Lemon-Aid New Cars and Trucks 2013

Lemon-Aid New Cars and Trucks 2013

by Phil Edmonston

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Overview

Lemon-Aid New Cars and Trucks 2013 by Phil Edmonston

Canada’s automotive "Dr. Phil" says there’s never been a better time to buy a new car or truck.

For deals on wheels, 2013 will be a "perfect storm." There’s never been a better time to buy a new car or truck, thanks to a stronger Canadian dollar, a worldwide recession driving prices downward, and a more competitive Japanese auto industry that’s still reeling from a series of natural disasters.

In addition to lower prices and more choices, 2013 car buyers will see more generous cash rebates, low financing rates, bargain leases, and free auto maintenance programs.

  • Buy, sell, or hold?
  • Which cars and trucks are "wallet-friendly" and can easily last 15 years?
  • Which vehicles offer the most features to best accommodate senior drivers?
  • Do ethanol and hybrid fuel-saving claims have more in common with Harry Potter than the Society of Automotive Engineers?
  • Is GM’s 2013 Volt electric car destined to become an electric Edsel?

These questions and more are answered in this informative guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459705753
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Phil Edmonston, Canada's toughest customer, is a former MP and Consumers Union board member. For over 42 years he has written more than 140 Lemon-Aid bestsellers. About three decades ago Nissan and Honda sued Phil for $5 million -- and lost. He regularly gets tossed out of auto shows. Currently, he lives in Panama.

Phil Edmonston, Canada’s toughest customer, is a former MP and a long-time consumer advocate. For over forty-five years, he has written more than 150 consumer guides in the bestselling Lemon-Aid series. About three decades ago Nissan and Honda sued Phil for five million dollars — and lost.

Table of Contents

Key Documents viii

Introduction: Better Cars, Bad Deals 1

Part 1 "Dream" Cars and Nightmares 10

Buying Strategies 14

Trustworthy Advice 16

Credible Auto Info 20

When and Where to Buy 24

Buying a New Car, Truck, SUV, or Van 28

Leasing without Losing 34

Buying the Right Car or Truck 36

Safety and Comfort 37

Safety Features that Kill 44

Vehicles for Older Drivers 48

Other Buying Considerations 50

A Cheap, Reliable Vehicle 56

Cutting Costs 57

"Hidden" Costs 61

Surviving the Options Jungle 64

Smart Options 65

Unnecessary Options 75

Cutting the Price 79

Getting a Fair Price 80

The Contract 87

Selling Your Trade-In 89

Summary 92

Part 2 The Art of Complaining 94

Refund Rights 94

Warranties 98

How Long Should a Part or Repair Last? 105

Nailing Down a Refund 110

Getting Outside Help 114

Using the Courts 119

Key Court Decisions 124

Part 3 Reviews and Ratings 154

"Hot" Cars: One Chance in 100 157

What Makes a Good Car Good? 158

Five Steps to Honest, Accurate Ratings 159

Definitions of Terms 160

American Vehicles 168

Chrysler/Fiat/Jeep 169

200/Avenger 172

Challenger, Charger 175

300,300C, 300S 180

Grand Caravan, Town & Country 182

Ram 1500, 2500,3500 Pickup 188

Wrangler 191

Grand Cherokee 195

Ford 199

Fiesta 202

Focus 205

Fusion, MKZ 209

Mustang 213

Escape 218

Explorer 221

F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 Pickup 225

General Motors 228

Sonic 231

Craze 234

Malibu 238

Impala, LaCrosse 240

Camaro 242

Corvette 245

CTS 247

Equinox, Terrain 250

Enclave, Traverse, Acadia 253

Escalade, Tahoe, Yukon 255

Silverado 1500, 2500, Sierra, HD 258

Asian Vehicles 264

ACURA 266

TSX 267

TL 269

ZDX 270

RDX 272

MDX 274

HONDA 275

Fit 276

Civic 279

Insight 285

CR-V 286

Accord, Crosstour 290

Odyssey 295

Pilot 299

Ridgeline 302

HYUNDAI 304

Accent 307

Elantra, Touring 309

Sonata 313

Genesis Coupe, Sedan 318

Tucson 321

Santa Fe 324

Veracruz 326

INFINITI 327

G25,G37 328

EX35 331

FX35, FX5o 333

M37, M56, Hybrid 335

QX (QX56) 337

KIA 339

Rio, R105 340

Soul 342

Forte, Forte Koup 344

Optima 346

Sportage 349

Sorento 351

LEXUS 354

ES 350, ES 300H (Hybrid) 356

IS 250, IS 350, ISF 358

GS 350, GS 450h, GS 460 360

RX350,RX 45oh 362

MAZDA 364

Mazda3 365

Mazda5 368

Mazda6 370

MX-5 371

CX-7, CX-9 373

MITSUBISHI 376

NISSAN 379

Versa. 380

Sentra 382

Altima 384

Maxima 387

Murano 389

Rogue 391

Frontier 394

SUBARU 396

Forester, Impreza, WRX, STI 396

Legacy, Outback 399

SUZUKI 403

SX4 404

TOYOTA 406

Yaris 412

Corolla 414

Camry, Camry Hybrid 416

Prius, Prius C 421

Avalon 425

Sienna 428

RAV4 432

Venza 434

Highlander 437

Tacoma 439

European Vehicles 442

AUDI 449

A3 450

A6, S6 R8 457

TT, ITS, TT RS Coupe 459

BMW 461

3 Series 463

X3, X5, X6 467

MERCEDES-BENZ 472

B-Class 474

C-Class 476

E-Class 479

VOLKSWAGEN 482

Golf, Jetta, CC 484

Passat, Passat CC 491

Appendix I Mini-Reviews and 2013 Previews 496

Best Vehicles for Students 499

Best Vehicles for Families and Seniors 499

2013-14 Model Changes 500

Acura ILX 500

Acura RL 500

Acura RLX (2014) 500

Acura NSX (2014) 500

Audi A4 Allroad 501

Audi Q5 501

Audi Q7 501

BMW ActiveHybrid3 502

BMW I Series 502

BMW 13 (2014) 502

BMW X1 502

BMW X4 (2014) 502

BMW 5 Series GT 503

BMWX6 503

Buick Encore 503

Buick Verano 503

Cadillac CTS (2014) 503

Cadillac SRX 503

Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon 504

Chevrolet Express, Savana 504

Chevrolet Orlando 504

Chevolet Spark 505

Chevrolet SS (2014) 505

Chevrolet Volt 505

Chrysler 100 (2014) 506

Chrysler 200 (2014) 506

Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country (2014) 506

Dodge Dart 506

Fiat 500 506

Ford C-MAX Hybrid Energi 507

Ford Econoline E-Series 507

Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX 507

Ford Expedition 508

Ford Flex 509

Ford Taurus 509

Ford Transit Connect 510

Honda Insight 510

Hyundai Veloster 510

Jaguar F-Type Roadster (2014) 511

Jeep Liberty (2014) 511

Lexus CT20oh 511

Mercedes-Benz R-Class 511

Mini Cooper 511

Nissan Titan 511

Subaru Tribeca 512

Smart Fortwo 512

Volkswagen Eos 512

Volkswagen Tiguan 512

Appendix II Internet Info 514

Appendix III Cross-Border Shopping 516

Model Index 518

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