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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Top Customer Rated Cars of 2014 Given By Kelly Blue Book

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Are you a car lover and very curious to know what are the top selling cars in 2014, then this article is for you. In this article we are going to discuss about the top selling car of 2014 rated by Kelly Blue Book. In this article we are going to study about the list of top selling cars in 2014 with their rating points and some features of the car.

S.No Rank Model Rating Points
1 #1 Chevrolet Silverado 9
2 #1 Toyota Corolla 9
3 #3 Ram Trucks 8.8
4 #3 Ford Fusion 8.8
5 #4 Ford F-Series 8.7
6 #5 Honda Civic 8.6
7 #6 Toyota camry 8.5
8 #7 Honda Accord 8.2
9 #8 Nissan Altima 7.8
10 #9 Honda CR-V 7.7

From the panel given, it’s clear that Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Corolla secured the top position in the Kelly Blue Book’s in customer rating with 9.0 rating points out of 10. In this article, we’ll discuss all the rating points given and some of the featured equipped in the top ranked vehicle.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
The all new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab comes with all new design,the look of the new released model is entirely different form the previous version.
2014 Chevrolet Silverado also ranked #3 out of 17 in most fuel efficient car rated by Kelly Blue Book.

Expert rating points
The following are the some of the rating points give to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab by Kelly Blue Book (KBB):

  • The Kelly Blue Book (KBB) rated 7.2 out of 10 for the driving dynamics.
  • 8.0 out of 10 for its comfort and the convenience.
  • 7.8 out of 10 for its design (Interior and Exterior).
  • The over all rating points given by the KBB Experts is 7.8 out of 10.0.

Specification of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

  • Engine Performances

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab engine comes with direct fuel-injection, an all-aluminum design, and cylinder deactivation technology that seamlessly shuts down half of the engine’s cylinders under light loads.

A 6-speed automatic transmission linked to a manual shift mode is standard.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab has net horsepower of 285@5300rpm and has a 305lb-ft@3500 rpm of torque.

  • Fuel Economy
  • When coming to the fuel efficiency, the estimated fuel economy in city is 18mpg, Whereas coming to highways the estimated fuel economy is 24mpg.

  • Some of the notable feature of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
  • Air bags
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Braking system
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Safety features
  • Electronic Stability Control system
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks system
  • Traction Control system

Price range
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab comes with a price range of $25,575–$49,180

Pros of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

  • It has e9xcellent fuel economy for a truck

Cons of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

  • It has grabby regenerative brakes
  • Very low towing capacity.

These are some of the details of the all new Chevrolet Silverado 1500,I hope this article will help you to purchase a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab.
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Sep 19, 2014

New Car Launches by Dodge in USA 2014

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Dodge Motors in USA makes minivans and sports utility vehicles. In this article, we list a couple of new cars that Dodge Motors is launching this year (with specifications and their performance features).

The newly launching/launched cars by Dodge Motors we are discussing in this article are:

  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Dodge Challenger

Dodge Grand Caravan 2014
Dodge Grand Caravan is a Small Station Wagon manufactured by Dodge motors. The Grand Caravan may be one of the longest-running names in the minivan business.

Specifications of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 20 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Front Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1960 KG
Passenger Capacity 7
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 39.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 283 @ 6400
EPA Class 2WD Minivans
Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Mini-van, Passenger
Fuel Tank capacity 75.70Liters (20 Gallons)
Transmission system 6-Speed Automatic 62TE

Features of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • Power mirrows, locks and windows
  • A removable second-row bench seat
  • Fold-away third-row seating
  • Cruise control system
  • Key less entry system.
  • A power liftgate,
  • Power sliding doors
  • Power driver seat,
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Satellite radio system.
    • Safety Features
  • Parking sensors,
  • A rear view camera system.
  • blind-spot monitors system
  • Automatic headlights.
  • Dual front airbags
  • Stability control system
  • Curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats.

