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2010 Chrysler Sebring

Posted on August 26, 2010. Filed under: Chrysler Cars |

For quality cars, Chrysler has always had a competing edge. They seem to always come out with good quality economy cars, trucks and SUVs. If you want a quality, well priced car from this company with many standard safety features, a great deal of accessories, as well as engine and top options, one of these is the 2010 Chrysler Sebring. This is certainly one vehicle that has had a number of good reviews, and just a few negative ones.

There are three different engine options, and for your best fuel economy cars, the 173HP 2.4 liter four cylinder as well as the 189HP 2.7L equipped cars are both good options. For better performance quality cars, then you should opt for the 235HP 3.5L model. Both the 2.7 and the 2.4 have four speed automatic transmissions, while the 3.5 has a six speed.

The 2010 Chrysler Sebring is also available in a hardtop or a convertible. The sedan is available in the Touring or Limited Editions, the convertible in LX, Touring, as well as the Limited. You have your choices of two different convertible tops. One is the classic cloth soft top, or a retractable hard top cover. In the Limited, Touring, and LX versions, there is an assortment of trims available. Starting for 2010, the 2.7L V6 engine is available in a flex fuel capability.

For both economy cars and the higher quality cars in the Sebring class, there are many different standard safety features offered. There is a tire pressure monitoring system, which tells the driver when pressure is getting lower than acceptable limits, front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as ABS systems on all four wheels. In addition, there are also many other standard safety features. There are seat belt pretension systems, which tighten the seat belts in a collision, to automatically place the person in the best seating position. There are anti-whiplash features in the headrests. In a rear end accident, they will actively react to the force, to cradle the occupant’s head, reducing the chances of a whiplash injury. There is also a security system which will disable the engine unless the correct key is used to start the car.

Now the 2010 Chrysler Sebring has been carefully tested by both the IIHS, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. The IIHS rates vehicles as good, acceptable, marginal and poor, depending on their performance in high speed, side and front crash tests. They also evaluated head and seat restraints on protecting a person in a rear end collision. There are many different points in their rating key, from head protection, roof strength, structural safety, as well as many others. The Sebring passed all their tests, with only one three or two star rating. The NHTSA crash tests driver front passenger areas, with a one to five star rating, five being the best, at the least. The Sebring received four stars for the driver’s, and five stars for the front passenger tests. This means that overall, given the extensive testing that has been done, this is one of the safest cars on the road as far as protecting occupants from accidents.

The Chrysler Sebring is fair in its class for both economy cars, as well as quality cars. It has a manufacturer’s retail price of $20,120-$32,710, depending on model and extras. The fair market value puts it in the $18,000-$34,000 dollar range. The actual sticker prices can be as little as $19,405-$31,070. Now even though there are many unbiased reviews on this vehicle, stating just the features, standard as well as optional, there are some websites that give it a few negative comments. Depending on your tastes, and what you are looking for in a car, some of these reviews you have to take with a grain of salt.

For example, Edmunds is a fairly high quality review site, where a lot of people go to find out if a car is worth buying. They say that while the convertible is among the fairly decent quality cars, the sedan isn’t that competitive. They like the convertible because it is a convertible, has a reasonable price tag as far as other convertible economy cars go, and it has a large trunk. The draw backs with it is performance, the sedan they say just isn’t that great when compared to Chrysler’s competitors. In the end, you need to actually go into a dealership, look over each model and decide for yourself which selection is right for you.

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu

Posted on August 17, 2010. Filed under: Chevrolet Cars |

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu has fast become the most popular domestic midsize sedan and one of the most popular midsize sedans including imports in the same class. The Malibu is available in your choice of four different trims to suit your needs, wants, and style. The basic LS model is a very popular trim making the 2010 Malibu one of the most desired amongst economy cars purchased. In addition to the LS, there are also the midlevel 1LT and 2LT, which of course have a few more options than the base model ands are very desired, and the LTZ, which is the top of the line Malibu and loaded with options.

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu base model LS comes with many features including some that were not standard on earlier models, but are standard now. The LS trim has a full power package that includes power windows, power door locks, and driver side power seat. Air conditioning is a standard feature as are side curtain airbags and traction control. OnStar is also available on the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS and a nice surprise is that satellite radio is also available on the LS too. The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS is also a front wheel drive, comes standard with a 169 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and four speed automatic, with very good mileage amongst economy cars, and is very well priced.

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu trims 1LT and 2LT come with even more features than the LS model, while still being modestly priced like the LS. Some of the upgrades within the LT trims are stability control, and alloy wheels. In addition to these options, the 2LT also comes with more power features as well as heated seats. The LT trims are also available with OnStar, satellite radio, CD players, and side curtain airbags and an optional sunroof. The LT trims also come with a 252 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six speed automatic transmission with excellent highway and city fuel mileage. Not only does the LT trims compare well to other economy cars, but amongst similar quality cars as well.

