March 1, 2013

Auto Briefs

Best Cars for the Money named; tix don't usually hike insurance



Magazine picks Best Cars for the Money
The Honda Fit (shown) was named both the top subcompact and top hatchback car in U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars for the Money Awards for 2013. Ford won the most of any brand, taking six of the 21 categories; its winners were the Focus (compact car), Fusion (midsize car), Fusion Hybrid (hybrid car), Escape (compact SUV) and Edge (midsize SUV with two rows). Here is a complete list of winners:

Best cars
Subcompact: Honda Fit
Compact: Ford Focus
Hatchback: Honda Fit
Upscale small car: Buick Verano
Upscale midsize car: Buick Regal
Midsize: Ford Fusion
Hybrid: Ford Fusion Hybrid
Large: Ford Taurus
Sports car: Scion FR-S
Wagon: Subaru Outback

Best SUVs and minivans
Compact SUV: Ford Escape
Luxury compact SUV: BMW X1
Midsize SUV with two rows: Ford Edge
Midsize SUV with three rows: Hyundai Santa Fe
Luxury midsize SUV with two rows: Lexus RX 350
Luxury midsize SUV with three rows: Acura MDX
Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
Hybrid SUV: Lexus RX Hybrid
Minivan: Mazda Mazda5

Best trucks
Compact pickup: Toyota Tacoma
Full-size pickup: Toyota Tundra
NWautos staff



Traffic tickets don't usually hike insurance

Only 31 percent of Americans who received a traffic ticket in the past five years are paying more for car insurance as a result, according to a survey by, an insurance-comparison site. Younger drivers are the most likely to face higher rates after a traffic ticket. Premiums increased for 41 percent of drivers ages 18-29, 32 percent for drivers 30-49 and 15 percent for those 50 or older. The most common increase was less than $100 a year.
NWautos staff


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