Performance of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 283-horsepower 3.6-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 17 city/25 hwy
  • The combine rating of this car is 20 mpg.

Dodge Challenger 2014
Dodge Challenger is a Mid-Size Cars manufactured by Dodge motors. Dodge Challenger is the most faithful to its original pony-car roots and the design formula that made it a classic.

Specifications of Dodge Challenger 2014

Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 21 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Rear Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1740KG
Passenger Capacity 5
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 305 @ 6350
EPA Class Mid-Size Cars
Net Torque @ RPM 268 @ 4800
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
Fuel Tank capacity 73.81Liters (19.5 Gallons)
Transmission system 5-Speed Automatic (W5A580)

Features of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • Power mirrors, locks and windows.
  • Automatic climate control.
  • Key less entry and start system.
  • Cruise control system.
  • A power driver’s seat.
  • Fog lamps.
  • Park assist.
  • A lower axle ratio.
  • Larger disc brakes.
  • Sportier suspension and steering tuning.
  • Premium sound system.
  • HID headlamps.
    • Safety Features
  • Electronic stability control system.
  • Front, side, and side-curtain airbags.
  • Anti-lock brakes system.
  • Hill Start Assist system.
  • A driver’s knee bag.
  • A rearview camera system.
  • Blind-spot monitors.

Performance of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 305-horsepower 3.3-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 18 city/27 hwy.
  • The combine rating of Dodge Challenger to get 60 mph in just 6.3 second.

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Sep 5, 2014

How a Dry Sump System of Lubrication in Automobile Works

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A dry sump is a lubricating oil management system which is commonly used in four stroke and big two stroke engines. It uses an external reservoir tofuel pump replacement store the oil and an external pump to circulate it. In four stroke engines, both lubrication and cooling is done by the lubricant oil.

Like the wet sump system, the lubricant still falls at the base of the crank case. But unlike the wet sump system, it falls to a much deeper collection area. From there it is taken to a reservoir which is outside the engine and is cooled and deaerated. The oil pumps that perform this are called the scavenge pumps and are also located outside the engine and they are run by a belt that is connected to the crankshaft. The pumps which draw the oil from the reservoir and send it back to the engine with pressure is called the pressure pump. Both of these pressure pumps are connected to and are run by the crankshaft. Due to their design, one pulley at the front can run a certain number of pumps according to the need of the engine.

Advantages of the dry sump system

  • The obvious advantage of a dry sump system is the increased oil capacity is offered by the reservoir which is kept away from the engine.
  • Since the reservoir is located in a different place and due to the thinner size of the sump, the engine can be mounted low in the vehicle. This provides better center of gravity.
  • Since the reservoir is external to the engine, it can also be used to improve weight distribution in the vehicle by relocating it to different positions.
  • Since more oil can be added due to the bigger size of the reservoir, it helps in better cooling of the engine and along with the transfer of oil, the blow-by gases also gets released.
  • Another important advantage is the issue of oil movement. In splash and pressure wet sump systems, due to cornering forces, the oil in the sump is displaced to a corner and the pickup tube would be uncovered temporarily. This problem is easily overcome in dry sump engines as the pickup pumps receive oil from the engine not by pressure but by gravity.
  • In a wet sump, excess of oil around the crank shaft can get on it and decrease horsepower. Studies show that there is increase in working efficiency as much as 15 hp by changing to a dry sump.
  • Easy to repair as it does not require opening up the engine.

Disadvantagesfuel pump repair

  • The cost is much higher compared to that of a wet sump, and is more complicated.
  • Since a separate tank is needed, extra space has to be managed for this purpose.
  • The pump requires its own drive belt, which makes it difficult to accommodate in front wheel drive vehicles.
  • The pump should be placed very low for good scavenging and this again takes up space which can be used by other components.

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May 21, 2014

The Working of a Car Suspension System

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How comfortable does a passenger in a car feel if the car is traveling at an average speed, and the road has cracks and gutters? Not very much. On the other hand, imagine a car traveling on the smoothest surface possible at a high speed. Comfort will be maximum. The first scenario can happen as long the driver or passenger wishes to have it. But scenario 2 is a little different.

