Month: April 2018

Best AWD Sedans in 2018

You Don’t Need an SUV to Have All-Wheel Drive

Not long ago, all-wheel drive was both a pricey option and limited to select vehicles that sacrificed fuel economy for extra grip on the road. With the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, however, having all-wheel drive is becoming increasingly popular.

It’s no wonder that car companies are making it available on mainstream sedans – and at more manageable prices. Smarter and lighter all-wheel drive systems are less expensive and more fuel efficient than ever before, too.

Subaru Legacy

2018 Subaru Legacy 

Midsize Sedan | U.S. News Score: 8.0/10

A key attribute of the Legacy is its standard all-wheel drive – most rival midsize sedans charge thousands of dollars more for all-wheel drive (if they offer it at all).

The Legacy has a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The optional 256-horsepower six-cylinder in the 3.6R Limited trim adds better straight-line performance, though even this motor can feel sluggish at times.

While having all-wheel drive used to mean a noticeable drop in fuel economy, the standard Legacy is a fuel-sipper that offers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. Another upside to the Legacy sedan is its extremely strong performance in safety and crash-test ratings.

Buick Regal

2018 Buick Regal

Full-Size Sedan | U.S. News Score: 8.0/10

Newly redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Buick Regal is available in two styles: a convenient hatchback, called the Sportback, and handsome station wagon labeled the TourX. Both come with seating for five adults, along with vast amounts of cargo room. The cargo space of both rivals some SUVs and crossovers. The TourX has a whopping 73.5 cubic feet of cargo room, while the Sportback offers a substantial 60.7 cubic feet.

The Regal Sportback also has a handsome exterior – no, it definitely doesn’t look like a Buick of yesteryear. The biggest drawbacks include middling interior quality, along with fuel mileage that’s only average for the class.

Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza

Compact Sedan |  U.S. News Score: 8.1/10

The Subaru Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive and, in sedan format, has a highly affordable starting price. A five-door wagon is also available.

The standard 152-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers adequate power and solid fuel economy, though primarily because the modest power output doesn’t inspire aggressive driving. Cargo room is impressive, and the seats are spacious and comfortable.

Having all-wheel drive as a no-cost feature makes the Impreza a great value in the compact car segment, if having extra grip ranks highest on your list of priorities. The Impreza faces tough competition, however, including popular (though only front-wheel drive) rivals like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.

Ford Fusion

2018 Ford Fusion

Midsize Sedan | U.S. News Score: 8.3/10

A comfortable ride and finely balanced handling make the Ford Fusion a strong entry in the midsize sedan segment. Adding all-wheel drive, which is optional, means you’ll get the 245-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. If you want more power, you can opt for the 325-horsepower 2.7-liter V6 in the Ford Fusion Sport.

The powerful V6 is the choice for car buyers who want the safety aspect of all-wheel drive combined with strong performance and quick acceleration – though fuel economy, even in the less-powerful turbo model, falls behind that of some front-wheel-drive rivals. Still, with its combination of a roomy cabin, quiet ride, and nimble driving reflexes (especially with the turbo 2.7-liter V6), the Ford Fusion with all-wheel drive rides a fine line between being a practical family car and a subtle sport sedan.Buick LaCrosse

2018 Buick LaCrosse

Full-Size Sedan | U.S. News Score: 8.8/10

Along with its comfortable driving manners and spacious cabin, the Buick LaCrosse has a surprising amount of power thanks to the available 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. This motor comes standard when adding optional all-wheel drive. For comparison, the entry-level LaCrosse is front-wheel drive, comes with a four-cylinder engine.

The LaCrosse has excellent performance in crash tests, strong reliability, nimble handling, and great fuel efficiency. The V6-equipped LaCrosse with all-wheel drive returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg during city driving and 29 mpg on the highway.

Genesis G90

2018 Genesis G90

Luxury Large Sedan |  U.S. News Score: 9.1/10

Hyundai’s luxury division is not being shy when it comes to taking on entrenched leaders, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. While it’s not cheap, the G90 costs many thousands of dollars less compared to its primarily German rivals. The optional all-wheel drive hardware can be fitted to either of the G90’s two available engines: a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 or a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8.

The cabin is fitted with high-end materials, and there is a ton of room for either front or rear passengers – though the trunk is smaller than some other choices in this elite segment.

Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

Luxury Small Sedan |  U.S. News Score: 9.2/10

Kia is a newcomer to the sport sedan segment, though you wouldn’t know it from behind the wheel of the Stinger. All-wheel drive is available across all trim levels, which allows buyers the choice of a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder or 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Either engine comes with a refined eight-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 has extra punch, though the turbo four-cylinder is a nice match with the direct steering and quick reflexes of the Stinger. Cabin materials are top notch, and leather seating comes standard. A large hatchback reveals a spacious 23.3 cubic feet of trunk room, making the Stinger even more practical and enticing, despite competing in a competitive segment that includes the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Super Luxury Sedan | U.S. News Score: 9.3/10

As statement vehicles go, few have the poise and presence of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. While the sky’s the limit when optioning one of Mercedes’ range-topping sedans the S450 4Matic sedan carries a far less supercar-like price. Powered by a 362-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, the S-Class delivers effortless performance in a whisper-quiet atmosphere.

