Kelley Blue Book Names Impala, F-150, and Expedition Best Buys for 2018

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We are excited to announce that Kelley Blue Book has named the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ford Expedition as Best Buys for 2018!

The Best Buy awards choose the best value vehicles in 12 categories, as well as an overall winner. They compare features like pricing, cost to own, use-ability, consumer reviews, and more.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Chevrolet Impala was named the best full-size sedan by Kelley Blue Book! You can get yours at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL or Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, WI!

“Whether it’s a matter of price, size, style or features, the 2018 Impala will give you 2018_chevrolet_impala_sedan_premier_fq_oem_4_1280.jpgsomething to appreciate every day you own it,” Kelley Blue Book noted in its announcement. “And speaking of owning it, in addition to collecting KBB’s Best Buy Award for full-size cars, last year’s Impala took home our 5-Year Cost-to-Own Award in the full-size-car category for its sixth straight season.”

This is also the fourth year in a row that the Ford F-150 has won the best truck category! Take one for a test drive at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, IA.

2018-ford-f-150-thumbnail-4cms“Expected niceties like leather seats are available, of course, but so are unique features like Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you more intuitively align your trailer using a simple knob on the dash,” according to Kelley Blue Book. “There are power-operated running boards available, a remote-release tailgate, and even a tailgate with an integrated, slide-out step. Then there’s adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, accident detection and avoidance, lane keeping assist, and all the safety and convenience features you’d expect in a nicely equipped luxury sedan. Along with its excellent reliability and resale value, there’s no question that the 2018 Ford F-150 earns its Best Buy honor.”

The re-designed 2018 Ford Expedition won the full-size SUV/Crossover category.

“With its elevated seating position helping deliver excellent visibility, the Expedition 2018-Ford-Expedition-front-three-quarter-in-motion-02-e1486485894126-1.jpgdrives like a smaller vehicle than its large footprint would lead you to believe,” Kelley Blue Book said. “Thanks to its independent rear suspension, it also has a decidedly non-truck feel to its ride. A host of driver assists, including blind spot warning and lane keeping assist, make it easy to keep the Expedition on track.”

Kelley Blue Book is a longtime trusted resource for helping consumers research, price and shop for vehicles.

Learn more about the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards.

Shop Runde Auto Group’s 2018 Chevy Impalas, 2018 Ford F-150s, or 2018 Ford Expeditions.


George Kapparos – Pleasantly Surprised by His Experience at Runde’s!

George Kapparos may have not expected to leave with a Chevy Impala when he came to Runde’s, but the smile on his face as he left with his Impala said “I’m glad that happened!.” George was pleasantly surprised by the level of service he received and was more than willing to share that experience with the world!

What brought you into Rune’s today?
My wife and I needed a new vehicle so I drove through the other day and looked around for a while. I was going to look at another place but my wife insisted that I come here.

Have you dealt with Runde’s before?
I actually took Tim and Jeff Runde to a Chicago Cub game when they were 14 years old. They were great kids. Otherwise no, we haven’t really dealt here before.

I hear that you weren’t expecting to take a car home tonight?
No, we had no intention of actually buying anything for awhile, but here we are.

What did you end up buying today?
We bought the 2008 Chevy Impala.

What made you go for the Impala?
I drove one the other day and thought it was really nice.

Are you from the area?
Yeah, we live right across the bridge in Dubuque, IA.

Any Family?
We have a daughter here, and then we have two boys – one in Marion, IA and the other one lives by Des Moines, IA.

On a scale of 1-10 how would you rank your experience here at Runde’s?
I’d give it a 10, it was super. Al is a good guy, you feel like you’ve known him forever. I can’t stand high-pressure sales people and Al didn’t pressure me at all.

That’s all the questions I had for you George, thanks for the interview and enjoy your new Impala!

Nan Conolly – Loves the Pirates, Hates the Cold.

Nan Connolly is originally from Dubuque.  She recently built and moved into a house just outside of East Dubuque, IL. She came into Runde’s looking for a new Chevy to replace her vehicle. While she was here, she sat down and shared her experience with us.

What brought you into Runde’s today?
Probably advertising and I knew I wanted a Chevy when I was shopping. I was looking around and Runde’s seemed to have the best deal.

What vehicle did you end up going with?
The 2010 Chevy Impala, I like it. My other car kind of gave up so I said “it’s time.” I have grand-kids and I like this car because of the fact that it’s very safe.

Is the car for you?
Yes. My husband is more of a truck guy, but we needed a car.

How long have you been married?
40 years.

Great! What did you think of your salesman, Al Kloft?
He’s REALLY good! He came right up to us when we got here and made us feel comfortable, as if we were at home. He isn’t pushy, he’s nice and he really knows what he’s talking about. He listens, too. I told him what I was driving and that I wanted something similar and he pieced all the puzzle pieces together and got us a great match.

Ona scale of 1-10 what would you rank your experience at Runde’s?
10. No question. 10 all the way around.

How are you liking Winter?
It’s… ok… it hasn’t been TOO bad. I hate winter though and wanted to make sure that I had a reliable vehicle for it.

Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs – one’s a Shih Tzu mix and the other is a Blue Heeler, one’s a small dog one’s a bit bigger.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
We get out a lot. We like to get with friends. I like to curl up next to the fireplace and read. I also crochet and go fishing with my husband.

What kind of movies do you like?
Mostly comedies.

What’s your favorite movie?
Pirates of the Caribbean. The first one is the best, it was the funniest I think.

They are actually making a new one… I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy but I guess they figured they can milk more money out of it.
Yeah, I’m going to go see that… now I have to add more to my collection!

If you were to win the lottery what would you do with the money?
I’d probably share the wealth with my family then make a lot of charitable contributions. I’d save a lot of little starving animals!

Would you go anywhere if you had money remaining?
Yes. Ireland and Alaska. I just want to see them, learn the country and soak it all up. If I went I’d go for a while, it wouldn’t be any short trip.

That’s all the questions I had for you Nan, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life with us.
We were both really pleased with our experience at Runde’s, thank you!