“From Lexus to Honda: 2010 Most Fuel Efficient Cars”

June 30, 2010

2010  Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius, the family sedan has always been labeled the “environmentalist dream.” The Prius remains at the top of the list of most fuel efficient widely available vehicles, with 50 mpg combined fuel economy. The classic hybrid gets 51 MPG city and 48 mpg highway and will only cost you roughly $1.34 for 25 mpg. With an annual fuel cost of only $801.oo, the Prius was rated one of the greenest cars of the year by Greenopia and Kelley Blue Book.


2010 Honda Civic

This top-rated small car again proudly sits alongside the Prius among the widely available 2010 vehicles with 42 mpg fuel economy. Although the conventional Civic will run you about $8,000 less, the hybrid Civic will save you $430 less to fuel annually. Compared to Prius, the Honda Civic Hybrid will cost you a mere $1.59 for every 25 miles you drive and only $953.00 to fuel annually. It was named one of Greenopia’s greenest cars of 2010.


2010 Honda Insight

The second-best small car, also a good old’ Honda, is the newly redesigned Insight, a hybrid with a fuel economy of 40 mpg city, 43 highway. Another huge plus?  It costs a few thousand dollars less than the leaders in this class and will only cost you $1.63 to drive you 25 miles. It ranks on both Greenopia and Kelley Blue Book‘s greenest lists and has an annual fuel cost of $977.00


Ford Fusion Hybrid

The most fuel-efficient family sedan behind the Prius, sits at about 39 mpg. If you’re stuck between buying The Fusion and its hybrid version, the hybrid costs $8,000 more, but will cost nearly $600 less to fuel each year. The extraordinary Fusion will give you 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway and only cost you a little over $1000 annually to fuel. It was rated one of Kelley Blue Book‘s greenest cars of 2010, and it was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.


2010 Smart ForTwo

Whether you pick up the classic coupe or the convertible (looks a bit like a golf cart), the Smart ForTwo’s 36 mpg make it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car on the market. And at $11,990 it’s also the most affordable.  This little ride around will cost you roughly $1.85 to drive 35 miles, and $1,113 annually. Smart ForTwo’s was rated one of Greenopia’s greenest cars of the year.


2010 Lexus HS250H

The Lexus HS 250h is of the most luxurious fuel-efficient car on the market, and really makes “going green” look sleek. This prestige vehicle offers 35 mpg city, and 34 mpg highway with an annual cost of only $1,145. If you want to contribute to the “go green” movement, but can’t quite give up the need for a luxury vehicle, then the 2010 Lexus HS250H is the car for you!


2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

This Nissan Altima Hybrid surprisingly is not much more expensive that the standard Altima. Running you about $7,000 more, the hybrid family sedan gets 34 mpg and will save about astounding $750 in fuel costs.


2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan brings the quality and reliability of the Camry together with increased fuel efficiency. Compared to the conventional Camry, the hybrid costs roughly $7,000 more, but at 34 mpg, the hybrid will save about $560 in annual fuel costs.


Audi A3 TDI

The Audi A3 TDI offers sporty styling and dynamic performance combined with the latest luxury, entertainment and safety technology. The Sportback design adds utility and convenience that sets the A3 TDI apart from the crowd. The Audi A3 “clean diesel” TDI achieves 34 mpg – 10 mpg more than its gasoline-fueled cousin. Still, this car earned “Green Car of the Year” designation from the Green Car Journal. $1,226 annual fuel cost


2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

The little Jetta gets 34 mpg and has an annual fuel cost of $1,235, making it one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrids on the market. But it runs on diesel, which means its carbon footprint is greater than comparable vehicles. The stripped-down gasoline-powered Jetta costs about $5,000 less, but will cost about $350 more to fuel each year.


2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

The most fuel-efficient hatchback on the market, the Golf TDI gets 34 mpg and will only dip into your wallet about $1,235 a year. The TDI costs about $3,600 more than the gasoline, but saves about $300 annually in fuel costs. Because it burns diesel, its carbon emissions are greater than comparable cars. Also, it’s only going to cost you a mere $2.06 to drive 25 miles.


