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p>Honda has been praised as a benchmark of reliability for many years, making its cars extremely sensible choices for many drivers. The current Honda range might not offer quite the varied catalogue of some more prolific manufacturers, but the Japanese company still offers a selection of very well-engineered vehicles. The high-riding CR-V in particular combines reliability, practicality and value-for-money, making them good choices for families.

Google Pixel 6 review

Even at Verizon, you’re paying the same price for the Pixel 6 that you would have for the Pixel 5, and getting a much better phone in return. It’s really striking how the two phones handled that apple in the upper right corner of the picture — in the iPhone’s rendition, it’s sharp and bright green, while the Pixel renders it dull and a little bit blurry. Here’s a closer look at the big new features in Google’s latest flagship and how it measures up to the competition. Magic Eraser is probably going to be the most widely embraced feature, as most of us have probably taken what seems like a perfect shot, only to find it cluttered up by people and objects in the background.

The Pixel 6 may lack a telephoto lens, but its Super Res Zoom feature is able to assist any digital zooms up to 7x to keep the shot clear and focused. However, the OnePlus 9, which has a bigger screen than the Pixel 6, boasts a smaller form factor. The excellent Recorder app now can record and transcribe German and Japanese. I think the iPhone 13 made the better decision, not just because it’s a shot that looks more autumnal, but also because my daughter’s striped shirt looks white where it should be and doesn’t have the blue tint that the Pixel 6 has added. And speaking of transcription capabilities, a new Live Translate feature can recognize different languages in messages, media and pictures and convert them to English for you.

On the front of the Pixel 6, you get a cutout for the 8MP selfie cam in the center of the 6.4-inch display and a fingerprint sensor underneath the glass panel on the bottom. Storage: 128GB, 256GB We have a full look at the new Wait Times and Direct My Call features Google added to the Pixel 6. Android fans who want the best out of Google’s software would do well to consider an upgrade to the latest Pixel. That’s not the same thing as Android software updates, where it sounds like you’re still going to get three, but it’s a step toward providing the kind of lengthy support that Apple gives its iPhones, meaning you’ll be able to hold onto this device longer.

No, that’s not a big gap, but the iPhone speeds were consistently in that range, whereas the Pixel’s 5G performance was all over the map. Verizon and AT&T are selling Pixel 6 models that work with their fast mmWave-based 5G networks. Much of the focus around the Pixel 6 release has been on Tensor, the Google-built system-on-chip that powers many of the machine learning capabilities that highlight the new phones. Because of the switch to the Tensor chip, Google says it can now commit to five years of security updates for the Pixel 6. You’ll pay $45 per month, but that not only gets you a phone, it also lands you subscriptions to Google One storage as well as streaming from YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Pass.

Preferred care for repairs and replacements comes with Pixel Pass, too. Back at the marina, the Pixel 6’s approach to color finally pays off as the phone keeps the rainclouds over the Oakland skyline looking gray and foreboding, instead of giving them the blueish hue seen in the iPhone’s shot. In addition, the cameras on the Pixel 6 come equipped with Google’s usual array of tricks powered by computation photography.

Size: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches Whether the phones can keep your attention, though, is the point of this Google Pixel 6 review. My testing showed signs of that. Using a fully charged Pixel 6, I spent an afternoon taking pictures and running some other tests before leaving the handset unplugged overnight.

You can see why in this shot of a statue down by the marina near my house. But it at least shows some consistency as Google takes a page out of Apple’s playbook and more closely integrates its software with its hardware. The features added to the Pixel 6’s photo toolbox are easy to use, when they even require your intervention at all. Oftentimes, phones that use that setup run the risk of having your hands cover the speakers when holding the phone in landscape mode, but the sound of gunfire came through loud and clear on the Pixel 6. But having tested the Pixel 6, there’s more to this phone than just Tensor. That feature’s back with the Pixel 6, and it brought some friends.

It’s a good effort even if it washes out some of the wrinkles in my face, but I think the iPhone 13 shot is more realistic, particularly the way it captures the different colors of my hair, including the graying patches up top. However, I ran that same test on my house using a Verizon SIM, where I can only pick up an LTE signal. As a result, you’d expect 5G speeds to be a little slower on the Pixel 6. Between the new capabilities introduced by both Tensor and Android 12, though, the Pixel 6 is definitely a contender to become your next phone. It looks like no other Google flagship before it.

Perhaps it was the rainy, overcast day, but the Pixel 6 opted for accuracy in its colors, and the result is a less vibrant shot. To see how the Pixel 6 compares to the competition, check out our Google Pixel 6 benchmark overview, complete with charts and analysis. That’s a long way of saying that the Pixel’s numbers when testing over 5G are not very impressive. At 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches, the Pixel 6 is bigger and thicker than the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S21.

