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5 cars to buy instead of a hybrid

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 1.09.29 PMOwning a hybrid means you’re saving money on gas and being green at the same time, right? You’re practically a model citizen! Not to the state department – they’re losing gas tax revenue. As of this month, Virginia and Michigan have implemented $100 annual fees for hybrid vehicles. North Carolina, Arizona and Oregon are reviewing similar proposals. Read more about it here.

So what do you do? Pay more for a hybrid than a gas-fueled car and then pay an annual fee? If you live in one of the affected states, you’ll probably want to sidestep this new hybrid tax. That’s why you should you consider some of these non-hybrid cars with great fuel economies.  [keep reading]

Top 15 Most American-Made Used Cars

Shopping for a used car? Here’s a tip: get yourself a set of American wheels and celebrate the 4th of July. More specifically, a used set of American wheels from the model years 2008 through 2012. Used cars from these years have dipped in price and are continuing to drop in price, especially in July and August (proof). That’s why they’re the cars you should be looking for and that’s why they’re the ones we ranked.

Cobra American Flag

It is hard to define how American a car truly is, and the order of any ranking depends on this definition. Is it built in the U.S.? Uses only U.S. made parts? Or perhaps there are other ways to measure the American-ness of a car: the history of a brand, the look of a car, the feeling of the suspension or the roar of a true American V8. [keep reading]

Ask Mojo Motors Anything

A new series we’re starting is Ask Mojo Anything. Here are some of the questions we were asked on Facebook, on Twitter @MojoMotors and by email.

Ask Mojo Anything

Nick Miller via FB: Why is Danica Parick always the talk of the town when she’s clearly a below average driver?
Mojo: This is why.

Sivan I. via email: I’m moving to Boston this fall from Europe and I only know the European names of the cars. What kind of wagon or sedan with an automatic would be good to buy?
Mojo: Here are some of the best automatic wagons or sedans you can buy in the U.S. that might also remind you of the cars you see back home.

Kerily McEvoy via FB: If President Obama were a car, what kind of car would he be?
Mojo: Trick question – people can’t be cars. Perhaps you mean what type of car would President Obama drive? Before President Obama got into office, he drove a Chrysler 300. Here’s a picture. Post presidency, Mr. Obama seems like a Lincoln MKZ kind of guy, but the chances of Mr. Obama ever driving again is pretty slim. Any current or ex-president using Secret Service protection has to forfeit their right to drive.

Jonathon Allweather via FB: Where do you guys keep all the cars you sell?
Mojo: We don’t! Mojo Motors is a website where shoppers ‘Follow’ their favorite cars to get alerts when prices drop from local dealers. Our alerts also let shoppers know when cars they’re ‘Following’ are sold or similar cars are added to the dealership. If you want to start ‘Following’ cars, just start a search for your favorite used car or truck.

Louise Guyer via FB: Why do drive-thru cup holders suck so bad?
Mojo: The better question is, why are you using a drive-thru restaurant’s cup holders in the first place? Unless you’re driving something before 1993, any modern vehicle is likely equipped with anywhere from 4-270 cup holders. It’s a proven fact. Read the entire history of the car cup holder here.

Richard Eldridge, Sr via FB: Hey Mojo, can you give me $25,000.00 please?
Mojo: Absolutely not.

Ed Davis via FB: Mojo, I’d be happy with $10,000. Can you give the NHRA the same coverage?
Mojo: You want $10,000 and NHRA coverage? We’ll strike you a deal. We won’t give you $10,000 because do you know how many Taquitos that buys at 7-Eleven? But we can definitely include some more NHRA coverage. We love John Force. And his teeth.

REVIEW: 2012 Jetta TDI SE

Last weekend, I made a trip back to college after spending all summer in NYC. I needed to swing back to rural Pennsylvania to pick up a few boxes I had left there in storage for the summer. Having no car, I decided to rent one for the weekend. I went for a Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE Automatic (MSRP $22,990) and, after driving over 500 miles, I can now give my short-term impressions on this car.

I have two main takeaways: firstly, the Jetta is all the car most people would ever need, and, secondly, diesel-powered cars rock. I am no experienced car reviewer, I haven’t driven hundreds of cars from Smart ForTwos to the latest Aventador. What I can offer, however, is an honest opinion on how this VW Jetta stacks up in real world use for the average Joe. You know, people like you and me who actually buy these cars. Read on for the rest of my thoughts.

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Cool used car of the future: Dodge Hornet Concept

Dodge wants to replace the beleaguered Caliber. Wait, you don’t know what the Dodge Caliber is? That is precisely why Dodge wants to launch a brand new compact model. From the sounds of it, Dodge won’t call their new compact a Hornet (named after the Hudson Hornet), but with no other alternative, the Mojo Motors Blog will refer to Dodge’s new concept as the Hornet.

Dodge Hornet Concept Image Mojo Motors

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The Monday Grind

Same day, different links…except now it’s Rocktober. This is the Monday Grind, keeping you up-to-date on car news and links from over the weekend.

Toyota Celica Star Wars Image

-A search party has formed to find the 1977 Star Wars Toyota Celica. [link]

Black Air is the title of a documentary about the Buick Grand National. [link]

-Hooniverse asks, “What were they thinking?” about cars that should have never been built. [link]

-Jay Leno and Irish comedian Jimmy Carr use a Ford Focus to Skype each other. [link]

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