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A different 'American made' index puts Toyota & Honda on top
A different 'American made' index puts Toyota & Honda on top

Last week, we wrote about the 2016 Made In America Auto Index, compiled by the Kogod School of Business at American University. Today, Cars.com published its 2016 American-Made Index, and though the name might sound similar, its rankings are very, very different. The Kogod School of Business takes...Read More»

2016 Kogod Made In America Auto Index
Study: Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia 'most American' models on the road

When shopping for a new ride, many car-buyers fixate on one or two things--important things like fuel economy or reliability. But some go a step further and consider an automaker's business practices. If you're in that latter group, and if owning a car that's "made in America" matters to you, the...Read More»

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The 10 States Most (And Least) Likely To Buy "American"

Americans have conflicting ideas about what makes a car truly "American". According to an AutoTrader survey released last year, "a vehicle that is made in the U.S. by a foreign automaker is more likely to be seen as 'American made' (57 percent) than one from a U.S. automaker that was built outside...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
Ford F-150 Is The 'Most American' Vehicle, But Toyota Camry Is A Close Second

In today's increasingly connected world, we often ask ourselves, "What do national borders mean?" Companies like Coke and Sony do business around the globe, and anyone who's been on Facebook knows that we often have more in common with folks on the other side of the planet than with our next-door...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

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Is 'Made In America' More Important Than 'Made By U.S. Company'?

When you're looking for a new ride, which is more important: the company that makes the car or the country where it's made? Once upon a time, that question would've seemed absurd. Honda is a Japanese company, so its cars are made in Japan, right? But thanks to increasingly international...Read More»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
Obesity Costs America $4 Billion Per Year At The Pump

Now is the time when many Americans look up from their laptops and start thinking seriously about summer vacations. Now is also the time when many of us look down and realize that the laps on which those laptops sit aren't as flat as they used to be. We've picked up a few pounds over the winter --...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
Searching For The Worst Stretch Of Road In America

Bedeviled by potholes the size of trashcans that somehow just haven’t been repaired along your daily drive? Who among us hasn’t cringed after hitting that dip or upheaved pavement that wasn’t there before yesterday’s rains or appeared after the winter thaw? Maybe it’s...Read More»

2007 Saturn Relay 4-door Wagon Relay 1 Trunk
Why Choose a Saturn

If you’re currently thinking about buying a new car but aren’t sure which manufacturer to go with, you should know that Saturn is a great choice. This popular car manufacturer, a General Motors subsidiary, has been making great cars since 1985. That’s almost twenty-five years of...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe
Aftermarket Parts: A Way To Deny New Car Warranties

Car dealers tend to be in the driver’s seat when the call has to be made on what is covered by your new car warranty. How can that be, you say, it’s all there in black and white with the bundle of small print they give you when they install your temp tags? Well, maybe and maybe not...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse First Drive
Why You Should Choose A Buick

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new or used car, you’ll definitely want to consider a Buick model as one of your top choices. There really is no better or more trusted brand of car around today. Throughout the years, Buick has proven itself to be a reliable, durable brand that always...Read More»

2004 Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Recall Affects GM's Pontiac Vibe: Part I

Toyota recently announced a voluntary recall of 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix models. Model years affected were 2005 through 2008. 160 complaints relating stalling and rough shifting initiated the recall. However, there is another aspect to the recall that most Americans are not aware of: 160,000...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 2-door HB Man PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
VW Golf Ad Of The Week: Infidelity, Reliability, Jealousy

Many of my friends and acquaintances know of my ambivalence toward VW cars of all stripes. Their cars run the gamut from practical (Golf, Sharan, Touran, Polo) to very sporty (GTI, Scirocco) to luxurious (Passat, CC, Phaeton) to frivolous (Eos). They cover all their bases, make nice looking...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Free Credit Report: Save Money On Your Car Loan By Managing Your Credit: Part II

Yesterday we discovered that managing your credit is crucial if you hope to get the best interest rate on your car loan. See Part I here. If you end up paying a few percentage points more than necessary, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than it should over the term of the...Read More»

2009 Mazda MAZDA5
Mazda’s Worldwide Recall: 215,000 Vehicles In The U.S.

Mazda has issued a recall notice that includes 215,000 vehicles in the United States, 100,000 in Canada and Mexico, and 11,000 in China. The company stated that it plans to expand the recall to other international markets including Europe and Australia. In the U.S., Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles built...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
TARP Update Says Car Dealer Cuts Too Severe

Remember the hue and cry over all the car dealerships that were forced to close in the wake of the federal government’s involvement in the GM and Chrysler near failures. Not only would little league teams lose their sponsors but the social fabric of small town America would be put at risk. In...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Hyundai Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part I

Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll out of another consumer-based program designed to A) educate Hyundai owners, and B) save them money. The new program sounds simple enough: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. Yet the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Beware Car Dealers Price Gouging Chevrolet Volt

Car buyers have always had to watch out for car dealers who excessively mark-up the price of new models in the late summer/fall when a new model year rolls around. In this age of Internet sales where pricing cars at invoice is becoming the norm, dealers look forward to the roll out of new models as...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna
Is It Cool To Own A Minivan?

Toyota is employing a brand new marketing campaign for the Toyota Sienna by coming up with a music video to show that it really is cool to own a minivan. Called the ‘Swagger Wagon’ the video shows a young family rapping about the benefits of “sporting” a minivan. They show the entire family...Read More»

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