2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportsWagen TDI

This diesel hatchback runs about $5,000 more than its gasoline-powered cousin, but with 34 mpg, it will save about $360 in annual fuel costs. Because it runs on diesel, its carbon footprint is higher than comparable vehicles. It was rated one of Kelley Blue Book‘s greenest cars of 2010.


2010 Toyota Yaris

Whether the little Yaris you get is the 3-door hatch, the 5-door hatch (add $300) or the 5-door sedan (add $750), the little Yaris gets 32 mpg. From its excellent fuel economy and eccentric appearance to its comprehensive package of safety features, the 2010 Toyota Yaris is a good value.


2010 Mini Cooper

Mini Coopers are among the most recognizable cars on the road, beloved for both their cutesy looks and zippy driving dynamics. The Cooper’s small size means it’s already incredibly maneuverable — and that’s before you consider that it has handling dynamics designed by parent company BMW’s engineers. The classic Mini Cooper gets 32 mpg and is rated one of 2010’s greenest cars by Kelley Blue Book. $1,366 annual fuel cost


2010 Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford family again has the only members in the over-30 mpg SUV club. The hybrid Ford Escape gets 32 mpg — as good as the tiny Mini Cooper. While it costs $11,000 more than the gasoline-powered Escape, it costs between $440 and $570 less to fuel every year (depending on whether you go with 4WD or not).


2010 Honda Fit

The 2010 Honda Fit is a winner is almost every respect. Beloved by the automotive press for its innovative storage options, its extensive list of available features and its zippy ride, the Fit is a good choice for anyone shopping for an affordable small car. If you’re buying a new Fit, the automatic 5-speed gets the best mileage, with 31 mpg. It is rated one of the greenest cars of 2010 by Kelley Blue Book.


2010 Kia Rio

The manual Kia Rio gets 31 mpg without the benefit of a hybrid engine, keeping its cost low. (The automatic drive comes in at a combined 30 mpg, but does better on the highway.) $1,294 annual fuel cost


2010 Hyundai Accent Blue

At 31 mpg, this new baseline version of the Accent (which otherwise gets 30 mpg) is among the more affordable fuel efficient 2010 cars.  $1,294 annual fuel cost

Reference: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/fuel-efficient-cars-47102201#ixzz0rtTn6ztX


2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

May 27, 2010

The Car: the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

The GT2 RS is making its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show on August 25th.

Amount of power: 620 hp.

The weight: 3,021 lb in road trim with all fluids on board.

The future top GT model shows as the absolute high point in the 911 range as the fastest and most powerful sports car ever built in the history of Porsche. With power up by 90 hp and weight down by 154 lb, the new 911 GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.9 lb per horsepower, by far the best power/weight ratio in its class. Clearly, these are the supreme components for an ultra-high-performance sports car with supreme agility, truly remarkable performance, and of course excellent Porsche Intelligence Performance.
The 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine powered by two turbochargers is made with variable turbine geometry that is exclusive to Porsche.  Equally supreme stopping power     is standard on this ultra-high-performance sports car that comes from PCCB composite ceramic brakes. Appropriate longitudinal and crosswise dynamics are ensured by the sporting RS arrangement of the springs, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management, anti-roll bars, as well as the engine mounts and PSM Porsche Stability Management.

The interior also exudes the finesse of sporting performance in nearly every detail, featuring lightweight bucket seats made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in carbon surface finish and lightweight door panels with door opening straps. The basic interior color is black, contrasting attractively with features such as the seat centre sections and the roof lining as well as segments on the steering wheel rim. The gearshift and handbrake lever are both finished in a red hot alcantara.

Limited to just 500 units, the 911 GT2 RS will be available in Europe from September 2010, in the USA from October 2010.

Future Cars: Luxury Hybrids and Electrics

March 5, 2010

Many of you may be wondering what to expect with hybrid and electric vehicles over the next few years? The market for hybrid and electric vehicles is expected to boom over the coming 12-24 months, with options ranging from hybrid vehicles, to plug-in hybrid vehicles to pure electric vehicles and range-extender electric. Could you be driving an electric or hybrid in the next few years?