It’s smart enough to know by the sound of your voice where to insert periods and question marks, and it can even recognize commands like Clear and Send. Buildings remain in focus, particularly the Tribune Tower I zoomed in on, and there’s minimal noise within the shot. The Pixel 6 can take comfort in how it performed in a real-world test where we use Adobe Premiere Rush to transcode 4K video into 1080p. Both numbers were behind what we’ve seen from leading Snapdragon 888 devices like the Galaxy S21 (1,048 and 3,302) and the OnePlus 9 (1,126 and 3,618).

Our guess is that our battery test burdens the older 5G modem in the Pixel 6, as its subpar performance was in line with 5G phones we saw in early 2020. Google Assistant is smarter than ever, and some of the new features really have the potential to come in handy. The Pixel 6 is a big improvement over last year’s Pixel 5, but at many places, the new phone costs less than its predecessor.

With its 90Hz refresh rate enabled, the Pixel 6 lasted for 8 hours and 13 minutes on T-Mobile’s 5G network — That’s nearly two hours shy of the average for smartphones. If you want a phone whose display maxes out at a refresh rate of 120Hz, you’ll need to pony up for the Pixel 6 Pro, but Google hasn’t left owners of the less expensive option high and dry. CPU: Google Tensor with Titan M2 Much of the burden falls on the Pixel 6’s Tensor chip, which not only allows the phone’s camera to recognize text, but also translate it on the fly if it’s in a foreign language. The iPhone 13 really nails the colors in this scene, from the pink suspenders on the statue to the red head of the carved vulture; the blue-and-yellow houseboat in the background really pops, too.

I think the Pixel 6 does the better job here. In the end, it’s probably not a dealbreaker for most users, but throw in the fact that Pixel models have different models based on the type of 5G network they can connect with, and it creates some unnecessary confusion about the kind of performance you can expect. But there’s no denying that the Pixel 6 is different from any Google phone that’s come before it, from the distinctive new look to the Google-designed Tensor processor that now powers the company’s flagship handsets.

Colors are fairly consistent on the Pixel 6’s display when compared to similarly priced phones that use AMOLED panels. The convoluted pricing strategy is a shame, because it detracts from what’s a really attractive price for a phone with the kind of features we’ll explore in depth in a moment. A security hub gives you a one-stop destination to manage your passwords, app permissions and Google account. Perhaps the light streaming in from the background tripped the Pixel 6 up, but the iPhone shot is clearly better. I don’t know if I’ll grow to appreciate the coral-themed keys on the Pixel 6’s on-screen keyboard over time or if I’ll continue to think of a bottle of Pepto-Bismol when it’s time to tap out an email.

This is certainly not a dealbreaker, but it’s definitely a drawback of the Pixel 6 Pro and we hope Google can speed things up with an update. Remember that Pixel 6 selfie I took up above? It has a person in the background over my left shoulder. You’ll have to really press and hold your finger against the sensor for it to work — a simple touch won’t do it — and it’s slower than other phones like the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

In 3DMark’s Wild Life Unlimited test, the Pixel 6, OnePlus 9 and and Galaxy S21 all turned in frames around 34 frames per second. Things are a little sharper in the iPhone 13 photo, as you can read the Dulcinea name of the boat on the right side of the shot, but that Pixel 6 competes well here. While the Google Pixel 6 Pro adds a fancy telephoto lens to its rear camera array, the Pixel 6 sticks with the traditional wide angle/ultrawide angle setup. That’s quite a different approach from other camera arrays, which are generally confined to the upper left corner of a device. There’s also long exposure, in which the moving objects get the blur treatment.

Tensor seems like a welcome addition to the Pixel lineup as well, though the true value of its machine learning expertise is only going to fully reveal itself over time. That means the wallpapers adapt to the color of your Pixel — the available wallpapers all adjusted to complement my Kinda Coral review unit. At Verizon and AT&T, you’ll pay more for the Pixel 6 — $699 at Verizon and $739 at AT&T. RAM: 8GB The most valuable implementation is an interpreter feature that lets the Google Assistant listen to and translate spoken text — it will handle German and Japanese on the Pixel 6 itself, and you can access 48 other languages if you have an online connection. At 7.3 ounces, the Pixel 6 is pretty hefty, too; the OnePlus 9 weighs in at 6.77 ounces.

