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Most Affordable 2020 Hyundai Accent Is Worth $15,195

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The 2020 Hyundai Accent is going to have less power output, but more fuel-efficient. It will also have a higher price tag (about $200 more than the previous model). Whether you love the direction that Hyundai went with the Accent or not, you can’t fault the South Korean automaker for wanting to create ripples and waves for their highly successful model.

Not everyone agrees with Hyundai’s decision to bring down the power output of the cheapest car in Hyundai’s lineup to 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. However, there is a reason behind this madness. The previous car made 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Truth be said, the downgrade to 120 horsepower isn’t that much of an issue. It also can’t deliver the better gas mileage that Hyundai is marketing for the Accent.

With the CVT, the 2020 Accent’s gas mileage is up to 33 city, 41 highway, and 36 combined. In the 2019 model, those numbers are paltry— 28 city, 38 highway, and 32 combined. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Accent’s combined mileage goes up to two miles per gallon. The combined fuel economy is up to 34 mpg in the new model.

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is also coming with a new Smartstream 1.6-liter gas engine with dual-port injection. This engine is paired with a CVT (Hyundai calls it the IVT for Intelligent Variable Transmission) instead of a six-speed automatic in the 2019 model.

The entry-level SE trim with the manual gearbox is priced at $15,195 before a $930 destination charge. That’s a total of $16,125, $200 more than the 2019 Accent. The Accent SE with the CVT costs $17,225 while the two top trims (both with CVT) cost $18,275 for the SEL and $20,230 for the Limited. The last one is $220 more expensive than its predecessor.

2020 Audi A6 Now Has Four-Cylinder Power And More Standard Features

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As expected, Audi announced that the 2020 Audi A6 will now house a four-cylinder engine for its 2.0T variant. This trim level slots below the V6-powered models and now has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that makes a whopping 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This set pairs nicely with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

The four-cylinder model, like the rest of the A6 lineup, will come standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. There are more standard features compared to the 2019 model. For one, the Audi A6 will have LED headlights, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 19-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning, a navigation system, and Audi’s new MMI interface with two touchscreens.

The four-cylinder model won’t be available with the base model. It will only be fitted with two trim levels—the base Premium model and the mid-level Premium Plus. The 2020 Audi A6 2.0T Premium will sell for $55,095 while the Premium Plus will go for $58,795.

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The 2020 model will have more options for its packages. The Convenience Package now offers a heated steering wheel while the Executive Package that’s available on the Premium Plus will get four-zone climate control, multi-colored ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, a power-operated trunk, and heated rear seats.

If you want more bang, you can also choose the Black Optics package. The return prompts Audi to offer a gloss black grille and window surrounds for the four-cylinder A6. Buyers also have a choice to upgrade to 20-inch wheels, which is a standalone option and not part of the Black Optics package. For more comfort, luxury, and navigational features, buyers can also pay extra for Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which can be paired with Google Earth maps and 4G LTE connectivity.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V: What Sets It Apart From The ATS-V

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The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is now the brand’s entry-level model, effectively replacing the well-loved ATS-V that ended its run last year. The ATS-V was a four-door sedan that produces 464 horsepower. Will the CT4-V be able to compete?

Cadillac showed us the CT4-V version, which is a notch higher than the base model but still isn’t the track variant we are expecting. The CT4-V looks pretty athletic already, though, with its wide grille with a dark mesh pattern framed by a dark border. This is reminiscent to the ATS-V, as well as the vertically-oriented headlights. The CT4-V diverged a little by adding lights that drip down on the sides of the front fascia.

If you can remember, the ATS-V has a smaller upper grille and a more prominent lower grille. Its carbon fiber package will get you a carbon-fiber front splitter, carbon-fiber hood vent, and composite black rocker extensions. Hopefully, we’ll get to see all these on the track variant of the CT4-V.

Viewed from the side, the CT4-V doesn’t look out of the ordinary. It features a character line near the top of the door handles and a sharper line at the bottom near the wheels. The roof has an interesting slope to it that made the window look wonky.

