2011

What’s Behind Automaker Price Cuts On Some 2012 Models?
What’s Behind Automaker Price Cuts On Some 2012 Models?

In a tight economy, families are searching for ways to stretch the dollar. Automakers know that one way to entice buyers in such times is to drop the prices on certain vehicles. But are those price cuts really deals or do consumers need to look at what’s behind the price tag? As noted in our...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz And Kia Sorento: Recall Alert

Curt Manufacturing, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is conducting a safety recall on certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and Veracruz and Kia Sorento crossover SUVs over concerns about a tow package wiring harness defect. Separate notices on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site...Read More»

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
To Trim Prices, Automakers Dropping Content

When it comes to selling cars, one tried and true method to move inventory is this: drop the price. In the past, manufacturers often did so without de-contenting, since margins were usually strong enough to absorb a hit on selling price. Faced with higher production costs and stronger competition...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB Angular Front Exterior View
Car Of The Year Short List, New NSX and Volt Sales: Car News Headlines

The North American Car and Truck of the Year short list is out--has your nominee been left on the cutting-room floor? (Do they even have "cutting rooms" anymore?) Attention, people: the Honda Ridgeline is not going anywhere, says Honda, so will you please stop rumormongering? The U.S. Treasury...Read More»

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co.
Honda: Ridgeline Here To Stay, Stop Writing Its Obituary

It’s hard to say just where or when the rumor got started, but various media outlets have been speculating on the death of the Honda Ridgeline pickup for some time now, Honda’s been oddly silent on the matter, dismissing the off-hand comment with a terse “we don’t discuss...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
September 2011 Car Sales: The Needle Creeps Higher

Monthly sales numbers for September 2011 are being reported today by car makers, and the slight progress made in August seems to be continuing with upticks at all the major brands except for the two most affected by the Japanese earthquake earlier this year. According to market analysts at J.D...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Whether we like to think about winter being right around the corner or not, the signs that the seasons are changing are all around us. So it’s fitting that with October being Fall Car Care Month we take a moment to remind ourselves about the importance of attending to the family car’s...Read More»

2011 GMC Yukon
SUVs Safer, Less Likely To Kill Others In Crashes, Study

Everyone knows that if you’re involved in a crash with an SUV and you’re in a smaller passenger car, your likelihood of serious injury or death is higher, right? Well, the laws of physics still do prevail, but a new study, found via TheCarConnection shows that, thanks to safety...Read More»

Ford Drive One Ad
Ford Yanks TV Ad Critical Of Bailouts

Just two weeks ago, we told you about a Ford television commercial critical of GM and Chrysler for taking bailout money. The unscripted ad, filmed in a mock “press conference” format, featured an F-150 owner named Chris who supported Ford for “standing on their own; win, lose or...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
Suzuki Demands Apology For VW Lawsuit

Divorces, be they between previously consenting adults or major corporations, rarely end on an amicable note. Such is the case between once-happy newlyweds Suzuki and Volkswagen, and the breakup between the two is starting to look like fodder for grocery-store tabloids. Suzuki is demanding...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Economy Driving Down Parental Spending On Teen Cars: Survey

It makes a lot of sense, and we probably don’t need a poll to tell us this, but a new survey commissioned by Allstate shows that parents are spending less on cars for their teens, citing the economy as the principal reason. Specifically, the survey found that 60 percent of parents in America...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series M-Sport Package
2011 BMW 328i, 335i: Recall Alert

In its third recall this month, BMW is recalling a small number of 2011 model year 328i xDrive and 335i xDrive models over concerns about a problem with the front driveshaft. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Parents: Tips On Rear-Facing Car Seats

During National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 18-24), it’s an appropriate time for parents to brush up on guidelines for rear-facing car seats. With car crashes the leading cause of death for children ages three to fourteen, the importance of using rear-facing child seats cannot be...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series M-Sport Package
2011 BMW 328i, 335i Recalled For Driveshaft Problem

BMW has issued a recall for 2011 models of the 328i and 335i. At issue is a problem with the vehicles' front driveshaft, which could ultimately result in a collision. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bolts on the vehicles' front driveshaft may not...Read More»

2011 Nissan Titan
New Car Shopping? Here Are September's Best Deals

If you’re in the market to buy or lease a new car, TrueCar says there’s no time like this weekend. In fact, the vehicle-transaction-price tracking website estimates that this Saturday, September 24, will be your best shot at getting a good deal in the month of September. If you’re...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Parents: Get Free Car Seat Check During National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18-24

National Child Passenger Safety Week will take place this year from September 18-24. This annual event is celebrated as a means of reminding parents and caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in a car seat that meets both their weight and height requirements...Read More»

2011 Subaru Legacy
2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

In its second recall this week on Legacy and Outback, Subaru is now recalling certain 2011 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns about a moonroof flaw. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 69,590...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback Models Recalled For Sunroof Flaw

Subaru is recalling 69,590 model year 2011 Outback and Legacy models built between August 3, 2010 and July 1, 2011. On certain models, an insufficient amount of adhesive was used to attach the moonroof glass to the retainer assembly. As a result, the moonroof glass can loosen and potentially detach...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Best Backseat DVD Entertainment Systems: Parents, Bliss Out

Among the many features you can spend money on in the family car, one is perhaps most sought-after by passengers in the rear seat. In-car DVD rear entertainment systems, though often a bit costly, can make a big difference between back-seat peace and quiet and sibling rivalry gone awry. We took a...Read More»

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