But if you look closely, the skull loses some focus in the iPhone 13’s Night mode. The Pixel 6’s shot is all right, but colors feel more muted. That’s a lot of new features to digest, and Google doesn’t always make it easy to find them, forcing you to dig into settings to enable them. Screen size: 6.4-inch OLED (2400 x 1080) Google Pixel 6 review shows off Pixel 6 in Kinda coral You can now send text messages by dictating them through the assistant, and it’s shockingly accurate, as the assistant can even insert punctuation without making it sound like you’re sending an old-timey telegram.

The Pixel 6, aided by its Tensor chipset and dedicated Titan M2 secure enclave aim to keep your data safe and sound. I’d still make sure to track down a Pixel 6 case, and Google offers a $29 option that uses 30% recycled materials and is built to absorb shocks. If Google were to hold a Pixel reunion inviting every previous model, the Pixel 6 would surely stand out from the crowd. The Pixel 6 introduces the world to Android 12, Google’s latest software update for Android phones. You can select Action Pan which focuses on the moving object, like my car photo up above.

There are other software improvements in the Pixel 6, too, including a feature that unblurs the face of anyone who moved just as you were taking the shot and the ability to process HDRnet in 4K videos for more vibrant colors. Think of the Pixel 6 as sporting the Goldilocks of phone displays — at 6.4 inches, it’s not too big nor too small, but likely just right for most users. With my review unit loaded up with a Verizon SIM card, I recorded average download speeds of 35.3 Mbps on Verizon’s nationwide 5G. (That’s not the Ultra Wideband network Verizon’s got in more than 80 cities around the US where speeds can approach 1 Gbps.) I popped that same SIM card into an iPhone 13 and recorded an average speed of 35.8 Mbps.

Pictures taken with the front camera are more evenly matched, though again, the Pixel 6 really likes cool colors. You can also tap other areas to remove objects — or in the case of that No Time to Die movie poster over my right shoulder, tell Magic Eraser to leave Daniel Craig be. The answer is that Tensor’s in the same ballpark as the Snapdragon 888, even if it’s sitting a few sections back.

I only cranked things up to 4x, and was pleased by how the camera captured the Oakland skyline from across the San Leandro channel. Battery size: 4,614 mAh Google is also taking its first tentative steps away from beginning every assistant request with "Hey Google." On the Pixel 6, you can stop an alarm simply by saying "stop" or "snooze." Similarly, you can say "answer" or "decline" when there’s an incoming call. The Pixel 6 is the best phone Google’s ever made. But the Pixel 6 has a larger 6.4-inch display. Our test involves setting a phone to surf the web continuously over a cellular connection — ideally 5G — and then timing how long it takes for the fully-charged device to run out of power.

Since Google can now commit to security updates for longer periods of time, it would do well to mirror Apple’s stance on software updates, too. Neither phone offers a particularly convincing blur in this shot, perhaps because my daughter is standing too far back into the persimmon tree, confounding both phones’ computational photography. This is no mere tweak, as Android 12 introduces us to Google’s new Material You interface that’s baked right into the Pixel 6. Playing a graphically demanding game like PUBG Mobile on the Pixel 6, graphics looked sharp and response times were good, even if my aim wasn’t. It’s Tensor, for example, that’s helping power some of those photo-enhancing capabilities we just discussed. A happy side effect is that even though the horizontal bar sticks out from the Pixel 6’s back, it prevents any wobbling when you set the phone down on its back.

The 2400 x 1080p resolution is very sharp, and the minimal bezels mean that apps will fill up the available screen space. The portrait shot of my daughter is a tale of two color temperatures — the Pixel 6 skews cold while the iPhone 13 favors a warm cast. Emma Stone’s transformation into Cruella was highlighted by a bright red dress that stood out amid a more subdued sea of black and white clothing.

Refresh rate: 90Hz In some cases, it’s a bit much. So yes, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro command your attention. Indoors, it’s the same comparison. Here’s our look at whether Pixel Pass is a good deal or not. The Pixel 6 offers an adaptive 90Hz refresh rate, scaling up when your on-screen activity would benefit from smoother scrolling and gameplay and dropping back down to 60Hz at other times to preserve battery.

Get the phone unlocked or from either Google Fi, T-Mobile or Xfinity Mobile, and you’ll pay $599 for the 128GB model. But don’t weep for the Pixel 6 — that main wide angle lens is getting a boost to 50MP, a big leap from the 12.2MP sensors Google has used on past flagships. The iPhon 13, meanwhile, produced a 55.9 FPS score. The lower priced Pixel 6 models only work with sub-6GHz 5G. (Even the model available through Xfinity, which uses Verizon’s network for its coverage.) Check out our hub on where to buy the Pixel 6 and what you can expect to pay. My colleague Paul Wagenseil goes into greater detail on the Pixel 6’s security and privacy features, but the highlights include a new Privacy dashboard that gives you a history of which apps are using the Pixel 6’s location, camera and microphone; you can also add a camera/microphone toggle to the quick settings to easily turn access on and off.

