The Best Cars for Under $100K

Some people can spare more for a car than others, but even when your upper limit is higher than that of other folks, that doesn’t mean you want to put down six figures on a vehicle. If you can afford a luxury vehicle but you don’t want to spend more than $100,000, you should know which cars are your best options.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/R

The original pony car is still around, and the latest version offers a surprisingly wide range of prices from affordable to extravagant. It has this range thanks to the low-end trims coming with standard engines and parts while the high-end trims come with some impressive performance features. For example, some models come with a 5.2-liter V8 engine that generates 526 horsepower and track apps that record things like acceleration and lap times when you take your car to the local speedway. The Shelby GT350/R is a true racing machine and drops every bit of unneeded weight, like the back seats and the audio system.

Tesla Model S 75D

select-auto-imports-alexandria-va-tesla-model-s

Image via Flickr by Alexandre Prévot

If you like the idea of pure electric power and luxury, (more…)

The Most Affordable 500+ HP Rides in DC

Most extremely powerful sports cars are expensive, with features and luxury brand names that drive up the price. However, if all you’re looking for is a powerful sports car, there are several options that are likely within your budget. Here are some of the most affordable sports cars you can find in the Washington, DC area with over 500 horsepower and some impressive stats.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

select-auto-imports-alexandria-va-dodge-challenger

Image via Flickr by Greg Gjerdingen

Topping the list is the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This mighty machine has a stunning 707 horsepower in a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The car’s highly masculine build makes it one of the ultimate muscle cars in this class. While a brand new one will set you back less than $60,000, which is impressive considering its power, models from previous years cost even less. No other car can give you this kind of power for this price.

Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac is well-known for offering its uniquely American version of the luxury car. With the Cadillac CTS-V, you can experience the luxury features and design elements of a Cadillac car with the performance you’d expect from a race car. This model features 640 horsepower from a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Cadillac claims that this model can go as fast as 200 miles per hour with its eight-speed automatic transmission, though there are few places where you can legally go that fast. The price for the Cadillac CTS-V starts around $80,000.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a beautiful coupe-style sports car with a stylish spoiler and a highly sculpted body; it will turn heads whether you’re zipping along Independence Avenue or stuck in afternoon traffic on the highway. It offers 650 horsepower from its 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine, offering 650 pounds per foot of torque with its manual transmission. It can comfortably seat up to four passengers at a time and is available in the classic bright sports car colors Chevy has become known for. The price starts around $60,000, which many drivers say is quite a deal.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The Ford Mustang has long been one of the most iconic sports cars in the United States. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 builds upon that legacy to create a one-of-a-kind beauty complete with wide and contrasting racing stripes that you can see from miles away. The 5.2-liter V8 engine delivers a whopping 526 horsepower and 429 pounds per foot of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in an astonishing 4.3 seconds. One of the best features about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is its price of just over $50,000, which makes it among the most affordable sports cars on the market today. When it comes time to purchase your next car, think about what features, style, and specs would make you the happiest. For many drivers, especially sports car enthusiasts, owning a powerful car is the goal. These models not only boast power, but they are also affordable, stylish, and feature-driven.

Discover Power and Refinement in the Audi S3

Compact sedan isn’t a description you often hear associated with Audi. However, the 2017 Audi S3 isn’t your average compact. Blending power, refinement, and an insane amount of tech features, the S3 is the essential partner to any luxury car enthusiast. Plus, it won’t drain your bank account to take one home. Discover why the Audi S3 is blowing minds and destroying the competition.

Under the Hood

Audi S3 Performance Car

Image via Flickr by eurosporttuning

If power is your lifeblood, the S3 isn’t going to disappoint. Under the hood, it carries a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 292 horsepower and up to 280 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a lightweight body, this provides enough oomph to power the S3 from zero to 60 in just (more…)

Feel Like You’ve Finally Made It in the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

No other vehicles on the planet have the same allure, luxury, and versatility as Land Rover. They add this bundle of qualities without seeming pretentious or gaudy. Experience Land Rover for yourself when you sit behind the wheel of the brand new 2017 Discovery. Mixing ruggedness with opulence is no easy task, but the British SUV does it in stride. That’s what has made the vehicle a critic’s dream and a driver’s delight since 1989. Whether you’re exploring the unknown or driving to work, feel like you’ve finally made it in the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.

