Consumer confidence may be rising, but it still makes sense to watch every penny – especially with big purchases, like a new car. Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game. U.S. News Best Cars spent months analyzing thousands of professional reviews, as well as reliability and safety data, to create the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. Here are the 12 most highly praised low-cost, low-maintenance models for 2012:
BMW is recalling 1.6 million 3 series vehicles worldwide with Takata airbag inflators as a precautionary measure, the automaker said Wednesday. The BMW 3 Series recall affects 574,000 cars in the US.
General Motors has issued three more recalls, including the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and the Chevrolet Silverado from model years 2014-2015. Here is a breakdown of GM's most recent recalls.
General Motors is recalling 33,000 of its top-selling Chevrolet Cruze cars because of defective airbags from auto supplier Takata Corp. In a crash, the airbags can rupture, sending metal fragments flying toward drivers.
Ford Focus has overtaken its Japanese rival, the Toyota Corolla, at the top of the global sales charts. The company sold over one million units of its Ford focus last year.
Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, being unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, is rated at 148 horsepower and puts out 248 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, Voelcker writes. Chevy estimates the gas mileage from the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at 42 mpg highway.
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Interested in great gas mileage but reluctant to buy a hybrid? Ingram offers up five fuel-efficient options for the hybrid-averse consumer.
Reuters reported Monday that the Chevy Volt costs GM up to $49,000 per unit. Now some are disputing the figure, saying that it doesn't reflect the cost of each Volt over the entire production run.