The iPhone 13 brightens the orange tree leaves in a pleasing way, and it manages to bring out the white of the skull. When it is time to recharge the Pixel 6, Google’s device now supports 30W wired charging, a jump from the Pixel 5’s 18W speed. Still, the Pixel 6 certainly isn’t hurting for brightness. Say this for the Google Pixel 6 — it’s a phone that refuses to be ignored.

Both phones did well at night, with their respective night modes able to cleanly capture some Halloween decorations perched in an orange tree. Speaking of color, Google has been working with image experts to improve how skin tones appear in photos shot by its cameras, and the result should be more accurate representation of people of color in your photos. For consistency, we set each phone’s screen to 150 nits of brightness, which requires the Pixel 6 to be set at a very demanding 77%. Without the power demands of 5G, the Pixel 6 lasted longer — an average of 10 hours and 52 minutes across multiple tests.

When it comes to graphics, the Tensor’s performance is more in line with other top Android flagships. To see how the Pixel 6 fares versus other flagship phones, check out our Pixel 6 battery life results overview, which includes runtimes for the iPhone 13 series and Galaxy S21. The Galaxy S21 gets to 55% in that time, and the OnePlus 9, with its insane 65W charger, comes close to a full recharge. We had a 30W charger in our lab, and after 30 minutes of charging a drained Pixel 6, the phone’s battery readout was back to 29%.

Upping the storage tacks another $100 onto the price. You can also adjust the Phone app’s settings to provide real-time transcriptions of automated phone messages, including menu options — the numbered buttons even appear at the bottom of the screen for easy tapping. That said, I think the iPhone 13 takes better pictures for the most part, particularly in low lighting, where past Pixels have previously excelled. The bottom line is that Tensor is better than you think.

Magic Eraser, available in the editing tools in Photo will automatically select people and objects to remove, which you can do with a tap. It’s not an extensive list at this point, but I imagine Google is working on other voice commands where no "Hey Google" will be required. It’s not the 26-second result the iPhone 13 produced, but it’s one of the better times we’ve seen from an Android phone. Front camera: 8MP (f/2.0) Past Pixel releases have introduced features to the phone app like Hold for Me, where you can task the assistant with handling interminable waits on hold and notifying you when a live person is finally on the line.

The Pixel 6 has now landed in stores, and its price depends on where you buy your phone. The reason for the price discrepancy comes down to 5G.

Google Pixel 6 review

The Google Pixel 6 delivers the best Android experience for the money with superb cameras, a unique design and Android 12


p>By Philip Michaels 02 November 2021 It’s particularly useful for livening up action shots and can even improve otherwise dull photos of cars passing by a movie theater. The next morning, I still had a 71% charge remaining. I put the Pixel 6’s cameras up against the iPhone 13’s, because Apple’s latest phone has the same kind of camera array — a main lens and an ultrawide — and it also ranks as one of the best camera phones available. Smartphones not made by Apple and Samsung find themselves competing to capture any sort of attention. In real world usage over a mix of 5G, LTE and Wi-Fi, the Pixel 6’s battery held up pretty well — not enough to challenge devices with the best phone battery life, but enough so that you won’t need to seek out a mid-day recharge.

I wish battery performance was more consistent on the Pixel 6 and that figuring out 5G connectivity didn’t require a wall chart. The interpreter feature probably works best when you’re traveling overseas and talking to native language speakers — I tried the feature with my wife who speaks a little German, and while it generally worked, I think her accent and pronunciation baffled the assistant at times. The distinctive new look stems entirely from the horizontal camera bar that stretches across the back of the phone.

While the Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 9 both took a little more than 1 minute to complete the task, the Pixel 6 finished the job in 49 seconds. Apple has made some hay by emphasizing the privacy features of its phones in recent years, and it’s clear Google is tired of letting Cupertino claim all the glory here. To get more life out of the Google phone, check out our guide on how to disable 5G on Pixel 6. This year’s batch of tools include the ability to easily erase people and objects cluttering up the background of your photos, turn static shots into action photos with artistic blurs, software smarts that remove the blur from faces and improvements to how the cameras capture skin tone, particularly for people of color. The Google Pixel 6 delivers the best Android experience for the money with superb cameras, smart photo editing features and new Google Assistant powers in Android 12, but the battery life could be better. That’s brighter than the most comparable phones from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus.