Last but certainly by no means least is the fourth and most popular trim in the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu line is the LTZ trim. The Malibu LTZ is the top of the line midsize sedan for the General Motors nameplate. In addition to having a full power package, The LTZ also comes with available OnStar, optional sunroof, side curtain airbags, stability and traction control. Some of the LTZ’s highlights are an upgraded sound system, foglamps, leather seating, and 18-inch alloy wheels, which not only gives this Malibu trim the look of a luxury automobile, but of a quality sports sedan as well. The LTZ comes with the same V6 and six-speed automatic transmission as the LT trims.

One of the things that attract most buyers to the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is their great pricing along with the manufacturer’s incentives. Amongst similar economy cars in its class such as the Toyota Camry XLE, Honda Accord EX-L, and the Ford Fusion SEL, the 20IO Chevrolet Malibu LS is if not priced lower then its pricing is at least comparable to those models. With prices for the 2010, Chevrolet Malibu LS starting at approximately $16,359 with the LTZ priced out at approximately $21,626 you will almost certainly be able to find a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu in your price range, and purchase one of these quality cars for you and your family.

When looking at economy cars finding one that is right for your family is an important task and a major expense too, this is why you have to make the right choice the first time, because with the economy today everyone is on a tight budget. When shopping for an automobile for the family you have to think about things like safety, fuel mileage, affordability, and comfort and the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu has all of those things to offer you and your family. With things like pricing and gas mileage weighing heavy on every buyers mind the Malibu is one of the best of the economy cars. The Malibu also has high ratings in safety, comfort and styling making it the best of quality cars in its range as well.

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2010 Cadillac CTS

Posted on August 2, 2010. Filed under: Auto Reviews, Cadillac Cars |

One of the newest cars hitting the vehicle classifieds is the 2010 Cadillac CTS. This vehicle is the newest offering from Cadillac and is considered to be a new leader in the mid size cars. It has a wagon exterior complete with a luxury interior that has been praised in several vehicle reviews. The vehicle is relatively well crafted and certainly easy on the budget as well.  Before buying any vehicle there are some things you need to consider otherwise you may be spending too much for a car that doesn’t warrant the price.

When you go through the vehicle classifieds looking for this particular model, you will want to focus on mid size cars or luxury cars. On occasion, there will be specific periodicals that list cars by their brand, and you will want to find the section for Cadillac’s. Keep in mind that browsing these sections can help you to save money if you are looking to purchase a new vehicle. Other areas you can look around are the internet or contacting a dealer directly to see if they are running any promotions at the moment.

Another thing to consider before buying any model is to review the vehicle reviews on it. Something interesting on this is that the fuel economy of this vehicle ranks higher than similar items in its class. On average the rating for most mid size cars only get a 4.7 rating for fuel economy. The CTS actually gets a rating of 6. This would certainly help when it comes to filling the gas tank as many people are aware that gas prices are going up. Knowing a more detailed account of any vehicle is going to help you in the decision making process, so be sure to do all the research needed to avoid buying something that has serious concerns.

Vehicle safety is another area that a person needs to consider whenever they buy a new car. For example the CTS has a high level of safety attached to it. At the moment it is rated at an 8.8 rating which means it is a very safe vehicle. The higher the score on a 10 point scale means the safer the car is if there is an accident involved. Many factors are taken into consideration during this process, and only a few vehicles ever reach the 10 point mark because of the requirements that entails.

But even going past the reviews, you can still learn a lot about a car in the classified sections. Many times there are features or experiences listed along with the car you are looking at. Some people will mention prior performance of the vehicle and additional features they found interested when they first purchased their vehicle. The Cadillac CTS has many upgrades that can be found in models listed, and some of the prior drivers can let you know which ones made sense when they bought one, or which ones were unnecessary.  By taking the time and fully exploring everything you can, it gives you a better sense of what you are looking for in a vehicle before you go out and buy it.

Some websites also host vehicle classifieds as well; you can browse these websites and review what other people have said about the vehicle you are looking at. Sometimes the vehicle reviews from actual owners can differ completely from those of the major reviewers because they spend more than just a few minutes driving a vehicle. There might be service issues that weren’t disclosed initially or other problems you want to know before you move forward in making your decision.  A vehicle purchase is something that isn’t done often and a lot of thought should be put into it.

Ultimately, if you are looking at the 2010 Cadillac CTS you do need to spend some time looking around for the best deal available. That is going to take place by browsing all the different vehicle classifieds and learning from the various reviews you can find about it. This is a remarkable luxury vehicle you will want to learn about and explore in detail. You’ll find that there is nothing quite like it, and when you get it for the best possible price it will be something you appreciate a little bit more.

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