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2013 Cadillac SRX

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2013 Cadillac SRX

Available in 7 styles:  2013 Cadillac SRX 4dr FWD shown

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Starting MSRP

$37,330–$50,730

Est. MPG

16–17 city / 23–24 hwy


Average Ratings

Overall

4.8 out of 5

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Value for the Money
Reliability

20 out of 21 people recommended this car.

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Love the view

by Me from Denver, Co | October 18, 2013

Like the ride and love sitting up higher. Like the ride and feel safe driving. My 3rd cadillac and my favorite

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Great looking and well equipped car

by Bunni from St. Petersburg, Fl | October 1, 2013

I have been looking at and researching this car for a long time. I test drove it a couple of times and in the end, it became one of my top 2 choices overall. The other choice was less accommodating, with less features but a sturdy and a very unique look. The staff at the dealership where I bought the SRX was very knowledgeable and ready to serve. They found and brought in the vehicle with all the exact specifications that I requested. So far, getting used to all the gadgets and operations has been very smooth and easy to maneuver. The ride is smooth and the look is smart. The warranties surpassed all other vehicles and makes I researched. I am pleases, So far so good.

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Consumer Reports changes recommendation for Honda Fit

One of the country’s most read Consumer reporting companies, Consumer Reports, adjusted the recommended status of the Honda Fit,what has long been one of its favorite models.

Link to Consumer Reports Honda Fit story

The magazine says it can no longer recommend the Fit, Honda’s smallest car, based on its last-place performance in a particular kind of a crash test.

An endorsement from Consumer Reports, is one of the greatest accolades for any car model. They used to Love the Honda Fit. In the February 2014 issue, Consumer Reports compares a Fit to a Nissan Versa sedan and labeled the Fit “fun to drive, cheaper to own, more reliable” and that it provides “almost twice the value.”

Fit was one of 11 subcompacts tested by IIHS. Only one passed, the Chevrolet Spark, and the rest, including the last-place Fit, rated marginal or poor.

 

Best Cars for the Money

Professional Car critics suggest a list of cars that aggregate the average price and the 5 year cost of ownership, to find the Best Cars for the Money.

Best Cars for the Money

The 2013 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards highlight cars that professional car critics love that are also great values. The awards combine the average price paid and five-year total cost of ownership data from TrueCar.com with the U.S. News Best Car rankings data. The U.S. News rankings are based on the opinion of the automotive press about a car’s performance, interior features and interior comfort, as well as reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The winning cars have the best combination of critical acclaim and long-term value. In essence, these are the cars that will leave you feeling like you got a great car and a great deal.

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Best Day to Buy A Car

The Best Day to Buy A Car

I just read a report that was on Yahoo autos about the best day to buy a car. I have tried my best to paraphase it below.

When is the best day to buy a new car? Believe it or not, it is Labor Day weekend.

The director of vehicle valuation for Kelley Blue Book, says that Labor Day has traditionally been the best time to buy a car. That is because manufacturers offer great incentives on current-year models in order to make room on dealer lots for vehicles from the next model year, which traditionally start arriving this month. They want to clear out the old and bring in the new. The new models are typically more exciting and easier to get customers to come and see.

How do this year’s Labor Day’s deals compare with past ones?

Some auto industry experts have said that consumers will find some of the best Labor Day deals ever this holiday weekend thanks to a recovering auto industry, Mr. Flores from Kelley Blue Book said he didn’t believe deals would be any better over all than last year. The reason, he said, is that manufacturers have worked in recent years to cut back their inventories so there isn’t as much excess of 2010 vehicles. Still, this doesn’t mean the deals this year won’t be generous.

“The assumption is that this year is somehow a special year,” Mr. Flores said. “While that’s not the case, it’s still a great time to purchase a vehicle.”

He pointed to “some very competitive programs” this holiday, including nearly 0 percent interest rates with 48- to 60-month financing terms, and $3,000 to $5,000 cash rebates on some vehicles. This compares with typical offers earlier this year of 24- to 36-month financing terms and $500 cash back, he said.

The financing deals are more generous this Labor Day weekend, he said, thanks to today’s low interest rate environment, but you could have received more cash back last year. He estimated that the average cash rebate this weekend would be $1,500, down from $2,500 on average last year at the same time. (The exact rebates vary, depending on the type of vehicle.) But according to Kelley Blue Book, cash incentives this Labor Day have increased on a year-over-year basis for some vehicles: midsize cars, full-size cars, full-size crossover utility vehicles, sports cars and vans.

If you choose one of this year’s Labor Day deals and buy a 2010 model, you should keep in mind that you are buying a year-old vehicle and are thus taking on that additional depreciation. For that reason, Mr. Flores said, you may only want to buy a 2010 model now if you are planning to keep the vehicle for a long time.

And if you can’t make it to the dealership this weekend, Mr. Flores recommended trying to buy a car at the end of a month, in general. That’s traditionally when dealers are trying to hit certain volume targets to receive manufacturer incentives, he said. Weekends, he said, are also typically better times to buy than weekdays since dealers have certain sales targets they want to hit on traditionally busy weekends, so they may be more willing to offer deals.

Invoice and MSRP are misleading

“Invoice and MSRP are completely irrelevant,” says Scott Painter, founder and CEO of truecar.com. “Some cars sell well above MSRP, some cars sell well below invoice. And the dirty secret in the car business, and where the frustration comes from, is we all have a sense that there are hidden layers of profit in auto retail. The reality is that there are about 13 of them.”

Some Quick Tips:

  • One factor that helps consumers get a deal on the car of their dreams has to do with popularity. When a particular luxury model isn’t super hot on the market, dealers have much more wiggle room in order to cut a deal.

  • If you do plan to bargain for a new car, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important: Don’t assume that the sticker price is the set price. It’s not.

  • The most important thing to do before buying is to research a vehicle before you hit the dealership. Know your transaction prices, invoice prices and potential fees, and then negotiate from that spot–not the other way around.

“If somebody comes in and starts trying to negotiate down from MSRP, well that’s the dealer’s dream,”

What should you do?

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Worst-Made Cars on the Road

Here is a list from Yahoo and Forbes on some of the cars that were deemed “worst ” from a compilation of lists.

To determine the list of the worst-made cars on the road, they started with the lowest-rated vehicles from four reliability and performance studies conducted this year.

Those studies are all from Consumer Reports:

1)The Most Reliable Cars Report

2) Best and Worst Values Report

3) Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey

4) and the CR overall scores for 2010 vehicles.

The biggest surprise on the list, given recent automotive news: It includes no Toyota made vehicles. In fact, Toyota reported a 40.7% gain in sales last month over March 2009.

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Subaru, Hyundai and Kia Win Big

Subaru, Hyundai and Kia Win Big
Who were the winners and losers in the auto sales race last year? It’s easy to list the winners, because it’s such a short list.Only three brands posted sales gains in 2009 — Subaru led all automakers with a 15.4% gain while Hyundai increased sales 9.8% and Kia 8.3%.

Chrysler LLC sales plunged 36% in 2009 and General Motors Co. watched its sales drop 29.9%. Ford Motor Co.’s 2009 declined a more modest 14.7% but its December numbers jumped 23.9% more than December 08.

Neither Chrysler or GM sales posted increases in December, although their sales declines were a less painful 10.3% and 12.4% respectively.

Toyota’s December’s numbers increased 22.9% despite its 2009 overall sales dropping 20%.

Honda’s sales decreased 19.5% in 2009. Nissan posted similar declines at 19.1%. Both automakers improved sales in December — 15.6% for Honda and 9.7% for Nissan.