Car Prices Blogs - July, 2012

Get huge Savings on 2013 Ford Vehicles: Ford Summer Financing and Leasing Offers

July 30th, 2012

Thinking of a new replacement for your old and aging car? You might want to check out the latest financing offers on 2013 new Ford vehicles. If you are short on cash, you can always try leasing a new Ford. You will get lower monthly payments on a new Ford lease, and you don’t need a whole lot of money for the down payment.

2013 New Ford Financing and Leasing Offers

2013 Ford Escape

  • Lease prices for the 2013 Ford Escape starts at $279 per month for 24 months and around $2,800 due at lease signing.
  • Financing is at 2.9% APR for 36 months and 3.9% for up to 48 months.
  • Get up to $1,000 cash back on the new Ford Escape.

2013 Ford Edge

  • Lease prices for the 2013 Ford Edge starts at $259 per month for 24 months and $3,800 due at lease signing.
  • Financing is at 2.9% APR for 36 months and 3.9% APR for 48 months.
  • Get up to $3,000 cash back on the new Ford Edge.

2013 Ford Explorer

  • Lease prices for the 2013 Ford Explorer starts at $319 pr month for 24 months and around $3,700 due at signing.
  • Financing is at 1.9% APR for 36 months and 2.9% APR for 48 months.
  • Get up to $1,000 cash back on the new Ford Explorer.

2013 Ford Mustang

  • Financing is at 1.9% APR for 36 months and 2.9% APR for 48 months.
  • Get up to $1,000 cash back on the new Ford Mustang.

2013 Ford Taurus

  • Lease prices for the 2013 Ford Taurus starts at $299 per month for 24 months with $3,400 due at lease signing.
  • Financing is at 0.9% APR for 36 months and 1.9% APR for 48 months.
  • Get up to $1,750 cash back on the new Ford Taurus.

2013 Ford Focus

  • Financing is at 3.9% APR for 36 months and 4.9% APR for 48 months.
  • Get up to $500 cash back on the new Ford Focus.

All 2013 Ford retail and leasing offers are valid until 10/1/2012. Contact a Ford dealer near you to find updated new Ford prices and the latest deals in your zip code.

Car Price Comparison: 2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Kia Sportage

July 23rd, 2012

There is no doubt that crossover SUVs are now more popular than large SUVs, compact sedans, or even minivans. And why not? Crossover SUVs were designed to combine the looks and passenger space of an SUV coupled with a smoother ride and better fuel efficiency.

In the land of the compact SUV, the 2012 Subaru Forester and the 2012 Kia Sportage are brilliant choices simply because they are stylish, agile and fun to drive–with a relatively low price tag. Here is a car price comparison between the 2012 Subaru Forester and the 2012 Kia Sportage.

2012 Subaru Forester

The 2012 Subaru Forester starts at $20, 595 and comes with a Boxer engine and Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system. These two components alone are worth every penny: the base 2.5-liter Boxer engine of the Forester produces 170 horsepower and 21/27 MPG. Want more power? Subaru will throw in a turbocharged version of the same engine that produces 224hp. The Boxer engine is mounted low to the ground, giving the car better balance and better cornering stability.


The 2012 Subaru Forester is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It got the highest scores of ‘Good’ in front, side, and roof impact tests. The Forester also received 4 out of 5 stars from the NHTSA.

How does it drive?

The 2012 Subaru Forester drives like a sporty station wagon, but without the harsh and brittle ride. When pushed hard, it feels like a sporty compact sedan. The interior is also spacious enough for five adults, while cargo room is just right for the class.

2012 Kia Sportage

The 2012 Kia Sportage starts at $18,500. Can’t believe the price? Neither could we, especially if you consider the handsome and new age styling of this compact crossover SUV. Forget the old Kia Sportage that was last seen in 2010. The 2012 Kia Sportage could easily be mistaken for a European-made car.

The Sportage is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 176 horsepower and an EPA average of 22/32 MPG. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 260 horsepower is also an option. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual is standard for the price, while you can choose the option of a six-speed automatic.


The 2012 Kia Sportage is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick as it got the highest score of ‘Good’ in front, side, and roof impact tests.

How does it drive?

Despite the cheap cabin, the Kia Sportage is relatively fun to drive. If you prefer sporty suspension settings instead of a quiet and cushy ride then the Sportage is the right thing for you. Some people will find the ride a bit too stiff, and the cabin to be smaller than what other manufacturers are offering, but four adults will fit just right.


Choose the 2012 Subaru Forester if you want a spacious compact SUV with the ride quality of a refined European sedan. Choose the 2012 Kia Sportage if you want a clean and funky design along with the sporty attributes of a compact sedan.

Auto Price Comparison: Ford Edge versus Nissan Murano

July 16th, 2012

Ford is now offering an all-wheel drive option even for the base SE model of the 2013 Ford Edge. This will add some much needed all-weather capability to the new Edge, making it more adept even for winter driving. In the meantime, front-wheel drive remains an option.

The availability of all-wheel drive on the base model trim now makes the Ford Edge a better competitor to the sporty Nissan Murano. you might not see it from the design, as the Murano is still slippery in shape, but behind the wheel, the Murano is very pleasant to drive. It is one of those midsize SUVs that you can throw around with complete confidence. The steering is pretty accurate, and the ride is stiff enough to allow sharp cornering at high speed.

Both the new Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano can only seat five people. They are also in the same price range. If you are choosing between the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano, then this auto review might be able to help.

2013 Ford Edge

Similar to other new Ford vehicles, the European sense of refinement can be felt outright even when you are puttering at low speeds. The cabin is handsomely-executed and is made from better materials all around. The ride is also complacent, quiet, and smooth. The 2013 Ford Edge offers five seats and acceptable levels of cargo space. Also standard is the 3.5-liter V6 with 285hp and 19/25 MPG. The Ford Edge starts at a base price of $27,525.