For that amount of money, you get the very latest in comfort features, safety advancements, and in-cabin technology. Quad-zone climate control, a 26-speaker Burmester 3D audio system, and a seemingly endless list of available active safety features can be optioned into this opulent sedan.

 

April 23, 2018
(Credits to: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-all-wheel-drive-sedans)

 

2018 Top 4 Car Shows in Colorado

If you live in Colorado, you’re probably aware of how big the classic car scene is here! Colorado is home to the Gateway Auto Museum on the western slope and the Forney Transportation museum in Denver. We’ve looked into some of the best car shows of 2018 according to reports from 2017. Whether you’re a huge hot rod buff or you’re just looking for something to do with the family on the weekend, these car shows are sure to bring a family-friendly and roaring good time. Below is a list of the top 4 car shows you better not miss in 2018!

 

#1

Castle Rock Cruise In

Castle Rock Cruise In

Castle Rock, CO

June 16 to June 17, 2018

http://www.classicrockcruisein.com/

Every summer, on the Saturday before Fathers Day, the Classic Rock Cruise In transforms historic downtown Castle Rock into a showplace for all kinds of cool cars, hot rods and trucks.  The main streets are closed for the day so that  over 300 entries can be displayed by their proud owners and admired by thousands of spectators. The Cruise In has something for everyone – cars, shops, live music, restaurants and food trucks, beer and wine, attractions for the kids, and specialty vendor booths. They have an entry class for everyone.  Class winners are determined by a panel of experienced judges.  This year there are 51 trophies in 22 classes, including a Mayor’s Choice, Hottest Car (picked by the Fire Chief) and Most Likely to Get Pulled Over (picked by the Police Chief). It’s a fun, friendly show in a beautiful small town setting.

Last year the show sold out so pre-register your car to secure your spot. Pre-registration is $25 and the day of show cost is $30 (if available). As always, the show is free for anyone that doesn’t want to bring a car and wants to just come hang out and see some great rides.

The show is organized and produced by a partnership of the Vintage Car Club and the Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association, and in 2013 was awarded the Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence as the Best Promotional Event in Colorado.  Every year, the VCC donates a portion of the proceeds from the show to support local charities.

 

#2

Old Town Car Show

old town car show fort collins

Fort Collins, CO

June 2nd, 2018 

http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/old-town-car-show

Hundreds of great hot rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Downtown Fort Collins.  This event is free for spectators and open to all ages.  Come Downtown and enjoy the atmosphere of historic Old Town while viewing hundreds of cars. Custom cars, street rods, fat fender street rods, muscle cars, classic motorcycles, classic cars and classic trucks will line the Downtown streets. Plenty of vendors and beer will accompany the car show and you’re sure to have a great time in Old Town Fort Collins.

 

#3

Goodguys 21st Colorado Nationals

Good Guys Car Show

Loveland, CO

September 7 to September 9, 2018

https://www.good-guys.com/cn-2017

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association promotes and produces some of the world’s most dynamic automotive events. They’re car people just like you. Founded by lifelong hot rodder Gary Meadors in 1983, Goodguys is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums. The cars, the vendor exhibits, the adrenaline-pumping Goodguys AutoCross, the live entertainment and colorful people create a festive atmosphere. Goodguys offers over 20 events annually across the country from the coast to coast. Their events range from two-day affairs attended by 30,000 to 40,000 people to three day extravaganza’s attracting over 100,000 auto enthusiasts.

They pride themselves in producing affordable, high quality family-oriented entertainment and having fun with automobiles. All Goodguys events welcome rods, customs, classics, trucks, street machines and muscle cars through 1972 vintage while the “Get-Togethers” and “Super Sunday” programs welcome all, years, makes & models of American made and American powered cars and trucks.

#4

Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

telluride cars and colors

Telluride, CO

September 27 to September 30, 2018

https://carsandcolors.com/

The 4th Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, September 27-30, 2018 is a world-class celebration for automobile aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, its placed against the backdrop of Tellurides spectacular palette of Septembers autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles, the festival will occupy three distinct venues over the course of the four days: the downtown Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport.

 

Car Club Resources

If you’re looking to get involved in a classic car club, or just looking for a place where you can get more info on car shows going on around Colorado, these are two great resources. The Rocky Mountain Car Club and the Castle Rock Vintage Car Club are two fun-loving reputable car clubs in Colorado and always know how to have a good time. Check out both of these organization’s webpages and learn more!

Rocky Mountain Car Club

Rocky Mountain Car Club

http://www.rockymountaincarclub.com/

Castle Rock Vintage Car Club

Castle Rock Vintage Car Club

http://www.thevintagecarclub.com/

 

 

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