Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.
Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.
This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.
Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.
I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.
Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker
Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.
One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.
While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.
Love driving and saving fuel? Then the all-new 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is the car for you! Volkswagen offers the cleanest diesels of any car brand in America.
Thanks to the 2015 Golf TDI’s Clean Diesel engine, you’re going to save money at the pump all year round.
[Update 9-23-2016:Click here if you’re looking for information on the issues involving the Volkswagen EA 189 Diesel Engine]
The 2015 Golf TDI comes with an all-new 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine made with lightweight ultra-high strength steels.
The same lightweight materials are used throughout the hatchbacks body; lowering the car’s overall weight by 79 lbs. The Clean Diesel engine delivers an average of 35mpg and about 236 lb-ft of torque; significantly better than most gasoline-powered cars.
Going hybrid is not the only solution to the CO2 problem. The TDI Clean Diesel technology produces fewer emissions than 93% of other vehicles.
Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you can bet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI will live up to it’s prior reputation of being sporty and fun to drive as well.
Now I know what you’re thinking….aren’t TDI’s known for being a bit more pricey? Volkswagen addressed this issue head on by lowering the entry point of the Golf TDI over $3,000 to $21,995 – thus making it an affordable and fun car to drive.
Nowadays the web is packed with information and tips on ways to spend less on gas by improving your fuel economy. Heck, we even post gas saving tips ourselves from time to time.
While there’s a time and place for tips to increase your fuel economy, the reality is that maintaining your conventional car’s gas mileage is a lifelong task that takes up your valuable time and money.
So let me ask you this….
Would you like a way to not only save money at the pump, but free up your valuable time as well?
Sure, you’ve heard the buzz about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, but is it just hype? With 33 mpg, 108 cubic feet of interior volume and a brand-new upgraded interior, it’s no wonder everyone’s talking about it.
As the world’s first sport/utility wagon, the Subaru Outback has a long history of being an industry leader. Let me fill you in on everything you need to know about the new Subaru SUV.
So as we made our way downtown, I kept reminding myself to keep my eyes open for something cool and fun from Subaru that we could add to our media library. You know, something to have on hand to share just in case.
The New York International Auto Show introduced the world to some bold new concepts and stylish new redesigns; Nissan embraced the latter with its 2015 Nissan Murano.
While the Murano is technically a concept vehicle, it’s important to remember that Nissan creates concepts with a focus on actual production and not just to wow the audiences at auto shows.
You can expect much of what you see here to make it’s way in to the production version of the 2015 Nissan Murano.
Right off the bat it’s clear that Nissan is trying to incorporate the 370Z v-shaped headlights into many more of their future vehicles.
The boomerang-style lights that made their way onto the redesigned Juke and Sports Sedan Concept are evident here on the Murano as well.
Aerodynamic styling has also been worked into the redesign, making the third-generation Murano the most streamlined version yet.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect is a roughly 130 pounds being dropped off the vehicles weight, increasing fuel economy by about 20%.
I’ll be honest here, the boost in fuel efficiency is greatly appreciated. One of the caveats of the current-gen Murano is a somewhat shallow mpg range; with a tune up to the engine and new streamlined styling, better gas mileage will attract a much larger fanbase.