The Rugged Side

Image via Flickr by M 93: „Dein Nordrhein-Westfalen"

Image via Flickr by M 93: „Dein Nordrhein-Westfalen”

The Discovery’s handsome exterior nearly undermines its expertly designed underpinnings, which allow it to tear up the off-road. It has some of the best-in-class clearance at 11.1-inches, and it’s designed to wade into waters nearly 3 feet deep. As always, this Land Rover has four-wheel drive, but this year, the Discovery comes with the available Terrain Response 2 driving system. This allows the Discovery to sense the surrounding terrain and automatically adjust the drive mode to fit. The result is off-road driving at its finest.

The Power

Under the hood, the 2017 Discovery offers two engine options, yet neither lack where it counts. The standard engine is a robust, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that delivers maximum power with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. However, it’s the turbodiesel engine that may turn more heads. Designed with more torque and more off-road prowess in mind, this 3.0-liter diesel beast gets only 254 horsepower, but it makes up for it with a whopping 443 pound-feet of torque. With this extra torque, it can navigate boulders and mountains at slower speeds without losing traction. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the engine choices of the Discovery. Fuel economy statistics aren’t yet available, but expect the Discovery to achieve somewhere around last year’s mark of 26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

The Interior

Though many rough-and-tumble vehicles trade limited interior features for off-road ability, the Land Rover Discovery makes no such compromise. Inside, it has a comfortable, roomy cabin, draped in leather and offering accommodation for up to seven people. If you have gear to haul, it also offers up to 85 cubic feet of space. Luxury and convenience features abound in the Discovery. The uncluttered, contemporary layout of the dash allows you to connect all your mobile devices seamlessly, and they’re easy to control with a 10-inch, touch-screen display. Dual-zone climate control makes sure you’re always comfortable, and an easy-to-read instrument cluster lets you know just how you’re driving.

The Style

On the exterior, the Discovery is nothing short of spectacular. Sleek lines and curves blend harmoniously throughout, bringing luxury and toughness together without a hitch. The modern design also blends form and function for a beautiful, head-turning body. Throw in some unique wheels of your choice, and there’s nothing quite like the Discovery. With the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, you get so much more than your average SUV. You get a vehicle that’s up for the task of the great outdoors, as well as a vehicle that’s apt to roll up to a red carpet event. Look for it in showrooms in mid-2017.  

Hot New Convertibles for Summer 2017

Whether cruising near the National Mall or feeling the wind in your hair as you and your companion go to a Broadway performance at the Kennedy Center, a convertible offers an excellent way to explore what Washington D.C. has to offer. Keep reading to learn about a few of the standout vehicles on the market.

Porsche 911 Turbo

Even on the hottest summer nights, you’ll still look impressively cool behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Turbo. Incredibly, it can rocket from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, thanks in part to a powerful engine that offers up to 540 horsepower. (more…)

The Four Best Lexus Models to Buy Used

When you say luxury cars, Lexus comes straight to most people’s minds. These machines are well-known for being powerful, high-end beasts, but most of us can’t afford to buy a new one. Luckily, though, there’s a roaring trade in secondhand Lexus cars, so even if you don’t have the budget to go new, you can still find the right Lexus for you. However, how can you tell which models have stood the test of time? Here’s the list of our top picks for secondhand Lexus cars.

Lexus CT 200h

The Four Best Lexus Models to Buy Used

Image via Flickr by M 93: „Dein Nordrhein-Westfalen”

(more…)

DC Luxury Under $25K

Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States and one of the wealthiest areas in the country. If you live near D.C., then you’re used to seeing fancy buildings and vehicles everywhere. While it can be tempting to buy an expensive luxury vehicle, it’s not necessary. If you need an affordable option, here’s your guide to D.C. luxury vehicles under $25,000.

The Secret: Look for Used Cars

Luxury Used Cars in DC - Select Auto Imports

Image via Flickr by Jori Samonen

(more…)

Mercedes-Benz Already Looking Ahead to the 2018 E-Class Coupe

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe is just as classy as ever with a sleek exterior and smooth handling. While the full specs aren’t available yet, we do know that the cabin is more spacious and the powerful engine provides impressive acceleration times. Here’s everything else we know so far.

Engine

This vehicle is available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, or E400 and E400 4MATIC, respectively. Both models have the same engine as their predecessor: a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine that generates 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the 2017 version, which has a seven-speed automatic transmission, the newest coupe comes standard with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. It shifts quickly between gears even at lower speeds, making for a smooth drive. Just as you would expect from a sporty vehicle, the 2018 E-Class coupe accelerates quickly, with the E400 going from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds and the E400 4MATIC coming in at 5.5 seconds.

