What were our most popular posts on car buying in 2016?
We strive to cover a range of topics on the Cartelligent blog—from the latest in new car technology to in-depth buy vs. lease analysis to insider tips on new car buying. In this post we count down our most-read articles in 2016.
We continue our series of Buy vs. Lease comparisons with the Lexus RX 350. We anticipated this would be a close call; Lexus is known for its high resale value and low maintenance costs, but the brand also strongly incentivizes leasing its vehicles. Read more.
9. Should you opt for a WiFi hotspot in your new car?
These days it seems we’re always connected to the internet. From in-plane WiFi to hotspots at Starbucks, there are few times when an internet connection is not easily available. The exception until lately has been the car. Read more.
8. How do the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 compare?
Audi is a popular brand among Cartelligent clients and their line of crossover SUVs are always top choices. Read more.
7. Should your new car have adaptive cruise control?
Most California drivers find that the constantly changing traffic makes traditional cruise control ineffective—when was the last time you drove more than five minutes at a consistent speed on any freeway? Enter adaptive cruise which sets a maximum speed and monitors the traffic in front of you to maintain a safe speed based on real-time traffic. Read more.
6. When does a one pay lease make sense?
Leasing can be an attractive option for many car buyers. It offers the advantages of consistently driving a newer vehicle for a lower monthly payment than purchasing the car outright. What many people don’t know is that there are often additional benefits if you pay for the entire lease upfront. This is called a one pay (or single pay or pre-paid) lease. Read more.
5. How do the BMW X1, X3 and X5 compare?
We've compiled the details of the X1, X3 and X5, so that you can weigh the benefits of each and decide which option is right for you. Read more.
4. Why special ordering can be your best choice
We’re a now driven society—between streaming video, overnight shipping and instant downloading, once we’ve decided we want something we expect it to arrive more or less instantaneously. Why then, would anyone want to order a car and wait several weeks for it to arrive when they could simply choose an in-stock vehicle at their nearest dealership and drive it home the same day? Read more.
3. How does the Honda HR-V compare with the Fit and CR-V?
Honda's crossover HR-V has been getting a lot of attention in its debut year. Based on the Honda Fit platform, the HR-V looks to be an attractive and reliable smaller SUV. Read more.
2. Understanding BMW naming conventions
Most car buyers can intuitively understand that a 3 Series is smaller (and less expensive) than a 5 series or a 7 Series. Beyond that, however, the naming conventions can feel somewhat confusing. Read more.
One of the benefits of leasing your vehicle is the flexibility it offers at the end of the lease term. As a lessee, you can choose to buy out your current leased vehicle, lease another car (either from the same brand or try something new), or simply return the car and walk away. However, the lease end process can be confusing (and potentially expensive). Read more.