15 Most Beautiful Cars You Can Buy in 2019

The folks at Car and Driver magazine have compiled a list of 15 most beautiful cars in 2019: and who are we to disagree. Some usual suspects made the list…but there a few entries that are sure to generate endless conversations by readers. We are not going to waste any time, below is a list of the 15 cars in no particular order. Feast your eyes on these special machines. Who knows, one of these cars might push you to up your hustle!!!Anything is possible in Ghana.Remember the Mens and their Gold?Shout out to NAM1.#IfYouKnowYouKnow. Hahaaaaaaa

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe

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2020 Porsche 911

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2018 Bugatti Chiron

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2018 BMW i8 Coupe

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2018 LEXUS LC500

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2018 JAGUAR XJR

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2018 KIA STINGER GT

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2019 INFINITI Q60

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2019 MAZDA 3

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2019 MAZDA MX-5

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2019 Rolls Royce Wraith

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2019 VW Arteon

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And there you have it. To learn more about the reasons why the auto journalists at Car and Driver selected these cars just visit CAR AND DRIVER.

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The all-new 2020 KIA TELLURIDE

 

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In 2013, the Canadian Hip Hop artist Drake had everyone updating their status on Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp with “Started from the bottom…now we here”.That was widely due to the massive success of his single “Started from the Bottom”, a song celebrating humble beginnings to greatness. Now it’s 2019, and the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride(Kia’s first entry into the Full-Size SUV segment) is a bold statement from Kia, perhaps to remind us that they might have started from the Bottom with basic transportation—in the form of models such as the Kia Pride, Kia Sephia, Kia Capital—but now they have fully arrived at the top  of the automobile game with models such as the critically-acclaimed Kia Stinger which debuted in 2018 and now the 2020 Kia Telluride. Without wasting any of your precious time…let’s jump straight into some pictures of the 2020 Kia Telluride.

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And do take note: Telluride is the name of a town in Colorado, USA. Perhaps, the Kia Sorento was also named after a  town in Italy called Sorrento. Check out more pictures and reviews about the 2020 Kia Telluride and other latest cars on CAR AND DRIVER

Resources:

  1. https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/telluride
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia_Pride

 

The new Mazda CX-5 is the best Compact SUV in the world!Come check out the evidence.

In 2012, when Mazda introduced the all-new CX-5, their executives might have been hopeful in their product, but I am pretty sure even those optimistic executives—  in Hiroshima, Japan—have been amazed by the numerous accolades this Compact SUV  garnered. Beginning with the first generation CX-5 being crowned the winner of the coveted Japan Car of the Year for 2012-2013.

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The story wasn’t any different in Australia, where the Mazda CX-5 shot straight to the top of the Compact SUV segment. So far so good for Mazda, but the ultimate test would be in North America, Mazda’s biggest market. Fortunately for Mazda, the ‘driving matters’ DNA and fuel-efficient SKY-ACTIV Technology of the all-new CX-5 appealed to North Americans, too. To put this appeal in numbers, in 2015, Americans purchased 111,450 CX-5s whiles their Canadian counterparts also bought 22,281 of these cars.

Engines and Transmissions

The United States version of the CX-5 debuted with the only engine available being a direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-G gasoline engine with 155 bhp with a conventional manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre engine was rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with automatic transmission and 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with the manual transmission. For the model year of 2014, an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gas engine was introduced to address the main criticism of the CX-5. It was rated at 184 Horsepower 185-lb.ft of torque and had an EPA MPG rating of 25/32 (FWD), 24/30 (AWD). Only the six-speed automatic transmission was available for this engine, which was standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. In addition to these petrol engines, other markets had the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine.

Mazda dealership in Ghana?

Even more important to yours truly is the fact the good news about the Mazda brand is spreading to Ghanathanks to SYLVA SPARE PLUS Ghana (SSP Ghana), the authorized distributor of Mazda vehicles in Ghana. After reading and watching several positive reviews online about the CX-5, it would have been a travesty to write a review about the CX-5 without actually driving it. But thanks to the rather innovative marketing approach of SSP Ghana, yours truly got a rare opportunity to test-drive a 2016 Mazda CX-5 in June 2018. To sum up my impressions about the CX-5, I would say: “The Mazda CX-5’s driving dynamics is class-leading. If you love to drive, you will not consider any other car in this class once you test-drive the CX-5.”  

I had a lot of admiration for the CX-5 after the test-drive.

The Test-Drive  Process

In researching this article, I needed to know if Mazda had an authorized dealer in Ghana. The search results landed me on the website of SSP Ghana, the authorized Mazda dealer in Ghana. And boy! was I surprised to see that SSP Ghana offered a Free(No strings attached) Test Drive scheme. And it’s not a long process. You just visit the Mazda Ghana website  http://www.mazdaghana.com/ and click on BOOK A TEST DRIVE. That takes you to a dialogue box requesting you to provide the following: name, email, phone number and location. Once you fill the form and submit the info, expect a call from Mazda in a few days for your own test-drive experience.

