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Top 5 Kid Friendly Sedans from 2012
Most people are concerned with rising gas prices and may opt for a smaller vehicle that is more fuel efficient. Although this makes good sense having a large family rarely offers you this choice. You would really like to save money by having a vehicle that got better gas mileage, but you are going to need plenty of space too.

When going out with the family - whether it be to the local mall or traveling somewhere on vacation, you need to fit your whole family in the car. What about your children’s sporting events when its your turn to take other people children with you. It would not be safe to cram too many kids in your car, would it? The answer is definitely not.

The perfect size family car has been deemed the Sedan by most consumers. It offers plenty of room and its not too shabby on the comfort features either. Comfort is important when you are traveling two states away to see the family at the holidays with three kids and your spouse in tow. You want to keep everyone happy because this will help your own peace of mind. It makes perfect sense.

Here are the top five kid friendly Sedans for 2012:

• 2012 Volkswagen Passat:
The Passat is very affordable. It has lots of upholders, lighting, and storage inside too. This one is easy on the budget.

• 2012 Hyundai Azera:
The Azera has a quite unique panoramic sunroof, lots of space, and a great entertainment system. The rear back up camera is a great safety feature too.

• 2012 Lexus ES 350:
The Lexus ES 350 has received great ratings by consumers. There is plenty of space and storage and it boasts an excellent entertainment system.

• 2012 Chrysler 300C:
The Chrysler 300C has many comfort features and space. The safety ratings on this vehicle are excellent. It is a little costly, but well worth the price.

• 2012 Buick Verano:
The Buick Verano is selling at a great price. It is not bad on gas either. It has many pockets and storage for all those kid things that you need to travel with.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
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The Smart Car Buyer
What to Bring With You When Car Shopping
If you are getting ready to buy your first car or to replace your current car, you have a lot of things to consider, including the make, model and color, and how much money you are willing to part with. Before you head on over the dealership, there are some items that you should bring with you to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly.

It almost goes without saying, but you need to remember to bring your valid driver’s license. This is something people forget sometimes, especially if they have been relying on other people to take them places. If you don’t have your license, you won’t be able to take any cars for a test drive or drive your new car home. You should also bring proof of insurance.

DO YOUR RESEARCH Unless you are fabulously wealthy and don’t care about losing money, you will need to do some research before going out car shopping. Looking up information online about the types of cars you are interested in will help you narrow your focus when you are out looking at available vehicles.

If you have a particular car in mind, research and print out the dealer’s invoice price and take it with you. This is invaluable information to have when you are negotiating with the salesperson. Put your printouts in a folder, along with the details of any incentives or rebates that you have discovered.

REVIEW THE REVIEWS Another useful thing to bring is a printout of trustworthy reviews of the cars you are most interested in. You can consult these pages while looking at particular cars, to refresh your memory about why you were interested in buying them.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to properly evaluate a car, you should consider bringing a friend or family member who knows something about cars. If the dealer senses that you have no idea what you are looking at, there is a temptation to take advantage of you.

It’s also a good idea to bring the phone number of a trusted mechanic, in case you want to make an appointment to get a used car checked out. Your mechanic may even be willing to meet you at the location to do an inspection. This is particularly useful when you are considering buying a used car from a dealership you’ve never been to before or when you are evaluating a car being sold by a private party.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
Richmond
Driving in Richmond, VA 101!
Richmond is one of America's historic cities, nestled along the James River in Virginia and easy to drive to. It is very car friendly to navigate with a number of major roadways and plentiful roadside parking places (but watch for signs). The many diverse neighborhoods are fascinating to drive through and the grid street system is easy to figure out. The older parts of Richmond do have the narrow streets and one-way restrictions common in towns of this age.

Interstate 95 goes north-south right through it, and Interstate 64 runs east-west through the city. When you look at a map, you see that there are several highways and parkways looping around the area and it really makes driving easy. That's good, because there are a lot of places you'll want to drive!

Outside the city, the suburbs are rural and rolling. There's a lot of green space and many campgrounds even though it isn't a wilderness area. It's pretty, with the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east: easy day trips and lots to explore.

There's a lot to explore within Richmond, too. The James River Park System is a string of parks along the river (check their website about parking spaces) and you can see whitewater rafters quite often. The city was the capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War and suffered a lot of damage but came back from the ashes with vigor. Drive through the Richmond National Battlefield Park and visit the Museum of the Confederacy. Visit Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate that is still the way it was planned to be.

