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Back To School: It's Difficult Finding Good Used Cars For Students
Back To School: It's Difficult Finding Good Used Cars For Students

The current shortage of used cars is making it challenging for parents to find reasonably priced vehicles for their sons and daughters as they head back to school. A perfect storm of circumstances has effectively siphoned off low mileage, fuel-efficient, and inexpensive pre-owned vehicles from the...Read More»

An aerial view of the Naperville test track. Image: City of Naperville, IL
Illinois Town Gives Car Shoppers Their Own Test Track

If you live near Chicago, you may want to head down to Naperville, Illinois, the next time you’re in the market for a new or used car. We can’t tell you that you’ll get a better deal there, but we can tell you this: you’ll have access to your own dedicated test track, which...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota Camry Shaping Up To Have Highest American Content

The most American vehicle for 2012 probably isn't going to be a Ford, or General Motors product, or even a Chrysler or Jeep. It's most likely going to be the 2012 Toyota Camry. That's according to the federal government's annual U.S./Canadian parts-content figures, as posted on new-car window...Read More»

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata M-Edition
Reader Advice: What Car To Replace A 1997 Mazda Miata?

We get a lot of reader mail at High Gear Media, and we’re happy to report that very little of it involves threats of bodily harm. The most common question we get involves the purchase of a replacement vehicle, and reader Sondi Moore has reached out to us seeking advice on a replacement for a...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Need A Ride? Chrysler Launches 'No Payments For 90 Days' Promo

If you're a fan of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram and you're looking for a new set of wheels, it may be time to start shopping. Chrysler has just announced the launch of a "No Payments For 90 Days" promotion. As the name implies, customers who purchase a 2011 or 2012 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram...Read More»

Used car salesman
Can You Afford To Buy A Car? #YouTellUs

America has a budget crisis on its hands: simply put, it can't pay its bills. This is already affecting our economy and the market for new cars. Some consumers may consider rushing out to buy a vehicle before August 2, while others think it will be better to wait it out and see how everything ends...Read More»

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T live photos
Wading Through Dodge’s Changing Trim Names for 2012

Dodge is making changes to some trim names on the bulk of its product lineup for 2012. Trouble is -- you may need a roadmap to figure out what’s what. Why automakers drop certain trim names is usually for simplification. Maybe one name plays better than another. Who knows what the reason is...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
2012 Honda Civic Ultimate Guide: Reviews, Gas Mileage, Videos

While the launch of the all-new 2012 Honda Civic was slowed somewhat by the after-effects of the Feburary earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2012 model cars are now in dealerships. Gas mileage has gone up pretty much across the board, with the lowest figures of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
Blunt-Talking GM CEO Akerson Calls For Higher Gas Taxes

When GM CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News last week that the federal gas tax on vehicles should be raised as much as $1 per gallon to encourage consumers to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, it was not just what he said but how he said it that made news. It’s been a while since the auto...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Four For 30: Family Crossovers With 30-MPG Fuel Economy

Fluctuating prices at the pump don’t need to cause consumers angst with these fuel-efficient, five-passenger family crossovers that each get at least 30 mpg highway fuel economy. Chevrolet Equinox The compact 2011 Chevrolet Equinox (LS, FWD), with an EPA rating of 32 mpg highway fuel economy...Read More»

Parking lot
Skirting The Law: Disabled Parking Abuse On The Rise

In cash-strapped California, scofflaws parking illegally by using disabled parking placards when they’re perfectly able-bodied are in for a rude awakening. Sting operations are cracking down on the abuse in various high-traffic areas of cities, including Beverly Hills, Westwood (UCLA campus)...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi i
Jelly Belly And Mitsubishi’s Electric Car: Sweet Treat

Mitsubishi had a sweet idea, pairing up with the Jelly Belly Candy Company for some custom graphics to plaster on the side of the automaker’s upcoming electric car, the 2012 Mitsubishi i. The novel promotion, in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo, featured a...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Memorial Day Road Trip: Ten Tips To Get There Safely

If your family will be among the estimated nearly 35 million Americans on the road this Memorial Day weekend, you'll want to be safe behind the wheel so that everyone arrives at their destination and back with no mishaps. Here are 10 road trip safety tips to help ensure a safe holiday weekend. 1...Read More»

Opel Astra GTC three-door hatchback
Is Buick Branching Out With Rebadged New Opel Astra GTC?

Interesting speculation – reportedly based on informed sources – from Car and Driver and picked up by Automotive News has Buick getting a rebadged and redesigned version of the new Opel Astra GTC (first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010). Timing, pricing, model designation...Read More»

Gas pump
Most Americans Support 60 MPG Standard By 2025: Report

Findings from a national survey of 2,000 representative Americans by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), reveal that a “very large majority” (85 percent) are concerned about gas prices, 87 percent believe it’s important to reduce oil consumption and 85 percent say it’s...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one. What is aggressive driving? Being...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza
Subaru: Swimming With the Fish?

Upon waking from a deep sleep, my instinctive reaction was to ignore my children that federal law and society legally require me to love and provide for, and grab the remote control and channel surf. It was Saturday after all. And what do I get? Fishing shows galore. On two sports channels, fishing...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis
All-Wheel Drive Hyundai Genesis? Not Until Next-Gen 2014

Striving to be a luxury automaker for its top-end models – and doing rather well at it, we might say – it looks like Korean automaker Hyundai won’t be offering an all-wheel drive version of the Genesis luxury sedan until the next generation model. According to a report in Car and...Read More»

Lenny Kravitz and 2011 Jeep Wrangler
Lenny Kravitz Rocks Out With the 2011 Jeep Wrangler

Fans of four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz may be surprised to see the preeminent rock musician in new commercials touting the 2011 Jeep Wrangler. Consumers who admire Jeep Wrangler’s legendary adeptness off-road may take a new look at the brand. The association of artist and...Read More»

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