But silicon also drives performance, and one of the big questions surrounding Tensor has been how it will compare to the Snapdragon 888 chipset that powers the leading Android devices. Old age comes for us all, friends. You do have to repeat "Hey Google, type" for each message, but a handy visual cue — the microphone icon lights up with a rainbow band — lets you know when the assistant is listening for dictation. With the Adaptive Display feature enabled, we measured the Pixel 6’s screen at 843 nits of brightness.

You also get themed icons for the built-in Google apps, and even elements like the keyboard take on the shading of your phone. The new chip powers Pixel features like voice-powered typing and robocall screening, not to mention a new spate of photo processing capabilities. With the iPhone 13 and its A15 Bionic chip outpacing Snapdragon 888 phones on this test, the Tensor proves no match either. You want confusing performance, though, check out our battery test results we got from the Pixel 6 and its 4,614 mAh battery. The result turns a leisurely downtown drive into an exciting chase scene.

We’re rounding up the best Pixel 6 deals to help you find the lowest price on Google’s new phone. Weight: 7.3 ounces Shot with the Motion mode enabled, the Pixel 6 added background blurs and other effects while keeping the SUV in focus. Now that’s more like it.

These features only work with toll-free business numbers at this time. The Google Pixel 6 delivers the best Android experience for the money with superb cameras, smart photo editing features and new Google Assistant powers in Android 12, but the battery life could be better. That’s a step or two behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem found in current flagships such as the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S21. The Pixel 6 has gone cooler with its photo of this taco plate, while the iPhone 13 ramps up the color, as you can see by the pickled carrot slice and lime wedge in the foreground.

But Magic Eraser can identify that person, along with anything else cluttering up the shot and offer to remove them automatically. The Tensor chipset includes a 5G modem — reportedly one of Samsung’s Exynos 5123 modems. But I’m glad Google continues to put its machine learning features to use in practical ways. The iPhone 13 didn’t fare nearly so well with a 4x zoom, as the shot darkened considerably and the buildings tended to blend together. The Pixel 6 has an IP68 water resistance rating and Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus for better scratch resistance.

Type in a phone number into the Pixel 6’s dialer, and you’ll see a chart with wait time patterns, giving you a sense of when might be a better time to call. The Pixel 6 camera experience is about more than lenses, though, as Google puts its computational photography prowess to work with new photo editing skills that give you the chance to improve and enhance your photos. That’s the good news — the bad news is that Google doesn’t include a 30W charger so you’ll have to spring for one on your own.

Rear cameras: 50MP wide (f/1.85), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2) Motion is a new mode on the Pixel 6’s camera that takes flat, static images and livens them up with blurs to denote movement. Watching Cruella stream on Disney Plus with the brightness cranked all the way up, I thought colors looked a little muted on the Pixel 6 screen, though the brighter tones were certainly bright enough. Colors: Stormy Black, Sorta Sage, Kinda Coral The cameras on the Pixel 6 are as good as ever, and the new editing tools bring some welcome features. I was also impressed by the Pixel’s speakers located at the top and bottom of the phone.

With its display set to Natural, the Pixel 6 shows off 100.9% of the sRGB color spectrum, which is slightly less than the iPhone 13 (110.2%), Galaxy S21 (109.2%) and the OnePlus 9 (104.1%). But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily ready to supplant flagships from Apple and Samsung among the best phones you can buy. Another option for buying your Pixel 6 is via Google’s new subscription-based Pixel Pass. Based on Delta-E scores, the Pixel 6 with its 0.28 score is slightly less accurate than the iPhone 13 (0.26) and OnePlus 9 (0.27) in terms of color reproduction. The Pixel 6’s Night Sight has the more realistic shot, with a cooler color cast that retains the shadows on the skull.

The affordable $599 price is yet another way the Pixel 6 stands out, though you’ll pay more through certain carriers. On Geekbench 5, the Pixel 6 posted single and multicore scores of 1,029 and 2,696, respectively.

Leasing vs. Buying a Car: Which Should I Choose?

Likewise, excessive mileage and wear and tear will harm your car's resale value, and you’ll be responsible for trading or selling your used car if you want a different one. You will still make monthly payments, but at the end of the term, you’ll own the car. Choosing whether to buy or lease a car is a serious financial decision. Although a lease has a lot of great perks, you’ll often pay more in the long run for a comparable vehicle if you lease it rather than buying it.

This is something you can discuss when working through the lease agreements. Drivers can lease a vehicle that is nicer and more expensive than one they could afford to purchase. Leases will generally require you to maintain the upkeep of the vehicle.

Leasing vs. Unless your contract has the option to purchase the car at the end of the contract period, you must turn it back over to the lessor. Research terms, compare payments, and calculate how much you'll pay in each scenario over the long term. The difference between leasing a car and financing a car is that with financing, you are purchasing the vehicle.

