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Of Car and Driver’s 10 best vehicles this year – Chapman Arizona has brought you seven.
In celebration of the new year, we’ve got seven reasons why you should be visiting a local dealership to test drive 2013 models.
You can tease the Honda Fit for being a brainiac, but it’s intelligence will make you jealous. The “Modern Instrument Panel” sports a digital odometer, and a system and trip meter that shows fuel economy.
The Volkswagen Golf is ergonomic and boasts the brand’s renowned TDI clean diesel technology. You get more mileage with less diesel (versus gasoline) and release less emissions into the air you breath.
Eight of nine Accord models have won Car & Driver’s best awards because of its promise to families: remain attractive while shuttling children, dogs and grandparents around town. It’s the ideal family sedan.
The Ford Focus translates to inexpensive, but incredibly valuable. Car & Driver considers the 2013 Focus to be the best in the compact class for its ergonomic structure and flawless steering.
The BMW 3-series Sedan has two turbocharged engines that improve your fuel economy. The best part, though, is that it comfortably seats adults in the front and back. You don’t have to make any sacrifices for small and sleek.
This is the Ford Mustang’s third consecutive year in a 10Best posting. Why? It can get to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and it is a notorious beaut of a car.
It’s best described with Mazda’s mantra: Zoom Zoom.
These five executive-class vehicles are luxurious and have the amenities needed to stay in touch and work while on the road. Your Arizona car dealers can help you find the perfect fit for you, but here’s a few highlights.
1. BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series has more room and better interior quality that makes it a step up from the 5 Series. It also has the Bluetooth Office that integrates many of your smartphone’s features into your car. The iDrive infotainment system gives access to all of the 3 Series functions, including the navigation system, with just a few buttons. The 3 Series keeps you connected to the Internet, your smartphone and iPod, which makes it easy to complete work on the road.
2. Audi A6 Saloon
With Milano leather seats and manual height, length, backrest angle, steering wheel and headrest adjustment, the A6 Saloon is a very comfortable ride. It is equipped with satellite navigation that has two SD memory card slots and a built-in hands-free phone system, so drivers can stay connected while in the car. For environment loving power players, Audi officers a hybrid version that offers incredible fuel economy at 46 miles per gallon.
3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sedan
The Burl Walnut wood trim, premium leather steering wheel and leather-like upholstery give the E350 Sedan a luxurious look that screams power player. One notable feature is its attention assist driver-drowsiness monitor, which monitors driving behavior to alert drivers when it senses drowsiness. Also standard is the COMAND system with Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 technology, which keeps drivers connected to the Internet while on the road, and a Bluetooth hands-free system with audio streaming.
4. Jaguar XF
The Jaguar XF also has leather interior giving it an executive feel. Its Jaguar Smart Key SystemTM with keyless start makes it even faster and easier to hit the road. The car senses the key in your pocket or purse and automatically disarms the security system. Just press a button and you’re ready to drive. It has a 7-inch full-color touch screen, Bluetooth, a media hub for easy connectivity to an iPod or smartphone and much more. The Jaguar 250-Watt audio system with CD player and 10 speakers makes listening to music even more enjoyable.
5. Porsche Panamera
The visually pleasing Porsche Panamera is another great vehicle for power players. The standard high-resolution navigation system can show 2D and 3D maps on a 7-inch display. It has an overhead console with interior lights, a LED reading light, warning lamps, controls for the ParkAssist system, moonroof controls and Homelink® operation, which makes it easy to use all the features the car has to offer. It also has a continuous center console that provides armrests and storage throughout the vehicle for additional comfort.
Any of these interest you? Visit Chapman Arizona for more information and to test drive your top picks.
Unstable fuel prices and more stringent environmental guidelines have changed the face of automobiles over the course of the past decade. Although some manufacturers have stuck to their past strategies – resulting in a few bulky stalwarts still hogging the road, guzzling gas, and polluting the atmosphere – the dominant trend is a shift to smaller, smarter vehicles.