Here’s what we can look forward to seeing in the coming years:

Chevrolet Volt:

Powertrain: Plug-in electric with range-extender fuel engine

What makes it great: GM’s ultra high-mile Chevy Volt plug-in electric vehicle is said to get 230 mpg. If GM pulls this off they could reclaim the green from Toyota.

Honda CR-Z hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: Honda’s well of fun little sports cars runs deep and the CR-Z clearly brings up memories of the light and fantastic (and fuel-sippin’) CRX hatchback. Add a hybrid system and they might have found a new formula for the hatchback crowd.

Audi Q5 hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: Audi hasn’t been quick to debut hybrid systems in their vehicles, choosing mostly to stick to diesels. This Q5 could be their way of testing the water by putting their toe in the water.

BMW 7-series hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: BMW’s new 7-series hybrid should differentiate itself by providing extra oomph (442 lb-ft of torque will be on tap).

Buick “Baby Enclave”:
Powertrain: Plug-in hybrid
Why It’s Great: If Buick is truly going to become a great American brand again, they need to start innovating. This system should use the same running gear as the 230-mpg Chevy Volt, making this new Buick an exciting one to watch.

Fisker Karma:
Powertrain: Plug-in electric with range-extender fuel engine

Why It’s Great: Arguably one of the most beautiful new designs on the road, the Karma should do for the nascent Fisker brand what all great cars do: garner maximum attention. That the Karma will be one of the first plug-in electric vehicles available on the market, it should have about a year on its own before the major manufacturers start competing with it head on.

Honda Fit hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: The Fit could become one of the cheapest hybrids on the market today, creating a wave of new hybrid owners. Right now the cheapest hybrid on the market is the Fit’s older brother, the Honda Insight, but at about $20,000 that is still out of reach for many buyers.

Mercedes-Benz ML450 hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: With a 3.5-liter V6 a trusy battery pack, the ML450 hybrid can go 1.8 miles or up to 34 mph on battery power alone (take that, 2010 Prius).

Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid :
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: At 29 miles per gallon combined, the S400 can boast about more than just its Mercedes-Benz badge on its hood.

Nissan 370Z hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: A hybrid sports car? Isn’t this blasphemy? Well, in some circles it just might be; in others, not so much. The idea of a 370Z hybrid is something along the lines of pure speculation at this point, but we do know Nissan and Infiniti are working on their own hybrid system and internal plans continue to look into its use on the famous Z sports car.

Nissan Leaf:
Powertrain: Plug-in electric
Why It’s Great: Nissan claims the Leaf will have a fuel equivalent of 367 miles per gallon. That’s not a typo. For now, though, the Leaf is still just a prototype. Expect it to come to market in a year or so in limited markets, mostly in the west.

Porsche Cayenne hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: Porsche has big plans for its big truck and it’s no secret that many of its buyers have interest in hybrid powertrains (and, no doubt, the money to pay for such a luxury). Expect the Cayenne hybrid to carry a premium price tag and something near 25 MPG.

Porsche Panamera hybrid:
Powertrain: Hybrid
Why It’s Great: Porsche is now making a sedan called the Panamera.  Since luxury sedan buyers now expect hybrids as part of an options package, Porsche will feature a parallel hybrid system (meaning it can drive under electric power, gasoline power, or both), meaning it will travel on electric power up to 70 miles per hour.

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid :
Powertrain: Plug-in hybrid
Why It’s Great: A Prius is already a hybrid that gets 50 mpg, but Toyota is readying a plug-in hybrid version of the car, making it even more efficient. Toyota says that plug-in hybrid versions of its Prius hatchback are veraging 65 miles per gallon in real-world testing.

Volvo V70 hybrid:
Powertrain: Plug-in hybrid
Why It’s Great: Volvo is expected to launch its hybrid system (a plug-in one, at that) in their famous wagon lineup. The V70 has long been a Volvo classic (think of old 240 Volvo station wagons from the 80s and 90s) and the company’s first hybrid system makes sense to launch here first. There are also rumors that Volvo is launching a hybrid or electric version of its small C30 hatchback, too

