The Top Ten Cars of 2012: An Auto Loan Borrower’s Guide

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 11:32am
Top ten vehicles for auto loans
As 2012 kicks off with new predictions of quicker economic recovery, and as the auto loan industry leading the way, consumers may be interested to see what sort of vehicles the new year has to offer. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) recently named what they believe are the top ten best family cars of 2012. The list recognizes that every family has different needs and wants, so it attempts to diversify itself with a broad spectrum of automobile suggestions. From cars that come with affordable auto loans to large and accommodating SUVs, KBB’s list provides suggestions to satisfy all American families.

10.       2012 Toyota Prius v

This year’s Prius came with a size boost, upping the amount of storage and comfort inside of the vehicle, alleviating consumers’ gripes that this efficient beast was far too compact. However, this new larger Prius has had its fuel efficiency cut down to 42 miles-per-gallon (MPG). The Toyota Prius v will require a minimum auto loan of $24,000, but has plenty of upgrades available to add on.

9.       2012 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is a perfect combination of comfort and style—all for under $30,000. This full-size sedan offers sleek corners, a fuel efficient V6 engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, auto loan borrowers can expect to land keyless entry, touch screen controls, blue tooth connectivity, and the option to up the engine to a roaring eight-cyclinder beast.

8.       2012 Honda Civic

Old faithful, the Honda Civic has topped American’s “favorites” charts for years. The new 2012 version comfortably fits a family of five, and boasts the capability of reaching 39 MPGs. The updated display shows driver’s what their fuel economy is in real time, so they can adjust their driving accordingly. Qualify for an auto loan of right around $20,000 and take one of these dependable cars today.

7.       2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

This list is for American families, and most American’s have that little place inside of them that loves large, powerful vehicles. Despite being a gas-guzzling faux pas, the Suburban has been a staple in many suburban families’ lives. This 2012 model can hold up to nine passengers and sports a towing capacity of 9,600 pounds. Carry a family (or two), tow a trailer, and best virtually any obstacle at a starting price of $42,000.


6.       2012 Kia Sorento

If families need the capability to cart around a large host of kids, but also want fuel economy, the SUV-lite 2012 Kia Sorento is the perfect match. Boasting 32 MPGs, three rows of seats, and a voice controlled music and informational dash—all for financing an auto loan of less than $25,000—this is a wonderful, affordable, family-friendly vehicle.

5.       2012 Honda CR-V

After four generations of CR-Vs, the year of 2012 brings with it a brand new compact crossover with better fuel efficiency and a Real-Time all-wheel drive system. This all-wheel drive upgrade detects when a driver is on slippery or unstable road, and automatically kicks the vehicle into 4WD when needed. Auto loans of $23,000 will snatch these trusted vehicles up quickly.

4.       2012 Subaru Outback

Just by looking at the name we know what kind of vehicle this is. For the adventurous, out-door, nature-loving families, the Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive, integrated roof racks, and nearly 9 inches of ground clearance. When outbackers aren’t braving Mother Nature’s finest terrains, this powerful station wagon still shines with 29 MPGs, and room for five. Starting at $23,300, this vehicle is likely to become a favorite of auto loan borrowers everywhere.

3.       2012 Ford Flex

This stylish crossover SUV reeks of utilitarian style. Three rows of seats ensures even the largest of families adequate room, and the upgradeable center-console fridge offers smiling promises of comfortable road trips. With possibilities of all-wheel drive and an EcoBoost V6 engine, “Flexers” can traverse highways and local roads with great fuel efficiency and high power. Plus its box-like demeanor fits in perfectly with what the younger generations’ find appealing. Starting at less than $30,000, those who qualify for auto loans will love flexing this new ride.

2.       2012 Honda Odyssey

The third Honda to breach this list, the Honda Odyssey fits in perfectly with those who want a traditional minivan, but with all of the perks 2012 has to offer. Comfortable, roomy, and boasting both a “cool box” for drinks and 16-inch widescreen entertainment system, the Odyssey prepares entire families for truly epic adventures. Parents who take out an auto loan for this luxurious van will make their passengers truly happy as the HDMI port that comes standard allows for video games and music players to be hooked up to the 650-watt sound system.

1.   2012 Volkswagen Passat

The 2012 version of the number one family car received a size boost and price reduction, helping families afford a piece of luxury in these hard economic times. Starting at $20,000, those with auto loans in hand can grab this 43 MPG monster that’s completely willing and able to cart its passengers around on trips of up to 800 miles per fill-up. The made-in-America sedan also features an optional 9-speaker, 400-watt Fender Sound System that will project any child—and parent—into a state of auditory bliss.