Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 1990-2015

Paperback | November 30, 2013

byPhil Edmonston

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Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 1990-2015 steers you through the purchase of new and used vehicles unlike any other car-and-truck book on the market.

Phil Edmonston, Canada's automotive "Dr. Phil," pulls no punches. He says there's never been a better time to buy a new or used  car or truck, thanks to a stronger Canadian dollar, a worldwide recession driving prices downward, and the industry offering reduced prices, more cash rebates, low financing rates, bargain leases, and free auto maintenance programs.

Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 1990-2015 gives you all the information you need to decide whether to buy, sell, or hold on to your vehicle. It provides listings by manufacturer, model, and year for small, medium, large, and sports utility vehicles. It also identifies:

  • Which cars and trucks are "wallet friendly"
  • Which will easily last 15 years
  • Which offer the best features for senior drivers; and
  • How you can save $2,000 by cutting fees and administrative charges.

"Dr. Phil" has been twisting the tailpipe of the car industry for 42 years. Can you really afford to buy a new or used vehicle without consulting Lemon-Aid?

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Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 1990-2015 steers you through the purchase of new and used vehicles unlike any other car-and-truck book on the market. Phil Edmonston, Canada's automotive "Dr. Phil," pulls no punches. He says there's never been a better time to buy a new or used  car or truck, thanks to a stronger Canadian dollar,...

Phil Edmonston, Canada's toughest customer, is a former MP and Consumers Union board member. For over 42 years he has written more than 140 Lemon-Aid bestsellers. About three decades ago Nissan and Honda sued Phil for $5 million - and lost. Currently, he lives in Panama.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Extra Content

Table of Contents

Key Documents.................................. viii

Introduction

Better Cars, Bad Deals1
Part One
“Dream” Cars and Nightmares 10
Buying Strategies................................ 14
Trustworthy Advice.............................. 16
Credible Auto Info................................ 20
When and Where to Buy....................... 24
Buying a New Car, Truck, SUV, or Van.. 28
Leasing without Losing......................... 34
Buying the Right Car or Truck............... 36
Safety and Comfort............................. 37
Safety Features that Kill....................... 44
Vehicles for Older Drivers.................... 48
Other Buying Considerations................ 50
A Cheap, Reliable Vehicle.................... 56
Cutting Costs...................................... 57
“Hidden” Costs.................................... 61
Surviving the Options Jungle................ 64
Smart Options..................................... 65
Unnecessary Options........................... 75
Cutting the Price.................................. 79
Getting a Fair Price.............................. 80
The Contract........................................ 87
Selling Your Trade-In............................ 89
Summary............................................. 92







Part Two
The Art of Complaining 94
Refund Rights..................................... 94
Warranties........................................... 98
How Long Should a Part or Repair Last? 105
Nailing Down a Refund....................... 110
Getting Outside Help.......................... 114
Using the Courts................................ 119
Key Court Decisions.......................... 124


Part Three
Reviews and Ratings.. 154
“Hot” Cars: One Chance in 100............ 157
What Makes a Good Car Good?......... 158
Five Steps to Honest, Accurate Ratings 159
Definitions of Terms........................... 160


American Vehicles..........168
Chrysler/Fiat/Jeep............................ 169
200/Avenger.................................. 172
Challenger, Charger........................ 175
300, 300C, 300S............................. 180
Grand Caravan, Town & Country..... 182
Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 Pickup......... 188
Wrangler........................................ 191
Grand Cherokee............................. 195
Ford................................................. 199
Fiesta............................................ 202
Focus............................................ 205
Fusion, MKZ.................................. 209
Mustang........................................ 213
Escape ......................................... 218
Explorer........................................ 221
F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 Pickup... 225
General Motors............................... 228
Sonic............................................ 231
Cruze............................................. 234
Malibu........................................... 238
Impala, LaCrosse........................... 240
Camaro......................................... 242
Corvette........................................ 245
CTS............................................... 247
Equinox, Terrain............................. 250
Enclave, Traverse, Acadia.............. 253
Escalade, Tahoe, Yukon................. 255
Silverado 1500, 2500, Sierra, HD..... 258