When you own your car, you can drive as much as you want and customize it to your heart's content. It is not for everyone, though. This can include but is not limited to things like oil changes, repairs, and parts replacements. With a lease, you never have to worry about any mechanical failures.

If a driver exceeds the mileage allowance, they’ll be charged an additional fee per mile. However, when you lease a car, you never have to worry about repairs. But if you want to get rid of it, you’ll need to find someone to buy it from you.

Simple things like procrastinating on regular maintenance can cost you a lot of extra money. Penalties may include default charges for late payments, fees for ending the lease before the agreed-to period, and wear-and-tear charges. Car leases typically have a stated (but negotiable) maximum number of miles that the lessee can drive per year, known as the mileage allowance. When you buy a car, each loan payment goes toward owning your car outright.

When you own a car past its warranty expiration, the costs of all repairs fall on you. Even if you have a loan, the car is yours to do with as you wish. Leases often are cheaper in the short term, but in the long run, purchasing a vehicle is generally less expensive. If they do cover it, make sure to get the details on where it must be done, when, and how they will ensure payment.

There also are no wear-and-tear fees when your loan runs out, as there often are with leases. A typical car lease payment can be significantly lower than your monthly payments would be if you were purchasing the same vehicle and financing it with a traditional personal auto loan. When you buy a car, you don’t have to give it back when the loan is up.

You can drive as many miles as you want without worrying about penalties. Leases often come with many fees and penalties. With a loan, you're paying for the full value of the car over a few years, which means your monthly payments usually are higher than with a lease. If you don’t want to deal with an auto loan or you find it too daunting to save up for the full price of a car, you may want to consider leasing a vehicle.

Weighing the pros and cons of leasing vs. buying a car will help you come to the decision that is right for you and your family. Leasing could be the better choice if you're trying to keep your monthly payments low. You can jump right into a new leased vehicle and leave the sales hassle to someone else. When your lease is up, you don't have to go through the time-consuming resale process. When you buy a car, it may be covered under a warranty for a short time.

People who hate worrying about car repairs often prefer leases. If you take good care of the vehicle, the resale value can help you recoup some of your expenses. Your car is covered under warranty during the lease period, so you'll simply bring it in to the lessor's repair shop to be fixed. Making monthly payments throughout the life of your lease requires a stable and predictable source of income. While selling a vehicle is seldom a money-making endeavor, you’ll at least get something in return for your vehicle rather than walking away with nothing once your lease is up.

Most car loan terms are 4-6 years. Vehicles, whether leased or financed, are considered a typical cost of American life by many people. That's because lease payments are based on the depreciation in value of the vehicle over the course of the lease period instead of the vehicle's full value. While monthly payments on the lease of a car can be less expensive than the ones when buying a car, it is usually more costly to lease in the long run. The ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want, with your vehicle without the fear of additional fees is a great feeling.

The standard mileage allowance for a private driver lease normally ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year. As long as you are committed to driving your vehicle for an extended amount of time and have adequate car insurance coverage, you are unlikely to lose out financially. No matter what, you’ll be covered. Upfront fees may include down payment, security, and license fees. Remember: Negotiation is always necessary, whether you opt to buy or lease a vehicle.

Leases generally run for two to four years, and when they expire, you are eligible to sign a lease on a new car. It can be incredibly frustrating when your newly purchased car has a major mechanical problem shortly after the warranty runs out. Buying is also the better choice if you like to customize your car. You will never own the asset and will make the monthly payments continuously instead of paying off the loan to buy the car.

You can also choose between trading it in for a new model or selling the vehicle. Buying a Car: Which Should I Choose?


p>A new or used vehicle is one of the most significant expenses individuals and families incur, other than housing costs. Buying may be the better decision if your goal is to minimize costs. A car lease is a contract in which one party permits another party to drive a vehicle for a specified period of time in exchange for periodic payments, usually monthly installments.

However, unless you extend the warranty, you’ll need to pay for all repairs out-of-pocket when it expires. Alfa romeo 164 in kenya When you have a lease, it is harder to get out of the contract than it might be to sell a used vehicle. If you do decide to take on the responsibility of a lease, make sure you read the fine print. After paying off your loan, you can drive the car without payments. Your new leased vehicle will likely remain under warranty throughout the lease period and, therefore, will rarely require anything more than routine maintenance.

Some leases will cover the cost of regular maintenance work like oil changes. If you drive a lot of miles, buying could be the right choice.

