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2013 Money Awards

The 2013 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards profiles cars that expert car critics love are that are also the best deal for the money. Awards are based on the average price of the vehicle and a 5 year total cost for ownership which pulls data from and the U.S. News Best Car rankings data. The U.S. News rankings are then based on the opinions of the automotive press regarding car performance, interior features and comfort, and also reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates. It also accounts for safety data coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The cars selected as winners have the best combination of rave reviews and long-term value. The bottom line is that these cars will give you the most value for the money you spend.

  • Subcompact Car: Honda Fit
  • Compact Car: Ford Focus
  • Upscale Small Car: Buick Verano
  • Hatchback: Honda Fit
  • Midsize Car: Ford Fusion
  • Upscale Midsize Car: Buick Regal
  • Large Car: Ford Taurus
  • Hybrid Car: Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Sports Car: Scion FR-S
  • Wagon: Subaru Outback
  • Compact SUV: Ford Escape
  • Luxury Compact SUV: BMW X1
  • Midsize SUV with Two Rows: Ford Edge
  • Midsize SUV with Three Rows: Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Hybrid SUV: Lexus RX Hybrid
  • Minivan: Mazda Mazda5
  • Compact Pickup Truck: Toyota Tacoma
  • Full Size Pickup Truck: Toyota Tundra

Can alignment repair save on gas?

Imagine you are no longer in Castle Rock, Colorado, but instead, you are in the arctic and traveling by dog sled.

Your team of dogs is pulling straight and you are covering a lot of ground very quickly. Now imagine one of the dogs wanted to go a separate way and they were pulling the sled off to one side.

Most certainly, that would slow the sled down. It would be more of a struggle to guide the sled in the direction you want it to go. The dogs are still working as hard as they were before, but now you are covering less ground.

You’re wasting kibble.

This same idea is true with the wheels on your vehicles when they are out of alignment and they need repair. The wheel that is pulling to the side is actually making you push harder on the gas pedal to keep your same speed. You are wasting gas.

The moral of the story is to have your wheel alignment checked no less than once a year. If you feel your car pulling to the side, make sure you have the alignment checked right away. Things as little as a small bump to a curb or hitting a pothole can knock your wheels out of alignment.

Contact Advanced Four Wheel Drive and Auto Repair in Castle Rock, Colorado, if you are concerned about your alignment. We would be delighted to check your car to ensure that you’re driving straight and saving gas!!