* Reference Autochannel.com

Porsche Adds New Panamera Models to Already Successful Collection

February 16, 2010

Announced Today: The addition of two new Panamera Models to Porsches’ collection. Porsche just released it just three months after successfully launching the first four-door Gran Turismo in three V8 designs: the Panamera S, the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo. The Panamera and Panamera 4, the model line’s new versions, can be found in most Porsche Dealerships and of course here at L.A. Car Connection by June 2010. Both feature a brand-new 3.6-liter V6 with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) developing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Panamera spreads its power to the road by its newly designed rear wheels, while the Panamera 4 comes standard with active all-wheel drive. Both exquisitely built. The Panamera and Panamera 4 are examples of the Porsche Intelligent Performance development strategy. With more and more people going “green” these models are equipped with the PDK gearbox and the Auto Start Stop function. Porsche anticipates these new models to be significantly more fuel efficient than their normally aspirated V8 siblings. Like the proven V8 models, both the Panamera and the Panamera 4, as genuine Gran Turismos, combine a sporting character with the high standard of comfort and everyday driving traits. This provides a wide range of suspension qualities and features, with a high level of motoring comfort on the one hand and extremely sporting driving dynamics on the other. Both models will be making their world debut at the Beijing Motor Show on April 23, 2010. The Panamera and Panamera 4 MSRPs are $74,400 and $78,900, respectively. Since its U.S. introduction in October 2009, the Panamera has received numerous awards and recognition. The Panamera Turbo was named Playboy Magazine’s 2010 Car of the Year.

Can Your Car Last 1,000,000 Miles ?

January 18, 2010

When it comes to making a vehicle last — I mean truly last — Irv Gordon has set the standard. The retired science teacher paid $4,150 for his 1966 Volvo P1800 when it was new (at that time it was almost as much as his annual salary as a science teacher), and over the years he’s put 2.7 million miles on the car.

Gordon said that he spends less than $1,000 on vehicle maintenance and repair each year–and that’s averaged out to include the two engine rebuilds he’s had done over the 40-plus years of ownership.

Today a million miles, or even 500,000 miles, is still extremely unusual for a vehicle. But nowadays, passing the 200,000-mile mark is no longer the rare occasion it once was.

Consumer Reports, through its annual questionnaire, has found that thousands of people have gone over 200,000 miles in their original vehicles without catastrophic failures or major repairs. If a vehicle is very cheap to maintain and repair, it might be a good choice to keep to high miles even if it’s not a standout for reliability.

Read the Owner’s Manual!  – When people ask Irv Gordon–the guy with the 2.7-million-mile car–what they should do to follow his example, he has some surprisingly simple advice. “I always tell people the first thing to do is read the owner’s manual,” he said. Gordon, other experts, and reports from high-mileage drivers all emphasize that you shouldn’t cut any corners on routine maintenance.

Diligent maintenance can make “profound differences,” according to Dillon, in how long your vehicle lasts. In addition to the maintenance required by the manufacturer, he recommends regular flushing of critical fluids such as for the transmission, brakes, and power steering.

“Generally you don’t need to maintain it more often than the owner’s manual specifies,” assessed Kahn from his own experience. But he did emphasize the importance of being pre-emptive with some repair or maintenance items, ie the timing belt.

Be Proactive And Pre-Emptive –  Repairing preemptively — replacing belts and hoses long before they’re in danger of failing–and never ignoring new noises or vibrations, might be the best tip of all. It’s abundantly clear that the most successful high-mileage owners are those who understand the cost-effectiveness and importance of addressing the small problem before it becomes a larger one.

Passionate Penny-Pinching  – And that leads to a final, and especially important, point: After all these years, Gordon still really likes his little Volvo coupe. Typically, owners of high-mileage vehicles still like them — or at the very least the competitive aspect of seeing how far they can get without problems.

In 2007, Consumer Reports projected — figuring in depreciation, maintenance, repairs, finance costs, fees, and insurance — that drivers could save more than $20,000, typically, by keeping a new vehicle for 15 years and 225,000 miles versus getting a new one every five years.

Hyundai Recalling 65,000 Cars

January 12, 2010

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Hyundai Motor America announced a recall of the certain Hyundai Azera sedans made between 2005 and 2008 (model years 2006-2009) for problems with Corvette models made between 2005 and 2007 last week for problems with the vehicles seat belt.