The two models—the ATS-V and the CT4-V—share the same wheelbase, but the latter is 3.2 inches longer. The difference is barely visible but we’re sure the passengers will appreciate the extra space.

The CT4-V has quad exhaust tips popping out of its rear end. The taillights are also oriented vertically, much the same as the headlamps out front. The overall design of the rear end is simple; the ATS-V has a bolder rear spoiler.

Moving inside, the CT4-V will be completely different from the ATS-V. The new model has a redesigned infotainment setup—a screen that sits on top of the dashboard and a rotary control that knob that sits right next to the driver. There are other control buttons, too, that have all been made for user comfort.

Mazda 6 Bids Goodbye To Manual Transmission

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Mazda just ended the manual transmission’s life from its 2019 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan. This move leaves the new Mazda 3 (hatchback) and the MX-5 Miata as the only models that the Japanese brand is offering with a manual gearbox.

Mazda’s move to eliminate the manual transmission variant for the Mazda 6 pushed the starting price to $24,720, marking an increase of $1,875. Before Mazda’s decision to ax the manual transmission option, the Mazda 6 Sport trim could be bought for just $22,845. It’s safe to say that new safety features also pulled up the model’s base trim price.

The safety features were all optional equipment in the previous model of the Mazda 6. Taking those now standard equipment into account, the base price only increased by $200 from a manual transmission to an automatic transmission. On the 2018 models, the automatic transmission cost an additional $1,025 and Mazda’s suite of active safety equipment is another $625. Also standard are the rain-sensing wipers and Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus handling system.

For those who want the manual transmission in a mid-size sedan though, you can still get the Honda Accord instead. Honda still offers a six-speed manual transmission for its Accord. Another option is a 10-speed automatic or CVT.

Fret not, though, because the manual gearbox may not exactly be gone for good in Mazda’s plans for the future. According to a report from Motor Authority, Mazda spokesperson Tim Olson said the manual transmission could return so long as buyers voice out their opinions about it.

“We will continue to listen to our fans and if their desires should change in the future we will respond accordingly,” he said.

Olson explained that the demand for manual transmission has fallen since the Japanese brand introduced more luxurious trim levels such as the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature.

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is Priced At $36,840

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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon starts its price tag at $36,840 and though that’s strangely higher than most of its competitions, which are less than $10,000, the more upscale styling and feature content and powerful engine more than make up for the cost.

The Arteon competes nicely with other premium hatchbacks such as the Kia Stinger (starting at $33,495) and Buick Regal Sportback (which starts at $25,995 but rises to the mid-$30,000s when similarly equipped).

All variants of the 2019 Arteons use a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 268 horsepower by sending it through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard to all Arteons is the front-wheel drive though buyers have the option of purchasing the 4Motion all-wheel drive costing $1,800 extra on the SE and SEL trim levels and coming standard on the top-of-the-line SEL Premium.

You may also opt for the R-Line sport appearance package that adds a different look to the car’s aesthetics. The package includes a different front fascia, either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, a black rear spoiler, metal-look interior trim, contrast stitching inside, and R-Line badges. The R-Line sport package is available for all of the trim levels for $1,265 with the 19-inch wheels and $1,765 with the 20-inch wheels.

Volkswagen said that Arteon’s build-your-own tool will soon launch on the website. It will show more information about the exterior and interior colors.

The SE trim level, costing $36,840, comes standard with these equipment: adaptive dampers system proximity-key entry, three-zone automatic climate control, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and heated power front seats.

The SEL trim level, which can be purchased for $40,990, adds a panoramic sunroof, remote start, Nappa leather upholstery, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control.

The SEL Premium, which starts at $45,940, will have heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, cooled front seats and heated rear seats, massaging driver’s seat, power liftgate, premium audio system, and 19-inch wheels.

Prices Go Up For The 2019 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord, one of the most important vehicles in the Japanese automaker’s lineup, isn’t getting fixed for the 2019 model year but it is going to have a slight price hike. The company also decided to shake the trim levels a bit, eliminating the 1.5-liter Touring model from last year.

