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May 22

Most Underappreciated Cars & Trucks

Cars.com recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks, or those vehicles they feel should be more popular based on their significance and quality.  While their choices are not necessarily poor sellers, they have not reached their full potential based on Cars.com’s assessment, and therefore may provide those in the market for a new or used vehicle an excellent deal. 

Ford Flex – This roomy 7-passenger SUV is outsold by the more recognizable Ford Explorer yet offers more cargo and passenger space including impressive headroom and legroom. 

Suzuki Kizashi – The fun-to-drive Kizashi is an unknown gem in the midsize car class with an upscale interior, high-tech features, and both front and all-wheel drive options. 

Mazdas – Unfortunately Mazda’s lineup, while delivering on their fun-to-drive promise, have not reached American consumers on the level they certainly deserve.  A few of Cars.com’s favorites have included the RX-7, 323, Protégé and Mazda3.  “Wake up, America!”

Kia Optima – Cars.com’s Best of 2011, the midsize Optima provides a stylish, high-quality design with numerous standard features. 

Hyundai Genesis – Introduced in 2009, the Genesis is a true luxury sedan but priced well below most of the competition, while still offering both a V6 and V8 engine option and the upscale features one would expect in a luxury vehicle. 

Nissan Quest – In the competitive minivan class, the Quest is a standout in both looks and quality but has had to build a following from scratch.

Dodge Challenger – Cars.com’s 2012 Shopper’s Choice, the retro Challenger brings comfort, space and cargo room to the sports car class. 

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen – The versatile SportWagen, Jetta’s roomier cousin, provides ample passenger and cargo space while remaining fun-to-drive like the sedan.  Cars.com particularly loves the clean-diesel TDI version. 

Chevrolet Avalanche – Providing 8,100 pounds of towing capacity in either a full-length truck or 5-passenger SUV, the Avalanche has the versatility and power to make any truck buyer happy.  Unfortunately it has not caught on and the 2013 model year will be its last.   

Chevrolet Volt – The misrepresented Volt plug-in deserves more success than it has earned so far, and GM’s sales expectations may have been too high, but don’t discount this green car. 

 

To learn more about these excellent, but sadly underappreciated vehicles, contact Pfeiffer Used Cars or stop by their Grand Rapids dealership to find the perfect car, truck, or SUV to fit your needs!

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