March 2, 2014

Auto Briefs

Subaru nabs half of KBB's top 10 AWD list; insurance rates high in March



Subaru dominates list of top 10 AWD
Kelley Blue Book has chosen the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Cars & SUVs Under $25,000. The picks for model-year 2014 vehicles:
1. Subaru Forester (shown)
2. Subaru Outback
3. Subaru Legacy
4. Subaru Impreza
5. Subaru XV Crosstrek
6. Honda CR-V
7. Nissan Rogue
8. Mazda CX-5
9. Nissan Juke
10. Kia Sportage
NWautos staff

Study: Insurance rates are highest in March

If you're shopping for car insurance, you might want to hold off this month. A recent yearlong survey by insurance-shopping site says March is the most expensive month to buy a car-insurance policy, while December tends to be the cheapest nationally. For Washington drivers, the study says the rate varied by 14.1 percent from the cheapest month to the most expensive. Hawaii drivers saw the biggest difference in rates between the months, at 47.9 percent. "Most consumers just believe that the rate is the rate and it just sticks,'' says Laura Adams, a senior analyst with "We were surprised by the amount of variability.''
The Boston Globe


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