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Automotive Consumer Reviews For Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma Washington
best value pre-owned suvs seattle washington areaWith so many exceptional pre-owned SUVs on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, Autobytel recently created a list of their top ten choices for used SUVs. Check out the first five below and view 6-10 here.

1.) Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is brilliant for passengers and hauling alike. With seating for seven, you can be sure that you and your loved ones will be comfortable. Ditch the seats and you’re granted 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The optional V8 engine cranks out 292 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

2.) Chevrolet Tahoe

If you find yourself towing and hauling cargo more often than passengers, consider a used Chevrolet Tahoe. This SUV can pull nearly 8,000 pounds with the proper equipment. Plus, it comes with an enviable cargo capacity of 108.9 cubic feet. The standard 5.3-liter V8 engine wields a healthy 320 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque.

3.) Honda Pilot

This bulky SUV boasts 90 cubic feet of cargo space for your most precious belongings. It can also accommodate as many as eight passengers. The Honda Pilot handles more like a car, thanks to its sedan-based platform. For this reason, you can also expect a noticeably better fuel economy.

4.) Toyota RAV4

Family road trips just got a lot more manageable. The RAV4 comes with three rows of seating for seven passengers, along with an additional 73 cubic-feet of storage space. You can choose the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 166 horsepower or the 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 269 horsepower.

5.) Jeep Wrangler

If you’re taking your vehicle over some rough terrain, the Jeep Wrangler is the pre-owned SUV for you. The 3.8-liter V6 wields 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough zip to get you over any bumpy roads.

Having trouble deciding? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle Washington to test drive any number of pre-owned SUVs that you like. You can also browse our complete used SUV inventory online now.
choosing the right used car seattle washington areaIt’s easy to envision ourselves behind the wheel of a convertible, taking hairpin curves with aplomb, but it’s usually not the most practical option. When deciding on a used car, it’s important to find a vehicle that will meet your needs and lifestyle. If you’re an international man of mystery, by all means, opt for the pre-owned Ford Mustang. But if you’ve got a family of five or a growing business, there are better options for you. 

First, ask yourself how many people you carry on an average day. This will help determine the size of the vehicle that’s right for you. A larger family usually mean a larger car, while a single commuter may prefer a compact car. What about cargo space? If you find that you’re often going camping, shopping, or moving goods for your business, you may consider a pickup truck or a van.

An Edmunds article says to consider the driving conditions you face, not just on a daily basis, but year-round. Icy winters, unpaved roads, or steep hills are all things to keep in mind when choosing a used vehicle. You may want to opt for a car with all-wheel drive or a hefty engine. People with longer commutes will want to consider cars with great fuel economy. Sedans and hatchbacks are both great options. If you want to be environmentally friendly, try out a hybrid or electric vehicle, which also provide exceptional mileage. 

Do you still need a little help deciding? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and we’ll help you find the right used car for you. You can browse our extensive inventory of pre-owned vehicles online and take any of them for a test drive at our dealership.
good deals on used minivans seattle washington areaWith superior comfort, powerful engines, and cavernous cargo space, minivans are the leading choice for families on the move. Whether you’re a busy family of eight or a trio with a penchant for alpine sports, there’s a minivan to suit your needs. Autobytel recently compiled a list of their choices for the best used minivans on the market. See vehicles 5-8 below and the first four here.

5.) Nissan Quest 

If you like the look of an atypical vehicle, then this is the minivan for you. Along with its unusual but stylish interior, the Quest also delivers exceptional handling. The 3.5-liter V6 engine cranks out 260 horsepower and delivers a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Both second and 
third-row seating folds flat into the floor to create lots of cargo space.

6.) Chrysler Town & Country 

This luxury minivan is a lot like its cousin the Grand Caravan, except it has some much appreciated added features like 
three-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, and leather upholstery. It also comes with the much-loved Stow ‘n Go seating, as well as a 3.6-liter V6 engine.

