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.


Blast From the Past Roars onto Runde Lot

Runde Chevrolet got a blast from the past when Bob Kinsella pulled into the lot in his 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396.
The vehicle, with its frost green exterior and dark green vinyl top and interior, was purchased from Paul Runde at Runde Chevrolet back in 1968.
The cost for the special order at the time was just $4,165.90. Its original receipt itemizes features the vehicle included, like a clock for $15, the vinyl top for $89, the rear window defroster for $22 and bucket seats for $121.
The 375 horsepower 396 engine, which still has its roar, cost just $252.80.
The car is a bit of a boomerang for Bob – he sold it to Richard Simon in Farley, who had it for 33 years, but then bought it back from him.
“I had two kids and they fit back there (in the backseat), but then we had a third one, so I had to get a different car,” Kinsella said.
Since he got the car back, he has done plenty of work on it.
“My son and I took the frame off and redid it,” Bob said.
The vehicle, which has 57,000 miles, has all new gas and brake lines. All the vinyl is original.
It is coming full circle – possibly being traded into the place he bought it from nearly 50 years ago. Bob said he has purchased 12-15 vehicles from Runde’s.
“They are real good to work with and you get good deals and good service,” he said.
He is considering trading it in for a Corvette or a Camaro.
“Just something different,” he said.
We will be sure to update you on his decision!

The Vehicles Produced by GM Just Keep Getting Better according to JD Power

Today’s results from the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) show just how much GM has improved in long-term reliability and durability.

The Vehicle Dependability Study focuses on problems customers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles. This year’s study was based on feedback from 37,000 owners of 2010 model year vehicles.  J.D. Power measures overall dependability by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The lower the PPH score, the higher the dependability.

Highlights of the 2013 VDS include:

  • Four segment award winners: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra HD and Buick Lucerne
  • Seven additional GM vehicles scored in the top three in their segments
  • GM had the lowest rate of component replacement (e.g., batteries, switches, etc.)
The 2014 Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Corvette Stingray

From an owner loyalty perspective, J.D. Power found that 54 percent of customers who experienced no vehicle problems stayed loyal to the brand. This number drops to 41 percent for customers who had three or more problems with their vehicle.  The voice of the customer is clear: better quality equals better loyalty and GM is prepared to meet that challenge with the new vehicles that they’re releasing this year which includes: the 2013 Buick Encore, the 2014 Chevy Impala, the 2014 Chevy Silverado, the 2014 GMC Sierra, and of course the much-anticipated 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe.

In 2012 General Motors had its best-ever J.D. Power Initial Quality results. They also saw an increase in Consumer Reports’ recommended vehicles. When we look at this compared with the JD Power results today, it’s clear that GM’s product quality is continuously improving and that is a great thing for GM’s current and future customers.