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MotorTrend tests more than 200 vehicles at the track every year. We rate cars using the same factors you do, including how they drive, interior space, efficiency, tech, value, and safety. Ratings are only applicable within each respective segment.

  1. 2022 Honda Accord - 9.1/10 - After a midcycle refresh for 2021, we're not expecting any major changes to the Accord for 2022. Barring any significant revisions, it will carry forward with two gas engines and a hybrid option. The Accord competes with other affordable four-doors including the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Kia K5, and Subaru Legacy.

  2. 2022 Subaru Legacy - 8.6/10 - Subaru knows its buyers and delivers on their priorities with the Legacy. The midsize sedan offers a compelling blend of technology, safety, and performance in a roomy and comfortable vessel. Middling style and a vexing CVT are the Legacy's greatest Achilles heels.

  3. 2022 Hyundai Sonata - 8.5/10 - Hyundai has been selling the Sonata here in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and the current eighth generation is the best version yet. Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Hyundai Sonata is among the better midsize sedans on the market. It's mechanically related to the Kia K5.

  4. 2022 Kia K5 - 8.3/10 - The midsize sedan once known as the Kia Optima has transformed into the K5. Introduced for 2021, the K5 stands out in the segment with evocative exterior styling. Yet despite those looks it remains a relatively normal car in terms of features and capabilities. The K5 is offered with a choice of turbocharged engines and available AWD. Like the Optima before it, the K5 targets sedan stalwarts like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and mechanically related Hyundai Sonata. The K5 is built in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Kia Telluride.

  5. 2022 Toyota Camry - 8/10 - Although it's no longer Toyota's best-selling model (that title now goes to the RAV4), the venerable Camry remains a go-to choice for those seeking a dependable midsize sedan. The current-gen Camry was introduced for the 2018 model year and sees a mild face-lift for 2021. The Camry sits squarely in the center of Toyota's lineup of sedans between the compact Corolla and full-size Avalon. Besides its longtime rival, the Honda Accord, the Camry also competes with midsize four-doors including the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata.

  6. 2021 Nissan Altima - 7.7/10 - Positioned above the compact Sentra and below the full-size Maxima, the Altima is the middle child of Nissan's sedan lineup. Nissan issued a full redesign of the Altima for the 2019 model year, and the family sedan has been relatively unchanged since. The Altima competes in the midsize sedan segment alongside cars such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy.

  7. 2022 Volkswagen Passat - 7.1/10 - Once one of Volkswagen's most successful cars in the United States, the Passat enters its final year of production with a Limited Edition trim. It rides on the platform that's been on sale in the United States since 2012, the same year it won our MotorTrend Car of the Year award. The Passat last received a major refresh in 2020. Although this midsize sedan no longer feels like a fresh offering, it comes with the traditional advantages of its segment, namely a comfortable ride, a large trunk, and spacious interior.

  8. 2021 Chevrolet Malibu - One of the longest-running nameplates in the Chevrolet lineup, the Malibu has been a mainstay in the midsize sedan segment for decades. Since its inception, the Malibu has evolved from a rear-drive car that's available in multiple flavors to a front-drive model offered only one body style. Chevrolet even offered a hybrid Malibu for a short time to lure eco-minded consumers to the brand. With only a short time left before it's discontinued, the Malibu lineup has been streamlined. A number of cosmetic packages are also offered.

  9. 2021 Mazda Mazda6 - As we wait for the rumored RWD, inline-six-powered, next-gen 6, Mazda adds some polish to its midsize sedan for 2021. The current-generation model debuted for the 2014 model year and saw a mid-cycle facelift for 2018, adding a turbocharged engine option. The 2021 Mazda 6 competes with other affordable midsize sedans including the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

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Car Maintenance Tips

Properly maintaining your car is key to keeping it in top condition. It can also help ensure your safety, the safety of your passengers and your fellow drivers. Here are some ways to help keep your car running smoothly.

The Car Maintenance Checklist

Consider adding these items to your vehicle maintenance "to do" list:

Inspect and Maintain Tires

Knowing how to maintain your car's tire pressure can help reduce wear on the tires and helps ensure you're getting good gas mileage. Checking your tire pressure includes finding the recommended pressure, checking the PSI and inflating or deflating your tires accordingly.

A flat tire is a hazard that can be dangerous to you and your car. There are several preventative steps you can take to help avoid a blowout, including rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles and watching for tire recalls.

Change the Oil

Routinely checking and changing your car's oil is essential to keeping its engine in running condition. Check your oil each month and change it as directed in the car's owner's manual.

You can change your oil yourself or take it to a service center. If you choose to do it yourself, learn the necessary steps to drain the fluid, set the correct oil level and dispose of old oil.

