What Are the Best Cars for New Graduates?

Graduation season is about to start, and what new graduate doesn’t need a new car?! From driving to interviews to starting a new job to moving across town or the country, new grads need reliable transportation. Yahoo Autos recently compiled a Best Cars for Recent Graduates list, and to no surprise, some Jim Shorkey cars made the cut! Check out what they had to say about each one.

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Used: 2012 Ford Fiesta

Another compact car that comes in both a sedan and a hatchback and is fun to drive is the Ford Fiesta. For 2015, a base Fiesta starts at $14,455, and can be priced up to the super sporty Fiesta ST for $21,435, Like the look but not the price? A 2012 Fiesta still can bring all of the fun but will set you back $5,000 to $6,000 less than a brand new version — although you won’t find a Fiesta ST older than 2014 because that was its first year of production.

 

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Used: 2011-2014 Kia Optima

If a midsize sedan is what you are seeking, look no further than the Kia Optima. For 2015, the Optima’s styling has held it’s own and is still as sleek, sophisticated, and sporty as the day it was first revealed in 2010. While a used 2011-2014 Optima can be found at discounts from the original MSRP, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on the 2015 model year which will soon be marked down to make way for the newly redesigned 2016 Kia Optima coming out later this year.

 

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Used: 2011-2013 Jeep Patriot

Looking for a modern looking SUV and the brand that epitomizes American off-road driving? For 2015, Jeep has introduced the five-seater Renegade. Starting at $17,995.00 for the front-wheel-drive version, the Renegade is a sophisticated new look for Jeep that compliments the elegant Grand Cherokee, but on a smaller scale. It even comes in the dirt-loving Trailhawk 4X4, starting at $25,995. The older, less well-liked Patriot will have more cargo room and can be found used for under $15,000, although Jeep quality has been iffy in the past; as with any used car, a thorough inspection is recommended.

 

How the Jim Shorkey Car Brands Got Their Names

As most of you know or could guess, The Jim Shorkey Auto Group is named after the man who started it as just a 3-car showroom – Jim Shorkey. Now decades and dealerships later, Jim Shorkey Auto Group is still a family run business and has become one of the most recognized automotive names in Western Pennsylvania.

But how did the car brands we sell get their names? Just like Jim Shorkey, Ford, Chrysler and Dodge we’re named after their founders. While Mitsubishi, Kia, Jeep and Ram have a different story. Check out below as we break down how these iconic brands got their names!

Mitsubishi
It’s not often that a company is named after its own logo, but that’s been the case with Mitsubishi since the 1870s. Mitsu is Japanese for three, and Hishi (pronounced Bishi at the end of a word) means rhombus, or diamond. The logo is a combination of two familial crests: that of the founder, and that of his first employer.

Kia
According to Kia Motors, the name “Kia” derives from the Sino-Korean words ki (“to come out”) and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as “arise or come up out of Asia” or “rising out of Asia”

Ford
Ford Motor Company’s name pays tribute to the man, the myth, the legend himself – Henry Ford. Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Chrysler
Chrysler falls into the same category as Ford and Dodge in naming their company after themselves. Walter P. Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge
Dodge owes its name to the two founding brothers – Horace and John Dodge, who were both automobile manufacturing pioneers.

Jeep
Everyone always assumes Jeep comes from the slang version of the army term “general purpose,” or GP. That’s not entirely wrong, but it runs deeper than that. The Willis Overland was more frequently called the “Peep,” since it was a reconnaissance vehicle. As such it was coded GP, which meant it was a government vehicle with a wheelbase of 80 inches.

Ram
Although Dodge had produced trucks since 1917, the 1981 pickups were the first to sport the Ram name. Dodge actually used a Ram’s head hood ornament back in 1933 to characterize its trucks as rugged vehicles. The symbol was dropped in the 1950s and then resurrected for 1981 when Lee Iacocca (then President and CEO at Chrysler Corp.) and Dodge’s marketing team decided to name Dodge’s trucks after the tough beast and brought back the old mascot.

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Stop by any of our dealerships and take these iconic car brands out on a test drive today!

 

History Lesson: The Muscle Car

We know that its spring, which means its almost summer, which means school is almost out! But trust us, this is a history lesson you wont want to miss! And since Jim Shorkey is home to two of the most famous muscle car manufacturer’s (Dodge and Ford), we decided to pay tribute to these American classics.

The year was 1964, Beatlemania had taken over the US, NASA was training for the unthinkable, and the automotive industry launched something that would change history – The muscle car.

Due to the hot rod movement, brash, fast cars was nothing out of the ordinary. But after three decades of the same, America was left wanting more. A manufacturer’s attempt to amp up the automotive industry took the world by storm, capturing the imagination of car enthusiasts with speed, style, and the desire of the open road
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With a simple “A ha!” moment from General Motors, the muscle car was born. Pontiac Lead Engineer John Z. Delorean, had this “A ha” moment in a brainstorming meeting with his team on a spring weekend in 1963, when he realized that the midsize Tempest’s 326 cubic-inch V8 could be switched out with a torquey 389 from one of the marque’s large cars. This amped up vehicle got the name “GTO” or Gran Turismo Omologato.

