Archive for December 2014

Revamped 2015 Honda CR-V Secures an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

2015 Honda CR-V

The Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance systems was among the long list of improvements made to the revamped 2015 Honda CR-V, and that advanced technology has helped the popular compact SUV land a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Thanks to its newly available Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, the new CR-V earned the highest rating of “superior” in the IIHS’ front-crash-prevention test, surpassing the requirement for rising from a mere Top Safety Pick to a Top Safety Pick+.

Regardless of whether the 2015 CR-V is equipped with the optional Honda Sensing suite, the vehicle boasts the top rating of “good” in the rest of the IIHS’ crash evaluations, including the small- and moderate-overlap front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint tests. When buyers do opt for Honda Sensing with the CR-V’s new Touring trim, they also benefit from Adaptive Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning and Honda LaneWatch.

In addition to the peace of mind that comes from owning a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, drivers of the 2015 CR-V receive an extra three miles per gallon on the highway in both front-wheel-drive and Real Time AWD models. That boost in fuel efficiency compared to the 2014 CR-V is achieved by a new 185-horsepower 2.4-liter Earth Dreams Technology direct-injected four-cylinder engine and a new continuously variable transmission.

Whether your priority is safety, fuel economy or a mixture of both, the 2015 CR-V can meet your needs and then some. Make a New Year’s resolution to stop by our Chicagoland Honda dealership and find the right model for you.

 

Nissan 370Z Graces AutoGuide’s Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000

2015 Nissan 370Z Coupe

There is often a perception that drivers need to refinance their homes to be able to afford a sporty and satisfying ride, but AutoGuide.com recently debunked that myth with its list of the Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000. Among the auto-news site’s affordable performers was the Nissan 370Z Coupe, which was recognized for its responsive 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine as well as its range of amenities and upscale touches.

The 370Z Coupe’s powerplant is paired to a standard six-speed close-ratio manual transmission that provides smooth shifting, while a low center of gravity and a wide stance ensure crisp cornering. Donning automatic on-off HID bi-functional xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, Nissan’s sports car has the sleek looks to match its nimble performance. Inside the driver-focused cabin, buyers are treated to standard Bluetooth connectivity, Automatic Temperature Control, two 12-volt DC power outlets, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and a Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start.

“Buyers of the Nissan 370Z Coupe get the style, performance and amenities of a sports car that costs thousands of dollars more,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Rosen Nissan Milwaukee. “There are other affordable sports cars on the market, but none that can fully harness V6 performance through their transmission and chassis like the 370Z Coupe can.”

That unique mix of capabilities was on full display earlier this month in the United Arab Emirates, where a pair of Nissan 370Zs set a Guinness World Records title for the longest non-stop twin vehicle drifting. Performing at the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience in Dubai, the two Nissan Z cars drifted side by side on a track for 28.52 kilometers, or 17.7 miles. Amateur drivers were also able to test out their drifting skills in a safe environment at the event with the help of the Prodrift Academy.

 

2015 Kia Optima and Soul Selected by Edmunds.com as Top Lease Deals

2015 Kia Optima

Car buyers are at risk of information overload this holiday season with the countless dealership sales and the heart-warming commercials accompanying them. Fortunately, there are auto researchers like Edmunds to help them cut through the clutter, and the publication has highlighted the 2015 Kia Optima and Soul as vehicles featuring legit deals this holiday season.

The 2015 Optima LX is showcased prominently in the Edmunds.com December roundup of lease deals priced at or around $199 per month, and our Milwaukee Kia dealership is currently leasing the model for $189 per month with just $1,999 due at signing. For that pricing, buyers will get plenty of standard technology in the popular midsize sedan, including Bluetooth connectivity, USB and auxiliary inputs, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System.

Available for the same lease pricing structure as the Optima through our Kia Holiday Sales Event, the base 2015 Soul urban hatchback is touted in the Edmunds.com December roundup as well, offering its signature boxy styling in a sleeker and more responsive form after a redesign for the 2014 model year.

The Kia Holiday Sales Event at Rosen Kia Milwaukee also includes great leasing deals on the 2014 Sportage crossover CUV, the 2015 Sorento LX crossover SUV and the 2015 Cadenza premium sedan, but it only runs through January 5, so make plans to head to our dealership soon for a test-drive!