The report, specific only to the Azera model at this point, concerns the way that the seat belt tension sensor may withstand damage that could potentially create a problem with air bag deployment.

NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says the following:

“Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2009 Azera vehicles manufactured from September 27, 2005 through October 1, 2008. The wiring harness for the right front seat belt tension sensor may sustain damange after repeated use of the seat belt. If the seat belt tension sensor wiring becomes damaged the air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash, necessitating front air bag deployment.”

In a worst-case scenario, air bag failure can occur.

Hyundai is expected to begin announcing the recall this month, while the actual recall modifications will take place in February.

*Information courtesy of AOL autos

Last 8 days to Purchase your New Vehicle with 2009 Tax Write off:

December 23, 2009

The IRS is handing back $1,000 plus on a new car purchase this year. This is a new provision of the Senate’s Version of the economic stimulus bill. The measure, approved by the Senate, would make auto loan interest and state sales tax deductible from federal income tax.

The 2009 stimulus package signed into law by President Obama includes a valuable tax break for people who buy new cars, pickups, motorcycles and motor homes.

“You could save as much as 10% off the price of a new car by writing off state and local sales taxes. “Imagine if you buy a $30,000 car, your sales tax is nearly $3,000. You take a $3,000 deduction right off your federal income tax for 2009.” Says one dealership owner in California.

However, there are a few guidelines that must be followed:

•The deduction is limited to the state and local sales and excise taxes paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of the new vehicle.

•The amount of the deduction is phased out for taxpayers whose modified adjusted gross income is between $125,000 and $135,000 for individual filers and between $250,000 and $260,000 for joint filers.

•The vehicle must be purchased after Feb. 16, 2009, and before Jan. 1, 2010, to qualify for the deduction.

•The deduction cannot be claimed on 2008 tax returns.

So you may want to consider a new car purchase more seriously before this tax incentive expires on January 1, 2010. Come down to L.A. Car Connection and let us help you choose your next vehicle.

The Result of the L.A. Auto Show

December 16, 2009

Even though there have been some serious ups and downs in the automotive industry and it’s had some major dire straits in the past year, none of which stopped the L.A. Auto Show from happening.  As always, The L.A. Auto Show was held at the L.A. Convention Center, starting on Friday December 4th until Sunday, December 13th. The whole L.A. Car Connection, Inc. team had the opportunity to go down last week and see the latest and best of the automotive industry. Here are the top ten best new cars:

  1. The Audi E-Tron: This Vehicle was one hot looking car. Reviewers were calling it the new “green sports car”. The vehicle is powered with four electri c motors, and a lithium ion battery pack, producing 315 hp.
  2. The Jaguar XJ: Jaguar really stepped up their game with the Jaguar XJ. With a sleek body style, and luxurious interior, their German competitors had nothing on them.
  3. The Lexus LFA: Eric Brooks, President of L.A. Car Connection, Inc. actually had the opportunity to drive one of these sexy cars a couple months prior to the L.A. Auto show. Eric says “there is nothing like this car.”  This car may have taken awhile to come around but with a speed reaching 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, this car is made for anyone with the need for speed.
  4. BMW Vision EfficentDynamics: To describe this vehicle in one word, that word would be unique. BMW plans to continue to make diesel based- plug in hybrids for all their future cars. They’re claiming that this one-of-a-kind will deliver M3 performance.
  5. Cadillac CTS Coupe: This is a personal favorite for one of the employees at L.A. Car Connection, Inc. This car is said to be the super classy, very fast station wagon. This two door coupe has a small bumper and smaller curb weight, and is anything but boring to drive.
  6. Mini Roadster Concept: If you have never been a fan of mini coopers, just wait until you see this baby. While not as nimble as the original, this new and improved mini cooper gets amazing speed and handles remarkably.
  7. Ford Fiesta: Reviewers and local newspapers are comparing this closely to the Honda civic. This vehicle has a very sleek design with the practicalities of everyday driving. Great gas mileage, and overall a great little commuter car.
  8. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG :  This Mercedes is not a direct descendent of  the Mercedes 300SL, but is very similar. The SLS AMG, is half the price ($455,000) of the Mercedes SLR, but just as good, if not a little bit better.
  9. Porsche 911 GT3 RS: This Porsche is the most performance based Porsche made to date. But hey, that’s what makes them such amazing cars.
  10. The Buick Regal: A new Buick Regal was launched in China in November 2008 based on the Opel Insignia.In November 2009, in Los Angeles, GM introduced the car to the North American market. Although such a success in China, let’s see how this vehicle does in the U.S.