7.) Mercedes-Benz R-Class

For optimal value, look for a 2011 or 2012 R-Class. This six-passenger vehicle is available with a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine which puts out 400 horsepower and a 20 mpg combined fuel economy. Rather than sliding side doors, this car comes with a pair of rear doors.

8.) Mazda MAZDA5 

This compact minivan is the perfect choice for city-dwelling families. You can expect an exemplary fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The modest 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 157 horsepower and handles more like a car than a van.

Are you looking for the pre-owned minivan of your dreams? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take any of our used minivans for a test drive. Our current inventory includes vans by Chrysler, Mazda, and more.
good deals on used minivans seattle washingtonThere’s no doubt about it, minivans are the perfect option for busy families on the go. Provided you can find one without too many sticky fingerprints, minivans are also a fantastic choice for a used vehicle. 

Autobytel recently made a list of the top eight pre-owned minivans on the market. See the first four below and check out 5-8 here.

1.) Honda Odyssey 

The Honda Odyssey has been a family favorite for many years. The 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers a healthy 248 horsepower, which is more than enough heft to transport you, your spouse, six kids, and a trunk full of camping gear on a family road trip. With a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, you can afford to make the vacation an extended one.

2.) Toyota Sienna 

For the best value, look for a 2011 Sienna or later. These models will give you the option of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 266 hp. Both powertrains will give you a fuel economy of about 21 mpg combined. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, consider the V6 as it will perform better with its all-wheel drive.

3.) Dodge Grand Caravan 

This Dodge comes with a feisty 3.6-liter V6 that wields 283 horsepower. The EPA gave it a fuel-economy rating of 20 mpg combined. The seven-seater minivan is perhaps best known for its Stow n’ Go seating. This feature allows you to effortlessly fold the rear rows flat into the floor to create a cavernous cargo space that can fit bikes, suitcases, and anything else you can dream up.

4.) Kia Sedona 

Opt for the 2011 model or later and you’ll get 271 horsepower from the 3.5-liter V6 engine. You can expect mileage around 18-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. This minivan comes with comfortable seating for seven and ample cargo space, which makes it perfect for family vacations.

Is your family ready for a new minivan? Come to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to find the pre-owned minivan that’s right for you. You can also check out our complete used minivan inventory online now.

See part two of this blog post here.
best deals on used sports cars seattle washington areaWe've all envisioned ourselves zooming through traffic and hitting the open road in a sleek and sexy sports car. But typically that daydream gets deflated by the idea that any coupe worth buying will cost a fortune. Luckily, the folks at Autobytel disagree. In their recent list of top ten pre-owned sports cars, they offer some amazing suggestions for affordable sports cars.

(See cars 1-5 here.)

6.) 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

This exceptionally tuneable coupe comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers may seem low, but this particular Genesis is guaranteed to add an ounce of 
thrill to your day. Plus you get a performance-oriented suspension system, grippy tires, and Brembo brakes.

7.) 2007-2012 Mazda RX-8

If you tend to stray from the herd, then this is the used sports car for you. The RX-8 comes with a 1.3-liter rotary engine, which delivers 232 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Passengers will love the rear-hinged doors, which make getting in and out of the back seat a breeze.

8.) 2005-2006 BMW M3

This bimmer comes with a 3.2-liter engine, which cranks out a feisty 333 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of power, you'll be leaving everyone in the dust. Drivers will love its responsive steering, fashion statement silhouette, and race-ready suspension system.

9.) 2007-2009 Saturn Sky Red Line

This often overlooked Saturn comes in a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that wields a healthy 260 horsepower and matching 260 pound-feet of torque. This model gives you dual exhaust, an aggressive suspension system, and a limited-slip rear differential. If you want to get your kicks during your daily commute, this is the car to do it in.

10.) 2011 BMW 1M

This BMW may be hard to find, but it's well worth it when you do. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder powertrain puts out 335 horsepower and a monstrous 369 pound-feet of torque. Effective breaks, exceptional styling, and a lively suspension system set this car apart from the rest of the pack.