You should also know which type of motor oil is best for your car, regardless of whether you change the oil yourself or take it to a service center. This generally means considering three things — the oil viscosity, whether to use synthetic versus non-synthetic oil and your car's mileage.

Check the Fluids

There are several fluids that should be kept at the appropriate levels to help keep your car running properly. According to Popular Mechanics, you or your mechanic should check:

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Transmission fluid
A leak with any of these fluids can affect the way your car drives. If you spot a leak, you may be able to identify the fluid by its color. This can help you and your mechanic determine where the leak is coming from. It can also help speed up the repair process.

Test the Lights

A broken or burnt-out bulb is a safety hazard and might get you a ticket. Learn how to thoroughly inspect each bulb on your car. If a bulb is out, take your car to an expert to determine whether it's the bulb or the fuse that needs replacing.

Headlights are key safety lights on your car. Consider taking a few extra steps to help keep them shining bright, such as cleaning the lenses and replacing bulbs as they start to dim.

Replace Windshield Wipers

If your wipers aren't working like they used to, don't let the problem linger. Damaged or worn out blades can reduce visibility during a heavy rain or a snowstorm. Knowing how to inspect your wiper blades regularly and replace them when necessary is one way to help keep your car safe.

Change Your Engine Air Filter

A dirty engine air filter can allow dirt and other particulates into your car's engine and reduce its efficiency. Inspect your car's air filter once a year and replace it as needed.

Regular Checkups

Some routine car care tasks can be done at home, but others require trained technicians. Take your car to a technician if the check engine light comes on. Trained technicians can diagnose the problem through the car's on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) port.

A qualified repair shop will also be able to inspect and replace other core components like the alternator and the wheel bearings. Scheduling regular tune-ups will help ensure that your car gets other maintenance items repaired as well.

Have Your Brakes Checked

Your car's brake pads also require regular inspection. While driving, listen for any brake noise and pay attention to shuddering or vibrating from the brake pedal. If any concerns arise, consult a service center as soon as possible

Wash Your Car

Your car is subjected to all sorts of elements, from road salt and ice melt in the winter to tree sap and bird droppings in the summer. Some of these hazards are not only unsightly but can cause damage to paint and the undercarriage, according to AccuWeather.

Keeping your car clean may help prevent long-term damage. Find the car washing method that works for you and regularly wash your car.

Check Belts and Hoses

Keeping your car's belts and hoses in good shape can help keep your car running and may help you avoid a breakdown on the road. For example, if your serpentine belt breaks while you're driving, it may cause many of your car's systems to fail.

Having your belts and hoses checked at every oil change will help ensure that they're in good condition and don't need replacing.

Review Your Car Insurance

Just like regular car checkups, it's a good idea to review your car insurance policy from time to time. This can help ensure your policy's coverages, limits and deductibles are up-to-date and suitable for your current situation.

Keeping your car in good shape can help keep you and your passengers safe. And remember, if you're ever unsure about how to inspect or replace a car part, be sure to contact a local mechanic for help.

Article Originally published allstate.com

How to Protect Your Car From Rust

Rust never sleeps: Here's how you can protect your car

No matter what type of automotive rustproofing protection you favour (electronic, one-time spray, factory coating or annual treatments) there are large gaps in warranty coverage from even the best companies out there. First things first; if you operate a vehicle on public roads 12 months of the year, there really is no such thing as rustproofing. About the best we can hope for is to slow down Mother Nature’s ravage of our daily drivers so that the loan payments end before the sheet metal. We really can’t stop rust altogether.

All rustproofing suppliers offer pretty much the same warranty; they will repair or replace outer sheet metal panels if rusted through from inside/out and if all other guarantee conditions have been met (annual inspections, reapplications, etc.). But what about all the other steel and iron on the vehicle? Cast iron and steel suspension and steering components, fuel and brake fluid lines, exhaust systems, fuel tanks and straps can all be affected by rust and can bring major repair bills. Is there anything we can do to extend the life of these components?

1. Park carefully. Parking your vehicle on grass, dirt, snow or poorly drained surfaces is just asking for rust to come and take up permanent residence in your vehicle. As our vehicles spend most of their idle time at our place of residence, tackling the home-parking front can go a long way to keeping rust at bay. If you think investing in a driveway improvement is too expensive, ask your regular repair garage for some cost estimates on replacing brake rotors, exhaust systems, suspension control arms, fuel tank and the like and you’ll quickly find the financial justification. Don’t rest easy if your parking lane is paved. Old cracked asphalt surfaces can provide just as much moisture to the undercarriage of your chariot as a dirt field in spring. Even applying a layer of asphalt sealer can help out.

