Most Stolen Cars

Car theft is a major problem throughout the country. Each month, many thousands of cars are broken into and stolen. Some owners park their car one night only to wake up the next morning and never see it again. Car break-ins affect nearly all neighborhoods, and are a significant contributing factor to high auto insurance costs.

LoJack, a company that provides theft prevention and car recovery services, has released its 2010 “Vehicle Theft Recovery Report”. It is the second year the company has published the report, which lists the top 10 most stolen cars in America. According to LoJack, the number one most stolen car in 2010 was the Honda Accord, a popular midsize sedan. Number two on the list was the Honda Civic, a compact sedan.

This is a flip from 2009 when the Civic finished as the most stolen car and the Accord finished second. Hondas have been popular theft targets for years due to their renowned reliability and popularity for parts and ability to make modifications. Honda makes Acura, which had a model place fourth on the list, making three of the top four most stolen cars in 2010 Honda products.

Below is the top 10 list for most stolen cars of 2010 according to LoJack:

1. Honda Accord

2. Honda Civic

3. Toyota Camry

4. Acura Integra

5. Cadillac Escalade

6. Toyota Corolla

7. Dodge Ram

8. Nissan Altima

9. Nissan Maxima

10. Chevrolet Tahoe

Three of the cars on this list are compact models – the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Acura Integra. The Integra is actually a compact sport coupe that was sold from 1995-2007. Excluding the two SUVs and one pick-up, all cars in the top 10 list were made by Japanese automakers.

No matter how much your car is worth, if you wish to better protect it from theft, you may wish to consider purchasing LoJack’s service. It is available at many auto parts stores. How it works is that a LoJack transmitter is installed, hidden inside of your vehicle. In that way, if your car is stolen, the tracking device allows police to find and recover it. With this device installed, vehicle recovery usually only takes a few hours.

LoJack has a high success rate noting that nearly 90% of the vehicles equipped with its tracking hardware were recovered in 2010. The company is now offering a 24-hour recovery guarantee.

Originally posted 2011-04-17 12:54:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2011 Mini Cooper

While not among the cheapest new cars, the 2011 Mini Cooper is an upscale subcompact car that starts at a price under $20,000. It is offered in six trim lines: base, base convertible, S, S convertible, John Cooper Works, and John Cooper Works convertible. Mini Coopers are known for their diminutive size, distinctive styling, high quality interiors, and go-kart like handling.

The base 2011 Cooper has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $19,400. It comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower. Unique to its class, the Cooper comes with a six-speed manual transmission with an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features in the base Cooper include: power door locks, power windows, air-conditioning, CD player, ABS, traction control, and stability control. Optional features include sunroof, leather seats, and navigation system. Fuel economy, which is helped by the six-speed transmission, is rated at 29-mpg city and 37-mpg highway in the base Cooper.

Mini also offers the Cooper S, which is a turbocharged version of the model. It offers spirited driving with legendary handling and a stout 181 horsepower for a car that weights 2,679 pounds. Its MSRP is of $23,000 but its price can easily top $25,000 with options. Standard features, besides the engine, are essentially the same as the base Cooper. Its fuel economy is rated at 26-mpg city and 34-mpg highway.

The Cooper is also offered in the John Cooper Works trim line, which produces an even more impressive 208 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It has an MSRP of $29,100. A sunroof, navigation system, and leather seats are still optional features. However, since the trim line is intended for performance enthusiasts, no automatic transmission is offered. Fuel economy is rated at 25-mgp city and 33-mpg highway. A convertible John Cooper Works with options can easily top $35,000.

Mini has expanded its product lineup in recent years. The Mini Clubman is also a subcompact model that is larger than the Cooper, but several thousand dollars more expensive. And new for 2011, is the Mini Countryman, which is a premium compact SUV, Mini’s largest vehicle and first-ever SUV. In the 2012 model year, the Mini Coupe is making its debut.

