Auto News for Jan. 24 – Kia Niro Pricing – Raptor Wins Off-Road

  Just to clarify an item from yesterday. That Subaru XV is known as the Crosstrek here in the U.S. We will learn more about the 2018 version on March 7.

2017 Niro - Red

 Kia announced pricing for its Niro Crossover that will arrive on dealer lots “early in 2017.” It will be offered in five trim levels with the top-of-the-line Touring model starting at $29,650 plus $895 for delivery. The base model FE will start at $22,890 with Kia’s hefty list of standard equipment.

 The Honda Accord Sport was named Good Housekeeping’s 2017 Best New Sedan.

 U-Haul is offering victims of the Mississippi twisters 30 days of free self-storage. “One tornado touched down near our center,” said Dick Porter, U-Haul Company of Mississippi president. “We want to make sure our neighbors in these communities are safe and have the help they need with a secure place to store their possessions while they try to recover.”

The all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor is the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever, and re-defines what it means to be the only purpose-built, high-performance off-road truck

 Ford’s Raptor has been named the best off-road pickup by in a comparison test against five rivals. “To put it simply, the F-150 Raptor dominated,” said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief. “This is the next generation sports truck. It is versatile enough to dominate low-speed trails and higher-speed loose dirt roads, plus it exhibited surprising civility on the road and has a long list of creature comforts.”

Trucks ranked in the following order:

1.       2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2.       2016 Ram 1500 Mopar Rebel

3.       2017 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

4.       2016 Toyota Tundra XD Pro-4X

5.       Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X

6.       2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

 A federal judge has approved Volkswagen’s $1.21 billion settlement with 650 dealers regarding diesel emissions. The dealers will be paid over an 18 month period. VW has now agreed to spend up to $22 billion to settle with various parties here in the U.S.




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