2. Keep it clean. Most of us like to keep the paint work and interior of our vehicles clean, but what about the underbelly? If you drive on gravel or dirt roads or take an off-road adventure from time to time, the mud and gunk that can collect underneath your vehicle will act as a moisture trap increasing the speed with which your wheels will head to the scrap yard. Check horizontal surfaces under the car/truck such as control arms, skid-plates, axles, etc. from time to time and do a little down-and-dirty cleaning when needed. If you don’t have a pressure washer, a garden hose and stiff brush will do. You may have to jack the vehicle to improve clearance, so make sure you take the necessary precautions with proper jack supports and wheel chocks and have a spotter standing by.

3. Keep it full. One of the most expensive repairs a driver can face because of rust is the replacement of a fuel pump module (the electric fuel pump and level sender unit located in the tank). While the interior parts of this piece (which can range in price from $300-$1500 plus labour) are well protected, its metal top plate and output lines are very exposed and prone to rusting. Fuel tanks and their parts can be attacked from two sources of moisture leading to rust. The first is external and the second is internal condensation caused by the difference between liquid fuel and outside air temperatures in a humid environment. Keeping the fuel tank topped off during the wet seasons can help to reduce the condensation effect. It also provides better traction in snow and on icy surfaces.

4. Blow it clean. On trucks and SUVs with large fuel tanks, the dirt, dust, and road grime that can collect on the top of the tank can lead to premature rusting of the fuel pump module. The labour involved in periodically lowering the tank to inspect and clean off its top can be pricey and can make it hard to justify as a means of extending the life of the pump module. A safe DIY method involves spraying compressed air on top of the tank while it’s mounted in its location to dislodge any debris or gunk. Use safety goggles and go easy on the air nozzle trigger as small stones can hurt when propelled by compressed air.

5. Spray it on. While no rustproofing company will guarantee undercarriage components against rust, that’s not a reason to not have the more vulnerable iron and steel parts treated. You can purchase aerosol cans of rust inhibitors at most auto parts stores, or you can have the pros take care of it for you. If doing it yourself, avoid getting any spray on brake rotors, drums, linings, or calipers. Keep it off hot surfaces such as catalytic converters and exhaust components as well as away from electrical wiring and connectors. Don’t overdo it. It’s better to perform annual touch-ups rather than try to lather on enough protection for the next decade.

Article Originally published driving.ca

Why Should You Buy From Koons Automotive

Did you know that used cars and trucks are a great option when looking to purchase a vehicle? Whether you are looking for an upgrade, a second or third vehicle, a vehicle for your child or just looking to add to your garage.......Often people hesitate when they are unsure where to purchase. Let us share why Koons of Culpeper and pre-owned vehicles go hand in hand and are the perfect match:
Location:
What better place to purchase your used car near Culpeper than Koons Automotive. Koons is actually just a 5-minute drive from downtown, you can navigate to our location with ease. Our other dealerships are located at 174 Cambridge St. Fredericksburg, VA and 15610 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA. Take some time to come and see us at all three of our locations. Since they are very close in distance your options are unlimited.
Selection:
In today’s world, we’re aware that variety, quality, and price are very important components when choosing a local car dealership. That’s why we have over six hundred used vehicles to choose from. Maybe you’re looking for a dark cherry red Chevy Camaro or maybe a white, crisp and clean GMC Acadia, we have it waiting just for you. If you view each of our locations, you'll find a rainbow of vehicles.
Price:
An assortment of vehicles in addition to the right price point is what helps Koons stand out above our competition. The standard cost of a used vehicle with us is well below the national average. Talk about savings! We wonder how our competitors feel about this?! You can rest assured that you’ll get the best price Koons is able to offer. We work with 60+ lenders and cater to all credit and income levels! 
Come visit us! We’re the best place to buy used cars anywhere in Virginia! Also, be sure to like our Facebook page for all of the latest news, deals and more.

Holiday Driving Tips

Holiday Driving Tips
1. Plan your route- Use the navigation system that so many of our newer vehicles have to offer you!
2. Leave early- A lot of cars will be out on the road this holiday weekend!
3. Pay attention! Put away your distractions! This means putting your cell phone down.
4. Look out for drunk drivers (and don’t be one yourself!).
5.Control your temper! Road rage doesn’t have a good outcome for anyone.