2nd Generation Mazda CX-5(2017–present): Evolutionary design.

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Granted, it took something very new and different to make the first generation CX-5(2012-2017) a global hit car, the bosses at Mazda appear to have internalized both positive and negative feedback when designing the second generation CX-5. The end result of this listening ear to feedback was the decision by the top brass at Mazda to keep all the good things about the first generation CX-5- whiles addressing the concerns of customers including the noisy cabin complaints. The result it appears is a solid product which has maintained its sporty DNA and added the refinement needed to push it to the near-luxury category as envisioned by the executives of Mazda. At this point, its important that I confess my affinity for cars engineered with the driver in mind. Case in point, in February 2005, when I bought a home-used 1994 BMW 318i, I was instantly won over by the sports car-like chassis of that famous German machine. With my confession out of the way, I present to you the evidence in the form of testimonials by the world’s authoritative automobile journalists about the 2nd generation Mazda CX-5.

Car and Driver verdict

In declaring the Mazda CX-5 as the Best Compact SUV of 2019, this is what the folks at Car and Driver had to say:

When we tell you that the Mazda CX-5 is the best compact crossover for sale today, it’s not only because we believe it to be true. It’s also in the hope that by rewarding this particular brand of excellence, we’ll encourage more of it.

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Autoblog verdict

Make no mistake, the folks at autoblog.com do love cars which are fun to drive as such they could not hide their affection for this Japanese masterpiece of automobile engineering. So let’s check out what they had to say:

“If you’re shopping for a crossover, and by all accounts most Americans are, there is no better option on the market than the 2019 Mazda CX-5.”

“When we drove the 2017 CX-5, we likened the handling to that of a Porsche Macan.”

“With an all-new 2.5-liter SkyActiv Turbo good for 250 horsepower, the CX-5 not only leapfrogs bestselling rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but lands squarely in the realm of luxury stalwarts such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.”

2019-mazda-cx-5-signature-interior-viewWith a beautifully crafted plush interior, it’s no wonder the CX-5 gets compared to Audi’s and BMWs 

Motortrend Verdict

In their first test of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, the auto journalists at Motortrend were not too impressed with the relatively poor fuel economy of the now available 2.5-litre turbocharged engine, nonetheless, they praised the extra punch offered by the turbo engine as quoted below:

Feel secure with its stellar safety scores, take pride in its stylish curves, and smile every time you can take advantage of its swift acceleration

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Forbes verdict

Forbes magazine may not be a dedicated automobile magazine, that notwithstanding their  auto journalists still had some very kind words for the 2019 Mazda CX-5 as highlighted below:

It’s a compact crossover and it’s Mazda’s best-selling unit in the USA, with over 2 million units sold worldwide, and it’s easy to see why at first glance. It’s elegant, stylish and its turbocharged SKYACTIV-2.5T engine, while not overwhelming, got the zippy job done.

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Engines, Transmissions for the 2nd Generation Mazda CX-5

The base engine in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 187 hp and 186 lb-ft. of torque connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive versions score 25/31 mpg city highway, while all-wheel-drive models net 24/30 mpg. Grand Touring and Signature models are powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 making 227 hp on 87 octane and 250 hp on 93 octane fuel, and 310 lb-ft, exclusively all-wheel drive through a six-speed automatic transmission, with a fuel economy rating of 22/27 mpg.

Safety and Technology

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is rated a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, as well as receiving a front crash prevention designation of Superior by fully collisions both in the 12-mph low-speed and 25-mph high-speed autobrake tests when equipped with the tech available on the Touring and Grand Touring trims. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). All CX-5s come standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Touring models and up add automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and automatic brake assist.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with four speakers and HD radio. Speaker count increases to six in the Touring and all other trim models feature a 10-speaker Bose sound system. The Mazda Connect system uses a 4G LTE modem for internet radio integration.

Conclusion

If a car’s starting price is about half that of luxury sports Compact SUVs, yet its driving dynamics earns comparisons to the class-leading  Porsche Macan, then what more can we ask of the Mazda CX-5? Kudo to the folks at Hiroshima, Japan for engineering a premium machine for the masses.

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.mazdausa.com
  2. http://www.mazdaghana.com
  3. http://www.motortrend.com
  4. http://www.caranddriver.com
  5. http://www.autoblog.com
  6. http://www.forbes.com
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_CX-5

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

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There are many fluids that run throughout your vehicle, but one of the most important to keep track of is the transmission fluid. Whether or not you should change it is not a matter of debate: Yes, you should. But how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to debate.

The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say that is too long and that it should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Manual transmissions require more conventional gear oil rather than ATF and tend to be on a different maintenance schedule, so it’s best to consult the service intervals in the owner’s manual.

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The 2018 Hyundai Kona is Hyundai’s little big man.

