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US Specific Models
Looking for a specific model of car? See below.
AutoSite - Research a New Car
Simply select your category of car from the drop down list on the left (sedan, pickup) or use the drop down lists on the right under the Research heading (search by make, category, price or payment).
Once you drill down to the specific vehicle you are interested in the amount of information you are shown is excellent. You can also compare your selected vehicle to other vehicles as well as configure and price your selected vehicle and get an internet price quote on it.
Information on features/specs, reviews, reliability, safety and more are included for each vehicle. There are links provided to the manufacturer, a dealer locator and external reviews. What I like best about this site - besides the amount of information it provides - is how it has consolidated all the information in to a single page for each vehicle. You aren't forced to hunt around for information.
It would be nice if there was some way to save your car selections in to some kind of a garage so that you could come back to them later. Also would be nice if there was some kind of a printable overview for a specific vehicle - but these are both minor quibbles with a generally very good site.
New car prices, used car pricing, auto reviews by Edmunds car buying guide
To get started click on the New Cars or Used Cars headings on the main page.
The Edmunds site is as good as, if not slightly better than, AutoSite and it is only the alphabetizing of our reviews (based on the site name) that puts AutoSite before Edmunds. The Edmunds site has some 21st century features that AutoSite has missed and its constant attention to helpful links and alternatives is especially good.
Edmunds has a new pay for information feature called the InfoPak that might be worth checking out if you are short on time - for $27.95 you get unlimited InfoPaks for 30 days ($9.95 for a single InfoPak).
All the standard information you might want about a vehicle is there as well as carefully thought out options (i.e. links to similar vehicles, links to previous years' models etc). Additionally you can download the information to your PDA, email to page to a friend, get a printable summary or save the car to a Saved Cars list (by signing up for a free Edmunds account - done on a secure page).
I really don't have any negative comments about this site.
CarsDirect.com - America's #1 way to buy cars online!
To access the research center click on the 'Research' tab on the main page (left top area of the screen). Then access the specific model by simply selecting your make and model in the search box in the right hand middle area of the screen beneath the Car Search heading.
Although CarsDirect is a car selling site it does a very good job of providing useful information for the new car shopper.
Lots of good information in all the major categories of interest - specs, reviews, safety, pricing etc. There is the ability to compare with other vehicles and helpful links let you see other vehicles in the same category and/or price range, other models within that brand and the same model in previous years.
There is no printable summary and you can not manipulate the information in any way (download it to a PDA, email it to a friend).
New Vehicle Research - MSN Autos
An excellent overall site that is very close to AutoSite and Edmunds in what it delivers.
Comprehensive information that is especially strong in the Reviews section with links to Expert Reviews by MSN Autos staff, Consumer Reports reviews and user reviews contributed by other car owners. There are also plenty of well-thought out links to other model years, top competitors etc. You can save up to 10 vehicles by creating a free account for yourself.
There is no printable summary available nor can you email the information to a friend or download it to your PDA.
New 2006 & 2007 Car Prices, Reviews, and Pictures
Get started by clicking on a manufacturer and then, on the next page, clicking on the model you are interested in.
A very good effort from the folks at Yahoo! with the all the major categories covered and some helpful extras too.
All the bases are covered in terms of the standard information you are looking for - specs, expert and user reviews, pictures etc. You can also save the vehicle, instant message the vehicle (not quite sure why), email the vehicle and print the page. You can compare the vehicle you've selected to other vehicles.
A printable summary of the overall report doesn't seem to be available and you can't download the report to your PDA. Some of the report areas were unavailable on certain cars I looked at - like Performance or Reliability Ratings - and that's a bit disappointing.
Car photos & invoice prices, reviews & Blue Book values at cars.com
Simply choose the Research tab on the main page and then select your make, year and model to see a fairly comprehensive infosheet.
Although this is another car selling site (rather than a research oriented site) they have done a good job of providing information for the new car buyer.
The standard information is there and additionally cars.com has thought to include information on vehicle recalls as well as a link to J.D. Power quality data (although this may not be present for many of the newer models yet). Although the information offered is mostly the same as other sites I like the simple presentation format on cars.com.
There is no printable summary available nor can you save vehicles to an online worklist, download information to your PDA or email it to a friend.
Consumer Guide: New Car Search: Search for New Car, SUV, Truck & Minivan Prices & Reviews
To get started click on a manufacturer under the New Car Search by Manufacturer heading and then choose the year and model you are interested in from the drop down list above the pictures of the various models available.
Good, thorough report on the specific model you have chosen. Easy to navigate and good consolidation of information.
Covers the major categories of interest - pricing, specs, photos and reviews. The reviews section is especially strong with a very extensive review by ConsumerGuide. You can print or email individual pages of the report.
You can't save vehicles you have selected nor can you print off a summary of the report or download the information to your PDA.
Auto Reviews: New Car Reviews, Truck Reviews at New Car Test Drive
To get started simply choose your make and then choose your year and model on the next page.
Unlike other sites this site does not offer you a great breadth of information on a selected model but rather a shorter more concise report on the vehicle with emphasis on evaluation from a test drive perspective.
Strong on test drive information as well as driving impressions and appearance (both inside and out). Information can be printed or emailed to a friend.
Not very strong in terms of the other categories of information that other sites cover well - specs, safety, reviews from other sources etc. No ability to download information to your PDA.