Are you ready to drive off into the sunset in your used coupe? Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a few pre-owned sports cars for a spin. You can also browse our full used sports car inventory online now.
good deals on used sports cars seattle washington areaWho says that sports cars have to break the bank? Thanks to Autobytel's recent list of the top 10 pre-owned sports cars, finding an affordable coupe is a piece of cake.

Check out cars 1-5 below and 6-10 here.

1.) Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Spec

This budget coupe comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers 170 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain pairs well with the lightweight chassis, which means outstanding driving control with an unbeatable price tag.

2.) Porsche Cayman S

This compact coupe debuted in 2009 and comes with a feisty 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, which (thanks to its direct fuel injection) cranks out an intense 320 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Steering is responsive and, not surprisingly, quick.

3.) Ford Mustang Boss 302

This coveted coupe made quite the splash when it debuted, thanks to its track-tuned suspension system. The 5.0-liter V8 engine wielding 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque didn't hurt either. If you want power and thrill on a budget, this Ford is the used sports car for you.

4.) Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Calling this Chevy fast would be an understatement. The 7.9-liter V8 will catapult you with a jaw dropping 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. You will definitely turn heads, although onlookers may see the Corvette Z06 as a blur, rather than a sleek sports car.

5.) Nissan 350Z NISMO

The fiery 3.5-liter V6 engine produces a lively 306 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Stopping is just as fun as accelerating, thanks to the four-piston Brembo brakes. This is the ideal sports car for manual transmission purists.

Ready to hit the road in your very own sports car? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a pre-owned sports car or two for a test drive. You can also check out our complete used muscle car inventory online now, which includes the Ford Mustang and other leading nameplates.
great prices on used hatchbacks seattle washington areaEverybody loves a good hatchback. These sub-compact vehicles provide exceptional value in a small package. Whether you want a powerful engine, ample cargo space, cutting-edge technology, or all of the above, there's a pre-owned hatchback for you. With Autobytel's recent top 10 hatchback list, deciding which one is best for you is easy.

(See cars 1-5 here.)

6.) Scion xB

Beneath the flat roof of the Scion xB, you'll find a whopping 70 cubic-feet of cargo space which is perfect for camping trips, shuttling people to the airport, and buying enough groceries to last you the winter. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 158 horsepower and a thrifty 28 mpg on the highway.

7.) Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda3 is enjoyable to drive, thanks to its vivacious suspension system and responsive steering. Opt for the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and you'll get a feisty 167 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque. Bargain seekers should focus on second generation models from 2008-2013.

8.) Ford Fiesta

Take a seat in the Ford Fiesta and let the fun begin. This hatchback is ideal for commuters who spend a lot of time in the car but don't want to spend a lot of money on gas. The itsy-bitsy Fiesta delivers a healthy dose of thrill, as well as a jaw-dropping 40 mpg on the highway. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine comes with an energetic 120 ponies.

9.) Subaru Impreza

Opt for 2012 or newer models of the Subaru Impreza and you'll get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and a brag-worthy fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. If you're planning an epic road trip or romantic camping weekend for two, the 52.4 cubic-feet of cargo space will be more than enough.

10.) Nissan Juke

If the atypical aesthetic excites you, then the Nissan Juke is the hatchback for you. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine cranks out a fiery 188 horsepower, with the option of either continuously variable automatic transmission (all-wheel drive) or a six-speed manual (front-wheel drive).

Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a used hatchback or two for a test drive. You can also check out our complete pre-owned hatchback inventory online, which includes great models by Ford, Nissan, Mazda, and more.

To see the first part of this list, click here.
good deals on used hatchback cars seattle washington areaPre-owned hatchbacks are all the rage and it's easy to see why. These pint-sized vehicles offer not just a slender frame, but also a wealth of power, technology, value, and cabin features. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. Luckily, Autobytel made it easy with their recent top 10 used hatchback list.

(See cars 6-7 here.)

1.) Toyota Matrix

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine comes with a peppy 158-horsepower and much appreciated all-wheel drive. The 1.8-liter engine delivers an enviable 32 mpg on the highway. With 61.5 cubic feet of cargo space, you're guaranteed to have more than enough room for shopping sprees or airport runs.

