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Woodward Dream Show strictly called off for 2020 [Updated]

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

[Update: Pontiac Motorsports Exposition (PME) announced Monday that a Woodward Dream Show eventuality has been called off for 2020 and released a following statement:

“This was a formidable preference though formed on a ever-changing business sourroundings and health concerns in Michigan and opposite a country, we have motionless to postpone a initial Woodward Dream Show to 2021,” pronounced PME CEO, Tim Hartge. “Our goal during PME is to emanate and govern premium, in-person automotive events for enthusiasts and automobile owners, and that was going to be formidable to do this year, so we have motionless to concentration on formulating an even improved eventuality for 2021.”

The strange essay follows in full.] 

While a central 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise events have been called off due to a ongoing coronavirus health crisis, one classification has an choice for would-be attendees: a 2020 Woodward Dream Show, hosted by M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Mich., will be presented in a practical format for your online observation pleasure. 

The Woodward Dream Show will take place over dual days (August 13-14), with day one dedicated roughly exclusively to standard car show elements and a second focusing on lane events to be hold on a M1 Concourse highway course. In-person appearance in a events will be by invitation only, though a organizers surveillance a online component’s ability to accommodate nigh-infinite practical spectators. 

“Viewers around a universe can suffer dual days of tone commentary, live racing footage, and featured interviews with drivers and owners of cars – some never seen or raced before – in a jubilee of a passion and fad of a universe of automobiles,” a eventuality proclamation said.

The uncover apportionment will commend vehicles entered in 11 categories: Judge’s pick; Corvette; Mustang; Muscle Cars; Big 3 Class of 1958-1963; Hot Rods; Exotic Super Cars; Modern Muscle; Legends of Woodward; Contemporary Custom Car Builders and People’s Choice.

The on-track apportionment will be headlined by a time conflict competition. Practice runs will start during 9:00 a.m. Friday and a rival runs will take place via a afternoon. Prizes will be awarded during a late-afternoon ceremony. 

The Dream Show, that will be presented by a Pontiac Motorsports Exposition, is not rigourously dependent with a organizers of a central Woodward Dream Cruise. The eventuality was creatively recognised to be an captivate for cruise-goers and spectators, though like a Dream Cruise itself, those skeleton were waylaid by a COVID-19 pandemic. 


Best Used Cars for Teens, According to Consumer Reports and IIHS

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Surprise surprise: import cars and crossovers browbeat a list of affordable and protected rides for new drivers.

A teenager’s initial automobile is a sermon of passage. It’s an early doctrine in both leisure and responsibility. Statistically, it’s also expected to get dinged up. According to a American Automobile Association, 16–17 year olds are roughly 4.5 times some-more expected to get into a pile-up than people their parents’ age. Needless to say, reserve is a tip priority, generally as a automobile is expected to be bought used, for limit affordability.

To make a preference routine easier, Consumer Reports and a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have teamed adult to furnish a brief list. It’s a initial time a dual organizations have finished so, and they’ve taken into comment a accumulation of criteria to establish a best of a bunch. The list also facilities a cost tip of $20,000, per Kelley Blue Book values for a lowest trim level.

Every automobile on a list facilities above-average trustworthiness in CR’s member surveys for a infancy of a indication years listed, normal or improved scores in CR’s puncture doing tests, and a dry braking stretch of reduction than 145 feet from 60 mph in CR’s stop tests. On a IIHS side, a cars contingency underline a Good rating in 4 of a organizations pile-up tests: assuage overlie front, side, roof strength and conduct restraints. They also contingency measure a Good or Acceptable in a driver-side tiny overlie front test, and during slightest 4 stars from a NHTSA. Finally, each one of these models underline customary fortitude control.

The list is damaged down by distance and shape: tiny car, midsize SUVs, etc. A sole vast automobile creates a list in a figure of a Hyundai Genesis (before it was spun off into a possess brand). We’ve total all. Let’s take a demeanour during a full list then, shall we?

Best Small Cars for Teens

Mazda 3

Years: 2014 or newer, built after Oct 2013

Price: $7,000

The Mazda 3 is a many affordable choice of any of a categories. It’s not surprising, as it’s a smaller automobile and one of a oldest. That doesn’t meant it isn’t protected though. The 3 stays a good-looking, unsentimental automobile in sedan or hatchback form, with adequate energy from a four-cylinder engines to get adult to highway speeds quickly, yet being too many to means trouble. Plus it’s a plain handler.