Every neighborhood in Richmond has a distinct identity and you might feel like they are separate towns. Driving through the streets, you will see a lot of forged ironwork and unique homes. Be sure to visit Hollywood Cemetery, where over 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried. There's a Civil War prison site on Belle Isle, the original Confederate White House, and St. John's Church, built in 1739 and the site of the Second Constitutional Convention in 1775. If it is summer, you can hear a re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech.

The variety of offerings in Richmond mean you can find what you are looking for, and the logical road system means it is going to be a good experience driving there. This is a good destination for a road trip!

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
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Chrome Tips for Trucks
If you are looking for a statement finish on different parts of your truck, there really is nothing better than chrome. The brilliant way chrome reflects the sunlight and draws the attention of other motorists almost any time of the year is unlike any other material found on a truck.

Of course, whether this chrome is located on your exhaust, accent points or other areas of your vehicle, it is important to know how to keep and maintain your chrome. This way, if you are considering buying a new or used truck with chrome, you can guarantee the lifespan of the material.

Regularly Clean Your Chrome

Due to the bright, reflective nature of chrome, even the smallest amount of dirt and grime can reduce the appearance of the metal. Eventually, this might cause significant damage to the material even the strongest cleaner is not able to reverse. That is why you need to wipe down the chrome on your truck whenever possible. You should not wait until you notice dirt but instead clean it off with a soft cloth every few days or at last on the weekend. It doesn't take long and helps extend the life of your chrome.

You also want to wash the chrome several times a month as well. This is especially the case if you live in a cold environment and the truck is exposed to snow and, more importantly, salt. The salt can break down the chrome, so removing this residue is essential. While there are chrome cleaners available at your local auto parts store, a bucket of warm water and auto soap should due the trick. You just need to make sure to stay on top of the cleaning.

Break out a toothbrush to work in around the lug nuts and other hard to reach places. With the brush, you can ensure every inch of your chrome is looking its very best. You also need to rinse off the area as well, otherwise the soap is going to leave a thick residue.

Vinegar

Vinegar is able to clean just about anything. If the soap and chrome cleaner is not working, mix one part warm water and one part vinegar and use a rag to rub the cleaning liquid into the chrome. The acidity of the vinegar is strong enough to eat away the dirt. Just make sure to rinse off the excess when you are done.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
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Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Vehicle
Owning a car is a big responsibility, not to mention a huge investment. It is a costly item that makes our life more convenient. Without a car you would have to find other means of transportation for getting around, which is a big hassle. A car signifies independence. We do not have to rely on others to go somewhere, as we can just get in the car and drive there ourselves. Owning a car can be a very pleasurable experience. The pleasurable experience can turn sour though when things break on your car, as it represents time and money taken from your life and your wallet.

The key to avoiding car repairs is to keep up with the maintenance that a car requires. Doing this will prolong the life of your vehicle. It will avoid car repairs and ensure that you have many more driving miles on your car.

Here are some great ways that you can prolong the life of your vehicle:

When you get a new car drive the speed according to the manufacturers recommendation for the first 1,000 miles. This is generally under 55 mph. You can accomplish this by not driving on the highway until it reaches the 1,000 mile mark. Take back roads instead to your destination.

A new car has a break in period. Keep the rpms below 3,000 for the first few hours of driving your new car. Accelerate with a light foot. Don’t push it as if you were in a high speed chase.

Get oil changes on a regular basis. While you are there get the whole car checked out to avoid any upcoming maintenance. Most car dealers or car repair service centers offer a so many point checkup where they will check out the belts, tires, fluids, and more.

Park in the shade when possible. Your car can take a beating both on the exterior and the interior when the sun’s rays are beating down on it.

Keep your car clean, inside and outside. Wash your car regularly and avoid eating in the car. If you must eat and drink, put down a towel and have plenty of napkins on hand.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
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Solid Car Service Center Options in Richmond, VA
Richmond, Virginia is a large metropolitan complex of cities and towns surrounding the city of Richmond itself. Like everywhere else, residents of the Richmond area want to keep their cars running a little longer, but they don't want to break the bank doing so. If you live in or near Richmond, you can take your car to a dealership and will normally have excellent repair work done, but you'll pay a premium for that "factory service" you'll receive. You can also obtain the same level of excellent auto care by taking your car to an independent neighborhood auto car center.