Best used cars to buy now 2021

The past few years have seen a proliferation of online retailers, including our sister firm BuyaCar, which has provided the finance examples you see here. Independent dealers are still a major draw for the used-car buyer; without the overheads of big franchised dealers, they can often cut a great deal. Deposits are 10 per cent of the cash price, rounded up to the nearest £50.

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying from an online retailer, dealership, private sale or auction (an option that’s usually best left to the hardened car buyer): understand the make, model, prices and what you should be looking for, be it common faults, desirable options or ensuring key maintenance has been carried out. For many who can afford the premium, EVs are perfect around town. Motorpoint car supermarket Secondly, do your homework. EVs have their place on buyers’ shopping lists, as much as petrol, hybrid or diesel vehicles. The new way of buying a car - SEAT interior The premise couldn’t be simpler: you search for a car you like online, then you can pay for the car or apply for finance, arrange your part-exchange and delivery, all from the comfort of your laptop.

Thirdly, and most importantly, understand the car’s history. Yet the pandemic has seen an unprecedented change in market conditions; due to the enforced slowdown in new-model production, second-hand values are rising because fewer used cars are heading back onto dealers’ forecourts. With such a price increase, it’s easy to put off that used purchase.

They also generally get access to the best and newest used-car stock, and many of these models will be available on an “approved used” scheme. You’ll find models of all shapes and sizes in the 2021 Used Car Awards from city cars to sports cars to SUVs and more. The subject of what to buy has rarely been more complex, and the “electric good, diesel bad” narrative is strong. We’ve teamed up with our sister site to demonstrate what those “monthlies” might be.

The examples we quote for our award winners on the links below are based on a 36-month Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) in most cases (we’ve given you a Hire Purchase option if not), and for buyers with an excellent credit rating. They offer the smoothness, refinement and responsiveness urban motoring requires, along with rock-bottom running costs – especially in cities that offer incentives for electric cars. With so many cars bought using some kind of finance, the monthly costs are arguably more important than the screen price.

Yet there are still many high-mileage motorists for whom a diesel’s relaxed, effortless and efficient gait is ideal. Here we’ve rounded up what we think are the very best used car options on sale today.

Best used cars to buy now 2021

We reveal our favourite second-hand cars across every market sector in the 2021 Used Car Awards


p>Auto Express covers the very latest new models every week, but our used-car pages are packed with information designed to help you buy a variety of second-hand models – and buy them well. It’s also worth investigating plans for new clean-air zones in towns and cities near you, or ones you regularly visit. That’s due to around one million fewer cars being registered over the past 18 months, thanks to lockdown restrictions and the resulting factory shutdowns, plus an ongoing shortage of semiconductor components. Find out if you should lease or buy a new car and visit our sister site Buyacar to put one of our 2020 Used Car Awards winners on your driveway. Yes, you read that right; in fact, those boosted prices have seen some of the winners in the 2020 Used Car Awards knocked off their perches.

Factor in all these things before you take the plunge. With a proliferation of new cars on the market, the used sector is more packed than ever. In order to calculate the cost to change, you’ll need to know the price you’re paying for the car, the finance APR you’ll pay, less any incentives or price cuts the dealer offers, plus the value of your part-ex. In 2021, the values of good used vehicles have actually increased.

The real issue is how you’re planning to use the car. Happy bargain hunting! Of course, if you’re planning to drive daily on congested city streets, clearly there are better options.

You should factor any additional road pricing into your cost-of-ownership calculations, although currently it is mostly older, more polluting vehicles that are being hit the hardest. Classifieds CAP HPI says values of five-year-old cars have increased by 7.7 per cent – so in short, while the one you’re looking at has got more expensive, it’s very likely your part-exchange will be worth more, too. It’s not unusual for some models to cost you £1,500 more this year than last; according to pricing specialist CAP HPI, the value of three-year-old cars grew by an average of 13.5 per cent in the three months to July 2021. But before you do, consider this; the real cost of your new car is the cost to change – not simply the screen price you’ll see in the virtual or bricks-and-mortar showroom.

Internet Browsing But franchised dealers, with the support of major car makers, offer plenty of reassurance and, more often than not, a manufacturer-backed warranty. A good retailer should have already carried out a thorough vehicle-history check, but it doesn’t hurt to conduct your own – and it’s essential if you’re buying privately, where you’ll have little comeback should you get a dud. But is it always the case? Simply, no. The details of these programmes vary between brands, but you can expect approved models to have a full main-dealer service history, be mechanically and cosmetically inspected, and have undergone a history check ensuring that the car hasn’t previously been written off, or isn’t subject to outstanding finance.

It’s an easy, hassle-free and haggle-free method that more and more used-car buyers are using. Once again, it all comes back to doing your homework before you commit to your next car. But things aren’t necessarily what they seem, as we'll see.