Subaru Impreza

Years: 2014 or newer

Price: $8,700

Like a Mazda3, a Subaru Impreza is accessible in dual physique styles: sedan or wagon. It’s a small dearer, yet a combined cost does embody customary all-wheel drive, that is singular in this category. If you’re in a snowier clime, a additional assent of mind competence be value it.

Hyundai Elantra GT

Years: 2018 or newer

Price: $14,000

We’re jumping approach adult in price, yet a Hyundai Elantra GT also facilities some-more complicated quadruped comforts. Its unsentimental induce physique figure is a useful and too. A naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine is standard, with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine in a higher, enthusiast-oriented models.

Kia Forte

Years: 2019 or newer

Price: $14,600

The Kia Forte perceived a whole indication change in 2019, so this automobile offers all you’d find uninformed on a lot. This includes an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, customary smartphone integration, and motorist assists like lane-keep assist, line depart warning, and programmed puncture braking. Perfect for a new motorist behind a wheel.

Kia Niro

Years: 2018

Price: $15,400

Kia earns a second coming in a tip 5 here, interjection to a Niro. Sitting somewhere between crossover and hatchback, a Niro comes in dual flavors: array or plug-in hybrid. Not usually is it a unsentimental shape, yet that also creates it a fuel-sipping choice of a pack.

You might also wish to consider:

  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback (2019 or newer): $15,800
  • Honda Insight (2019 or newer): $17,900
  • Subaru Crosstrek (2018 or newer): $18,700
  • Toyota Prius Prime (2017 or newer): $18,700

Best Mid-Size Cars for Teens

Subaru Legacy

Years: 2013 or newer, built after Aug 2012

Price: $7,600

It’s not startling to see a Subaru Legacy commanding a list here. The Japanese brand’s mid-size sedan is a sturdy, arguable four-door with customary all-wheel drive. The age operation here includes a final years of a fifth-generation model, yet we’d advise sport for a some-more handsome, higher-tech sixth-gen.

Subaru Outback

Years: 2013 or newer, built after Aug 2012

Price: $8,500

Before Subaru spun it off into a possess model, a Outback was a trim choice of a Legacy wagon. So it’s distinct it shows adult right alongside a three-box sibling. That crossover styling does authority an additional premium, though.

Honda Accord

Years: 2013 or newer

Price: $9,200

The Honda Accord stays one of a best mainstream mid-size sedans out there. It gets so many things right: a size, a power, a reliability, and a pushing knowledge that isn’t totally anodyne. The perfect series of examples out there means we should be means to find a good one for a new motorist in a family.

Volkswagen Jetta

Years: 2016–2018

Price: $9,800

The Volkswagen Jetta is smaller than many of a other models on this list, yet that’s no bad thing. That creates it easier to park, and a smaller 1.4-liter turbocharged engine sips fuel.

Mazda 6

Years: 2015 or newer

Price: $10,500

Who says a teen’s initial set of wheels need to demeanour dull? Even in a twilight years, a Mazda 6 stays one of a best-looking complicated sedans. The understated looks censor a atmospheric interior, while a four-cylinder engine line adult keeps gas prices in check.

You might also wish to consider:

  • Volkswagen Passat (2016–2018): $11,000
  • Toyota Prius v (2015–2017): $12,600
  • Lincoln MKZ (2016 or newer): $13,300
  • Volvo S60 (2017–2018): $15,300
  • Nissan Altima (2019 or newer): $17,000
  • Audi A3 (2017, 2020): $18,300
  • BMW 3-Series (2017 or newer, built after Nov 2016): $18,600

Best Small SUVs for Teens

Mazda CX-5

Years: 2014 or newer, built after Oct 2013

Price: $8,200

The Mazda CX-5 takes all a good pieces of a 3—great handling, well-spoken engines, appealing styling—and raises them a small serve off a ground. We continue to rate a CX-5 as one of a best models in a class, and a bonus cost solidifies a place during a tip of a raise here.

Buick Encore

Years: 2016 or newer

Price: $10,700

Smaller than anything else here, a Buick Encore is a pint-size cut of near-luxury. It’s good for city-dwellers, interjection to those neat measure and equally petite engine. Teens will also conclude a combined quadruped comforts.

