2011

Toyota Recalling 2006-2011 RAV4, 2010 Lexus HS 250h For Rear Suspension Failure
Toyota Recalling 2006-2011 RAV4, 2010 Lexus HS 250h For Rear Suspension Failure

Toyota has just announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving certain 2006 to early 2011 model year RAV4 compact SUVs and 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h passenger cars for a problem with the rear suspension that may pose a safety risk. In the U.S., the recall involves some 760,000...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Sued Over Elantra 40-MPG Ad Claims

With gas mileage a much higher new-car purchase consideration these days, it isn’t surprising to see yet another lawsuit filed over purportedly misleading advertising on the part of car companies. A new lawsuit, according to an article by Reuters, is alleging that Hyundai misrepresented the...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Curious About Electric Cars? Try Renting One First

When hybrids like the Toyota Prius became commonplace earlier this century, they generated a lot of buzz. And so, Enterprise Holdings added hybrids to its fleets at Alamo, Enterprise, and National rental car outlets. Unfortunately, no one wanted to rent them. According to an article in the New York...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible
NHTSA Investigates 2011 Chrysler 200 & 2011 Ford Explorer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun "Preliminary Evaluations" of two popular 2011 models: the 2011 Chrysler 200 and the 2011 Ford Explorer. The investigations are unrelated to one another. 2011 Chrysler 200 According to the New York Times, NHTSA has received about 15...Read More»

2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2010 Jeep Wrangler, 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze Investigated For Engine Fires (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced investigations of the 2010 Jeep Wrangler and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. According to official bulletins posted on the NHTSA website, a total of eight fires have been reported in the Wrangler and two in the Cruze. All...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo M Sport Package
BMW, Rolls Royce Vehicles Recalled For A Very Familiar Problem

BMW and its subsidiary, Rolls-Royce, have issued recalls for a wide range of vehicles, including: 2011 BMW 5-Series 2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 2012 BMW 6-Series 2012 BMW 7-Series 2012 BMW X5 2012 BMW X6 2010-2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost According to recall bulletins from the National Highway Traffic...Read More»

Toddler in car seat
IIHS: Rear Seats Make It Tough To Fit Child Seats

If you’re a parent having a hard time getting your child’s car seat installed the right way, it might not be entirely your fault, and you’re not alone. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that the designs of rear seats in vehicles often work...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Lojack: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry Among Most Stolen

Lojack is in the business of keeping your car in your driveway, and the vehicle tracking company recently released its third-annual vehicle theft report. In 2011, the company helped recover some 10,261 stolen vehicles, which works out to an impressive 92-percent recovery rate. Last year, the most...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Recalled For Seat Belt Flaw; Hyundai Balks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 2011 and 2012 models of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. But this recall is a little different from the ones we typically post, because Hyundai is petitioning the NHTSA to cancel it -- or rather, to amend the recall so that...Read More»

2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4: Recall Alert

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2011 model year RAV4 compact SUVs over concerns about a defect in curtain shield airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected units at 427. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4 Recalled For Airbag Flaw

Toyota has issued a recall of its 2011 Toyota RAV4 crossover over airbag concerns. According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue stems from assembly of the SUVs’ side curtain airbags. After the airbag inflators’ initiators had...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper
BMW Recalls Nearly 89,000 MINIs from 2007-2011 For Fire Hazard

BMW has issued a recall for a wide range of MINI vehicles from the 2007 - 2011 model years. The problem with those units seems to lie in the electronic circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump, which cools the turbocharger. In some cases, that circuit board can overheat...Read More»

winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
How To Survive A Snow Storm In Your Car

It’s every driver’s nightmare, and if you’re planning to travel alone or with the family at any time during the winter months, the potential of getting trapped and buried under deep snow should lead you to take precautions. But there’s more that’s involved in surviving...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Ford, Hyundai Ace Loyalty Studies From Polk, J.D. Power

Customer retention is a huge focus in the automotive world -- in fact, earlier this week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors' Mark Reuss listed it among his top three priorities*. However, two recent studies show that Ford and Hyundai currently do the best job of keeping customers in the...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Ford F-Series Marks 30 Years As Best-Selling Vehicles In U.S.: Infographic

Whatever else we're about at any given moment, Americans are about getting things done, and we use a lot of pickups to do them. Mostly, we use Ford F-Series pickups, including the F-150 and its heavier-duty variants--and we have for 30 years. That's how long the F-Series has been the top-selling...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Equator 4WD Ext Cab V6 Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
2011 - 2012 Suzuki Equator Recalled -- All 73 Of Them

Suzuki fans, we have good news and bad news. First the bad news: Suzuki has recalled 2011 and 2012 models of the Equator pickup. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the...Read More»

2011 Cadillac SRX
2010-2011 Cadillac SRX: Recall-Alert

General Motors is recalling certain 2010-2011 model year Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles over concerns about a transmission defect that may allow parked vehicles to move. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Changing Your Oil Too Often? You Might Be Surprised

How many of us grew up with the admonition from our parents, usually from our dad, that the car’s oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles? Actually, it was more like three months or 3,000 miles. Times have changed, but far too many of us are still adhering to those outdated...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Will Saab's Demise Draw Bargain Hunters To Dealers?

Despite repeated eleventh-hour lifelines, the week began with the end of Saab. After its petition for bankruptcy was approved by a Swedish court Monday, word traveled quickly. Here in America, a nine-minute conference call to the nation's 188 dealerships confirmed the 64-year-old automaker's fate...Read More»

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