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It’s hard not to feel affected when the price of gas is constantly increasing. Many of us are already on a pretty tight budget and a drastic increase in fuel prices can be hard to take. Not only are high gas prices devastating economically; consumption of fuel also affects the environment. There’s never been a higher demand for efficient vehicles. Let’s take a look at two cars that offer exceptional mileage and won’t break the bank.
The Ford Fusion hybrid looks just like the traditional model; it appears clean, smooth and very handsome with a chrome grille in front. Mileage is exceptional at 41 mpg on the freeway and 36 mpg for city driving. The Fusion hybrid utilizes the SmartGauge system which encourages you to drive more efficient by rewarding you with sweet graphics; it’s almost like a video game. Another cool feature is Ford’s Sync system which allows you to change your music and stereo settings, place phone calls and utilize the navigation system by using your voice.
As all hybrids do, the Ford Fusion makes use of an electric and traditional engine to derive its power. The traditional engine consists of a 2.5 Liter V4 engine and the electric motor is powered by a 275 volt battery. Nine seconds is all it takes for this hot car to go from stand still to 60 mph. Of course it’s not a race car but the Fusion’s 194 hp is more than enough for every day driving. The Fusion’s interior is well designed and offers roomy seating for all occupants. The only minus is the trunk which is a tad on the small side at 11.8 cubic feet. MSRP stands at around $19,820. Read the rest of this entry »
When General Motors remade itself following its bankruptcy restructuring of summer 2009, the company began a process to shed itself of four unwanted brands: Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Hummer. The fact Buick remained behind seemed a curious one at first, given Pontiac’s stronger sales.
GM’s decision, initially panned by some critics, has proven to be the right one. Combined Buick-Pontiac-GMC showrooms are now Buick-GMC, selling premium cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles without the burden of having to make room for Pontiac. The Buick brand is being remade with new models such as the LaCrosse and Regal being sold alongside the Enclave crossover and full-size Lucerne. For 2010, Buick sales were up by 52 percent, the best performance of the four surviving GM brands and, indeed, the best performing brands sold in America period.
But, GM is not stopping there with its premium brand. Buick is situated between Chevrolet and Cadillac, but it also targets entry-level luxury car buyers who might consider an Audi A3 or other smaller models, a premium car segment that will soon offer the Buick Verano as yet another option. Read the rest of this entry »