Chances are that in 2013, you probably jammed to Mafikizolo’s mega hit song “Khona” which took audiences in Africa by storm and had many singing along through out the year and beyond.Fast forward to the middle of  2018, and it might  be possible to arrive at Kona bar and grill in Osu, Accra in your brand new Hyundai Kona vehicle.The buzz-kill is that, evidence provided by motoring.com.au, indicate that the newly-derived model’s name takes inspiration from the popular tourist destination on Hawaii’s Big Island–a naming tactic which follows in the tradition of the Tucson, Sante Fe and Tiburon, all recognisable American locations–and  not from either the Khona song or the Kona bar in Accra.But that’s just by the way of giving you a little teaser about the nomenclature of this new small SUV coming out from South Korea.

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Where does the 2018 Hyundai Kona sit in Hyundai’s SUV lineup?

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a subcompact crossover(small 4X4, as we prefer to call them over here in GH) that slots below the Tucson as Hyundai’s new entry-level crossover in North America.Generally, Ghanaian car buyers tend to pay particular attention to vehicles which are made for the North American market because a great number of used cars are imported from that market.On the global market though, the Hyundai Creta which has a comparable proportions  as the 2018 Hyundai Kona has been around since 2014 but it was not available to the North American market.The Hyundai Creta has been around in Ghana for sometime now, though not many due to the fact that, most private car buyers tend to settle for the imported used vehicles as a matter of affordability.

What are the engines, transmission and trim levels?

The 2018 Hyundai will come standard with Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is optional on all trims.The Kona will come in 4 main trim levels, namely:

  • SE: The base Kona SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, full LED headlights, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, cloth uphosltery, keyless entry, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
  • SEL: Moving up to the SEL grade adds heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless start, and a leather shift knob.
  • Limited: The Limited trim adds the 1.6-liter turbo-four, a power-operated driver’s seat, a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights.
  • Ultimate: the range-topping Ultimate trim is equipped with  rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, a wireless charging pad, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, an Infinity premium audio system, and navigation.

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Why should you be giddy about the 2018 Hyundai Kona?

The 2018 Hyundai Kona and other subcompact crossovers such as the 2016 Honda HR-V, and the 2017 Toyota C-HR are very ideal for the Ghanaian setting due to the following reasons:

  • High ground clearance–which is crucial in ensuring that even on many of our dirt and rough roads, your car’s undercarriage is safe from the elements which can damage parts such as the oil sump.Hyundai claims the Kona has been designed for a “true SUV experience” with plenty of ground clearance and that makes us on this side of the globe, very happy indeed.2018-Hyundai-Kona-3
  • Low Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)–According to motortrend.com, the 2018 Hyundai Kona will go on sale in March with a starting price of $20,450.That is a very impressive starting price for a small 4×4–but well-equipped automobile–bearing in mind that prior to the emergence of these models, the lowest priced compact SUVs such as the Toyota RAV, Honda CR-V and the Hyundai would set you back at least $25,000–when purchased new.The 2018 Hyundai Kona is so reasonably priced that it even beats that of a mid level trim of the 2018 Elantra; the 1.4-litre turbocharged Eco model which sells for $20,550. Mind you the MSRP is what the Ghana Revenue Authority refers to as Home Delivery Value(HDV) which is used to calculate your import duty. A lower HDV is always good news for any importer as it usually translates into a lower import duty cost.1kona
  • Performance and Fuel Economy Rating–The 2018 Hyundai Kona is available with two engines, 2.0-liter I-4 with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and paired to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.Hyundai-Kona-Highlander-engine-bay-1024x683 A 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine rated at 175 hp and 195 lb-ft is optional and comes exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.The Kona is EPA-rated at 27/33 mpg city/highway with the base engine and front-wheel drive, or 25/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. An upgrade to the optional  1.6-litre turbocharged engine and the fuel economy becomes 28/32 mpg with front-wheel drive or 26/29 mpg with all-wheel drive.These fuel economy numbers are impressive considering the Kona is a mini SUV, yet averaging a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg.In Ghana, the majority of prospective car buyers who might be upgrading to a mini 4X4  in the their next car purchase will find the 30 mpg combined fuel economy rating as really good news at a time when a gallon of petrol is selling for GHS20.30(US$4.51) or more. The added bonus of this impressive fuel economy rating is that you can keep your windows rolled up and your  air-conditioning system turned on for most days and spare the fresh and beautiful interior of your Kona from dust–perhaps, a luxury some full size 4×4 owners might not be able to enjoy.
  • Clean Interior design–Whiles the exterior of the Kona appears to be designed to be dramatic and attention-seeking, the interior was saved from all that flash.
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The cabin design blends trendy color-matched bits and pieces with the outside paint color with a “floating” infotainment display located at the top of the center portion of the dashboard. There are lots of buttons and knobs, promising simplicity of use, and the transmission shifter is a standard PRNDL setup.

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Editor’s Note: The optional 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four in the 2018 Kona is shared with the larger Tucson.