Asian Vehicles...................264
Acura............................................... 266
TSX............................................... 267
TL................................................. 269
ZDX.............................................. 270
RDX.............................................. 272
MDX............................................. 274
Honda............................................... 275
Fit................................................. 276
Civic.............................................. 279
Insight........................................... 285
CR-V............................................. 286
Accord, Crosstour.......................... 290
Odyssey........................................ 295
Pilot.............................................. 299
Ridgeline....................................... 302
Hyundai............................................. 304
Accent........................................... 307
Elantra, Touring.............................. 309
Sonata.......................................... 313
Genesis Coupe, Sedan................... 318
Tucson.......................................... 321
Santa Fe........................................ 324
Veracruz........................................ 326
Infiniti............................................... 327
G25, G37....................................... 328
EX35............................................. 331
FX35, FX50................................... 333
M37, M56, Hybrid........................... 335
QX (QX56)..................................... 337
Kia..................................................... 339
Rio, Rio5....................................... 340
Soul.............................................. 342
Forte, Forte Koup.......................... 344
Optima.......................................... 346
Sportage....................................... 349
Sorento......................................... 351
Lexus................................................ 354
ES 350, ES 300H (Hybrid).............. 356
IS 250, IS 350, IS F........................ 358
GS 350, GS 450h, GS 460.............. 360
RX 350, RX 450h............................ 362
Mazda............................................... 364
Mazda3......................................... 365
Mazda5......................................... 368
Mazda6......................................... 370
MX-5............................................. 371
CX-7, CX-9.................................... 373
Mitsubishi.......................................... 376
Nissan............................................... 379
Versa............................................ 380
Sentra........................................... 382
Altima............................................ 384
Maxima......................................... 387
Murano.......................................... 389
Rogue........................................... 391
Frontier.......................................... 394
Subaru.............................................. 396
Forester, Impreza, WRX, STI........... 396
Legacy, Outback............................ 399
Suzuki............................................... 403
SX4............................................... 404
Toyota.............................................. 406
Yaris............................................. 412
Corolla.......................................... 414
Camry, Camry Hybrid..................... 416
Prius, Prius C................................. 421
Avalon........................................... 425
Sienna........................................... 428
RAV4............................................ 432
Venza............................................ 434
Highlander..................................... 437
Tacoma......................................... 439


European Vehicles..........442
Audi................................................... 449
A3................................................. 450
A6, S6, R8..................................... 457
TT, TTS, TT RS Coupe.................... 459
BMW................................................... 461
3 Series......................................... 463
X3, X5, X6..................................... 467
Mercedes-Benz.................................. 472
B-Class......................................... 474
C-Class......................................... 476
E-Class......................................... 479
Volkswagen..................................... 482
Golf, Jetta, CC............................... 484
Passat, Passat CC......................... 491

Appendix I
Mini-Reviews and 2013 Previews 496
Best Vehicles for Students................ 499
Best Vehicles for Families and Seniors 499
2013–14 Model Changes.................... 500
Acura ILX....................................... 500
Acura RL....................................... 500
Acura RLX (2014)........................... 500
Acura NSX (2014)........................... 500
Audi A4 Allroad.............................. 501
Audi Q5......................................... 501
Audi Q7......................................... 501
BMW ActiveHybrid3....................... 502
BMW I Series................................. 502
BMW i3 (2014)............................... 502
BMW X1........................................ 502
BMW X4 (2014).............................. 502
BMW 5 Series GT........................... 503
BMW X6........................................ 503
Buick Encore................................. 503
Buick Verano................................. 503
Cadillac CTS (2014)........................ 503
Cadillac SRX................................. 503
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon... 504
Chevrolet Express, Savana............. 504
Chevrolet Orlando.......................... 504
Chevolet Spark.............................. 505
Chevrolet SS (2014)....................... 505
Chevrolet Volt............................... 505
Chrysler 100 (2014)......................... 506
Chrysler 200 (2014)......................... 506
Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country (2014) 506
Dodge Dart................................... 506
Fiat 500......................................... 506
Ford C-MAX Hybrid Energi............ 507
Ford Econoline E-Series................. 507
Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX................. 507
Ford Expedition............................. 508
Ford Flex....................................... 509
Ford Taurus................................... 509
Ford Transit Connect...................... 510
Honda Insight................................ 510
Hyundai Veloster............................ 510
Jaguar F-Type Roadster (2014)....... 511
Jeep Liberty (2014)......................... 511
Lexus CT 200h............................... 511
Mercedes-Benz R-Class.................. 511
Mini Cooper................................... 511
Nissan Titan.................................. 511
Subaru Tribeca............................... 512
Smart Fortwo................................. 512
Volkswagen Eos ........................... 512
Volkswagen Tiguan........................ 512

Appendix II
Internet Info................... 514

Appendix III
Cross-Border Shopping 516

Model Index.........................518