2009

Numbers, Numbers – What Makes Cars Feel Faster
Numbers, Numbers – What Makes Cars Feel Faster

Anyone who has been around the block quickly knows that there is a world of difference between speed on paper and speed behind the wheel.  But why is that, and are there any legitimate shortcuts for the thrill seeker in all of us?   It turns out that the first problem is one of omission. Take...Read More»

2009 Kia Borrego
Kia Drops 2010 Borrego From Lineup, Fate TBD

The Kia Borrego could be a one-year wonder. The South Korean automaker says the full-size Borrego sport-utility vehicle will not return to the U.S. for the 2010 model year. The Borrego arrived on the market late in 2008, a victim of poor timing and bad luck. Kia had hoped to sell up to 20,000...Read More»

2009 Cadillac CTS 4-door Sedan RWD w/1SA Grille
2009 Cadillac CTS: 1600 Miles of Road-Trip Style

At the rental yard, the car jockey offered me a choice. "Luxury car, eh? You want silver? You want gray?" "The fastest one you got, amigo." I responded. The rental agent at the counter had made an offer I couldnt refuse. "Our luxury vehicle is only thirty dollars more than the Impala. May we...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen CC
2009 Volkswagen CC: Couture on Wheels

Volkswagens are practical. Whether they're streamlined Beetles, boxy buses or hatchback Golfs, sensible shapes dominate. So what happens when the people-car company tailors its mid-size sedan for the fashionista? You get the CC or Comfort Coupe--a four-door, chopped-top Passat with sculpted body...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G6 2-door Coupe GT w/1SA *Ltd Avail* Angular Front Exterior View
2009 Pontiac G6: Final Drive

A mid-year makeover means a thriftier Pontiac mid-size G6 coupe; the 2.4-liter, 169-hp, four-cylinder version now has a six-speed automatic transmission. The improved EPA numbers: 22 mpg city and 33 highway. The trip computer said 27; I measured 22. Top gear is tall overdrive. The engine revs only...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G3
Frugal Shopper: GM Unloading Pontiac, Saturn Vehicles

If you've been on the lookout for a new car but you're a little short on cash, General Motors may have a deal for you. In a clever shell game that should pay off nicely for consumers, the company is offering dealers $7,000 for every Pontiac and Saturn vehicle that they move to their rental-vehicle...Read More»

2009 Smart Passion coupe, offered on eBay
Heinous Car Pic of the Day: Pimped-Out Smart ForTwo Woody

Yes, it's a 2009 Smart ForTwo that's been ... ummm ... customized. Yes, those are wide whitewalls and teeny-weeny baby moons. Yes, that's two-tone red and black paint. And, yes, that's a surfboard on the roof. Note that it is NOT included in the purchase price. If the Lollypop Guild went to the...Read More»

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson
Seven Best Quotes From BBC Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC's Top Gear television show is an endless source of entertainment, debate, and amusement for car fans all over the world. As is its tall, acerbic, and frequently profane host, Jeremy Clarkson. Just a brief browse through his columns will prove the point. It's important to remember that Top...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
Power: People Won't Buy Cars From Companies Headed Into Oblivion

Things haven't looked so hot for Chrysler and General Motors this year. And now it's clear that assurances from the government and CEOs weren't enough to overcome the images of…well, sinking ships. And for the image-conscious, buying a car from a failing company or a retired brand? Not so...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
CR: 41 Percent Of Acceleration Complaints Involve Toyotas

Whether or not so-called "sudden acceleration" problems involve issues with floor mats, operator confusion over pedals, or actual vehicle defects, several automakers rank far above others in terms of complaints made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Toyota has many more...Read More»

Creative FX team wrapping a Ferrari F430 Spider
Video: Wrapping A Ferrari F430 Spider (Not For Christmas)

Ever wondered how car wraps are applied? We'd always assumed it was a little like using one of those children's Colorforms playsets, and it turns out, we were right -- although it takes place on a far more complex, mesmerizing scale. As proof, here's a clip of the Creative FX team giving a Ferrari...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Avalanche
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Troubles - Part II

Clicking Tappets Not Normal  Question 1 I have a 1991 Audi 90 Cabrio with a 2.3-liter engine and 150,000 miles.  For the last six months when I start the car, the tappets do not click.  Up until six months ago, they tapped up to 10 minutes after a cold start.  Now they only tap for three...Read More»

2011 Kia Cadenza
New Cadenza Could Feature First Kia Direct-Injection Engine

The affordable large car segment is starting to get just a little overcrowded, and in a time where customers all around the world are downsizing to smaller midsize models, performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. South Korea’s entrants in this field have...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
Should You Pick a Subaru Legacy Over an Accord or Camry?

(Legacy 2.5i Starting at $19,995) In the past the Subaru Legacy was always the wacky cult option when it came to midsize sedan choices like the Camry, Accord and Altima. One of the main reasons was a lack of space--the old Legacy didnt have much rear legroom but that is all changed for the 2010...Read More»

2011 Kia Cadenza
2011 Kia Cadenza To Replace Amanti, Meanwhile Optima Is Top Model

Hyundai has risen from barely-noticed econo-car maker to winner of the North America Car of the Year with the Genesis Sedan, but what of little sister Kia? They've been hard at work improving their image, too, and one of their next steps will be the replacement of the Amanti sedan. The Kia Cadenza...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Ford Gaining On Honda And Toyota In Perceived Quality

Among mainstream brands, consumers still rate Honda and Toyota highest in quality—whether that is or isn't the case on actual quality surveys. But Ford is quickly gaining ground. That's according to the latest Perceived Quality Study (PQS), from residual values expert Automotive Leasing Guide...Read More»

2009 Nissan Titan SE
'Black Friday:' Car Buyers Get Best Deals of the Year

As the old saying goes, hope springs eternal... in the minds of some car marketers. It happens every year about this time. About two weeks before Thanksgiving this year almost exactly two weeks stores begin giving hints of the great deals they'll be giving on Black Friday, the day after Turkey Day...Read More»

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IIHS Top Safety Picks: Ford, Subaru Make Grade, Unhappy Toyota Airs Concern

Toyota, the number one-selling automaker worldwide, is firing back today at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks for 2010, saying that the automaker is confident its vehicles are among the safest on the road today and is committed to the highest levels of vehicle...Read More»

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CarMax Releases List of Ten Features Car Buyers Want, World Ignores Them

CarMax, those automotive supermarkets full of overpriced used cars, have decided that they too want to be a vital information resource for car shoppers. As such they polled a number of their detainees/customers and asked them what sort of features they wanted in their next car. The answers ranged...Read More»

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