Sources:

  1. http://www.motortrend.com/cars/hyundai/kona/2018/
  2. http://www.jdpower.com/cars/articles/new-car-previews/2018-hyundai-kona-preview
  3. https://www.suvauthority.com/1879/2018-hyundai-kona-1-6t-highlander-review/
  4. https://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/inexpensive-islander-the-2018-hyundai-kona-starts-at-less-than-21000-gallery#1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the all new 2018 Honda Accord

The all new 2018 Honda Accord(in its 10th generation) is a multiple award-winning vehicle–2018 North American Car of the Year, Car and Driver’s 2018 10Best Cars, and Kelly Blue Book’s 2018 Midsize Sedan Best Buy  are some of the awards earned by the Accord.With such impressive accolades, we at Engine Matters, had no choice but to go and dig deep to find out the secret recipe Honda used to cook up this sumptuous driver’s delight.Truth be told,yours truly is  Honda Accord biased.This stems from my exploits as a delivery driver in and around the DMV(DC, Maryland and Virginia) in the latter years of the 2000s, when I purchased a 1993 Honda Accord equipped with a manual transmission.

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At the time of purchase, the odometer read 210,000 miles.The car was such a fun and dependable companion which eventually clocked 320,000 of mostly delivery miles before it was donated to the Salvation Army.But I digress, I am sure you are here to read about the all new 2018 and its wonderful attributes, so let’s get right to it.

1.Elegant european-inspired exterior design

The 10th generation Honda Accord has a bold design with an aggressive yet elegant front grille and a coup-like roof-line reminiscent of the modern German fastback sedans made famous by the Mercedes CLS.But as you might be aware, beauty they say is in the eyes of the beholder.And yes! you are the beholder so we hope the new Accord looks good to you in pictures.Give or take,by the end of the year you would be seeing lots of this 2018 Accord “filifili” on our Ghanaian roads.

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2.Powerful yet fuel-efficient turbo-charged engines and a hybrid.

The 2018 Accord  lineup starts with a 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-litre inline-four–a replacement for the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine which has powered many generations of Accords.This 1.5-litre comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but can also be had with a well-calibrated CVT. The 3.5-litre V6 that used to power the top of the range models has also been replaced with a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four  with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.

The new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine

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The hybrid powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors.

3.The fresh, clean and contemporary Interior layout

The auto journalists appear unanimous in their love of the interior of the 2018 Honda Accord but the the description by Kelley Blue Book caught my attention.

Inside, the new Honda Accord manages to pack more refinement, more features and even more room into a sedan that’s actually a little shorter than the model it replaces. The design is familiar but elevated, thanks in part to a more liberal application of high-quality materials. Everything is where you’d expect to find it and all the controls are visible from the driver’s seat. Nothing is visually obscured behind the steering wheel, the controls have a quality feel, and the buttons placed lower left of the steering wheel are thoughtfully marked with a larger font. The front seats offer more adjustments than before, and they’re now available with cooling ventilation as well as heating–www.kbb.com

As every Tom, Dick and Kofi is wowed into singing the praises of this Honda, the prudent thing  for me to do here  would be to borrow the words of  Hip Hop mogul Jay Z, “what more can I say?”

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2018 Honda Accord equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission

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Now that you have been given the gist on what makes the 2018 Honda Accord such a compelling piece of automobile engineering, our job here at Engine Matters would not be complete if we do not end on a high note.And it goes something like this:

But the Accord isn’t just better than the Camry. This is a mass-market car selling at a keen price—and a better-driving one than many more expensive and pretentious performance cars. It’s the unquestioned victor here and everywhere else mid-size, mid-price vehicles may roam–caranddriver.com

Such high praise for the 2018 Honda Accord came after it vanquished the  2018 Toyota Camry in a recent Car and Driver’s comparison test–a noteworthy  information for the car fanatics who love to indulge in Accord versus Camry arguments.

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.caranddriver.com
  2. http://www.motortrend.com
  3. http://www.kbb.com
  4. http://www.automsn.com

 

 

 

 

5 REASONS TO LOVE THE ALL NEW 2016/2017 HONDA HR-V

If you live in Ghana and own a sedan(saloon) vehicle  then it’s most likely that the undercarriage of your vehicle has suffered greatly from the poor road networks.On the main roads, which tend to be tarred your vehicle is able to go about its duties sufficiently.The story changes when you are maneuvering your way through the dirt roads in the suburbs of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and the other cities, towns and villages in Ghana.It is only when your small vehicle with low ground clearance has been brutalized by this rough terrain that one would begin to appreciate the need for a vehicle with high ground clearance, i.e. Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV) and Sports Utility Vehicles(SUV) which are broadly referred to as 4×4 (4-Weel Drive)  vehicles in Ghana.

4x4s are no longer for a select few!