2.) Honda Fit

If you want a subcompact car with a whole lot of space on the inside, this is the hatchback for you. The Honda Fit comes with a generous 57.3 cubic-feet of extra space for all of your belongings. The modest 1.5-liter 117-horsepower engine has an impressive fuel-economy of 35 mpg on the highway.

3.) MINI Cooper

Fun meets function in the MINI Cooper. This UK original comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which packs 121 horsepower. Thanks to its light curb weight, that's more than enough ponies to put a little pep in your step. Consumers will appreciate the connected driving experience with the front-wheel drive.

4.) Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevy Sonic comes with an optional turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which wields 138 horsepower and an inspiring 40 mpg fuel economy on the highway. Fold the back seats forward and you'll be granted an acceptable 30.9 cubic-feet of cargo space for your recent purchases.

5.) Volkswagen GTI

If you want your car to come with a bit of thrill, consider this hot hatch. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine presents you with a peppy 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. You're also treated to a mature exterior and cabin.

Find the pre-owned hatchback that's right for you at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Our current used hatchback inventory includes models by Ford, Chevrolet, Honda, and more.

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good prices on best used trucks seattle washington areaPickup trucks are sought after for their endurance and value, which unfortunately means finding an affordable used model can be quite the challenge. You want to invest in a vehicle that fits your budget, but also has several years of life left in it. Thankfully, Autotrader created a list of used trucks that will do exactly that.

2004-2008 Ford F-150

America's best-selling vehicle is an excellent choice for a used truck. With a 2,800-pound cargo-hauling capacity and an 11,000-pound towing capacity, it's hard to find a fault in this pickup. You're also given a myriad of body style options to suit your unique needs. Plus, the modern and comfortable interiors are unsurpassed by other vehicles in this segment.

2003-2006 Chevrolet Silverado

This modern-looking truck comes in a variety of options, which make it possible to find a model that's just right. Engine choices include a V6 and three V8s. You're also given the choice of several transmissions, body styles, and two or four wheel drive.


2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma

While not the most attractive pickup on the market, the Tacoma is practical and durable. The 4-cylinder engine offers an impressive fuel economy of 23 mpg combined, while the brawny V8 cranks out a healthy 240 horsepower.

2002-2008 Dodge Ram

The Ram comes in a variety of body styles and transmissions, as well as two or four-wheel drive. But what sets it apart is its audacious muscular exterior. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 option, with a towing capacity of 8,550 pounds, doesn't hurt either.

2004-2009 Nissan Titan

The V8 engine in this dependable truck yields a feisty 305 horsepower and can pull up to 9,500 pounds. It also offers a respectable fuel economy and peppy acceleration. If you're feeling opulent, opt for the LE trim level with leather upholstery.

Ready to invest in your next pre-owned pickup truck? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a few models for a test drive. You can also browse our comprehensive inventory of used trucks online now.
great deals on used hybrid vehicles seattle washington areaIf you want a used hybrid sport sedan that delivers exceptional handling, as well as great fuel economy, look no further than the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hyrbid. This luxury sedan will blow you away with its outstanding features and performance. Whether it’s high-speed highway driving or a short trip to buy milk, you’re completely in control in the Q50 Hybrid.

This hybrid runs through the combined efforts of a powerful 360 horsepower V6 engine and a 50-kilowatt electric motor. Calling the Q50 “fast” would be a gross understatement. This hybrid sedan can catapult itself from zero to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Remember, this is a hybrid we’re talking about. Speaking of the environmental aspects of the car, the Q50 has an impressive fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

The striking silhouette and muscular curves of this hybrid Infiniti are hard to ignore. An Autotrader review boldly states that the 2014 Q50 Hybrid is the best looking sedan for less than $50k, 
outshining even its German rivals. Indeed, this car looks just as smooth and sexy when it’s stationary, as it does when it’s going 70 mph on the highway.

Experience the eco-friendly luxury of a pre-owned Infiniti Q50 at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Don’t forget to check out our complete used hybrid inventory online.