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2014 Scion FR-S: Best sports car for $25,000?

Scion Exterior

Now in its second year, the 2014 Scion FR-S coupe is largely unchanged from the debut model. Additional padding has been added to door panels and center console, and there’s now a touchscreen audio system.But the Scion remains unheralded as an entry-level sports car — available only in the United States — and with an ... Read More »

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Best car for $25,000?

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

The Jetta is the best selling Volkswagen and the main reason is versatility. It’s available in about 40 configurations and trims, including the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. It’s the diesel edition of the mid-size sedan. It features a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder matched with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and 140 horsepower. The Weekly ... Read More »

10 Best Cars Gone to the Dogs

Dogs in Cars

Traveling with the family dog in the car is great. But some carmakers make it easier and safer than other manufacturers to travel with an animal. A blanket in the back of a station wagon can still work with a calm dog. But it’s not really safe if a driver is forced to stop suddenly. ... Read More »

Best new cars for about $20,000

The 2014 Fiat 500 C is among the best cars in the U.S. for $20,000.

The average price of a new car in the United States is about $30,000. Doesn’t that still seem like a lot? What if the average car buyer can only afford around $20,000 on a new car? Are there new cars with price tags of $20,000 that are worthy purchases? In a word, yes. Family sedans ... Read More »