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Buying a car is inevitable for most people. Whether it’s your first car or your fifth, a car is expensive so it’s important to research the different models, features and packages available before you make a purchase. Choosing features and a car style that is right for your lifestyle is key to finding a car that you'll be happy with.
Top 10 Best Rated Car Models
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The Dodge Challenger is produced by Chrysler Dodge and was first introduced in 1958. Today, it is on its fourth generation of models, which was introduced in 2008 to rival the fifth generation Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
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Toyota Corolla is a model of subcompact and compact cars made in Japan and introduced in the United States in 1968. It has consistently been ranked top of its class and continues to be among the most popular consumer vehicles.
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The Land Cruiser got its start in 1951 and is Toyota’s longest running series. The Land Cruiser is popular with off-road enthusiasts and comes in multiple models with varying off-road packages.
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Launched in 2013, The MKC is a crossover model built on the Ford Global C platform. In 2016, Lincoln sold over 25,000 models of the compact luxury SUV in the United States. The MKC comes with either a 2.0 or 2.3 EcoBoost engine.
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Toyota started production on the Prius in 1997 as a hybrid electric car. Today, it comes in either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback and is considered the most fuel-efficient, non-plugin car in the United States.
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The GMC Canyon was introduced in 2004, replacing the Chevrolet S-10 as GMC’s compact pickup truck. Today, the Canyon offers 181 horsepower, a trailer brake controller and a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.
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Toyota first started production on the 4Runner in 1984 based on their pickup truck. Today, the 4Runner is on its fifth generation and it is ranked as one of the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles on the market in the United States.
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Dodge started production on the Dart in 1960 as a compact car. Today, the redesigned Dart is a technologically advanced compact car, boasting up to 40 mpg and up to 184 hp.
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The Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2010 and is designed to be affordable and eco-friendly, boasting over 100 mpg. It is a compact car with a 360 V Lithium-ion battery that can run the car for 107 miles.
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Chevy started production on the Volt in 2010, which is marketed as a plug-in hybrid car with lithium-ion batteries that vary in size based on the model. The Volt boasts up to 53 miles of electric range and around 50 mpg.
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What features matter most?
How fuel efficient are cars today?
As the cost of gasoline rises, fuel-efficient cars are becoming more prominent and sought-out. Many car manufacturers include hybrid versions of base models so you may see more electric cars on car lots that can save you thousands of dollars a year on gas.
- EcoBoost engines: EcoBoost engines are designed to provide the same torque and horsepower as a regular engine but get around 30 percent better fuel efficiency and 15 percent lower greenhouse emissions.
- Hybrids: Hybrid vehicles use a combination of fuel and electric power. During startup and low speeds (under 35-40 mph), the engine uses battery power and switches to fuel once the battery is depleted or the vehicle needs more power during higher speeds. Simultaneously, the gasoline powers an electric generator to recharge the battery.
- Electric cars: Electric cars run solely on battery power and must be recharged as the power gets low. Electric cars that are currently on the market can get the equivalent of 60 to over 100 miles per gallon.
What are some popular safety features in car models?
Safety features in new cars have greatly improved and not only include features that help protect passengers in the event of a crash, but features that help prevent accidents.
- Airbags: Airbags are not a new safety feature but they have improved in current car models. Many new vehicles come with front, side and curtain airbags that deploy upon impact.
- Forward-Collision Warning (FCW): One of the most innovative safety features on the market today is FCW. It uses laser, radar or cameras to monitor surrounding conditions and your current speed to alert you about potential impacts. This gives you ample time to react to and avoid a potential collision.
- Blind-spot monitoring: Blind-spot monitoring works by alerting you with side mirror lights and audible chimes when there’s a vehicle in your blind-spot.
- Rear cross-traffic alert: Rear cross-traffic alerts notify you when traffic or a jogger is approaching from the side as you back out.
What are some common technological features in car models?
Advances in technology take convenience to a new level for new car model owners. Things like heated seats and steering wheels, voice control, smartphone integration, Bluetooth and head-up displays are great features that come standard or in packages in many new models.
- Voice control: Voice control allows you to put your phone away and keep your eyes on the road. You can speak a radio station, GPS destination or contact to call and the car automatically performs the action.
- Smartphone integration: Many new car models include smartphone integration in their standard models. Features like Apple’s CarPlay and Android’s Auto bring your phone screen to life on the dashboard’s touchscreen.
- Head-up display: Head-up displays project information like miles per hour (mph), speed, navigation information and temperature on the windshield in front of you so you don’t have to divert your eyes to check operating information.
What are the different types of add-ons for car models?
Car models come with various trim levels, options and packages that can be a little confusing and sound redundant. Most of these are based around a base model and include various add-on options for an increased price.
- Trim levels: Trim levels denote the engine type, transmission type, the number of doors and standard features. For example, a particular car model might have a base model that starts with an L and goes up to XLE as more features are added and the price increases.
- Options: Options are add-ons like technology, safety and luxury features that don’t come standard on a model. Options include things like sunroofs, advanced entertainment/stereo systems and extra safety features.
- Packages: Packages are options that are bundled and priced together in groups like a “convenience package” or “technology package.” Buying a package is usually cheaper than buying individually priced options.
What are the most common types of cars?
Subcompact cars are smaller than a compact car but larger than a microcar. They are typically around 165-175 inches in length and can be have two or four doors. Examples of subcompact cars include the Ford Fiesta, MINI Cooper and Honda Fit.
Compact cars are slightly smaller than mid-size cars and have two or four doors. Compact cars have an interior volume of around 100-110 cubic feet. Examples of compact cars include the Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sentra.
Mid-size cars are equal to or bigger than compact cars and have an interior volume of 110-120 cubic feet. Many mid-size models come in a two- or four-door version, as well as a hatchback version. Examples of mid-size cars include the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
Full-size cars are designed for comfort and luxury, with ample room for up to five passengers. The interior volume of a full-size car is greater than 120 cubic feet. Examples of full-size cars include the Chevrolet Impala, Nissan Maxima and Dodge Charger.
Pickup trucks come in sizes ranging from mid-size to super-duty and are designed for carrying and towing large payloads.
Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are typically mid- to full-size, carrying five to eight passengers comfortably while having ample room for luggage or other cargo. SUVs come in different styles with various add-on packages to support multiple lifestyles. Interior entertainment systems are common in current models, as well as luggage and bike racks.
Who buys cars?
It’s important for individuals to choose a vehicle that fits their lifestyle. Someone who commutes long distances may want a fuel-efficient car, while someone who owns land may find a full-size truck useful.
Families with multiple kids benefit from having spacious vehicles like minivans or mid- to full-size SUVs. Many of these models come with built-in entertainment systems and can seat up to eight passengers.
People in the agricultural and industrial industries
People who work in agriculture, construction and similar outdoor jobs require vehicles such as trucks to carry and tow heavy payloads while crossing rugged terrain.
Companies needing fleet vehicles
Larger corporations sometimes keep an inventory of fleet vehicles that can be checked out by employees needing to travel for work. Fleet vehicles usually consist of a mix of large SUVs, fuel-efficient cars and trucks for field workers.
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