Most Efficient Five-Year-Old Cars: Ranked

We love our car brands here at the Jim Shorkey Auto Group, but admittedly, we are a little biased. So, for impartial and unbiased opinions, we suggest looking at resources outside the dealership, such as ACE, Automotive Content Experience. Recently, they ranked the most fuel-efficient five-year-old cars, and to no surprise, some of our beloved brands are on the list. Check out which cars made the list and what ACE had to say about each one.

Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price: $14,425
Combined Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
Ford redesigned the midsize Fusion for 2010, and as part of that change introduced the Fusion Hybrid. With room for the entire family, the Fusion Hybrid offers comfort and great drivability in a very fuel-efficient package.

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Ford Escape Hybrid (2WD)
Price: $17,625
Combined Fuel Economy: 32 mpg
As the most fuel-efficient SUV on the road in 2010 (with the exception of its two siblings in the following slides), the Escape Hybrid offered great utility as well as impressive fuel economy. The newest Escape design is quite a departure from this five-year-old version, and the hybrid is no longer an option.

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Kia Rio
Price: $6,050
Combined Fuel Economy: 31 mpg
One of the least expensive fuel-efficient vehicles, the Rio offers reliable transportation in a small but useful package. The interior is not as sparse as you might expect, but it is pretty basic — given the price.

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What the Window Sticker Really Means

If you were asked what a vehicle’s window sticker contained, what would you say? Most would respond with “the sticker price” without thinking twice. Although that is correct, you would also be making an understatement. In addition to the MSRP, the window sticker contains information about vehicle to help ensure buyers get their money’s worth for whatever price they actually end up paying. That’s why we’re breaking down where the information is and what it all means!

1. Model Information

This is where you will find the basic model information for the vehicle. The section is usually located in the top left or right corner. It tells you the engine and transmission combination, exterior and interior color, the year and trim level of the vehicle. Checking this part of the sticker is the best way to quickly ensure that the car in front of you has the engine and color configuration you’re looking for.

2. Standard Equipment

This section of the window sticker lists all items and features that are included in the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Items listed here should be consistent with any other vehicle in this trim level. These items are grouped into such categories as: Exterior, Interior, Safety/Security, Comfort/Convenience and Mechanical/Performance.

3. Warranty Information

This section lists the length of the new car’s bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties and notes any roadside assistance package that the manufacturer offers. Some new cars also come with free maintenance programs, and that coverage is also listed here.

4. Optional Equipment

In this section, you’ll find information on the car’s factory-installed options. Some carmakers bundle them into packages. Others offer them à la carte. Knowing a vehicle’s options can help you price it correctly and make apples-to-apples comparisons with other cars on the lot.

5. Pricing Information

This is where you’ll find the base price of the vehicle and a breakdown of options and fees. Other items that would appear here are the destination charge (cost of transporting the vehicle to dealer) and any gas-guzzler tax (levied on cars with a combined MPG of 22.5 or less). The total price of the vehicle is sometimes located here, but it often occupies its own space.

6. Parts Content Information

The parts content section lists where the vehicle was assembled and often the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts it contains. Our sample window sticker doesn’t have the percentages, but many others do. For more information on this question, shoppers can turn to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) Web site, which has the percentage breakdown of domestic and foreign content in cars from 2007 to the present.

7. Total Price

This section shows the total MSRP for the vehicle. That doesn’t mean you have to pay this price, but it does give you a point of reference in your negotiations. Depending on the demand for the car, sometimes this “sticker price” is a fair price.

8. Fuel Economy Label

The fuel economy label, also called an EPA label, gives you estimates of the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. This block helps you compare the MPG numbers on one car versus another. The combined MPG number is the most prominent and most important figure to note.

9. QR Code

Scanning this pixelated square with a smartphone camera links shoppers to the mobile EPA Web site. They can then customize their driving stats to get personalized fuel economy data.

10. Safety Ratings

NHTSA tests a number of new vehicles every year and issues star ratings based on the results. This information is in the safety rating section of the window sticker. Occasionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores also are displayed on the window sticker. Because NHTSA doesn’t test every car on the market, the safety-rating section will sometimes be blank. If this is the case, consumers can check the IIHS Web site.

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Get You Car Clutter Free in 5 Easy Steps

As embarrassing as it is, we all have had it at least once – a cluttered car. For most, your car is an extension of your house. You have items in there that have out worn their welcome. From clothes and shoes to that fast food bag you forgot about, your car has become the bearer of all things. But there comes a time when you realize that enough is enough, you have to clean your car! But where do you start? Well, that’s where we come in! Here are some steps to help you achieve a car that’s clutter free!

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1. Start in the trunk
This is the part of you car that you’re most likely going to find the most mess. The truck is the go-to storing space in your car since you don’t have to look at the clutter. When you fo through the piles of clutter in your trunk, sort them out using the five-box method: donate, sell, keep, store, and throw. Only the items that go in the keep box should remain in the trunk. But make sure that after you figured out what to keep, you organize the items in a way that won’t clutter up your trunk.

2. Move to the back and front seat.
Just like the trunk, you can organize your backseat with the same five-box method. Sort through all items and put them in the appropriate places. After you have tackled the backseat you can move to the front. The glove compartment is another area that needs some attention.

3. Collect loose change
Most cars have tons of loose changing rolling around. To prevent this, put a small coin box in your car. This will also make coins more accessible when you need them for parking, toll fees, and more!