For many, however, misconceptions about small cars have led consumers to refuse to move away from larger vehicles. Fortunately, past concerns about the comfort, safety, and performance of small cars are no longer accurate, as evidenced by the following modern minis with impressive spec sheets available at Chapman Arizona dealers:
Mazda 3 – A 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Mazda 3 is available in both compact sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Scoring the highest marks in front and side impact tests as well as roof strength tests, the Mazda 3’s unique safety features include active headrests, blind-spot monitoring systems, and automatic pivoting headlights which follow curves while cornering to ensure that the driver can see the road ahead. The Mazda 3’s smaller frame and responsive handling further aid drivers in avoiding accidents altogether – after all, the safest collision is one which never occurs.
Chevrolet Cruze – The Chevrolet Cruze ranks in Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Most Comfortable Cars under $30,000.” Evaluators cited the Cruze’s laminated windshield, triple-sealed doors, and lined wheel wells as contributing to one of the quietest rides on the market. The Cruze also boasts a spacious, well-appointed interior with Bluetooth functionality, optional premium sound, and myriad other technological features. The Cruze exemplifies contemporary improvements to small cars with its uncompromising commitment both to efficiency and to comfort.
The Small and Powerful – Where small vehicles really shine is in the performance category, as the curb-heavy sedans, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks cannot surpass the combined speed, agility, and efficiency of their downsized counterparts. From the inexpensive and smart Dodge Dart with its 36 miles-per-gallon highway efficiency, to the rev-happy Mitsubishi Lancer, all the way up to the superb BMW M-series coupes, options abound for high-performance small cars in virtually every price range.
If you are looking for new or used cars in Phoenix and have your sights set on a compact car, the Chapman family of dealers inventories thousands of models to meet every need.
The world of automobile manufacturing is always changing, and those changes eventually reach the price on the window sticker. The so-called “gas guzzler tax,” a fairly recent change to the cost of manufacturing and importing autos in the United States, has had a significant impact on how automobiles are designed, built, shipped, and sold. Car dealers in Arizona are no exception, so it may be of use to consumers to understand the tax and how it affects the sticker price that they encounter on the lot.
The Energy Tax Act was originally enacted in 1978 in response to fuel consumption in the United States beginning to outgrow the amount of readily available oil. In a nutshell, the “gas guzzler tax,” as it is colloquially known, is an excise charged to manufacturers and importers of automobiles on the basis of their fuel mileage. The gas guzzler tax has dramatically changed the automotive market since it was passed in ways both obvious and surreptitious.
First, the gas guzzler tax only applies to vehicles under a certain weight. This fact is credited with the advent of the modern SUV, which are generally heavier than the maximum gas guzzler weight and are therefore exempt from the tax.
Next, the gas guzzler tax has contributed to the development of more aerodynamic vehicles with smaller engines and other fuel-conscious features. Many observers note that modern vehicles have begun to look more and more similar to one another regardless of the manufacturer – the gas guzzler tax has played a significant role in that development.
The most relevant effect of the gas guzzler tax to consumers, however, is in the sticker price of many vehicles. Although consumers do not directly pay any tax for purchasing less-efficient vehicles, the manufacturers and importers of those vehicles redistribute their costs to consumers. Any vehicle under 6,000 lbs. and with combined fuel mileage lower than 22.5 miles per gallon is subject to the tax, which can increase the sticker price anywhere from $1,000 to just under $8,000.
Fortunately, USA Today reports that contemporary technological developments – smaller, turbocharged engines, hybrid technology, and so on – have reduced the number of vehicles affected by the gas guzzler tax. For Arizona drivers, this means that performance will not always come at a premium as more manufacturers find ways to increase efficiency without compromising everything that makes driving enjoyable. Chapman AZ dealers offer numerous models which are tremendously efficient in spite of great power and torque, spacious interiors, and advanced technological upgrades.