Used Price Update: Wholesale Prices Spring Into Spring

After increasing by 0.8% on a prior month basis in February, wholesale prices for used vehicles up to eight years in age grew by 1.9% through the first half of March. This month’s preliminary results are right in line directionally with NADA’s forecast, although slightly higher than originally anticipated. The month’s sharp increase can be attributed toward pent-up demand stemming from February’s tepid weather-afflicted performance.

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Reviewed: 2015 Kia Soul EV

With iconic design cues akin to the visage of a Star Wars storm trooper, the 2015 KIA Soul EV confirms that electric vehicles can be utilitarian, stylish and affordable to consumers not able to fork out Tesla-level money.

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Which Green Cars are Worth the Most Greenbacks?

Every year, the Washington Auto Show, also known as the nation’s “Public Policy Show,” holds a number of events that focus on the policies and developments influencing the direction of the automotive industry in America. As the health of the environment plays an ever more prominent role in the determining of emissions standards and related government regulations, green vehicles and technologies are becoming increasingly recognized for their positive impact on society. Consequently, the Green Car Journal holds its annual Green Car Awards program at the D.C. Auto Show to celebrate automobiles that best epitomize environmental performance.

While driving an environmentally-friendly car certainly has its merits, the question remains whether purchasing one makes for a sound financial decision. Knowing that money doesn’t grow on trees, we analyzed the second-hand market performance for the award nominees to help environmentally-conscious buyers identify the winners and losers in green car value retention.

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Reviewed: 2015 Mazda3s Grand Touring 5-Door

The fast lines and athletic stance of the Mazda3 convey this compact is a driver’s car. After spending significant time helming the top-spec’d Mazda3s Grand Touring model, it can be said it drives just as sporty as it looks.

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Ford F-150: “The Future of Tough” May Cost You More than the Competition

Ford Motor Company officially launched the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150 late last year and sales have been strong. That said, we’re not just talking about overall sales volume but, actual transaction prices. According to J.D. Power data, roughly 65 percent of new 2015 4WD Crew Cab Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost-equipped models sold have carried transaction prices above $56,000 since January this year (J.D. Power data does not include cash incentives).

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It's Official: You Can Now Control Your Car With Your Watch

Made available in the Google Play store earlier this week (Wednesday to be exact), Hyundai has released their Blue Link smartwatch app. According to the Korean manufacturer, “The app is compatible with first and second generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models.”

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Will the New Honda Civic Type R Come to the US?

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the Honda Civic Type R looks to be a hit. The big question Type R fans in the U.S. are asking: "Will it be available here in the United States?"

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Reviewed: 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata PRHT

It’s been said often among enthusiasts that, for the money, you really can’t get a higher performing car with all of the enthusiasm and sporty character of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The 2015 Grand Touring PRHT (power retractable hard top) in this review is the company’s last offering before a complete redo of the roadster for the 2016 model year. And boy, does the new model have some big shoes to fill.

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Consumer Reports’ 2015 Top Picks Surprised Everyone, Almost

Consumer Reports recently released its 10 Top Picks of 2015, and while the Tesla Model S won the overall best car award for the second consecutive year, some of the other winners might really surprise you. After years of mediocre product offerings, depressed sales and recall woes, American automaker General Motors saw two of its cars mixing it up with the best of the best.

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Part III: Practicality Abound at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors debuted a refresh of its Chevrolet Equinox, the highest volume Chevrolet model­—excluding the Silverado pickup truck. Consumers looking for major changes will be disappointed, as the mid-cycle update is more of an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” refresh. However, the brand is hoping it mixed things up enough this time around to keep the model fresh over the coming years.

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