The 2011 Mini Cooper is a stylish, high quality, subcompact two-door hatchback. There have been a few issues with reliability but the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety named the Cooper a Top Safety Pick winner. Minis are assembled in Great Britain, just as the original Minis were since first introduced in 1959. However, German automaker BMW now owns and produces Mini. Minis have proven to have strong resale values, an added selling point.

Originally posted 2011-03-22 16:02:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat has had an interesting odyssey thus far since it returned to selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2011. The company launched the 500, which is subcompact hatchback model, with aggressive sales targets of 50,000 units. Through October 2011, the model had sold less than 16,000 units, which is quite a setback.

Fiat has launched an aggressive advertising campaign bringing in Jennifer Lopez and partnering with Italian fashion maker Gucci for a special edition model. While the car has a distinctive design and was named an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick”, the model will receive a needed boost when the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives.

Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011
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Power & Fuel Economy

The Abarth is akin to the Cooper S in the Mini brand. While the base 500 has just a 101 horsepower engine, the Abarth is the performance models that takes the same 1.4-liter and adds a turbocharger and intercools it to produce 160 horsepower and a stout 170 pound-feet of torque in a lightweight car. The 500 Abarth weighs less than 2,600 pounds. The 500 Abarth’s 0-60 time is expected to be about 7 seconds.

The Abarth has a sport-tuned suspension, a lower-ride height, double-tipped exhausts, bigger brakes and wheels to handle the nearly 60% power boost over the base model. A rear spoiler is standard and aids aerodynamics. The model’s fuel economy should be similar to the 2012 Mini Cooper S, which gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27-mpg city and 35-mpg highway.

Taking on the Mini Cooper S

The 500 Abarth also has a spruced up interior and more muscular exterior styling with side skirts and flared wheels, which help ventilate the brake system. The model comes standard with 16-inch wheels with a 17-inch option. Buyers can also opt for a navigation system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display and leather seats, including red and black leather.

The Fiat 500 Abarth raises the bar in small car safety with smart pedals that move out of the way during a collision to help protect the driver’s feet and legs. The model has seven airbags, 3 less than the diminutive Scion iQ.

Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011
Creative Commons License photo credit: Autoviva.com

On Sale Soon

The Abarth 500 made its public debut at the November 2011 L.A. Auto Show. It will be interesting to see how the model competes against the Mini Cooper S. Check out our Mini Cooper vs. Fiat 500 article to see how the base models compared.

If you want Italian styling and performance at an affordable price, the Fiat 500 Abarth may be for you. The model goes on sale during the first quarter of 2012.

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Originally posted 2011-11-21 22:42:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Compact Car Insurance

With the present condition of the US economy, most people are trying their best to manage their budgets in such a way that helps them save money and utilize it in paying off other obligations. As they keep an eye on their household expenses, they also take a watchful decision when buying their new vehicle so that they could lower the costs of their auto insurance policy. When it comes to buying a vehicle, a buyer is often considering getting a compact car and getting auto insurance quotes with the thought of saving his hard-earned dollars on the monthly premiums.

There have been many debates about whether or not driving compact cars can help you lower your auto insurance costs. The plain and simple speculation is that if you meet with an accident with your compact car, the car will more likely endure a larger amount of damage and the persons inside the vehicle are even more likely to put up with physical injuries when compared to larger vehicles like sports utility vehicle or truck. According to the IRC or the Insurance Research Council, the cost of auto insurance claims on the smaller vehicles is higher than their large counterparts. Have a look at some warnings that you must consider while insuring your compact car.

Small car injury claims have been surging recently

As mentioned earlier, the Insurance Research Council has studied that the auto injury claim payment in accidents that are caused by light-weight vehicles was 14.5% greater than the payment in accidents caused by heavy vehicles. Since most consumers in the US are looking for ways to boost their savings, they’re buying small compact cars in response to the expensive gas prices; this is directly affecting the number of injury claims. Thus, you must consider the actual auto insurance rates before going for compact auto insurance quotes.