In Ghana, during the 1990s, 4×4 vehicles were the reserve of government officials,state agencies, NGOs and a few wealthy individuals.I know a majority of  Ghanaians still remember the Mitsubishi Pajero, which  was the preferred vehicle of the then Head of State, Flt.Lt Jerry John Rawlings.In recent years there has been a  proliferation of 4x4s in Ghana thanks in part to the Americans’ love for vehicles with high ground clearance, high seating position and all season capability.Ghana imports a high number of  used cars from the American market, hence the cars on our roads tend to mimic those on US roads.

Honda is cashing in

For 2016, Honda added the HR-V,  a small 4×4(subcompact CUV) to its fleet of 4×4 vehicles–which included the CR-V( compact CUV) and the Pilot(SUV).For us in Ghana, this was a welcome addition to the Honda family.Our excitement is due to the following reasons:

  • Reasonable price
    With a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(MSRP) starting from $19,215 in the US, the Honda HR-V is reasonably priced. The MSRP of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan  is $18,640, which means the HRV’s import duty will be about the same as the Honda Civic. Mind you, the MSRP is what the Ghana Revenue Authority refers to as Home Delivery Value(HDV) which is used to calculate your import duty. A lower HDV is always good news for any importer as it usually translates into a lower import duty cost.

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  • Superb fuel economy
    The Fuel Economy rating for the Honda  HR-V is 28mpg in the city 35 mpg on the highway. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder provides fuel-economy ratings near the top of its class, with front-wheel-drive CVT models achieving a combined rating of 31 mpg. That is very impressive for a mini-4X4. It is note-worthy considering that in Ghana fuel prices keep rising consistently but with the HR-V you can afford to disregard the news on fuel price increases. An added bonus of this impressive fuel economy rating is that you can enjoy the air-conditioning system  on most days and spare the interior of your HR-V from dust.

 

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  • Beautiful and roomy interior
    The interior of the HR-V is pleasant and roomy as can be seen in the picture below .The Honda HR-V may appear small but with its  up to 58.8-cubic-feet of cargo space, the Honda HR-V Crossover stores more than just the essentials.  Loaded with luxuries including: available buttery-soft leather-trimmed interior, and a one-touch power moonroof, making it easy to get a breath of fresh air on cool days.

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  • High ground clearance
    The Honda HR-V has an impressive ground clearance of 6.7 inches compared to the paltry 6.1inches of the Mazda CX-3 which is a direct competitor.Even more interesting is that the HR-V’s bigger sibling, the  2016 Honda CR-V also has 6.7 inches of ground clearance.This means that you would be able to maneuver your way  through all those rough roads in your neck of the woods without enduring  that heart-aching pain–which  the scratch of your saloon car’s undercarriage usually brings.

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  • Reliability and overall package
    When it comes to reliability and dependability of a car, nobody does it better than Honda.Kelly blue book summed up the virtues of the 2016/2017 Honda HR-V well in one sentence “If you’ve been looking for compact car with good gas mileage, a low price, strong resale and reliability ratings plus the ability to tackle deep snow and carry all your toys, the 2017 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV should fit you like a glove.” All you need to do is to replace the  ‘deep snow’ with ‘dirt roads’ and the sentiment applies directly to all prospective owners of the 2016/2017 Honda HR-V in Ghana.

Resources:

1.http://www.caranddriver.com/honda/hr-v

2.https://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/2015/08/5-reasons-we-love-the-new-2016-honda-hr-v-crossover/

3.https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/honda/hr-v/2016/

The all new 2017 Honda CR-V: The best compact SUV in the world!

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Yup!, the all new 2017 Honda CR-V is the best compact SUV in the whole world–and that’s not a subjective statement.But before you begin shouting obscenities at the editor, please take a few minutes and digest the views of some of the experts in automobile journalism and be convinced by the overwhelming evidence.

Car and Driver:

“Versatility, competency, and reliability are the tenets on which the CR-V hangs its hat, hence its 2017 10Best award. Supportive seats and a firm but supple ride make it easy to live with. The interior is quiet, handsome, and roomy. The base engine is a 184-hp 2.4-liter four, while a 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo four is optional. A CVT (one of the best available) and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is optional”.

2017-Honda-CR-V-129-1-876x535The rear view of the 2017 Honda CR-V

Edmunds:

“Are you looking for a crossover SUV that’s coolly competent across the board? The redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V will certainly fit the bill. It gets sharp new styling, even more feature content and an excellent optional turbocharged engine. It’s a great choice for an all-around crossover SUV”.

2017-Honda-CR-V-First-Drive-135-876x535The interior and instrument cluster of the 2017 Honda CR-V

Autoblog:

“The Honda CR-V was the best-selling vehicle in the compact CUV segment last year, and it has been redesigned for 2017. Major updates mean more space inside for passengers and cargo, a bit more power and efficiency from a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a quieter, more comfortable driving experience. The previous CR-V was already one of the best vehicles in its class, and the fully redesigned 2017 CR-V remains the best bet for your buck”.