And that cost to change could be a lot less than you think, not least because older models are also worth more. Regardless of what you’re buying, or where you’re buying it from, there are three golden rules when it comes to used cars. There have never been more options when it comes to where to buy, although most of the cars on the coming pages are on the newer side and so less likely to be sold privately.

The first is to buy the very best that you can afford; don’t underestimate the convenience of a local dealer, but casting your search net a little wider is more likely to yield results, whether that’s a newer car, or one that’s better equipped, cheaper or has covered fewer miles. All of this means it’s more important than ever for you to run the numbers and do your homework to ensure you walk away with a good used car – and an even better deal. Prices start from £2,000, so there should be plenty to whet your appetite.

But regardless of where you’re buying from, head over to for lots of useful information.

Best family cars 2021

And remember, if you decide any of the cars on our list are right for your needs, you could potentially save thousands without the hassle of haggling by using our New Car Buying service. But what makes a good family hatchback? Well, it has to be practical, cheap to run, enjoyable to drive and well equipped; in other words, it needs to be good at pretty much everything.

Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the model that’s best to steer clear of. For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here You also get a classy if understated interior and the most intuitive infotainment system around. First and foremost, the latest Octavia offers generous space for occupants and a massive boot that dwarfs most competitors from the class above. The Scala ticks almost every box for a family car, with low pricing, a smooth ride, decent handling, a good infotainment system, amazing rear seat space and an excellent boot.

A BMW 1 Series is more exciting in the bends, though. Vauxhall has upgraded its family hatchback with steering changes and new engines and infotainment. And while the entry-level diesel (A180d) makes good sense for buyers covering lots of miles, the powerful A200 petrol is also worth considering.

However, that doesn’t mean the family hatchback market is dead; it still accounts for a huge number of sales and is very competitive, so there are some great buys out there. What’s more, the A3 offers a comfortable, enjoyable drive, has space for the family and a range of punchy petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. Only its distracting controls and the quality of some interior plastics disappoint. Read our review A new Golf is always big news, but this latest version picks up right where the old model left off, offering buyers many of the premium features they’d expect in a more expensive car for a sensible price.

If you want the best family car around, look no further. The Corolla’s rear seats are cramped for six-footers, but this hybrid family car offers super-low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that make it an excellent choice for both private buyers and company car drivers. Plug-in hybrids can reduce fuel consumption to an absolute minimum, but which models are the best all-rounders and which should you avoid.

Among today’s premium family cars, the 1 Series is great if you’re looking for entertaining handling blended with decent ride quality.

Best family cars 2021

What makes a good family hatchback and which models should you be considering? Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the one to avoid.


p>Best family cars The Focus stands out as the best driver’s car in this class, with handling that truly entertains, plus this is complemented by a fine ride and spacious interior. It’s exceedingly comfortable – especially if you opt for adaptive suspension – and offers tidy handling too Mercedes-benz g-class 2011 in kenya. As good as the Octavia is, though, it’s beaten by the latest Seat Leon.

The Octavia has always been one of our favourite family cars, and this latest one promises to be more versatile than ever. Let's see how it fares in day-to-day use It’s far more than just a big box on wheels, though; its plush interior, cosseting ride and frugal engines make it a fantastic car for covering big distances in. However, it’s impressively refined and comes very well equipped, while interior quality is a match for prestige brands and the infotainment system is great.

The boot is on the small side, though. If you’re looking for a great all-rounder, few cars can beat it. This five-star family hatchback is great to drive, offers loads of space for both passengers and luggage, and is well equipped too. Many people who previously would have chosen a traditional ‘family car’ are now buying SUVs and MPVs instead.

While the latest A3 isn’t as well finished inside as the previous model, it still rates well against the premium competition of the day. Although Mazda trades on a sporty reputation, the 3 doesn’t get anywhere near to the Ford Focus in terms of handling. We’re particularly keen on the 40 TFSIe model for its long electric range, low company car tax and gutsy performance.

Safe, good to drive and with a truly special-looking interior, the A-Class is one of the most desirable family cars on sale today. It’s the iffy plastics and slightly lacklustre performance that stop it finishing any higher on this list. Add in attractive pricing and running costs, a smartly finished interior and a strong range of engines, and it’s a brilliant choice. It’s one of the best plug-in hybrids out there and a fine car in its own right. Is this boost big enough for it to rocket up and join the stars of the class?

In addition, the Corolla’s ride is cosseting and its standard spec generous. You might be tempted by the Giulietta's sharp looks, but we'd urge you to resist, because the ride is brittle, the interior feels cheap and the Giulietta is seriously cramped in the back.