Archive for February 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue Recognized for Value by Kiplinger’s and KBB.com

2014 Nissan Rogue Earns Kiplinger's and KBB.com Awards

The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue arrived at dealerships last November with improved fuel efficiency, increased passenger space and new intuitive technologies, and since then, the compact SUV’s fresh look and feel have won over buyers and critics alike. In addition to setting a January sales record last month, the new Rogue recently doubled up on awards recognizing its value, named the Most Fuel-Efficient Small Crossover in the 2014 Best Value Awards from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and listed by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com as one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000.

To determine its 2014 Best Value Awards, Kiplinger’s organized 2014 models by price and category before rating each of them on performance, safety and value. Returning up to 33 mpg on the highway, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is 18 percent more efficient than the 2013 model, leading its class in front-wheel-drive fuel economy. Helping the latest Rogue net that impressive gas mileage are a new aerodynamic exterior with a drag coefficient of just 0.33 and a next-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that significantly reduces friction.

“Buyers of the new Nissan Rogue benefit from class-leading fuel economy while still enjoying a ton of versatility inside the vehicle, including the option of a new third row,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Rosen Nissan Milwaukee, a Wisconsin Nissan dealer. “Not to mention, they get those things with a progressive exterior design and the advanced in-car technology that modern drivers are looking for. Those characteristics all combine to create an excellent recipe for value.”

KBB.com praised the 2014 Rogue’s mix of style and practicality while dubbing the model one of its 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000. With its available third row, the Rogue can comfortably seat up to seven passengers, while the EZ Flex Seating System allows the second-row seat to slide forward and tilt for easy access to the back. Drivers can also stay safely wired in with a variety of optional technologies, including NissanConnect Apps with Google, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Facebook, as well as active-safety features like Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

What Are the Most Loved Vehicles in America?

Hyundai Equus Receives 837 on Strategic Vision's "Most Loves Vehicles in America" List

Driving a great vehicle is a powerful thing, and most of us have pretty strong emotions when it comes to the model we drive. Strategic Vision recently set out to quantify those feelings, revealing its “Most Loved Vehicles in America” list in time for Valentine’s Day. The research company asked drivers across the United States to rate their vehicle on a scale, with 1 being “Hate it,” 3 being “Unsatisfactory,” and 7 being “Love it.” By analyzing and compiling the ratings on a 1,000-point scale, researchers were able to determine which models in each category are most loved by drivers across the country.

Unsurprisingly, several models sold by Rosen dealerships made the list, including five Hyundai models, four Nissan vehicles and two Honda models. Check out the list below to see which vehicles made the cut!

Model Segment Score
Nissan Sentra Small Car 587
Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Small Multi-Function Car 611
Nissan Leaf Small Alternative Powertrain Car 541
Hyundai Sonata Mid-Size Car 548
Honda Accord Crosstour Mid-Size Multi-Function Car 503
Hyundai Genesis Near-Luxury Car 732
Hyundai Equus Luxury Car 821
Honda Ridgeline Standard Pickup 448
Nissan Juke Entry CUV 593
Hyundai Santa Fe Mid-Size CUV 558
Nissan Armada Full-Size Utility 602

With the Soul EV, Kia Unveils Its First Mass-Market Electric Vehicle

2015 Kia Soul EV

With its unique, compact shape and its impressive mix of versatility and efficiency, the Kia Soul crossover is already a popular choice for urban drivers, but a new all-electric model could make the vehicle even more of a favorite among city dwellers. Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, the 2015 Soul EV is Kia’s first mass-market electric vehicle, boasting an estimated range of 80 to 100 miles thanks to its energy-dense 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV extends the distance it can travel between charges with an advanced regenerative-braking system that captures up to 12 percent of the vehicle’s kinetic energy. When it is time to plug in, the Soul EV features both a SAE J1772 AC port and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port behind a sliding door on its front grille. Full charging can take up to 24 hours with a household 120-volt outlet, but 240-volt charging requires less than five hours, and fast charging with a 50-kilowatt charger can replenish the battery pack to 80 percent capacity in as little as 33 minutes. Though sales will initially be limited to select states on the East Coast and West Coast when the Soul EV launches later this year, Kia intends to quickly expand availability as the nation’s EV infrastructure grows.

“The Soul is the perfect vehicle for Kia’s foray into the EV market because it’s already designed specifically for urban driving, and its boxy shape allows the battery pack to fit beneath the floor, which helps conserve interior space and actually lowers the center of gravity,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kia dealer Rosen Kia Milwaukee. “Not to mention, buyers of the electric version will benefit from all the style and substance upgrades that the gas-powered Soul received as part of its recent redesign.”

On sale since last October, the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul retains the crossover’s instantly recognizable silhouette, but it dons new styling cues like a large trapezoidal lower air intake while riding on a new chassis that is stiffer, wider and longer. Inside the cabin, there is extensive use of soft-touch materials, and buyers can now opt for an eight-inch touchscreen and the UVO eServices infotainment system. Those changes continue to resonate with U.S. car shoppers, as January sales of the Kia Soul reached 8,092 units for a 10 percent increase year-over-year. The Soul’s strong performance at dealerships helped the Kia lineup set a January record last month, with more than 37,000 units sold by the auto brand.