Five Ways to Prepare for a Road Trip

Five Ways to Prepare For a Road Trip.
1. Clean your car before and during your trip.
Go ahead, leave the napkins and gum wrappers under your seat. Don't sweat the dog hair in the back bed ... but you'll be sorry. A few days into your trip, when the old gum wrappers are joined by new fast food wrappers when dog hair starts sticking to your luggage and your gear, you'll rue the day you failed to Stop by Koons Automotive to get your car detailed before your trip!
2. Check your vehicle.
About a week before you leave for a long road trip, have Koons Automotive check your car's fluid levels, brakes, tires and anything else that could cause problems. Be sure your spare tire is fully inflated and that you have jumper cables and extra wiper fluid on hand.
3. Have a loose plan.
Delays are the one thing that you can count on when driving significant distances. If you overschedule your road trip, know that things aren't always going to go your way.
4. Get off the highways
Unless you have a specific destination and a strict schedule, there is little point in hitting the roads to see the country if you don't spend some time on the back roads.
5. Have your documents
If you are traveling without current documentation of license, registration or insurance, you could be in for a world of hurt if you are pulled over for any reason. Stop by Koons Automotive and our on-site insurance reps from Next Level Insurance can make sure you are covered for anything that might occur.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Seven Fathers Day Gift Ideas For The Car Dad:
Clean Car
Give the gift of a clean car to your father for Father's Day. Stop by Koons Automotive and let us professionally detail the vehicle for you.
Dash Cam
Dash cams are still rising in popularity in the U.S. as more affordable options come out each year. Check them out if your father is the type to worry about crazy drivers.
Oil or Coolant Change
Stop by Koons Automotive and have your busy Dads vehicle serviced.
Car Cleaning Kit
While not altogether creative, this gift is still thoughtful for dads who like the inside-out shine of a new car. The most popular car cleaning kits will come with microfiber cloths or mitts, quality car soaps, wax, gloss, tire shine, and more.
Tire Inflator (Portable Air Compressor)
A portable air compressor or tire inflator stored in the trunk can pump up a tire without the need to search the car for quarters as if it were an old couch cushion.
Tailgating Gear
a new tailgater’s set of grilling utensils, a grill, and a cooler could make any dad feel special.
Buy Him a Car or Truck
Maybe your dad bought you your first car? 
Now it’s your turn to return the favor; show your dad that he means something special to you by surprising him with a new vehicle in the driveway on Sunday morning!

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Seven Fathers Day Gift Ideas For The Car Dad:
Clean Car
Give the gift of a clean car to your father for Father's Day. Stop by Koons Automotive and let us professionally detail the vehicle for you.
Dash Cam
Dash cams are still rising in popularity in the U.S. as more affordable options come out each year. Check them out if your father is the type to worry about crazy drivers.
Oil or Coolant Change
Stop by Koons Automotive and have your busy Dads vehicle serviced.
Car Cleaning Kit
While not altogether creative, this gift is still thoughtful for dads who like the inside-out shine of a new car. The most popular car cleaning kits will come with microfiber cloths or mitts, quality car soaps, wax, gloss, tire shine, and more.
Tire Inflator (Portable Air Compressor)
A portable air compressor or tire inflator stored in the trunk can pump up a tire without the need to search the car for quarters as if it were an old couch cushion.
Tailgating Gear
a new tailgater’s set of grilling utensils, a grill, and a cooler could make any dad feel special.
Buy Him a Car or Truck
Maybe your dad bought you your first car? 
Now it’s your turn to return the favor; show your dad that he means something special to you by surprising him with a new vehicle in the driveway on Sunday morning!

Good Choices For Graduates

Whether marking the passage from high school to college or starting out in life with student loans, the last thing recent graduates need is to become saddled with a big automotive expenditure. So for the sake of teen drivers and their parents – along with virtually anyone on a tight budget who’s looking for a decent and inexpensive used car or truck – we combed through crash test and owner-reported performance data for vehicles from the 2012 model year to come up with a list of a dozen affordable five-year-old vehicles that come highly recommended in terms of both safety and reliability. 
Each of the five-year-old models on our list are solid choices for novice and under-funded young drivers with great levels of performance and utility. Here they are in no particular order:
Volkswagon Jetta
Volkswagon Golf
Chrysler 200
Chevrolet Malibu
Ford Fusion
Hyundai Sonata
Subaru Legacy

Buick LaCrosse
Subaru Outback
Honda Element 
Volvo S80

Subaru Forester

SIX CARING GIFTS FOR THE CAR MOM

Car detailing is a great gift – even a do-it-yourself one. A clean car is like a clean house – or a clean pair of underwear – as a mom, you just feel better about yourself being in them.

Music- a family-friendly playlist of music is an effective way to bring a family together – it is really hard to tune out a car full of people singing.

Car Lashes – for the fun mom who wants a fun car.

Family Car Stickers – for the super proud mom.

Car First Aid Kit- for the practical mom.

Fluid Checks- for the mom that doesn't know much about car maintenance. You could help her avoid costly repairs by having the oil changed and the coolant and other fluids checked.

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