2017-Honda-CR-V-150-876x535The view from the spacious back seats of the 2017 Honda CR-V

Consumer Report:

“In an attempt to keep its sales crown, the 2017 Honda CR-V adds convenience, technology, and refinement; expands advanced safety feature offerings; and, for the first time, offers an up-level turbocharged engine.Overall, the 2017 Honda CR-V boasts notable improvements throughout that make it very competitive. Plus, the incremental size increase makes the CR-V a viable option for shoppers considering a midsized SUV”.

2017-honda-crv-4The aggressive-looking front view of the 2017 Honda CR-V

Motor Trend:

Although we haven’t tested the new fifth-generation 2017 Honda CR-V, the roomier interior, more powerful and efficient powertrain option, and available tech should keep the crossover toward the top of the segment. After all, the refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V was the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.

2017-Honda-CR-V-168-876x535The new up-level  1.5-litre turbocharged engine that powers all CR-Vs except the base LX models

Editors Note:

For anybody shopping for a compact SUV in Ghana, the 2017 Honda CR-V should be on the their list for these 3 reasons:

  • The reasonable MSRP  of the 2017 Honda CR-V which starts from $24,045 in the US.Notice that i make references to the US market often because most of the used cars on the Ghanaian market are imported from the US.
  • The fuel efficiency  rating of the 2017 Honda CR-V which is 28 / 34 mpg for the Front-wheel drive versions equipped with the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine.In Ghana, the price of fuel keeps rising on a daily basis as such fuel efficiency should be a key consideration when deciding on a car or SUV.
  • The 2017 Honda CR-V is bigger, taller and wider than the outgoing model which implies that buyers who opt for the CR-V will not be compromising much on size.

Sources:

  1. http://www.motortrend.com/
  2. http://caranddriver.com/
  3. http://edmunds.com/
  4. http://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2017-honda-cr-v-suv-preview/
  5. http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/30/2017-honda-cr-v-first-drive-review/

The 10 Best Cars that Nobody Buys

Build a great car, and it deserves to succeed. But that’s not to say it will. The U.S. auto market, past and present, is littered with examples of excellent products that buyers shunned. In an effort to right that wrong—or at least highlight some worthies you may have overlooked—we bring you our list of today’s best cars that nobody buys. We think that each of these ten sedans, coupes, sports cars, and wagons deserves to sell better, much better. But for various reasons, they’re unjustly ignored. Should you take our advice and pick up one for yourself, you’ll not only get an excellent car, but you won’t see yourself coming and going. Although if this were a true meritocracy, you would.

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BMW 3-series sports wagon (2014 sales: 3687)

It’s fitting that this list starts off with a station wagon. Like most enthusiasts, we love wagons with the same intensity with which the American car-buying public disdains them. With a lower center of gravity than an SUV or crossover, they have all the handling goodness of a sports sedan yet their expanded cargo hold adds an extra measure of practicality. Even when confronted with an example as excellent as the BMW 3-series Sports Wagon, U.S. shoppers stay away in droves, flocking instead to the X1 (which outsells the 3-series wagon by more than 5 to 1). BMW offers the longroof 3-series in two versions: gasoline-powered 328i and diesel-drinking 328d. Both add the xDrive appendage to their name, as they’re sold with four driven wheels only. The 328i uses BMW’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four, with 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft. Working with the eight-speed automatic (the only gearbox available), it hustles the little hauler to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The 328d uses a turbo-diesel of the same displacement; its forte is fuel economy, with EPA ratings of 31/43 mpg (we can vouch for the highway figure, based on our experience with our long-termer). Either way, this wagon is a winner—in every aspect except sales.

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Cadillac ATS (2014 sales: 29,890)

Change can be hard to recognize—and even harder to accept. That certainly seems to be the case with Cadillac. The division has shaken off the overstuffed glitz of its (admittedly highly profitable and, for a long time, quite popular) past. After a period of some identity confusion, Cadillac with the ATS and the CTS [see separate entry] has come out the other side, offering cars that out-BMW BMW. The ATS both in sedan and—even more so—in coupe form, drive with the poise and responsiveness that used to be a given in the BMW 3-series. Granted, the ATS is not perfect: The CUE interface is annoying and the back seat is pretty tight. But enthusiasts for years had no problem overlooking the frustration of iDrive and a cramped back seat in the BMW (both alleviated in today’s models). Why can’t enthusiasts do the same for the ATS? One suspects it’s not that they can’t overlook the car’s shortcomings in order to embrace its driving excellence, but that they’re unwilling to look in Cadillac’s direction at all. The ATS is a very different Cadillac from those that have gone before—a polar opposite, in fact. As we’re seeing with the disappointing sales of this anything-but-disappointing car, it’s the kind of change that many buyers are having a hard time coming to grips with.