The 2019 Accord lineup still has the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim with the LX acting as the base model and with a standard output of 192 horsepower from its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Sport, EX, EX-L models can be bought with either a 1.5-liter engine or the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower.

The Sport 1.5T and 2.0T models are still available with the six-speed manual transmission while the CVT remains to be standard across the range. Since last year’s 1.5-liter Touring trim has been discontinued, it means the top tier would be the 2.0T. The Accord hybrid, on the other hand, will offer base, EX, and Touring trims.

The Sport model will now start at $27,075, up by $400 from a model-year ago while the other trim levels each get a $150 bump to $24,615 for the LX, $28,515 for the EX, $31,015 for the EX-L, and $36,845 for the Touring. The upcoming Accord hybrid is a bit more expensive than the current model. It now has a starting price of $26,215, up by $220. The EX and Touring trims of the hybrid increased by $330 and $280, respectively.

Everybody’s a big fan of the Accord. The midsize sedan is the brand’s biggest and arguably most important vehicle. The 10th generation model, which debuted for the 2019 model-year, is said to be the best Accord yet so there’s really no need to tinker with it or change any of its features and layout.

The 2019 Accord already arrived at dealerships on November 1.

Vietnamese Automaker VinFast Unveils New Sedan and SUV

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A new player is here! Vinfast just unveiled its own sedan and sport utility vehicle at the 2018 Paris Auto Show on Tuesday.

Vinfast, a subsidiary of Vingroup, is Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer. The company brought the LUX A2.0 Sedan and the LUX SA2.0 SUV to the huge crowd to mark their entry into the automotive scene.

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The LUX A2.0 Sedan is characterized by its long flowing body lines, chrome accents, narrow headlamps, thin horizontal slats in the radiator grille and “V” logo. Meanwhile, the LUX SA2.0 SUV also has the same character elements found in the sedan but it adopts a more muscular stance, chunkier body and bigger front grille.

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The Vinfast units have an Italian-inspired design. The engineering of the autos makes use of European technology but with the Vietnamese spirit.

According to the Telegraph, a nationwide poll was held in Vietnam, which was participated by around 62,000 people. From there, they chose their favorite designs from different sketches. The result of the poll was eventually carried into the designs of the LUX A2.0 Sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV.

The vehicles come with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The power unit has two trims configured to deliver 173 bhp and 227 bhp. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Vinfast revealed that the deliveries of the vehicles will start in September 2019. The units will be assembled in the company’s 355-hectare plant in Northern Vietnam. The facility is estimated to produce up to 250,000 vehicles per year.

There are plans to bring both the LUX A2.0 Sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV to customers overseas in the future. Vinfast is exploring the possibility of making city cars, electric vehicles, and buses too.

The vehicles were introduced by Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vinfast chairwoman. She was joined by football legend David Beckham and Miss Vietnam, Trần Tiểu Vy, on the stage.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Selling For $17,985

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Korean automaker Hyundai just released its pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, which made its global debut in Utah last month. The new car’s base model, the SE trim, will have a starting price tag of $17,985, a mere $150 more than last year’s model.

The Elantra SEL trim, which sits above the base model, now includes a suite of SmartSense safety and convenience technologies. This will come standard from the SEL trim and up. The tech suite includes forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning.

But that additional tech means a small surge on the prices, too, though still not much to get your eyes out of your socket. The 2019 SEL trim will start at $20,285, up $550 from last year. The livelier Sport model will set you back $23,285 for a six-speed manual version or $24,385 for one with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The prices show an increase of around $600 across the range. The Value trim level returns again for the 2019 model year. This time, it will sell for $21,285 or $550 more than the current generation’s price. The Eco trim’s base price is now $21,835 and the top-of-the-line Limited gets a $23,485 price tag, up by $500 from last year.