Small car medical claims have increased lately

Another warning that you must consider while getting your compact car insured is the higher number of small car medical claims. As per the Insurance Research Council, the medical or PIP (personal injury protection) claims were 9,250 in the year 2009 and thus this rising amount of medical claims that are associated with the compact cars must be taken into account by the car owners.

While many people tend to think that with a smaller car, the cost of car insurance will be cheaper. But the actual fact is far from being true as the compact car insurance costs will be more than that of the larger vehicles. Though compact cars can run at a greater speed than the trucks and heavy vehicles, but you need to consider the safety issue when it comes to the accidents caused by the compacts. Due to the high accident probability of the compacts, you may come across a high rate when you go in search of auto insurance quotes. So, if you want to go for cheap auto insurance quotes, make sure you go with a sedan rather than a compact car.

Originally posted 2011-04-27 12:14:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2

In the compact hatchback car segment, buyers have more than half a dozen models to choose from. To help drivers narrow down their choice, in this post we make a Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2 comparison and decide which offers the most features and convenience equipment for the price paid.

Engine And Powertrain

Both the 2012 Toyota Yaris and Mazda2 have a 1.5liter engine, but Yaris gets about 38 mpg highway compared to 35 mpg for Mazda2. The Yaris also delivers about 106 horsepower compared to 100 in the Mazda2. Both cars are front-wheel drive, have independent front suspension, and come with variable valve timing.

The cars are almost identical in weight, about 2,300 pounds. Both come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, offer good handling, and are easy to park in tight spaces. Despite being behind in the numbers, Mazdas are well known for their solid driving dynamics making the Mazda2 a more fun car to drive.

Mazda 2

Exterior Features Comparison

The size of the two vehicles is comparable, but the Yaris is more like a coupe in terms of the shape and dimensions of the doors. Both models are available in a wide variety of colors, and the standard features are virtually the same. Both cars have a remote fuel filler door release, intermittent wipers, and come equipped with steel wheels.

Interior Amenities

Considering the price of the two models, the number of interior convenience features is impressive. Both Yaris and Mazda2 have climate control, auxiliary input jack, side guard door beams, single zone climate control, and power door locks. One advantage for the 2012 Toyota Yaris is the addition of an outside temperature gauge, something left out on Mazda2.

The Yaris also comes equipped with a cargo area light and an onboard computer, both of which are not available on the base trim Mazda2. The seatback storage is also standard on Yaris and missing entirely from Mazda2.

The front and rear headroom is virtually the same on both models. There is 39.3 inches of front headroom on the Yaris, compared to 39.1 on Mazda2. Hip room is also identical, but Mazda2 has about 87 cubic feet of interior volume compared to 84 cubic feet inside the Yaris.

Toyota Yaris Sport 2012

Safety For Driver And Passengers

Both Yaris and Mazda2 have the latest in safety technology built into the vehicle. Electronic brake distribution, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and seat belt height adjustors are standard on both models. Front deployment airbags and front side curtain airbags are included.

Halogen headlights are also standard on both Yaris and Mazda2. The vehicles have a low tire pressure indicator and pretensioners on the seat belts.

Warranty Information

Toyota and Mazda offer outstanding warranties on all models. Both Yaris and Mazda2 have an unlimited anti-corrosion protection no matter how many miles have been driven. The powertrain warranty is 60,000 miles on both vehicles, with a 36-month bumper-to-bumper protection plan.

Toyotas are highly regarded for their lengthy reliability. However, Mazdas have also proven to be reliable in recent years.

Pricing Information

The MSRP on Yaris is $14,875, and the ticker price for the 2012 Mazda2 base trim is $15,325. Comparably equipped, Mazda2 will cost on average about $450 more than Yaris. The resale value of Mazda2 is superior, however. Buyers will want to remember that the Yaris depreciates more rapidly, especially the base trim.

These two vehicles should be strongly considered in the compact hatchback class. The features are nearly identical, so buyers comparing a Toyota Yaris vs. Mazda Mazda2 will probably want to test-drive both models before making a choice about which car to purchase.

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Originally posted 2012-06-04 16:48:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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