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Car shoppers used to judge a candidate's character with horsepower and zero-to-60-mph ratings. And some "kicked the tires" for reasons that escape me.
The Philadelphia Auto Show's organizers really want to make it easier for you to buy a car. Though high-minded enthusiasts like me stroll through every year as if it were a temple that could not be sullied by moneychangers, the show is there to sell cars. It's estimated a quarter-million people will shuffle through the exhibits from Saturday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 7, and $3 billion in dealership transactions a year typically stem from the eight-day event.
If cars are your thing, then the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show is already on your calendar, and you're already dying to see models of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, Jaguar F-Pace, and Lincoln Continental, along with hundreds of others.
After checking out everything luxury at the Detroit Auto Show last week, I spent some time at General Motors' Heritage Center.
Let's look at two Lexus models - the ES 350 and the RC 350 - and the changes they have undergone for 2016.
Question: Please write something concerning the replacement of lights in the dash of a 2008 Mercury Sable. The light indicating the mileage has burned out in my car, and the repair cost is $800. This is a very fine auto, but that price is outrageous.
As new cars become more sophisticated and expensive, they are loaded with technology that too often sounds like engineering shorthand.
Craig and Tiffany Sollman are the kind of car buyers America's sedan makers once owned: He's 41, she's 33, and their son, Micah, just turned 3 months old.
The GM marketeers no longer say, "This is not your father's Oldsmobile." That's because the Olds, like the Pontiac, the Plymouth, and the Saab, has become inventory at the Great Dealership in the Sky.
2016 Chevy Tahoe LTZ: Bigger and better? Price: $70,435 as tested; $64,610 before options. (Power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment added $2,760; 22-inch wheels added $1,495; 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable screen added $875.)
2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali: Rodney Terrain-gerfield? Price: $41,215 as tested. The Denali AWD started at $35,735, while a bare-bones front-wheel-drive model could be had for $23,975.