s Friday and another work week is slowly… drawing… to… a… close. Like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical CATS, this string of five days feels like it’s never going to end. At least people aren’t prancing around the AutoGuide offices in leotards and leg warmers. Meow!
Going for an upscale look, Jeep unveiled the Wrangler Flat Top Concept for the 2013 Easter Jeep Safari.
Predictably, the biggest change that comes to the Jeep Wrangler Flat Top concept is the addition of a new one-piece windowless hard top, which along with the absence of a b-pillar gives this concept an open air feel. The Flat Top gets a sandstone, copper and brown theme that can be seen throughout, along with other enhancements such as a custom hood and bumpers lifted from the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary model.
Check out our first look video for information on the Jeep Wrangler Flat Top Concept.
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20. BMW 7-Series
In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.
The BMW 7-Series may be the German automaker’s luxury flagship, but used models aren’t without their issues. From 2001-2008, the 7-Series featured the good ‘ol “Bangle Butt” and sported some highly controversial styling. Early production of that generation was overwhelmed with issues even causing BMW to purchase back some of the vehicles back in 2002-2003. BMW of North America even extended its warranty on all 2002-2003 model year 7-Series vehicles to six years/100,000 miles from the original four years/50,000 miles.
According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 7-Series ranked “worse” in the categories of Engine Major, Engine Minor, Transmission Major, Transmission Minor, Body Hardware, and Audio System.
Depending on how successful the sales are for the Grand Cherokee diesel, Jeep may bring a Wrangler diesel to market.
10. Nissan Murano - 473 Thefts
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released a list of the top stolen sport utility and crossover vehicles in the United States, compiling data from 2009-2011 model years only. In total, entry-level CUVs were the most stolen with 6,357 thefts while hybrid SUVs were the least with 67 – of course, there aren’t as many hybrid SUVs on the road as there are entry-level CUVs. The information also revealed that California had the most thefts with 3,003 with Texas in second (1,826 thefts) and Florida third (1,784 thefts).
The 10th most stolen SUV/CUV from 2009-2011 model years was the Nissan Murano, with 473 thefts last year. The mid-size crossover from Nissan first hit the market in 2002 as a 2003 model year and was the automaker’s first crossover for the U.S. market. The second-generation Murano began with the 2009 model year and got revised exterior styling that seems to have become a hit with some thieves.
1936 Ford Fordor sedan
It’s the sixth day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. Now it’s Associate Editor Craig Cole’s turn to share his 10 favorite vehicles, an eclectic, unexpected rundown of cars and trucks.
Even though the 1936 Ford was a couple years too late to service gangsters like John Dillinger and the crime duet Bonnie and Clyde, it’s got the look of earlier models, with an upright grille, gracefully arching fenders and those all-important running boards. It’s a classic design from the most graceful period of automotive history.
Under the car’s double-hinged hood sits a 221-cubic-inch wonder, the world’s first mass-market V8 engine. Ford’s famous flathead delivered a full 85 horsepower and belted out the Depression-era’s greatest hit, a syncopated rhythm controlled directly by the driver’s right foot.
That’s a laughably modest power rating by today’s standards, but Fords were the inexpensive performance cars of their era. Thanks to ample torque, low gearing and a curb weight that was considerably lighter than the competition, these cars were built to run. Advertised top speed was nearly 90 miles an hour. A terrifying figure for a car equipped with mechanically operated drum brakes.
When it comes to classic autos most people seem to prefer muscle cars. If they do have a soft spot for older iron they typically go for coupes or roadsters. Sedans – especially “Fordor” models – are almost sneered at, but I LOVE them, especially when equipped with suicide doors as this ’36. In fact I appreciate them so much I’m restoring one right now, so it’s mandatory to have an example in my dream garage.
Being an 80-year-old in a 28-year-old’s body goes a long way to explaining my affinity for ancient cars like this one, and you know something, it’s not always about performance…