Too Busy to Get Your Car Washed? Try Mobile Detailing

December 1, 2009

Many enjoy the luxury of getting into a new, freshly washed vehicle but unfortunately do not have the time to either get a quality wash. In between, soccer practice and late nights at the office your find yourself not taking care of your second biggest investment you’ll make….Your vehicle.  Here are some benefits of mobile detailing as an alternative.
1. Protect Your InvestmentThink detailing is a luxury service? It’s actually preventative maintenance for the interior and exterior of your car. Failure to properly maintain your vehicle could lead to paint oxidation/fading, clear coat failure, faded trim, and even faded and/or cracked interior plastics and leather surfaces. Regular details ensure that these parts don’t break down over time, which keeps your car in good shape for years down the road.

2. Clean Interiors Are Healthier – What people don’t realize, the average person spends 2.4 hours or longer in their car a week. When your interior is not cleaned on a regular basis, dust mites and other allergens can develop quickly. A detailed interior promotes a healthier environment for you and your passengers.

3. Professional Detailers Do It Right – When you have a problem with your car, you take it to a mechanic because they know cars and have the proper tools to make the repair or if you’re sick, you go to your doctor. It’s the same principal when having a professional detail your car. We have the equipment, products, and expertise needed to do the best job and to do it correctly.

4. Higher Resale Value – Look at it from a different point of view– Would you buy a dirty scratched up car?  Not likely!  A thorough detail before you sell your car increases your chances of it selling quickly, and at a higher price. The extra money could be used towards the purchase of your next vehicle.  This also helps when you turn in a vehicle coming off a lease.  If your car is left in horrible shape when its turned in, you will more than likely be paying a hefty cleaning fee from the leasing company.

5. Enjoy That New Car Feel Professional detailing performed on a regular basis is a effective way to keep your car looking great and feeling like new.  It’s the next best thing without spending the money on a new car!

6. Portray The Right Image – As quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine “To many, the appearance of a clean, well cared for vehicle, dictates the projections of the owners own personality and upkeep”

Safest Cars of 2010

November 20, 2009

Last Wednesday, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety awarded 27 vehicles for receiving the highest ratings for “safest vehicles for 2010”. All 27 vehicles received an award recognizing them for doing the best job against protecting motorists in front, rear, side and rollover crash. All vehicles feature, Electronic stability control (EST), which is a new state of the art anti-rollover technology.

With a new criterion, the numbers were cut in more than half. 94 were tested and approved in 2009, in comparison to the 24 this year.

Ford Motor Co. and its Volvo unit received the most awards with six, followed by five awards apiece for Japanese automaker Subaru and German automaker Volkswagen AG and its Audi unit. However, Subaru was the only manufacturer with an IIHS in all four vehicles classifications in which it completes.

“With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all four of the most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund in a statement. “Consumers can use this list to zero in on the vehicles that are on the top rung for safety.”

Below is the IIHS list of vehicles given a top safety pick.

LARGE CARS: Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Volvo S80

MIDSIZE CARS: Audi A3, Chevrolet Malibu (built after October. 2009), Chrysler Sebring (4-door with optional ESC), Dodge Avenger, Mercedes C Class, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Jetta (4-door), Volkswagen Passat (4-door), Volvo C30.

SMALL CARS: Honda Civic (4-door with optional ESC, except Si), Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, Subaru Impreza (except WRX), Volkswagen Golf (4-door)

MIDSIZE SUVs: Dodge Journey, Subaru Tribeca, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90

COMPACT SUVs: Honda Element, Jeep Patriot (with optional side thorax airbags), Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Tiguan

L.A. Car Connection, Inc. has the ability to get almost any make or model vehicle you choose. From Fords to Ferraris, to Hummer and Hybrids, L.A. Car Connection has the connection to get them all!

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