Suspension

You’ll get five different driving modes with this vehicle: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. Both models have a standard lowered suspension with selective damping that helps to shield the driver and passengers from bumps in the road. Drivers can opt for the available air body control suspension. This advanced technology detects driving conditions and adjusts as necessary, providing roll, pitch, and heave stabilization. Driving around those corners feels smooth and effortless in this vehicle.

Style

BMW 2018 E-Class Coupe - Select Auto Imports

Image Via Flickr by -=.J.W.=-

The company took the E-Class sedan design and removed many of the lines, leaving the E-Class coupe with a silhouette that’s similar to the C-Class coupe and S-Class coupe. It has the iconic diamond grille, an absent B-pillar, and a trunk lid that doubles as a spoiler. What you essentially get is a sleek and sporty-looking car. As for the interior, style details are far and few between. The instrument panel is the same as the E-Class sedan, including the optional 12.3-inch widescreen instrument cluster. Trim options include brushed aluminum, wood with a high-gloss finish, or wood as natural grain. You can also expect to find optional leather upholstery for the seats.

Comfort

The interior is more spacious than before, thanks to the new platform that increases the length by 5 inches and adds 3 inches to the width. This creates extra room for the backseat passengers, making for a more comfortable ride. The coupe also has an additional 1.5 inches in height, which taller drivers and passengers will appreciate. So far, the tech features seem to meet luxury standards. You’ll get a standard 12.3-inch high-resolution infotainment display. The multimedia system with standard COMMAND Navigation pairs up with your smartphone via wireless connectivity and provides wireless charging. Compatible smartphones can also connect with Apple CarPlay and AndroidTM Auto. Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled the 2018 E-Class Coupe on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will hit the U.S. market sometime in the summer of 2017. Stay tuned to learn more about vehicle specs and the exact debut date when more information is released.  

5 Best Highline Cars Under $35,000 for Driving in Washington D.C.

Driving in Washington D.C. is a daunting prospect if you’re looking for a quick trip or easy commute. Every year an average of 82 hours are lost to rush-hour slowdowns in the area. This growing congestion makes D.C. one of the most difficult places in which to drive. A comfortable ride is crucial if you want to survive the crush of traffic with relative ease. Try these highline vehicles that are [affordable and] packed with amenities.

2016 Acura TLX

Image via Flickr by crudmucosa

Image via Flickr by crudmucosa            

The Acura TLX offers a superior driving experience that is similar to that of the Audi A4, the Mercedes C-Class, and the more competitively priced BMW 3-Series. Fast and fuel-efficient, this luxury sedan is a smart pick for D.C. drivers who are looking for a zippy yet affordable way to tackle their commutes. The base TLX features heated side mirrors for winter convenience and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep your passengers comfortable in any season. With both an upper 8-inch display screen and a lower 7-inch screen, you can easily manage everything from the 7-speaker audio system to the smartphone app integration.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

If you’re looking for a compact crossover with smart safety features, look no further than the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class. All packages come with a 5-year subscription to mbrace2 Connect, which offers roadside connection, diagnostics, and web services. Chrome roof rails, premium vinyl upholstery, and 18-inch alloy wheels create a sleek and attractive package that will look sharp cruising the streets of D.C.

2015 Audi Q3

The 2015 Audi Q3 offers a quiet and comfortable ride, featuring a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic transmission. Heated power leather seats ensure ample comfort for long D.C. commutes, while the power liftgate makes it easy to streamline long shopping trips around the area. Though it’s sizable enough for comfort, it’s a more compact crossover than others in its class, making it easier to maneuver and park in congested Washington D.C.

2015 BMW 2-Series

Fast and powerful, the 2015 BMW 2-Series offers an eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.0-liter turbo four with 248 horsepower. This is the highline vehicle to pick if you want superior handling, quick acceleration, and good fuel efficiency. The only drawbacks are the relative lack of storage space and the compact back seat. For singles and couples in the DC area, however, this is a perfectly sized pick.

2012 Infiniti M

For horsepower in a luxury sedan, look to the 2012 Infiniti M. This vehicle outperforms competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the Audi A6, and the BMW 5-Series. This mid-size choice is handy for those who want more space than the BMW 2-Series, but less than what you’ll find in a crossover SUV. Active noise control makes this car noticeably quieter than competitors and the 4Wheel Active Steer feature gives you more agility and control for navigating complex parts of the city. Washington D.C. has the third-highest time commute in the country, but you can at least ensure the comfort of your daily travel in one of these smart, affordable, luxury vehicles.