Chevrolet Equinox

Years: 2016 or newer

Price: $12,100

Chevrolet sells some-more Equinox models than anything else in a lineup not named Silverado. That means you’ve got lots to select from, and tools are straightforwardly accessible if anything gets dinged. 2016 models charity a operation of naturally-aspirated four- and six-cylinder models; 2017 and leading are all-turbo, all a time.

Honda CR-V

Years: 2015–2016, 2019 or newer

Price: $12,200

In 2019 a CR-V was a second-best-selling crossover in America. That should tell we usually how renouned Honda’s categorical SUV is. It’s easy to see why: it offers normal Honda values of a well-spoken ride, fuel-efficient engines, and low cost of tenure in a hugely fascinating crossover shape.

Mazda CX-3

Years: 2017 or newer

Price: $12,300

Want something smaller than a Buick for your kids, yet with reduction of a pipe-and-slippers image? The Mazda CX-3 is a answer. Feeling even closer to a automobile than anything else here, a CX-3 is a small hatchback with a few SUV styling cues. That means it’s usually as easy to expostulate as a sub-compact automobile should be, while charity a aloft pushing position to assistance new drivers see some-more of a road.

You might also wish to consider:

  • Subaru Forester (2016 or newer): $12,500
  • Nissan Rogue (2017 or newer): $13,400
  • Toyota RAV4 (2015 or newer, built after Nov 2014): $13,800
  • Honda HR-V (2017–2018, built after Mar 2017): $14,000
  • Hyundai Kona (2018 or newer): $14,500
  • Audi Q3 (2016 or newer): $17,300

Best Mid-Size SUVs for Teens

GMC Terrain

Years: 2014, 2016 or newer

Price: $9,400

The GMC Terrain’s blocky styling helps it mount out in a sea of softer SUV shapes. It offers a lot of space for reduction than anything else in a mid-size segment, so can double as a family hauler too.

Kia Sorento

Years: 2016 or newer

Price: $13,400

Kia’s Sorento offers a reasonable volume of reserve facilities in a vast and affordable package. In a mangle from tradition, we’d suggest a incomparable engine here: while a four-cylinder is marginally some-more fuel efficient, a miss of energy can be a problem when merging onto highways. Stick to a V6.

Nissan Murano

Years: 2015 or newer

Price: $13,800

Nissan has kept a Murano’s swoopy styling as a standout underline given a indication debuted roughly 20 years ago. It’s now utterly large, yet still usually sits five, permitting for a outrageous volume of storage space behind a seats. Make certain a Murano facilities a Technology package, with a common raft of motorist assists like programmed puncture braking, blind-spot monitoring, and back cross-traffic alert.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Years: 2017–2018

Price: $15,800

The Santa Fe Sport was a smaller of a dual Sante Fe models a few years ago. Since then, Hyundai has reverted a Santa Fe to usually one five-seat model; a seven-seat Palisade now sits during a tip of a SUV lineup. Like a Sorento, we suggest removing a V6 instead of a four-pot.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Years: 2017 or newer, built after Mar 2016

Price: $17,800

The latest Santa Fe is a technological powerhouse, with a whole apartment of motorist aids to keep new drivers safe. The prior era offers many of them as well—though some were optional—and we’d suggest sport down a indication with as many as possible.

You might also wish to consider:

  • Mazda CX-9 (2017 or newer, built after Nov 2016): $18,400
  • Lincoln MKX (2017–2018): $19,600

Best Minivans for Teens

Toyota Sienna

Years: 2015 or newer

Price: $11,900

The Toyota Sienna is a brave of a minivan contingent here. The stream era is a small long-in-tooth, and a new hybrid-only indication is on a setting for 2021. But that’s a good thing for your teen driver! The Sienna offers a studio apartment’s value of interior space for them and their friends, high reserve marks, and a reliable, powerful—but not too powerful—V6 engine.

Honda Odyssey

Years: 2015–2016

Price: $12,400

Maybe you’re some-more of a Honda family. No problem, a Odyssey is a plain people-hauler. It too offers a customary V6, copiousness of reserve features, and of course, tons of room. Practicality is a vast understanding for teens, even if they won’t acknowledge it: a minivan will get some-more of them and their friends where they need to go in comfort than anything else in a market.

Kia Sedona

Years: 2016–2017

Price: $12,600

Kia’s Sedona is an often-overlooked entrance in a minivan segment. Along with a common virtues of a shape, a Sedona also offers a clever infotainment setup. Kia’s pushing support apartment isn’t customary however, so make certain to bill for a indication with it equipped.