2018 Toyota Prius c – “c” is for City

Although the Prius c has to do battle with a range of less expensive but newer and nicer subcompact sedans, with the latest safety tech now available this car might just be a good choice for that new teen drive in your family.

Priced in the low $20s and with fuel economy in the upper 40s the Prius c is kind to your finances.

Read more right here on the 2018 Toyota Prius c.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

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2019 BMW X4 – First Drive

On the invite of BMW I drove the new 2019 BMW X4 through the Carolina Appalachians, got to see it being built in BMW’s Spartanburg, SC assembly plant and had a little fun pushing the limits on the track and skid pad at the BMW Performance Driving Center.

The all-new 2019 BMW X4 went into production in April and is arriving in dealers during July with pricing starting at $50,450 for the 248-HP 30i, and $60,450 for the 355-HP M40i.

Read a bit more about the new BMW X4 right here.

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2018 Mazda6 Signature – Drive Report

DSC_2362 New for 2018 on the Mazda6 is the power we’ve been wanting plus more comfort and refinement. The 6 is now offered in an expanded model range with a 250-HP turbo 2.5-L available on the upper trim levels. A new front grille and headlights on the outside and more plushness on the inside add more.

Niceties like ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system now standard make for more luxury.

Read a bit more right here.

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2018 Kia Stinger – Drive Review

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Kia has ventured into new territory with the introduction of its all-new, very bold 5-passenger sportback sedan, the Stinger. The Stinger is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history and is in the space typically occupied by European automakers.

The Stinger is based on Kia’s GT Concept that was first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. I recently had a second chance to drive it, this one over the course of a week

Read more on this update right here.

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2018 Honda Accord – Drive Review

The entirely new 2018 Honda Accord was named the 2018 North American Car of the Year. For 2018, the Accord is completely redesigned from the ground-up. It has a longer wheelbase but is a touch shorter overall, as well as being lower and wider. The body structure is lighter and more rigid and there’s an advanced new chassis design. There’s two new 4-cylinder engines and the first ever 10-speed automatic in a front-drive car.

Read more right here.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Drive Review

Toyota has been a leader in hybrid development as well as in bringing new variations of SUVs to the market. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the original compact SUVs that came to market about twenty years ago. Now, today, many other carmakers have followed their lead and offer compact SUVs.

There is more about hybrids than reduced fuel consumption. Hybrid powertrains can also deliver more power compared to the equivalent more traditional gasoline engine vehicle.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a viable candidate for city-living families needing versatility and wanting low fuel consumption. Read more here.

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2018 Nissan Kicks – First Drive

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The entirely new 2018 Nissan Kicks is aimed at younger, city-living buyers. Of note is the value story with the Kicks priced to start at $17,990.

Also noteworthy is that all Kicks have Automatic Emergency Braking as standard as well as Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor are available on higher trim levels.

The Kicks is, in my view, a great vehicle for a high school age new driver.

Read more details right here.

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