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Cadillac CTS (2014 sales: 31,115)

In a just and righteous world, every BMW 5-series buyer would instead be driving brand-new Cadillac CTS. Hell, most 3-series folks would do well to cross-shop the Caddy dealership. The CTS simply has all the traits you want in a sporty sedan. It’s lightweight—skating in significantly under 4000 pounds in an increasingly portly segment—thanks to a mass-reduction program that obsessed over not pounds or ounces, but grams. The electrically assisted steering is sports-car good, the optional multi-mode magnetorheological dampers work chassis magic, and the Vsport’s twin-turbo V-6 with 420 horses and 430 lb-ft moves that stiff, lithe chassis with aplomb. Thrifty buyers could save money with the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6, or even the capable (if not traditionally Caddy-esque) 2.0-liter turbo four; those who commute wearing Simpson racing shoes will have to wait for the utterly insane 640-horse CTS-V due later this year. That one, the supercharged, Nürburgring-devouring Caddy that’s basically a four-door Corvette Z06, is the best argument against buying German: While BMW wobbles around slapping once-vaunted M badges on unworthy, overweight crossovers, Cadillac made the CTS-V more single-mindedly performance-oriented than ever before. Why do otherwise-smart people still choose the roundel over the (now wreath-less) crest? Damned if we know.

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Ford Flex (2014 sales: 23,822)

“No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” That paraphrase of H.L. Mencken has been a guiding principle of the auto industry for decades. Nowhere is that dictum on better display than at your local Ford dealership, where sales of the Flex trail those of the Explorer by almost 9 to 1. Design-wise, the Flex is a ’65 Ford Country Sedan thrown into a blender with a Jeep Grand Wagoneer and a modern Range Rover, the result of which stands proudly apart from the herd of lookalike SUVs. It also happens to excel at its mission, being a quiet and roomy conveyance for six or seven and their chattels; and with the available 365-hp EcoBoost V-6, it’s among the most powerful vehicles in its class. Too bad Ford never understood this vehicle, starting with its goofy name and the ridiculous ad campaign that pitched the preppy, 7-seat family wagon as a car for nightclubbing hipsters. Once the Explorer switched to the same layout, its overwhelming name recognition meant it was all over for the Flex, but we’ll take the classically handsome Flex over the bloated fat-boy Explorer any day.

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Jaguar XJ (2014 sales: 4329)

Full-size luxury sedans seem to be suffering a pandemic of weird design. The Audi A8 has a nose like an industrial air inlet, the BMW 7-series suffers from goiter, and the Lexus LS? Yeesh. That’s why we nod in approval whenever we see a Jaguar XJ roll by. The Jag’s athletic appearance talks the talk, while a lightweight aluminum structure and sporty but not punishing ride give it the walk. Upgrade to the long-wheelbase model for business-class rear accommodations in an airy sedan that hardly gives up any of the shorter variant’s hustle. Alternately, go all the way with the 550-horse XJR, whose nimbleness—especially in long-wheelbase format—seems to defy both physics and common sense. Jag’s sales volume can’t touch the German competition, perhaps in part because of semi-outdated perceptions of the brand’s quality, but maybe that’s a virtue in disguise: In a line of “bought it with my branch-manager bonus” German luxobarges at the country club valet, the Jag stands out like a set of washboard abs in a room full of paunches. Plus, coming in more than $20,000 cheaper than a comparable Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you could even call the sinewy Jag a bargain.

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Mazda 5 (2014 sales: 11,613)

Bigger-is-better is as much the driving force in the purchase of the American family car as it is the American family home. That seems particularly true for those in the midst of child raising, which means the notion of a smaller-than-standard minivan was always going to be a tough sell. But the Mazda 5 selling at 10 percent of the volume of the Dodge Grand Caravan? The Mazda 5 isn’t that much smaller. After all, plenty of minivans are sold to people with only two kids, the extra seats designated for additional members of the kiddie carpool. So what does it matter if the Mazda 5’s third-row chairs are cramped? These are other people’s kids we’re talking about. Meanwhile, the Mazda’s tidy dimensions make it far easier to park and maneuver for those cool parents who haven’t abandoned the city for a four-bedroom colonial in the exurbs. The Mazda 5 is also far more nimble and fun to drive than any of the regular-size vans—even if Mazda has dropped the available six-speed stick. At a starting price of $22,060, the Mazda 5 is also the most affordable minivan out there, although not by a lot. On a dollars-per-pound basis, the Euro-size Mazda is never going to compete. But for those who can get beyond that warehouse-club thinking, the Mazda 5 is an excellent way to get six seats without going full suburban-paunch.