The Ecoboost engine is also an option. This 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mill may look lackluster on paper, but it actually produces more torque than the standard V6. It also returns an impressive 21/30 MPG. Standard equipment includes cruise control, air-conditioning, a trip computer, and 17-inch wheels.

2012 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano was one of the first crossover vehicles to be offered in the USA. Back then, it was sleekly styled compared to other similar vehicles. But the new model is still aerodynamic and slippery in shape, like the Murano glass that originated from the Italian town of the same name.

The 2012 Nissan Murano looks luxurious, but the best thing about it is the sporty handling. Nissan managed to inject some much-needed athleticism to the Murano. It also comes with a smooth 3.5-liter V6 with 260hp. Fuel economy is rated at 18/24 when equipped with standard front-wheel drive.

The Nissan Murano starts at a higher base price: $29,960. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, rear privacy glass, and 18-inch alloy wheels.


You better accept the fact that you are only getting 5 seats, but the Ford Edge is better suited for small or medium-sized families who want more comfort and standard features for the price. The Nissan Murano is best for single individuals or family-oriented car buyers who still cherish a sporty driving experience.

Want to Know the Best Times to Buy a New Car?

July 9th, 2012

Want to get rid of your old vehicle? Planning to buy or lease a new car? You have 2 important things to do:

1. Research new car prices so you can compare, choose, and save money on your new vehicle.

2. Know the best times to buy a new car so you can get great offers jackpot deals.

Experts say that the best time to buy a new car is when you are ready to buy, meaning:

1. Your credit score is above average (so you pay lower interest rates on your auto loan or car lease). What is a good score and a bad FICO ? Anything below 620 is considered high-risk or subprime.

2. You already have money for a down payment. Sure, you can lease a car with no down or zero down, but it is better to make a down payment because this will lower your monthly payments. The same is true for an auto loan. If you are going to buy, you can expect to pay at least 20% of the price of the car for your down payment.

3. You already know the car that you want.

Best Times to Buy a New Vehicle

If you are ready to buy a new car, then here are the best times to get the best deals and the lowest financing rates on any type of new vehicle:


December is the holiday season. Near the end of December is one of the best times to close a great deal because the showroom is typically empty. People are shopping for gifts, instead of shopping for new cars. If you can wait, you should buy a new car near the end of December because salesman are also trying to complete their yearly sales targets.

Dealerships are also in the mood to spread some holiday cheer during the merry month of December. This is the time when holiday rebates and incentives will come into full swing.

Late Summer or Fall

The months between July and October is a virtual hunting ground for bargain car shoppers. It is during this time that new models are being introduced into dealer showrooms. In order to get rid of excess inventory and vehicle stock, the dealer has no choice but to cut into their profits and sell the vehicles at low prices.

You can also find low APR financing offers and low monthly lease deals during this time. Of course, you will need to have a good credit history in order to take advantage of such offers.

Ready to buy a new car? Start your car shopping the right way. Find new car prices online and find competing dealerships with the best offers in your zip code.

2013 Nissan Altima versus 2013 Ford Fusion Car Price Review

July 2nd, 2012

The Nissan Altima is one of the bestselling midsize sedans in America. Alternatively, the Ford Fusion was also one of the most popular cars for 2012, and the new 2013 Fusion is reputed to be even better in all aspects of design, engineering, and performance.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is also highly anticipated because it is interesting to see where Nissan will go next with their bread-and-butter model. Here is a simple car price review of the 2013 Nissan Altima and the 2013 Ford Fusion.

2013 Nissan Altima

Nissan has redesigned the new Altima, and from the looks of it alone, the car looks amazing. It is now sportier with a more aggressive stance, and wheel arches that resemble the aggressive fenders of the Infiniti FX crossover SUV. The Altima also has more room inside the well-crafted interior, but rear headroom is still an issue due to the sloping rear roofline.

The 2013 Nissan Altima starts at around $21,500 for the base model and $30,080 for the top-of-the-line 3.5 SL trim with the larger V6 engine. The Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 182hp and 27/38 MPG. The 3.5-liter V6 achieves 270hp and 22/31 MPG. These are one of the best fuel-economy numbers that you can get in a sporty midsize sedan.

Base models come equipped with full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless ignition/entry, 4-speaker audio system, and 16-inch wheels while higher trim models receive LED tailights and HID Xenon headlamps, full leather upholstery, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

2013 Ford Fusion

Compared to the 2012 model, the new Ford Fusion has a more upscale, dynamic, and sporty design. Gone are the conservative styling cues of the old model. The interior is also all-new and is now made more refined and luxurious than ever before. The 2013 Ford Fusion is also equipped with a variety of high-tech engines that achieve phenomenal power and outstanding fuel economy.

The 2013 Ford Fusion starts at $21,700 for the base model and could go as much as $30,200 for the top-of-the-line Titanium trim. The base engine is the familiar 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 170hp. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is a viable option because it produces 179hp with an EPA rating of 26/37 MPG. The 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine is the one to choose if you are looking for V6 power. This engine produces 237hp and 250 pound-feet of torque.

The 2013 Ford Fusion is coming in Fall of 2012. If you happen to be pondering about a new family sedan, the new Ford Fusion deserves top consideration.


Both vehicles are evenly priced, and both have stunningly gorgeous body designs. Between the two, the 2013 Nissan Altima is sportier with precise steering and firm yet comfortable damping. In the meantime, the Ford Fusion is better suited for long highway cruises because it has a roomier cabin and a supple suspension system. No matter what you choose, it seems that the both the new Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion provides stellar value for money.

Compare new car prices online before you buy and you are sure to get the best deals and the best value for money!