Posts from ‘Buying Guides’

May
08

This Chevy dealer’s website tries to be helpful, but it really isn’t.

My wife and I might be in the market for a new vehicle sometime in the not-too-distant future. While my job as an auto critic gives me unique access to the industry’s latest and greatest, I will still need to get into the proverbial trenches to research not only the product but the dealerships who sell them.

Based on my initial scouring of various Chicago-area dealership websites, I began to notice issues that made navigating these online showrooms as uncomfortable as the experience would likely be if I were to visit the brick-and-mortar location. At any moment, I felt like a guy in a zoot suit and gold tie would come up behind me and ask, “What can I do to get you into this car today?”

Fortunately, other dealerships selling the same brands of vehicles do the online thing right, providing me with plenty of tools to ensure a relaxed, yet thorough experience.

With this in mind, here are five things I believe dealerships can do to improve their virtual showrooms.

May
01

Below is the complete list of 2012 hybrid vehicles. For more detailed information, check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Hybrid Vehicles.

Audi Q5
Premium Compact SUV; 4-door wagon
Hybrid prices not available
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: NA

2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

 

Audi A6
Premium Midsize Car; 4-door sedan
Hybrid prices not available
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: NA

2012 Audi A6 Hybrid

 

BMW ActiveHybrid 5
Premium-Midsize Car; 4-door sedan
Hybrid starts at $60,950
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: NA

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

 

BMW ActiveHybrid 7
Premium-Large Car; 4-door sedan
Hybrid starts at $97,000
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 17-26 mpg

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

 

Buick LaCrosse
Large Car; 4-door sedan
Hybrid starts at $29,960
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 25-36 mpg
2012 Buick LaCrosse

 

Buick Regal
Premium-Midsize Car; 4-door sedan
Hybrid starts at $28,670
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 25-36 mpg

2012 Buick Regal

 

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Premium-Large SUV; 4-door wagon
Hybrid starts at $73,850
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 20-23 mpg
2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

 

Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
Large Pickup Truck; crew cab
Hybrid starts at $39,265
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 20-23 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

 

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Large SUV; 4-door wagon
Hybrid starts at $51,665
Hybrid’s EPA estimates: 20-23 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Apr
18

Consumer Guide Automotive presents its Best Buy Awards to six 2012 compact cars. These Best Buys represent the best balance of attributes and price within the compact-car class. Also check out our 2012 Best Buy and Recommended selections for the 17 other vehicle classes.

2012 Best Buy: Ford Focus

Base MSRP: $16,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Ford Focus

 

2012 Best Buy: Honda Civic

Base MSRP: $15,805; Consumer Guide Rating: 62

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan

 

2012 Best Buy: Mazda 3

Base MSRP: $15,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

2012 Mazda 3 SKYACTIV

 

2012 Best Buy: Nissan Versa

Base MSRP: $10,990; Consumer Guide Rating: 64

2012 Nissan Versa

 

2012 Best Buy: Volkswagen Golf

Base MSRP: $17,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

Volkswagen Golf

 

2012 Best Buy: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Base MSRP: $19,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Jetta SportWagen

Apr
13

Consumer Guide Automotive presents its Best Buy Awards to six 2012 midsize cars. These Best Buys represent the best balance of attributes and price within the midsize class. Also check out our 2012 Best Buy and Recommended selections for the 17 other vehicle classes.

2012 Best Buy: Ford Fusion

Base MSRP: $19,850; Consumer Guide Rating: 68

2012 Ford Fusion

 

2012 Best Buy: Hyundai Sonata

Base MSRP: $19,795; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Hyundai Sonata

 

2012 Best Buy: Kia Optima

Base MSRP: $19,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

 

2012 Best Buy: Mazda 5

Base MSRP: $19,195; Consumer Guide Rating: 74

2012 Mazda 5

 

2012 Best Buy: Toyota Camry

Base MSRP: $21,955; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

 

2012 Best Buy: Toyota Prius

Base MSRP: $24,000; Consumer Guide Rating: 69

2012 Toyota Prius

Apr
12
2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Did you know that the 2012 midsize-SUV class includes 24 vehicles? And that doesn’t include 19 premium-midsize SUVs. To find the right one for you, begin your search with The Consumer Guide to 2012 Midsize SUVs. On one Web page, we list all the cars available in that class, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. Read more.

Also check out our Buying Guides for all other cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Click here.

Apr
06
2012 Hyundai Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera

If you’re in the market for a roomy, comfortable sedan with loads of convenience features and not a huge price tag, you need to check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Large Cars. On one Web page, we list all the cars available in that class, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. The 2012 large-car class includes the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 200, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Hyundai Genesis, and Toyota Avalon. Read more.

Also check out our Buying Guides for all other cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Click here.

Apr
04
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If you’re feeling pressured at the pump, maybe it’s time to consider buying a fuel-efficient hybrid. If so, your first stop should be The Consumer Guide to 2012 Hybrid Vehicles. On one Web page, we list all the hybrids available, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. Read more.

Also check out our Buying Guides for all 2012 cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and alternative-fuel vehicles: Click here.

Apr
02
2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

With concerns over the economy and gas prices, many midsize-SUV drivers have downsized to compact SUVs in recent years. If you’re in the market for such a vehicle, your first stop should be The Consumer Guide to 2012 Compact SUVs. On one Web page, we list all the cars available in that class, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. The 2012 compact-SUV class includes the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, Kia Sportage, Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Read more.

Also check out our Buying Guides for all other cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Click here.

Mar
30
2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

 Are you in the market for a subcompact car? If so, you owe it to yourself to check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Subcompact Cars. On one Web page, we list all the cars available in that class, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. The 2012 subcompact class includes the Chevrolet Sonic, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Kia Soul, Mazda 2, Mitsubishi i, Nissan Cube, Scion iQ, Scion xD, Smart ForTwo, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Yaris. Be sure to buy the subcompact that’s right for you. Read more.

Mar
28
2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Did you realize that the compact-car class has 22 entries? If you’re in the market for a new compact, sort through the confusion by checking out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Compact Cars. On one Web page, we list all the cars available in that class, providing pricing, fuel-economy numbers, and brief descriptions of each car. The 2012 subcompact class includes the Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Caliber, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa, Scion xB, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. Read more.

Also check out our Buying Guides for all other cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and alternative-fuel vehicles. Click here.

 

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