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  • When is less popular more desirable?

    When is less popular more desirable?

    Popularity is one reason to choose something: a shirt, a car even someone to date, but it isn't always the best reason to make a purchase. Remember when leisure suits, fanny packs, and Britney Spears CDs were must-have items? Popularity doesn't guarantee that you'll like what you get long-term, and sometimes you'll find something you like even better if you look beyond the latest star.
  • Consider the Wallflowers

    Consider the Wallflowers

    Some car shoppers ignore great choices simply because "they're not popular." It's just like overlooking the kinda-cute girl next door; she won't make other guys jealous, but she might end up being perfect for a long-term relationship. For your benefit, we've assembled a list of vehicles to consider even though they aren't anywhere near the most popular sales stars. Why? Well, because they may actually be a better choice in the long run.
  • The Sedan Wallflower: Mercury Sable

    The Sedan Wallflower: Mercury Sable

    According to Automotive News, last February Mercury dealers sold an average of only five new vehicles each. Logically, these dealers will do anything to put you in a Sable. The Sable is roomy, high quality, and powered by an efficient 3.5-liter V-6. Styling is tasteful if a bit understated. Don't be afraid to take a great deal on this ultimate wallflower.
  • The Sporty Wallflower: Saab 9-3

    The Sporty Wallflower: Saab 9-3

    Saab dealers want a piece of the 3-Series's sales action. They'll show you a deal on a handsome performance car that is thoroughly improved for 2008, boasting over 2,100 changes to the 2007 edition. Pick from turbocharged 4- and 6-cyinder engines and quality that's never been better.
  • The CUV Wallflower: Ford Taurus X

    The CUV Wallflower: Ford Taurus X

    For 2008, Ford replaced the Taurus X's power train with a punchy and efficient 3.5-liter V-6 and 6-speed automatic. Ford also made hundreds of other improvements to this roomy, 7-passgner full-sized crossover. Ford wants to sell more than the 3,000 Taurus XÔøΩs per month, so you're likely to get a better deal on this than an Edge.
  • The Cute 'Ute Wallflower: Kia Sportage

    The Cute 'Ute Wallflower: Kia Sportage

    There was a time when Hondas were styled somewhat oddly. Today, they are refined, and the upstart Kia is the quirky one. Buying the feature-heavy Kia means you'll live with imperfect looks. However, because Kia wants to grow sales, you can drive a Sportage for thousands less than the popular Honda CR-V.
  • The Minivan Wallflower: Hyundai Entourage

    The Minivan Wallflower: Hyundai Entourage

    The 2008 Hyundai Entourage is a well-equipped minivan at a super-competitive price. However, in March, Hyundai dealers couldn't even sell 700 units. In the same period, Chrysler sold over 13,000 of its vans. The Town & Country has feature advantages over the Entourage, but you may want dollars in your pocket more than stow 'n go seats in your van.
  • The Next Wallflower SUV: Nissan Rogue

    The Next Wallflower SUV: Nissan Rogue

    The smooth lines of the new Rogue are clean but completely unremarkable. There's nothing flashy about this car-based crossover. Since it's available with only one engine (a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder) and one transmission (an automatic continuously variable transmission), many shoppers will look right past it to V-6 powered choices. That is a big mistake. The Rogue is peppy, roomy, and loaded with value.
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