Tuesday, December 16, 2014

KBB Best Buy Awards 2015

We in Kelley Blue Book's Editorial Content department have a single overriding goal -- to help consumers make the best, most satisfying car-buying decisions possible. So when we were presented with the intriguing opportunity to create an all-new industry awards program that would represent Kelley Blue Book, we decided to conceive a program that would offer the highest level of consumer service by helping car buyers navigate the difficult choices presented by the abundance of vehicles on the market.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Best-Selling Vehicles

Car shoppers have more than 250 models to choose from in 2014, but the following 10 vehicles - three trucks, six sedans and an SUV - have accounted for one of every four new vehicles sold in the first half of 2014. Here's a look at what's popular this year.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why We Ride

What attracts people to motorcycling? When faced with the numerous personalities of both riders and motorcycles, there may not be a single answer. Despite the differences between touring rider and hill climber, chrome-encrusted cruiser and nimble Grand Prix race bike, there are some universal attributes that get under the skin of the motorcyclist and feed the desire to ride.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gasoline Tax Map

In last week’s post about ExxonMobil’s 2013 earnings, I noted that we earned about 5.5 cents for every gallon of gasoline and other petroleum products we refined, shipped, and sold in the United States.

Consider this: The federal and state and local governments collected 40 to 60 cents per gallon in taxes.

The American Petroleum Institute just updated their map showing the combined local, state and federal tax rate in each state as of Jan. 1, when new taxes took effect.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Best Cars For Older Drivers

It is a simple fact of life: Many seniors begin having limitations long before they lose their driving ability. Age takes it toll on flexibility and vision, meaning many older drivers experience an increased challenge simply getting in and out of their vehicles and being able to see out properly.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

Buying an SUV doesn't mean you'll have to spend all your time at the gas station. You can still get everything you want in a sport/utility vehicle -- cargo capacity, visibility and versatility -- with fuel economy that will come as a pleasant surprise. Here are the 10 most fuel-efficient SUVs of the 2014 model year, ranked by combined mpg.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oil From Natural Gas

Shell announced today the creation of the first-of-its kind base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It is called Shell PurePlus(TM) Technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is the main component of motor oils.  
Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils that offer complete protection to motorists in the United States. Pennzoil Platinum® and Pennzoil Ultra® Platinum Full Synthetic motor oils are the only ones blended exclusively with these base oils.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

13 Best Motorcycles For MPG

Unlike my general disdain and subtle aggression towards street-clogging cars, overly smug Prius drivers, and bloated “crossover” SUVs, I’ve never hidden my love of 2-wheeled motor vehicles. In addition to being cheaper, faster, sexier, and (I am wholly and utterly convinced) safer than 4-wheeled “cages”, 2 wheelers typically give back more mpg than conventional cars, making fuel-efficient motorcycles a great alternative for environmentally conscious commuters who aren’t afraid to get a little wet every now and again.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

40 MPG Cars of 2014

The list of cars rated to return city/highway combined fuel economy of 40 mpg or greater is now 30 vehicles long, with more 2014 models to come as the EPA rates them. From hybrids and plug-ins to pure electric vehicles and even one gas-only entry, the list of 40+ mpg cars has never been longer or more diverse. Here they are ranked by their highest combined mpg figures.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

United States Of Used Cars

There are more than 250 million used cars on the road in the United States and every year, close to 40 million of those used cars change hands. Used-car sales volumes typically dwarf new-car sales. But how does the fleet of used cars for sale look in different parts of the country? We analyzed our database of more than 3 million current classifieds from different providers plus outside data sources to create this snapshot--the United States of Used Cars.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

5-Year Cost to Own Awards

Negotiating a good price on a new-car purchase is an important aspect of keeping your overall costs of transportation down. And we at Kelley Blue Book offer you unprecedented help in achieving that worthwhile goal. But if you negotiate a good purchase price on a vehicle that is burdened with high ownership costs, much of your effort could go to waste. The combined costs of fuel, financing, insurance and, in particular, depreciation could well eat up all the savings you fought so hard to achieve at the negotiating table.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Compact Cars

Today's compact cars might not be quite as roomy, quiet or comfortable as their midsize counterparts, but the fit, finish and features are increasingly comparable. And even if they'll always be smaller by definition, compact cars continue to get roomier, quieter and more comfortable, making them increasingly intriguing alternatives to many larger and pricier options.

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