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Lenny Kravitz Rocks Out With the 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»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Are Americans Too Fat Because We Eat And Drive?

In the realm of the only-partially ridiculous, FamilyCarGuide came across a story in Fast Company to the effect that we can blame driving for why we’re fat in America. Really? You mean I – along with mega-millions of other drivers on the road – have to curtail our Starbucks lattes...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Beats Honda Accord In CR Family-Sedan Test

Kia has certainly come a long way. The company’s creative commercials touting redesigned product lineup are just one indicator of how Kia has managed to capture consumer attention. But the Korean automaker also builds high-quality cars that are worthy of serious consideration as family sedans...Read More»

2012 Audi A7 3.0T
Audi A7: Bitten, Smitten and One Sexy Kitten

How do you define cool? Everyone has their own definition and interpretation, but I would generally say that when it comes all things automotive, there has to be a visual presence, a character, a spirit, if you will that is made of metal, rubber, and plastics assembled into a shape that draws the...Read More»

Ford studies dandelions
Dandelion Not Just For Salads Anymore; How About Floor Mats?

Hold the weed killer! While homeowners typically look at dandelions sprouting on the lawn and immediately look for ways to kill the invasive weed, researchers at Ford and Ohio State University are studying the plant for ways to use it as a substitute for rubber and plastic in – you guessed it...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Sedan
All-Wheel Drive Gaining Traction In More Than Just Luxury Vehicles

Given a choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle and one that has all-wheel drive (AWD) -- depending on the buyer and the vehicle -- consumers seem increasingly likely to select AWD. That’s according to a report in the Detroit Free Press highlighting the importance of AWD to several...Read More»

2012 BMW X1 X1 xDrive28i
BMW Says No X1 For U.S. Until End Of 2012

BMW aficionados waiting for the X1 luxury compact crossover to arrive here will have to wait a year longer. That’s according to a report in Automotive News quoting Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America, who said the reason is strong demand in the U.S. for the larger and redesigned...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
A Guerilla Story, But Not Osama

I thought nothing could knock Kate and Prince William’s marriage off the front pages of every media outlet on the planet (except the North Korean Proletariat Daily Bugle), and we thank whatever benevolent force in the universe managed to do it. How many fancy hats could you stand to see...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»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Study Finds Car Buyers More Interested In Gas Savings Than Green

While it may be a blow to those seeking to flood the highways with hybrid and electric vehicles, the view from the street is that fuel-cost savings is more of an inducement to buy than how green a car is. At least, that’s the conclusion drawn by the inaugural U.S. Green Automotive Study by...Read More»

Traffic Jam
What's Bad (And What's Good) About $5-Per-Gallon Gas Prices

It’s no joke that Americans are feeling pain at the pump, with gasoline prices inching up to the $5 per gallon mark in some parts of the country. Pollsters, pundits and the average Joe and Jane on the street all have their thoughts about what this bodes for our immediate future. Here at...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic
2012 Honda Civic: As Exciting As A New Toothbrush?

Upon barking repeatedly at my children to brush their teeth and get to bed, I was handling the precision-engineered, ergonomically-designed, cavity-preventing Oral-B electric toothbrushes that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend, when I noticed that the brush heads needed replacing. I must prevent...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
Five 2012 Green Family Cars from the New York Auto Show

Let’s face it. Even if you feel you need to trade in or downsize to a less expensive car, you still are loathe to give up what you’ve become accustomed to in the way of comfort, style, features and that all-important Bluetooth connectivity. At the 2011 New York Auto Show, five new model...Read More»

All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric
Electric Cars Lead Cities To Amp Up

Better get ready for electric vehicles – if you want to stay with the times. That seems to be the message that some two dozen U.S. cities have gotten and are responding to with ambitious plans. On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company released its list of the top 25 most electric-vehicle ready...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu leaked
2013 Chevrolet Malibu: New Photos

General Motors’ Chevrolet division has just released two new photos of the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu family sedan, which goes on sale next year as a 2013 model. The all-new Chevy Malibu will have its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show simultaneous with a webcast on Facebook...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011

When editors of Kelley Blue Book prepared to select the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011,” KBB’s annual listing of the most fuel-efficient cars, they sought to balance what buyers want in today’s cars – safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment – with fuel...Read More»

2012 Cadillac SRX
2012 Cadillac SRX Upgrades To New V-6

With the current model already surging in sales in the luxury crossover segment, the 2012 Cadillac SRX will add even more excitement for prospective buyers: a new engine with more horsepower and torque. The added boost comes in the form of a new 300-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine...Read More»

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