Axselle Auto Service is one of those independent shops that will give you fair prices and couple it with helpful and friendly service. They are a full-service auto repair facility that services most makes and models. They provide most auto repair and maintenance services such as brakes, suspension repairs and alignments, and tire sales, service, and repair, including tire inflation using nitrogen where called for by the manufacturer. Axselle Auto service has been in business since 1951, so you know they treat their customers well and give great prices.

Halls Tire & Auto Service is another local independent auto repair shop that has generated a great deal of customer loyalty over the years. Located at 2111 Dickens Road, they're pretty easy to find and you'll be glad you took the time. Customer reviews found on the Internet range from the simple "These guys are great!" to "These guys treated me like mine was the only car there."

Looking to upgrade the quality of the beats in your ride but not looking to spend an arm and a leg? Take your car to Car Toys, at 11525 Midlothian Trunpike and you'll get the best stereo system your budget can buy, without paying for extra bells and whistles you really don't need. Car Toys also does window tinting at great prices, great service and quality and a turnaround that will amaze you.

It's a traumatic and trying experience for many when they need to have body repair or paint work done to their car. There is no need to add to that trauma by having insensitive and uncaring people work on your car. This isn't going to happen when you take your car to family-owned Connor Brothers Collision Centers, located at 1008 North Sheppard Street. You'll get fast friendly service from very knowledgeable and skilled technicians. Many customers also get a nice little thank you note in the mail a couple weeks after picking their car up.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review
Enjoy the ideal combination of utility, style and luxury with the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Your sporty sport utility vehicle will fit in as seamlessly when the valet takes the keys at a fine restaurant as when you head out for the rough and tumble landscape leading to your favorite mountain hike.

The Rover Sport's unique and bold contours, featuring a windscreen-angled roof, are as engaging functionally as visually. With a lower and more compact roof height, streamlined by designed, the vehicle is sturdy and powerful. The beauty of it all is how, in contrast to its appearance, how lightweight and nimble the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is and how easily it handles on the road and rough terrain.

Choose from trim options that tailor this exciting sport utility vehicle to your preferences to turn your drive, whether in the city or on a winding country road, a truly personalized experience. Some of your trim options include a driver multi-adjustable power seat, a telescopic steering column, cruise control, a CD player and others. Some of the standard features already included are impressive, including a sunroof/moonroof, cruise control, a DVD player and so much more to make driving an event in itself.

The impressive options continue with the surround camera system. If you plan to do any boat towing or you want to load up your ATVs in your trailer, feel confident at complex intersections or when you are doing any backing with this 360-degree view camera.

If you plan to take the kids on a long road trip, the rear seat entertainment area will work wonders to keep them occupied for the whole drive. Kids, or whoever you might be bringing along, will enjoy the two eight-inch video screens that are cleverly built into the front headrests.

This modern classic in the landscape of sports utility vehicles is brimming with pros but does have one minor hiccup, which is that the third-row fits small children, therefore on trips with more adults, prepare to accommodate for some seating issues.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the Range Rover Sport's gas mileage is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway, using premium gasoline. The combined gas mileage is 19 miles per gallon.

The manufacturer's retail suggested price for the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport lists at $63,495 before you add any options.

- Auto.com Editorial Staff
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2013 MINI Cooper Coupe Review
Tired of the massive cars that feel like they lumber around every turn? Would you rather just go for a small, compact coupe that delivers an entertaining driving experience? The 2013 MINI Cooper Coupe might just be the answer to your wishes. The MINI Cooper Coupe has a MSRP of $21,450 to $31,350, and is being touted as a sporty coupe. It has a unique roof design, 2 doors, and a design that sets it as the fastest accelerating of the MINI Coopers. The engine goes up to 149 MPG, with 0 to 60 coming in at 6.1 seconds.

Three trim models are available, and the fuel efficiency is sitting at up to 29 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. The base model's engine is a 6 speed manual transmission, 1.6 liter I4 engine with 121 horsepower. The top end model, called the John Coope Works, goes up to 208 horsepower, although it does sacrifice some fuel efficiency for power. All of the available engines have overdrive.

This MINI design makes plenty of room for cargo, at least compared to other Coopers. You might not be able to fit a huge amount of stuff in there, but it's an improvement of more than 50% compared to the other Cooper models. The overall car design and body is similar to other MINI Coopers, although it has been dropped by about an inch. It's also using a system that separates the electronic traction control with the stability-control system. Another first for the MINI is an adjustable coilover suspension. The car comes with 17 inch wheels. The 2 seats are Recaro sports seats, and the decision to go with the 2 seat version was to save on weight to help make the MINI Cooper Coupe lighter and faster.


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