Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com February 14, 2014

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com February 14, 2014

Good morning Warren and Friends

Truecar.com has come up with the best deals in February. I am passing them onto you.

Below is a snapshot of the best deals (compared to MSRP) on new vehicles in February 2014:

Year/Make/Model/Trim/segment/msrp/mkt avg/% savings/est. mthly pmt/mmpg

2014 Ram 1500,
Big Horn,
Crew Cab 4X2
Short Bed/ Large Truck/ $37,145/ $31,504/ $5,641/ 15.2% /$452.87 -18/25/21.3

2014 Cadillac ATS,
2.0L I4 RWD
Performance/ Luxury Car/ $43,020/ $37,904 /$5,116/ 11.9%/ $544.87 -21/31/25.5

2014 Ford Fusion
S FWD/ Sedan/ $22,795/ $20,214/ $2,581/ 11.3%/ $290.58 – 22/34/ 27.3

2014 Nissan Juke
SV AWD Automatic/ SUV/ $24,550/ $21,910/ $2,640 / 10.8%/ $314.96 – 25/30/27.5

2014 Toyota Prius
Two/ Small Car/ $25,010/ $23,119/ $1,891/ 7.6%/ $332.33 – 51/48/49.3

Below are the best lease and finance deals currently available, according to “TrueDeals”:

Lease:
2014 Fiat 500L: $199/month for 36 months, $2,699 down, 12,000 miles/year, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Honda CR-V: $219/month for 36 months, $2,499 down, 12,000 miles/year, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Volkswagen Jetta: $149/month for 36 months, $2,349 down, 36,000 miles, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Toyota Tacoma 4X2 DoubleCab: $289/month for 36 months with $999 down, 12,000 miles/year, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Coupe: $329/month for 36 months, $3,623 down, 30,000 miles, Exp: 2/28/14

Finance:
2014 Toyota Camry: 0% financing for 60 months or $2,500 consumer cash, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Kia Forte: 0% financing for 60 months or $2,000 consumer cash, Exp: 3/3/14
2014 Nissan Murano: 0% financing for 60 months, Exp: 2/28/14
2014 Ford Explorer: 0% financing for 48 months, Exp: 3/31/14
2014 Acura TL: 0.9% financing for 60 month, Exp: 3/3/14

(of course, the cars have to be in inventory)

Tips for Safe Winter SUV Driving

1. Brake With Caution And Earlier: SUVs can weigh as much as two to three times a typical car. This can make stopping on sleet or ice-covered roadways tricky. Stay aware of the distance between you and the cars in front and behind you and begin your braking sequence earlier than normal.

2. Watch Your Fuel: Driving in four-wheel drive will burn gas faster than typical driving. During colder months, fill up more often to keep your gas tank at least half full. The fuel reserve will be important if you get stuck in holiday traffic, plus it will add more weight to your vehicle which will help with traction on the road.

3. Turn With Care: Because of it’s powerful engine, a four-wheel drive SUV may get up to speed faster from a stop than many smaller cars. Be sure to allow for this faster pick-up and possibly the higher center of gravity of the vehicle when turning corners or making lane changes. If youre approaching a turn while in motion, brake earlier than normal, remove your foot from the brake at the beginning of the turn and steer into the curve. This will provide the most tire grip to avoid skidding or sliding sideways. This tip is important to remember in all seasons.

4. Watch Your Tires: Four-wheel drive doesnt guarantee good traction “ all four of your tires need to have good tread and be inflated to the vehicle manufacturers recommended air pressure. As the winter months get colder, air in tires contract which reduces the tire air pressure one pound per square inch for each 10-degree drop in temperature, so check your inflation pressure more frequently during the cold months. Under-inflation will lessen the gripping action because the tire tread will not meet the road surface as designed to do.

5. Dont Be Overconfident: SUVs are seen as big and tough, but theyre not invincible and come with extra responsibilities. Practice safe, defensive driving techniques all winter long and always wear a seat belt.

Other Important Winter Driving Tips For ALL Drivers:
Take your car to a certified automotive technician to check that the tires, brakes, engine, battery, exhaust system and the heating and defrosting systems are in good working order.
Maintain vehicles fluids including engine oil, radiator coolant, brake, transmission, window washer and power steering fluids to the recommended levels.
If theres snow on your car, take advantage of the time youre scraping off the windows to let your car warm up. Turn on the heater and defroster.
Check that your lights and turn signals are in good working order.
Before driving your car, make sure it’s windshield wipers arent frozen.
Allow extra travel time if weather is severe.
Keep both hands on the wheel when driving; avoid jerky steering and quick lane changes.
Slow down.
Be mindful when driving over bridges and overpasses. They freeze up earlier and stay frozen longer.Firestone Tire & Service Centers are owned and operated by BFS Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC (BFRC). BFRC operates the largest number of company-owned automotive retail generalist stores in the world. MasterCare® technicians perform part repairs and replacements, routine scheduled maintenance services, and a variety of diagnostic services covering major systems within a vehicle. To learn more about driving tips and maintenance or Firestone Tire & Service Center locations, visit www.MasterCareUSA.com.

Do you own a “most loved vehicle”

The following list contains the number one ranked vehicles “Most Loved” in their segments as rated by new vehicle buyers for the majority of categories (4 points are required to determine a significant difference) by Strategic Vision:

Micro Car Chevrolet Spark 612

Small Car Nissan Sentra / Dodge Dart 587

Small Multi-Function Car Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback 611

Small APT Car Nissan Leaf / Toyota Prius C 541/540

Mid-Size Car Hyundai Sonata / Volkswagen Jetta/Passat 548/547

Mid-Size Multi-Function Car Honda Accord Crosstour / Volkswagen Jetta Sport 503/501

Mid-Size APT Car Chevrolet Volt 601

Large Car Dodge Charger 684

Near-Luxury Car Lexus ES 350/Hyundai Genesis 734/732

Luxury Car Hyundai Equus 821

Specialty Coupe Dodge Challenger 702

Premium Coupe BMW 3-Series Coupe / Audi A5 Coupe 695/693

Standard Convertible MINI Cooper Roadster / Convertible 692/691

Premium Convertible/Roadster Mercedes SL Class 753

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.