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Mazda 6 (2014 sales: 53,224)

Previous versions of the Mazda 6 sedan might have deserved their anonymity, their place as wallflowers at the mid-size-sedan dance. But the current Mazda 6 does not. Designed and engineered by the same talented crew that brought us the excellent Mazda 3 and the transcendent new Miata, the Mazda 6 beat out all comers in our comparison—including the vaunted Honda Accord—to take the crown as our favorite mid-size sedan. It did so by excelling in categories both objective and subjective. With its 184-hp engine, it sprints to 60 mph in a brisk 7 seconds flat, yet returns 37 mpg on the highway according to the Feds. Subjectively, we love responsiveness of the chassis, the interior materials that feel a class above, and the way the body’s sculpting and proportions disguise the 6’s front-wheel-drive layout and instead impart the upscale elegance of a rear-wheel-drive car. Yet in an auto market where it seems that legions of customers unthinkingly buy or lease the same model they did before, the Mazda 6 is having a hard time breaking in. Its 53,224 sales in 2014 were dwarfed by the Toyota Camry’s 428,606. We’d say it’s underrated if it weren’t so highly rated—really, it’s just underappreciated.

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Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon (2014 sales: 2327)

The 1980s weren’t kind to the domestic station wagon. Already under assault from minivans, the wagon was nearly eradicated when the same taste-making consumers responsible for elevating neon spandex and bi-level hairstyles to the pinnacle of fashion aligned themselves with the emerging SUV lifestyle, relegating the once-ubiquitous station wagon to duty as the dorksville express. Although a handful of manufacturers persevered through those dark and confusing days, it’s the current Mercedes Benz E-class wagon that displays the most faithful modern interpretation of a given maker’s original longroof philosophy. As with its forebears, the differences from its sedan counterpart are contained primarily in the aft portion, and it’s of our opinion that the classic, understated lines of the Mercedes Benz E-class are better suited to the wagon format right from the start; the additional cargo capacity and a third-row seat, cramped as it may be, are just welcome rewards for selecting the more handsome body style. Considering that the $59,925 base MSRP of the 2015 E350 4MATIC wagon in sport or luxury trim is just $4200 more than that of a comparable 2015 E350 4MATIC sedan, it’s beyond us why the wagon accounted for only 3.5% of E-class sales in 2014. To put a finer point on it, of the 66,400 E-class variants Mercedes dealers managed to peddle to a new generation of tastemakers, only 2327 were of the wagon variety. We’re all for ’80s nostalgia, but this is one trend we’d like to see reversed.

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Porsche Cayman (2014 sales: 3417)

While the Porsche Cayman continues to hold us in its thrall—it’s been on our 10Best Cars list eight times—the 911 is the Porsche sports car that holds sway with buyers. In fact, while the first-generation Cayman burst out of the gate at a sprint, with 7025 sold in 2006 and 6027 in 2007, sales haven’t cracked 3500 in any other year. The 911? Porsche moved more than 10,000 in each of the past two years. And that’s a shame, because the Cayman is the better car to drive, distilling and delivering the Porsche magic with few superfluous frills. The secret is its mid-engined chassis, which imparts hyper-sharp reflexes and a natural at-the-limit stability that requires electronics on the rear-engined 911. From its sublime steering to its wonderful transmissions, and from its gorgeous styling to its rigid structure—40 percent torsionally stiffer than the hyper-rigid Boxster convertible—the Cayman is one of the very best cars on the planet.

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Scion FRS / Subaru-BRZ (2014 sales: 14,062 and 7504, respectively)

Judged as a corporate entity, neither Subaru nor Toyota is in danger of drowning in red ink. But underneath those blue-chip financials lays a no-so-secret secret: The Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins aren’t exactly burning up the sales charts. They were touted by the automotive media as a triumphant return to the small, light, and affordable sports car formula of yore, and enthusiasts couldn’t wait to open their wallets for an FR-S or BRZ to call their own when the cars went on sale. But as we reported earlier, a quick look at the sales numbers reveals that after the initial burst of buyers signed the contract, sales slumped. Despite being on sale for only the last six months of 2012, Scion moved 11,417 FR-S models; in 2013, the first full calendar year of sales, 18,327 buyers found a home. But in 2014, the number fell to 14,062 units, a development our financial adviser would refer to as “trending downward.” For the first three months of 2015, Scion chalked up sales of 2445 units, well off the pace for the same period last year when 3425 FR-S models found happy—we hope—owners. Over at Subaru the story is largely the same, but the overall numbers are lower: 4144 units sold in 2012, 8087 in 2013, and 7504 in 2014. In the first three month of 2105 Subie sold 1159 BRZs, compared to 2066 in the same period last year. Is the declining interest due to the sonically challenged 2.0-liter flat four being a bit rough around the edges? Could be. Could the suspension offer a better blend of damping and road holding for daily drivers? Maybe. But for those of us who value timeless driving dynamics like steering feel, a playful confidence-inspiring chassis, and braking action so natural it feels hardwired to the brain, the FR-S/BRZ twins are like money in the bank.

Editors Note:

Armed with this information about how good these vehicles really are don’t forget to give these cars a serious consideration when importing your next vehicle from the United States.The Mazda 6 is highly recommended due to its equipment levels and the impressive fuel efficiency  ratings of the skyactiv engines–capable of 37mpg on the highway.

Source:http://www.caranddriver.com/flipbook/the-10-best-cars-that-nobody-buys