2010 is now over so people looking for new means of transportation have to search for the best car to buy in 2011. Many of the new models are already available at dealerships or can be pre-ordered, which means that you will not have to wait a lot of time to drive your next car. In order to get the buzz moving, most of the automakers are offering interesting incentives for attracting customers in their dealerships.
A good example of a car would be the 2011 Ford Fiesta which has a starting price of $13,320. The car was launched last summer as a 2011 model and it is one of the most anticipated models for this year. The reason behind this success of the Fiesta is it offers many things that you will not find in other small-sized cars. Some of these most important characteristics would be the upscale cabin which is very comfortable and most important; at least for a large number of consumers, it is very fun to drive.
The car can be purchased with heated seats, a rarity for a vehicle in this segment. In addition, it is fitted with Ford’s SYNC system and a knee airbag for the driver. Although these might not be seen as very interesting if analyzed individually, sum them up and you get a pretty good package for such a small car. Add to all of these the fact that it is able to do 30 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway, the Fiesta is a really interesting car.
For those of you looking for something a little bit bigger and more spacious, have a look at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata which for this new generation has been completely redesigned to fit new requirements. Probably the most attractive characteristic of the Sonata is its very low starting price – $19,195. Although it is very cheap, it doesn’t mean that it is a bad car, on the contrary, with one of the longest powertrain warranties in the world, it promises to be a very reliable car. Some of the most important standard features include the Bluetooth technology and the XM satellite radio. Probably the biggest downside of the Hyundai is the lack of more powertrains. The Sonata is available only with a modest 4-cylinder engine, in comparison to the rest of the cars in its class which feature a more powerful V6 engine. However, it shouldn’t be a big problem because it is a very light car and the engine offers enough power for a more than decent ride. Another strong point of the car is the fuel economy which is the best in its class, not taking into consideration hybrid vehicles.
The best car to buy in the SUV (sport utility vehicle) segment is without any doubt the 2011 Kia Sorento. With the new model, Kia ditched the truck-based platform and now the Sorento offers a comfy ride and is a powerful compact SUV. With a starting price of only $22,395, it gives the Toyota RAV4, which is considered to be a class leader, a run for its money. As an optional feature, the 2011 Kia Sorento can be fitted with a third-row seat which is a rarity for a car in this segment. The car comes along with Kia’s well-known class-leading warranty and features a long list of standard features that will definitely come in handy for most drivers.
Probably the most interesting car of 2011 will be the Nissan Leaf as it is the first mass-produced all-electric car in the world. Although it has a bundle of technologies implemented, the starting price is quite reachable at only $32,870 ($7,500 in federal tax savings). Deliveries started last month and estimates say that it will be a huge hit in terms of sales. The Leaf is capable of running only on an electric motor that is powered by a very large battery pack that can be easily charged to any household outlet; it can’t get any simpler than that. On a full charge, the 2011 Nissan Leaf is able to travel up to 100 miles, which is enough for our daily routine, at least for most of us.
It is a 5-door hatchback that can easily accommodate five passengers, which makes it a family car. Thanks to the fact that it doesn’t run on gasoline, it is very cheap to operate and is the ideal car for commuters. According to the statement made by the Japanese automaker who took into consideration the national average electricity rates, the Nissan Leaf will cost you about $3 per charge. Another good thing about it is that it drives just as well as any conventional car, with efficient braking and smooth acceleration.
The best car to buy in the luxury segment is the 2011 Infiniti M. The starting price for this beauty is reachable at only $46,250. As far as the incentives are concerned – 2.9% APR for up to 60 months on M37 trims which is a great deal. In the past, the car was not very popular as it was outshined by the BMW 5-Series. However, for the 2011 model, things have changed for the better and it is without any doubt one of the best-performing full-size luxury sedans in the world.
With the new model, Infiniti has made the car more luxurious, more powerful and easier to handle. The new look is also an eye-catcher which makes it more beautiful than most of its class rivals. It comes bundled with a blind spot warning system and a very interesting optional feature, the “Forest Air” system that is capable of varying the speed of the vent fan in order to imitate the effects of the breeze. Infiniti engineers said that it is also able to detect and kill cabin odors.
As you can see, there are plenty of options to choose from regarding a new car purchase as customers are basically covered in all segments.