4. Leave an empty bag inside the car
To help prevent your car becoming a cluttered mess all over again, leave an empty bag inside your car for trash. At the end of the day, take the bag out of the car so you don’t accumulate trash.

5. Impose a “no food” rule
This rule is great to keep the clutter and smell out of your car. If you do need to eat inside, just be sure to throw the trash away immediately and clean the inside of the car thoroughly.

If Jim Shorkey Brands Were Presidents

In honor of Presidents Day, we are examining the traits and characteristics exemplified by some of our most admirable presidents. And while taking a look back at the men who shaped our country, we found some similarities with our automotive brands! So we thought it would be entertaining to imagine Jim Shorkey brands as presidents.

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Ford: George Washington

Other than both being the first – George Washington being the first president and Ford building the first affordable, mass-produced automobile – Washington and Ford share similar qualities. George Washington’s character can be defined by both great strength and great influence. And for that reason, our Founding Fathers chose him as our first president. Likewise, the Model T was built to accommodate everyone—large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It was made from the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering devised. And because of the automobile’s great strength, it was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll. Both George Washington and Ford set the standards for presidents and automobiles to come.

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Jeep: Theodore Roosevelt

The life of Theodore Roosevelt was one of constant activity and outdoor adventure, immense energy, and enduring accomplishments. Roosevelt’s engaging personality enhanced his popularity and his features became symbols of national recognition. You can find these same admiring qualities in the Jeep brand. Jeep is no stranger to the great outdoors, for their main product range consists of sport utility and off-road vehicles. Today, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the few remaining four-wheel-drive vehicles with solid front and rear axles. These axles are known for their durability, strength, and articulation. Just like Roosevelt, Jeep has a signature look with its seven-slot grille that is recognized anywhere.

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Mitsubishi: Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson can be described as confident, ambitious, intelligent, loyal, generous, and extremely hardworking. Wilson was a leader of the Progressive Movement, and after a policy of neutrality at the outbreak of World War 1, Wilson led America into war in order to “make the world safe for democracy.” The Mitsubishi brand follows in Wilson’s footsteps when it comes to loyalty and safety. The Mitsubishi Mirage received recognition for the highest loyalty in the Non-Luxury Sub-Compact Market by IHS Automotive. And not to be outdone, the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and Lancer have been honored with the title of “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). These Mitsubishi models are designed to make the roads a safer place.

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Kia: John F. Kennedy

John Kennedy was charming, witty, ambitious, competitive, gregarious, and easy on the eyes. He made the rules and often ignored convention – he was “The Boss.” Much like JFK, Kia is “The Boss” of the automotive market. While most automotive manufactures are used to the conventional way of producing vehicles, Kia took a different approach and made design its “core future growth engine.” JFK was described as an imposing figure, with flashy threads and a smile to match. JFK’s style can be found in Kia’s “Tiger Nose”, which Chief Designer Officer, Peter Schreyer, describes as “a powerful visual signal, a seal, an identifier.”

Common Car Problems in the Winter

With the temperatures warming to the 40’s and 50’s this past weekend, everyone was thinking spring. Unfortunately, those thoughts were short lived with the return of snow showers and single-digit temperatures at the beginning of the week.

And the wrath of winter weather doesn’t stop with us. It extends to our cars. The good news is, though, there are a number of things you can do to safeguard your car.

Batteries

One of the most common problems faced by drivers in the winter is failed batteries. Some contributing factors to a battery’s demise in the winter are how long you’ve had the battery and the quality of the battery going into winter. At Jim Shorkey, we suggest stopping by one of our Service Centers and having your battery checked before the winter starts.

According to AAA, your car’s battery can lose about 35% of its efficiency when the temperature is around 0 degrees.

Frozen Lines

The fuel lines carry gasoline from the tank to the engine. When you drive, the gasoline runs through the lines and keeps them clear. Sometimes, condensation can build up in these lines and, if left in cold weather too long, can freeze. To prevent this, you should take special care in keeping your gas tank at least half full, or between 3/4 to full throughout the cold months.

Winter Car Breakdown

If you have questions about how to keep your car safe in winter, contact our maintenance experts at any of our Jim Shorkey locations. If you run into problems, our service professionals can help.

 

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show Is Right around the Bend!

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show is held every February at the David Lawrence Convention Center, displaying cars of all makes and models! This year, some of our brands are being featured; and were excited for it!

Some Ford featured vehicles include:

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford C-Max
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Super Duty F-250
2016 Ford Explorer

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Jeep will be featuring their highly anticipated Jeep Renegade! Which will be available in our showroom in March!

Dodge is featuring the “Pit Viper” and the 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcat! Check out this photo of the Hellcat we had in our showroom!

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The Chrysler, Ram, Mitsubishi, and Kia vehicles are left to the imagination, but we’re sure we wont be disappointed!

The International Auto show will run from February 13th – 16th, So make sure you stop by and check these cars out!

Do You Know What Influences Car Insurance Rates?

One Pennsylvania city is reported to have one of the highest average car insurance rates in the nation…and it’s not Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia, Detroit, and Brooklyn claim this status, according to online quote-comparison website CarInsurance.com. Good or bad, where you live does affect how much you pay in car insurance. Relative theft and crime rates in cities play a large part in influencing insurance rates as well.

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Rounding out the top 10 were Providence; New Orleans; Los Angeles; Woodbridge, Connecticut; Baltimore; Miami, and Royalton, Kentucky.

So if you’re thinking about buying a new car, you can relax knowing that you’re going to most likely get a better rate than if you lived 6 hours in the other direction. Start your engines!