The GTO had inspired many other manufacturer’s to pony up their vehicles, including auto guru, Ford. In 1964, Ford introduced the big engine/lightweight vehicle – the Mustang. The Mustang boosted an impressive appearance but also had the capability of seating four. The Mustang had paved the way for competitors like the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird, and the AMX Javelin. Dodge had stepped up their game the most with the introduction of the Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda, which offered a more luxurious, larger footprints, sleeker styling, and massive Hemi powerplants.

The cars capabilities alone appealed to enthusiasts, but another factor also played apart – the visual. Automotive Journalist Matt Stone stated: “A big part of the muscle car fun was the image. The image, graphics, and colors went along with it. Mopar had the high impact colors [like Hemi Orange and Top Banana Yellow].”

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With the muscle car movement in full swing, independent tuning shops wanted in on the action. Among the most famous of this lot was Carroll Shelby, the former chicken farmer who raced for Aston Martin before convincing Lee lacocca to supply might Ford V8s, which he jammed into the bodies of AC Aces roadsters, yielding the legendary Shelby Cobra. Shelby also went on to modify Mustangs.

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Today, muscle cars are producing outrageous amounts of horsepower. With Ford currently offering track-ready versions of its Shelby-branded Mustangs, Chevrolet building powerful Camaros and Corvettes, and Dodge producing the roaring 707 horsepower Hellcat Challengers and Chargers under the SRT banner, there is one thing we know for sure, America will always crave the need for speed.

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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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.”

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!

Jim Shorkey Brands Take Over Motor Trends’ Top 20 Selling SUVs List

The SUV isn’t exactly a hard sell. These road warriors are usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road capabilities, and often include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. However, the current automotive market is saturated with SUVs, making your decision a little more difficult.

Motor Trend recently ranked the top selling SUVs, and one thing is for certain: People are buying Jim Shorkey brands. From the Jeep Cherokee to the Dodge Journey, check out which of our SUVs made the list and what Motor Trend has to say about them.

20. Jeep Patriot: 84,028

With a brand dedicated to SUVs, it’s no wonder Jeep has four models in the top 20. The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive way to get into a Jeep model. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter (158 hp, 141 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter (172 hp, 165 lb-ft). A five-speed manual is standard and a six-speed auto is available. Front-drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available: Freedom Drive I and the off-road-oriented Freedom Drive II.

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19. Dodge Journey: 85,151

Although five-passenger seating is standard, the Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable crossovers available with a third row and seating for up to seven passengers. Powertrain offerings include a 2.4-liter (173 hp, 166 lb-ft) inline-four mated to a four-speed auto or 3.6-liter (283 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to a six-speed auto. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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13. Ford Edge: 100,924

The Ford Edge sits between the compact Escape and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s lineup. Ford offers three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter (285 hp, 253 lb-ft) V-6, and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 and a 3.7-liter (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) V-6 are optional. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the V-6 engines. The Edge’s advantage is much more interior volume than the smaller Escape, as well as the available V-6 engines.

9. Jeep Cherokee: 160,793

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee effectively replaced the Liberty in the SUV-maker’s lineup. The Cherokee is available with a choice of a 2.4-liter (184 hp, 171 lb-ft) I-4 or 3.2-liter (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) V-6 and three four-wheel-drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Despite controversial looks and an unconventional transverse powertrain, Jeep sold just 532 fewer Cherokee models than the traditional Wrangler.

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8. Jeep Wrangler: 161,325

The Jeep Wrangler could be considered the last hardcore off-road SUV left on the market, thanks to its body-on-frame construction and solid front and rear axles. Power comes from a 3.6-liter (285 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. And of course all Wranglers come with a standard four-wheel-drive system with a 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low ranges. The Wrangler is the only choice for serious off-roaders.

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 166,610

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV brand’s most luxurious offering. And with the SRT model, it’s also the fastest and most powerful. Four engine options from mild to wild are available. The base engine is a 3.6-liter (290 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6, and a 3.0-liter (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) EcoDiesel V-6 and a 5.7-liter (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) Hemi V-8 are optional. The SRT model is powered by a 6.4-liter (475 hp, 470 lb-ft) Hemi V-8. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee is available with rear-drive or all-wheel drive.

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6. Ford Explorer: 172,707

At one time the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. by a wide margin, selling more than double what it has sold this year. The Explorer is offered with two engine options, and the Explorer Sport is offered with a third, more powerful powerplant. The base engine in the Explorer is a 3.5-liter (290 hp, 255 lb-ft) V-6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 is available. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.5-liter. The Explorer Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter (365 hp, 350 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 and a standard all-wheel-drive system. All models feature a six-speed automatic. The Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows.

2. Ford Escape: 280,609

Since its last redesign, the Ford Escape has gained in popularity. With three engine choices and several trim levels, the Escape offers lots of choices for consumers. A 2.5-liter (168 hp, 170 lb-ft) is the base engine, and two EcoBoost engines are available: a 1.6-liter (178 hp, 184 lb-ft) I-4 and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) I-4. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, and the EcoBoost engines are available with all-wheel drive.