Horizontal and vertical accelerations
Apart from the comfort factor, if a surface is too smooth, there will be no traction for the wheels and so, even at normal speeds, the car would slip away from its path or sometimes the tires would even lose contact with the ground. Thus, some vertical force (one can call it obstruction) is needed for the car to grip onto the ground and move. Therefore, in order not to cancel out this vertical force and at the same time reduce it to a certain level so that the vehicle does not suffer too much damage, a system called suspension is used.

The suspension system
The suspension system supports the weight of the frame and helps it to maintain contact with the wheels always. The parts of suspension system are

Car chassis
The chassis is a very important aspect in a suspension system. All components of the suspension system are located in it, and ‘chassis’ basically includes a suspension system. It is prominent because it directly participates in the process of suspension. Apart from other systems, the chassis contains the frame and the suspension system.

The frame
This is the basic, framework that supports the entire weight of the vehicle and forms a platform to hold all the other crucial working components in place. Basically, it forms the skeleton of the chassis.

Coil springs
This is the most common of suspension devices. It is basically a hard metal bar wound around an axis and it expands or shrinks according to the vertical movements of the vehicle.

Leaf springs
This a set of metal bars combined together into a unit. The bars are also called ‘leaves’.

Torsion bars
The torsion bar is that which uses the twisting properties of steel as suspension. The ends of he torsion bar is connected perpendicularly to a wishbone. When the wheels receive vertical force, the wishbone presses against the torsion bar and receives torsion.

The shock absorber:
A vehicle’s suspension system cannot be successful only with springs. With just the springs, there is no limit or control about how much the vehicle will bounce when it hits a bump. This can result in a lot of undesirable things like acceleration squat, body roll and sway. The shock absorber is the most important device of a suspension system. It uses dampening mechanism to keep the springs in control and provide adequate support to the frame.
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Apr 21, 2014

Technical Features and Advantages of a ‘V’ Engine

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The V-type of engine has two rows of cylinders at an angle usually of 90 degrees. The working of a V engine is similar to that of a flat engine except the angle. Different angles of a v-type engine gives rise to different levels of smoothness. Some steep angles of the engine combines the advantages of V and flat engines and also the disadvantages.

Its advantages are its short length, the great rigidity of the block, its heavy crankshaft, and attractive low profile (for a car with a low hood).

Since it is short, it is compact and can be mounted easily. It is desirable in a vehicle with a small hood since the engine can be fit without negotiating passenger space. This engine lends itself to very high compression ratios without block distortion under load, resistance to torsional vibration. In-line engines have cylinders arranged, one after the other, in a straight line. Overall, V type engines are better and more powerful.

V engines are both used in cars and motorcycles. It is a highly preferred one in motorcycles due to its compactness.


V2 (V-twin): Has two cylinders mounted in a ‘V’ shape. Most of The V-twin connecting rods share the same crank-pin. The cylinders can either be off-set in two different planes or can be set in the same plane using the ‘fork and knife’ connecting rods.

V4: V4 has been used in vehicles very less compared to the other V engines. The only advantage it has is that it is small in size and still can produce 140 horse power.

V6: The V6 has 6 cylinders, three of them joining the other three at a right angle or an acute angle. Like all V engines, all the pistons rotate the same crankshaft. It is a commonly used basic configuration of engines in modern cars after straight-4.

V8: A V8 can be defined as two sets of straight-4 cylinders acting on the same crankshaft. They produce more power compared to a V6, but has the disadvantages of being costly and consumptive on fuel.

V10: A V10 is two straight-five engines coupled together. V12 is slightly more complicated and runs more smoothly, while a V8 is less complex and more economical. V10 is not found much in common purpose in cars, but highly used in F1 racing.

