Reason #5 for Buying a New Car in 2012

5. Improved Products

It’s no exaggeration to suggest today’s cars are better than ever, with an array of new and redesigned models bringing buyers back into dealers’ showrooms in virtually all car and truck classes. New vehicles for 2012 include chic budget-minded models like the Chevrolet Sonic and Fiat 500, distinctively designed cars like the Hyundai Veloster and Volkswagen Beetle and upscale entries including the Buick Verano and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Those looking to minimize their carbon footprints are able to choose among a growing number of part- and full-time electric vehicles like the new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and the Ford Focus Electric and Mitsubishi i.

 

Small cars are becoming increasingly substantial and sophisticated for those looking to downsize their rides but not their expectations. The best of them deliver lively performance and offer upscale amenities like heated leather seats and high-end audio systems that can integrate with smartphones to stream music and data from the Internet.

Fuel economy ratings at or above 40 mpg on the highway is becoming common among small cars, with midsize models leveraging turbocharged four-cylinder engines to deliver V6-like acceleration with fairly frugal fuel economy. Even full-size pickup trucks are showing significant gains in fuel economy these days with no sacrifice in utility, with the Ford F150 leading the way with its Ecoboost turbocharged V6 engine.”

 

Article from Forbes.com, Author Jim Gorzelany

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