Car buying made easier with Cars.com.
Car buying made easier with Cars.com. Let’s me be straight up here. I hate, with a passion that makes me sweat fire out of my eyes, car shopping. Why? Because trying to find a specific car, truck or SUV in the color, mileage, and price you want is way too time consuming. If you go to a dealership to look, you have wasted time if they don’t have what you are looking for. If you look at individual car dealerships online, well, it takes forever!
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone decided to create a car classifieds site that would let you search by what you actually wanted? Oh. Wait. Someone did. Cars.com!
Cars.com is the “…one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers across the country anytime, anywhere. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile app features, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of research tools and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, Cars.com helps shoppers buy, sell and service their vehicles.” So after reading that, I decided to play around with clicking random things on Cars.com, because I truly am in the market for a new truck or SUV.
The first thing I saw was they had “Side by Side” comparisons of different vehicles. Ok. Cool. They gave me a list to choose from, and I selected “Full size SUVs” that included the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and GMC Yukon. And check out what it showed me:
This was just part of what it showed me. But I immediately saw the Expedition and Yukon were lower in price, but the Yukon and Tahoe had better miles per gallon. Ok…cool. Plus, there were other things if I scrolled down like how many seats. The Yukon had the highest customer rating of 4.9 out of 5, it also had the highest number of seats 8-9, while both the Tahoe and the Expedition had a customer rating of 4.7 and only 7 seats. Pretty interesting right?
But take a closer look. Even though I said I wanted to look at full size SUVs, Cars.com also threw in a Ford Explorer – a smaller, but not too small SUV. Yes, it is a sponsored car but who cares? I mean, it caught my eye immediately when I looked at the price – at least 20k less expensive than the bigger SUVs and at least 4 more MPGs. So maybe I don’t want a full size SUV – looking at these comparisons, I think I might take a deeper look into a Ford Explorer.
I was also looking at Cars.com’s expert reviews on trucks. I happened upon the one that was comparing the off roading skills of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. This was not just a “hey everything is rosy here off roading….we can’t decide which is better….they are both awesome.”. No, this was a real comparison with comments like:
Winner: Tacoma TRD Pro (by a nose)
When it came to acceleration, both of these trucks struggled.
Winner: Colorado ZR22
We both had big issues with the TRD Pro’s brakes, which were twitchy to the point of being difficult to use. During our step test to check the articulation of both trucks, it was challenging to get the TRD Pro to crawl up the steps. The engine wouldn’t step it up slowly and just grazing the brake would bring things to an immediate shuddering halt. Williams also noted that the brakes felt even worse in low range, having to overcome the added gear reduction. What’s more, even in TRD Pro trim, the Tacoma still uses rear drum brakes.
Honesty – It’s refreshing isn’t it? I want to visit Cars.com just to read these head to head comparisons. Seriously. It might help me make up my mind.
And look at this picture from Cars.com. I have to say, I really like the way the Tacoma looks. Yes, truck looks matter too in this chicks’ book. HA!
And there is so much more I could tell you about Cars.com, but this is turning into a novel, and now I just want to end this post and go find my new truck or SUV on Cars.com. However, one more little piece before I leave you….
Car Seat Safety.
Let me repeat, CAR SEAT SAFETY. It is so easy to put a car seat in wrong, you don’t even know you are doing it. Cars.com has a whole page on car seat safety including videos, articles, and videos on how to install car seats on specific cars. Now that is pretty cool. And you could be saving a life. I hope you check it out. That’s it folks….I will see you on the flip side!