The other V engines are V10, V12, V14, V16, V18, V20 and V24 as of today, where the number after ‘V’ indicates the number of cylinders.
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Apr 16, 2014

Leading Brands in 2014 as per Car Brand Perception Survey

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Consumer reports released the results of annual car brand perception survey. It shows some interesting results. Chevrolet, Honda, Ford and Toyota are still at the top. In overall scores, these brands have significant advantages. Even though several other brands including Tesla are improved their rankings. In the survey there are seven categories of consumer perception considered. Those are innovation or technology, style or design, fuel economy, value, performance, safety and quality. The total brand perception score is came out by combining those factors.

Best and worst:
With a 145 point score, Toyota is at the top of overall brand perception. The next top brands up to ten ranks are Ford (120), Honda (109), Chevrolet (105), Tesla Motors (88), Subaru (87), Mercedes Benz (82), Volvo (80), Cadillac (78) and BMW (73). From the worst perception by the consumer Land Rover is at top with four points. Maserati and jaguar scored 8 and 9 points respectively. Above ten points in the worst brand are Rolls Royce (11), Scion and Ram with 17, Mini and Mitsubishi with 21, Infiniti 22 and Jeep is 23.

Important factors to buy:
Quality is the most important factor while buying a new car and opted by the 90 percent of consumers, safety 88 percent, fuel economy 81 percent and performance is 83 percent. These preferences are constant as previous year. Value factor is decreased from 83 percent of 2013 to 82 percent in 2014. Design or style and technology or innovation have 65 percent in previous year and now increased to 70 percent for design/style and 68 percent for technology/innovation. Now let us see these factors in brand wise.

  • Quality: Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Chevrolet, and Honda (respectively as per the rankings) are the top five best brands considered by the car owners in 2014. Same brands are in the top five positions in previous year also. But there are some changes in their positions. In 2013 Honda is in first place, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Ford and Chevrolet are in the order of top five.
  • Safety: For safety, Volvo continues in the top position with sixty percent score. Next to it four in top five are Subaru, Toyota, Ford and Honda. Mercedes Benz has lost its position from top five and Subaru occupied the second position.
  • Performance: The top five brands in the performance are Chevrolet, BMW, Ford, Audi, and Lamborghini. In the previous year, top five are Ferrari, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, and Honda.
  • Value: Toyota, Honda, Ford and Chevrolet are continued its first, second, third and fifth positions. Car owners prefer Kia and it has come to fourth place in which Hyundai in the previous year.

The scores do not reflect any brand’s vehicle actual qualities, they reflect a brand’s image. Here the word ‘perception’ is influenced by hands on experience, marketing, and word of mouth. The perception is also an indicator that reflecting years of bad or good performance.
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Mar 5, 2014

2013 Best Selling Models of Kia

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The South Korea’s automobile manufacturer Kia has taken two places in the top 25 list given by the good car bad car website. The list was prepared based on the sales statistics for the year ended 2013. The statistics are taken from the reports by the automakers and Automotive News Data Center. In this article we will see the Kia’s best selling models for the past year. The models are Kia Optima and Kia Soul.

  • Kia Optima: With strong engine choices, evocative styling and long list of features it is easy to see. For the mid size sedan, 2013 Kia Optima is one of the top pick. Kia Optima is in the fifteenth rank in best the selling models of America for the year 2013. In the year its sales are 155,893, it is 2.3 percent growth than the previous years sales of 152,399 units.
  • Mileage: The gas mileage for Kia Optima is 22 to 24 miles per gallon (mpg) in city traffic and on highway traffic it is 34 to 35 mpg.
  • Pros and Cons: Lengthy warranty, impressive value by the gasoline models, top crash scores, ample features content, handsome cabin and solid acceleration are the pros. Cons for the Kia Optima are odd brake response in hybrid model, real world mileage historically falls short of EPA estimates, and tight on rear seat headroom.
  • Safety: The standard safety features in Kia Optima include side and side curtain airbags, hill start assist, stability and traction control and four wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
  • Kia Soul: The 2013 Kia Soul is fun to drive nature to practical hatchback realm and it brings hipster styling. Kia Soul is in the nineteenth rank for the year 2013 with 118,079 units of sale in 2013 which is 115,778 in 2012 with an increase of two percent in sales.
  • Mileage: Kia Soul’s city gas mileage is 23 to 25 mpg and in highway traffic it is 28 to 30 mpg.
  • Pros and Cons: Pros of the Kia Soul includes long warranty, low price, funky style, ample passenger space, user friendly controls, and loads of available features. Stiff ride with eighteen inch wheels and few competitors versus limited cargo are the cons.
  • Safety: The standard safety features in the Kis Soul includes hill start assist, front head restraints, side curtain and front seat side airbags, traction control, stability control, and anti-lock disc brakes for four wheel.

