2012

2012 Dodge Durango Video Road Test
2012 Dodge Durango Video Road Test

If you need three rows of seating, a high driving position, and a civilized ride, but don't really want a crossover, there aren't many choices. Our current favorite: the Dodge Durango, the SUV you'll swear feels like a crossover, the subject of our latest video road test. The key to any vehicle...Read More»

Chevrolet ad in the 2012 Motor City Pride program
Chevrolet Volt 'Comes Out' For Detroit's LGBT Pride Weekend

On June 28, 1969, gays, lesbians, and their transgendered friends took to the streets of New York, protesting the harassment they'd experienced at the hands of the city's police force. The violence -- now known as the Stonewall Riots -- lasted for several days and altered the way that Americans...Read More»

Owen, in the Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: The Fido Test

It took only a couple of weekends in our six-month road test 2012 Hyundai Veloster to glean that this small car could work surprisingly well for some city-dwelling dog owners. Yes, that's a bit of a surprise—especially considering its rakish, low-slung coupe profile. Usually, if you want a...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG

It's been nearly a month since we took delivery of our Six-Month Road Test sedan, the 2012 VW Passat TDI. In that time, it's rarely sat in Park for more than a day or two in the garage. Mostly, the TDI's been on the interstates and on long-distance treks, accumulating more than 3000 miles as it...Read More»

2012 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass Is Dead, Town & Country Becoming A Crossover

A couple of weeks ago, told you about a string of vehicles that were being killed off by automakers. Now, we can add two more rides to that list: the Jeep Compass and the Chrysler Town & Country. The news comes directly from Chrysler's biggest kahuna, CEO Sergio Marchionne, by way of AutoNews...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled For Software Flaw

General Motors has issued a recall for 2012 models of the Chevrolet Malibu built between October 24, 2011 and March 31, 2012. In all, 4,304 vehicles are affected. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Safety Administration, the recall stems from a problem with the software that controls...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: The Break-In Period

We've had our six-month road test 2012 Hyundai Veloster for almost two months at this point, and we are just past the 1,500-mile mark. It's time to take a look and see how our experience with the trend-setting hatchback has changed since we received it. The first thing we'll note is the attention...Read More»

The Fiat 500 America
Fiat Sold A Car Via An Auction On Twitter

Automakers using social media is nothing new, as many automakers have used different social platforms to unveil new vehicles, run contests, and even live-stream events. But running a public auction of a special-edition car on Twitter? That's a new one, and Fiat has just claimed the title as the...Read More»

2011 Lexus HS 250h
The Death List: What Cars Aren't Coming Back For 2013?

The only thing truly constant, it’s said, is change. With the possible exceptions of the Porsche 911 and every model built by the Morgan Motor Company, nowhere is this adage more true than in the automotive industry. We said goodbye to a fair number of cars in 2012, including some that were...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
Official: Mercedes-Benz R-Class Dropped From U.S. Lineup

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the six- or seven-passenger crossover vehicle spun from the same architecture as the ML-Class and GL-Class SUVs, is officially off the Mercedes-Benz USA docket for the 2013 model year. The fastback wagon was conceived as a sleeker, lower-riding version of the family of...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera Earn Top Safety Ratings

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera—both recently redesigned family-size sedans—have earned top crash-test ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also taking into consideration their standard safety equipment, they've been...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C
2012 Toyota Prius C: Best City MPG, And Now A Top Safety Pick

Just a year ago, a Prius was a Prius. But this year, say that iconic hybrid model name and you could be speaking of one of three different body styles or four quite different models—the 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback, the Toyota Prius V wagon, the Toyota Prius Plug-In, or the Toyota Prius C. And...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon Edition
Fiat's Giving Away Ten 2012 500s To Lucky Facebook Fans

Fiat has reached the 500,000 fan mark on Facebook and it is looking to celebrate. It is running a sweepstakes for all of its Facebook fans, and 10 lucky fans will win a brand new 2012 Fiat 500. Along with giving away ten 500s, Fiat is also giving the first 500,000 eligible fans $500 towards the...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Elantra
2012 Hyundai Elantra Investigated After Airbag Slices Driver's Ear

The highly popular 2012 Hyundai Elantra is at the center of an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to NHTSA's website, an Elantra driver suffered a severe laceration to the ear after the vehicle's side-curtain air bags deployed. NHTSA's investigation...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test, Durham, North Carolina
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: A First Look At Quality

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI rolls on, and as it approaches a full thousand miles and a fully broken-in powertrain, we've taken a closer look at how our particular Passat measures up from a customer perspective in one critical way--initial quality. Picking up a...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: A Real-World 40 MPG?

As the odometer on our 2012 Hyundai Veloster has been nearing the 1,500-mile mark, we've noticed the gas mileage getting better, especially the last tank or so—an indication that the engine is broken-in. Yes, the dealership might not have informed you of this, but vehicles don't get their...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Total Car Score’s Top Cars For College Grads

Celebrating graduation from college may also be an occasion to venture into the new car market. With about-to-be college grads, and perhaps some of their parents, looking for that just-right and affordable vehicle to fit the bill, Total Car Score’s list of the top cars for college grads might...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
2012 Scion iQ: Driven

In our first drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, last summer, we were pleasantly surprised—almost smitten—with this new minicar (sold as a Toyota in other world markets), and impressed that such a daring product is coming to the U.S. Compared to the Smart Fortwo, which is really the only other...Read More»

2012 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab
2012 Ram 1500 Recalled For Spare Tire Issue

There's good news and bad news for owners of the 2012 Ram (formerly Dodge Ram). The bad news is that the Ram 1500 pickup has been recalled for a problem with its spare tire. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Ram trucks from the 2012 model year...Read More»

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