Affordable Vehicles for Every Lifestyle


Article by Andrea Janise

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2021 KIA K5 AWD

For value-conscious drivers in climates that need a little extra traction and four-wheel drive maneuverability, the 2021 KIA K5 AWD is bringing this functionality with modern touches in the newest model of the growing KIA brand. Replacing the Optima, the K5 is providing a sporty 2.5 L 4-cylinder sedan with a plethora of amenities including keyless entry and remote start with climate control, a generous 10.25-inch touch screen, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, adjustable 10-way power driver’s seat and USB charger ports for the backseat. This all-weather performance vehicle gets great gas mileage at approximately 29 city/38 highway MPG, which is one of the best in this segment of vehicles. Keeping safety in mind, the K5 has UVO connectivity that will keep you fully connected with 911 connect and roadside assistance, plus an advanced nine-bag airbag system that includes a driver’s knee airbag for extra safety and support. Welcome to the industry K5!

($30,590 MSRP)

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

This all-new SUV provides drivers with both style and durability in this head-turning vehicle. The 2021 version has upgraded its exterior from its previous Chevrolet model so the body is more attractively sculpted. The Trailblazer’s numerous amenities consist of keyless entry and start; 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity; 10-way power seat adjustment with lumbar control; roof rack and side rails for mounting bikes (or any personal outdoor equipment); Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability; wireless charging; and Bose Premium 7-speaker system. The Trailblazer does not disappoint when it comes to safety with the automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and forward collision alert coming standard in every vehicle. We also appreciated the combined 28 MPG for short and long trips. This value and style combined make the Trailblazer a great option for those wanting a vehicle that will fit a busy and ever-changing lifestyle.

($30,580 MSRP)

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

If you are looking for safety coupled with reliability and performance, the upgraded Subaru Crosstrek will fit certainly the bill. Consistently providing the dependability we have come to love from the Subaru name, the 2021 Sport model comes standard with the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine—making it the most powerful of the line—and a new exterior trim element giving it a more rugged look while maintaining a combined 29 MPG. Standard features include keyless entry with push-button start, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration and Bluetooth connectivity, a 6-speaker audio system, dual USB charging ports in both front and rear consoles, roof rails and a power moonroof. The adventurous motorists will appreciate the water-repellant StarTex upholstery beautified by yellow contrast stitching, and durable floor mats made from recycled materials. Regarding safety, the Crosstrek’s advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, tire pressure monitoring system with individual wheel display, blind-spot detection and rear seat reminder will steadily give you peace of mind. Base prices starting as low as $22,245 MSRP, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek combines affordability and appeal for a truly multi-functional and worry-free vehicle.

($26,495 MSRP as reviewed)

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