The increase in prices is due to the fact that the 2019 Elantra compact sedan is getting some cool new features such as a new hood, front fenders, and a new set of headlights that emphasize a redesigned grille. At the back, there’s a new rear fascia and taillights that is angled towards the new trunk lid.

A refined exterior and interior space are the focus of the 2019 edition of the compact sedan. Hyundai particularly wants the Elantra to maintain its design character but have a set of new desirable features that come with an affordable price tag.

Since it was launched in 1991, Hyundai has sold more than three million Elantras. The sedan, now on its sixth generation, is available in six trim levels—SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco, and Sport.

Depending on the trim level, there will be three engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, a 1.4-liter turbo-four with 128 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter turbo with an estimated 201 horsepower.

All models below the Sport trim will get a six-speed automatic transmission, except for the Eco trim which will be paired with a seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch. If you want the feel of a manual transmission, you can opt for the Sport model or the six-speed manual option available for the SE trim.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Gets New Angular Face

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The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is getting a radical facelift that gives the compact sedan a more angular look than before. Gone is the rounded front fascia of the current model and in its place is a fascia with lots of sharp corners. Even the headlights and the fog lights change to triangle-shaped units and the grille is also sharper.

The headlights intersect with the grille so this makes for an interesting new design. The base of the headlights match up with the top-most slat in the grille and the lights intersect with some of the grille’s top corners. The two new creases on the hood are also leveled up with the vertical slats in the grille.

The car’s rear is also updated. The taillights, like the headlights, have sharpened corners. The housing of the license plate is moved to the bumper from the trunk lid. The large Elantra lettering stretches across the lid of the bumper. This design is similar to the Sonata midsize sedan.

The changes are attractive but the angular lines don’t specifically fit the sides. Meanwhile, the overall silhouette of the car retains the soft and organic lines of the current model.

The safety features of the car are improved. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a camera-based forward collision prevention, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention alert as standard equipment on the second-lowest SEL trim and above.

On the other hand, all trim levels come with a five-inch touchscreen as standard along with a rear-view camera and dynamic guidelines on the screen.

The base SE model is paired with a manual transmission but equipped with Bluetooth and steering wheel controls. The Limited trim, the top end of the model, has an additional eight-speaker sound system with subwoofer, Qi wireless phone charging, and Safe Exit Assist, which warns drivers of approaching cars when the door is open.

Under the hood, we find the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower. There’s also the 1.4-liter engine that makes 128 horsepower. The Elantra Sport churns out 201 horsepower, but Hyundai said they will have a restyled version later this year.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS Commands A $24,995 Price

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, Chevrolet announced that its 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS, the brand’s sporty sedan, should sell for $25,000. Reports recently find a buying guide that shows the package for the midsize sedan will be priced at $24,120 plus an $875 destination charge. That’s a total of $24,995.

The Malibu RS will exactly be $1,000 less than the lower LS trim, which sells $23,995 after the destination charge.

The Malibu RS, together with all the other 2019 Malibu lineup, will have reworked front and rear fascias. Its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will produce 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque will be paired with a CVT instead of the six-speed automatic in the current model. This is the brand’s first use of the CVT in a non-hybrid model aside from the subcompact Spark.

Once inside the cabin, you will notice that the infotainment screen grew by an inch to a total of eight inches and the Malibu RS will also enjoy the brand’s Infotainment 3 system. The steering wheel is going to be wrapped in leather. The shift knob will also get the same treatment to complement the black cloth seats.

And that’s not all because the 2019 Malibu RS will also add a black sport grille and black Bowties, black mirror caps, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust, and 18-inch wheels to wrap off the new look.

The Malibu RS is Chevrolet’s entry into the field of aggressive mid-size sport sedans. Pricing it under $25,000 is a smart move considering that the Toyota Camry SE sells for $26,470 and the Honda Accord Sport is priced at $26,675. However, the sporty Mazda 6 Sport lies beneath the Malibu RS with a $23,895 price tag.

By comparison, the 2019 Ford Fusion is selling for $32,065 and the 2019 Dodge Charger for $28,995.

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