For the year ended 203, Kia Optima (155,893) has given a good competition to Chevrolet Impala (156,797) with nearly nine hundred numbers difference. As well Kia Soul with 118,079 faced a fierce competition from Subaru Outback with 118,049, it is just thirty units difference.
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Feb 10, 2014

Best Selling Models of Nissan in 2013

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Nissan got a good market share with its new models in 2013. The top models are Nissan Altima, Nissan Versa and Nissan Sentra. These are considered from the Forbes twenty best selling cars of 2013 and the sales statistics of these models. In this article, we will discuss about the specifications of these top models from Nissan.

  • Nissan Altima: The Nissan’s Altima is always near top of the heap. Its November 2013 sales in United States are 24,604, and year to date sales up to November 2013 – 295,907.
    • Interior: Leather or cloth upholstery, Bluetooth and cellphone connectivity for streaming audio, 60/40 split folding backseat along with armrest, Pandora and iPod connectivity with Nissan Connect, driver seat is power adjustable, navigation system, automatic climatic control, Bose premium stereo and heated steering wheel and front seats are available.
    • Exterior: 16-inch steel wheels, 16, 17 or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, remote start, moon roof, are available.
    • Safety: The safety features are electronic stability system, Antilock disc brakes, side curtain and side impact for front seat airbags, blind spot warning system, lane departure warning and when reverse moving object detection system.
    • Pros and Cons: Pros are top crash test scores, solid interior quality, user-friendly electronics, comfortable front seats, refined ride, engaging handling, fuel economy and satisfying acceleration. Cons are four-cylinder engine giving excess noise, during moderate acceleration CVT can be overeager, and as like some other top sedans, it has no much rear headroom.
  • Nissan Versa: There are 8,327 units sold in November 2013 in United States. The year to date sales in United States is 108,488.
    • Interior highlights: The interior highlights in the Nissan Versa are navigation system, backseat is 60/40 split folding, cruise control, power mirrors and windows, CD stereo, air conditioning, and can comfortably seat five passengers.
    • Exterior: The exterior in the Versa 2014 is rear spoiler, fog lights, simple and aerodynamic design. 15 and 16 inch steel wheels.
    • Safety: The safety features are backup camera, electronic stability system, side curtain and side impact (front seats) airbags and anti-lock brakes.
    • Pros and cons: High fuel economy with CVT, large trunk, more convenience features, comfortable ride, low base price and roomy interior are the pros. Cons are low quality interior materials, no telescoping steering wheel, noisy engine, driving dynamics and bland performance.
  • Nissan Sentra: The sales of Nissan Sentra in 2013 November are 11,664. Year to date up to November 2013 are 118,344.
    • Safety: The available safety features are security system, electronic stability system with traction control and brake assist, antilock brakes and six airbags.
    • Interior and exterior: Interior and exterior features are mostly similar to Nissan Versa.
    • Pros and Cons: The advantages with Nissan Sentra are useful infotainment features, generous trunk space, high fuel economy, priced lower than many rivals and spacious and upscale interior. Disadvantages are steering lacks feel and underwhelming acceleration.

Only Nissan Altima is in the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list released by the Forbes. Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Versa are the bestselling models for Nissan in 2013 as per the data available up to November.
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Feb 7, 2014