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Chevrolet Teases Next Colorado Show Truck Before Bangkok Show
Chevrolet Teases Next Colorado Show Truck Before Bangkok Show

Yes, Bangkok has its own auto show, and the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup will be displayed there. Why Thailand? Chevy says pickups are key to its presence in Southeast Asia. But whatever the location, it's a preview of the global truck that we expect on our streets later this...Read More»

Yellow sac spider. Photo by Richard Bartz.
Spider Infestation Problems Lead To Mazda Recall

The Mazda6 is an undoubtedly good sedan. It's a perfect family vehicle for those that don't need the size or fuel costs of an SUV or crossover. But it's not so great if you have an arachnophobe in the family--a problem with a specific spider species infesting part of the fuel system has prompted a...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage SX
2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo Preview

It's been coming for months now, but it has finally arrived: the turbocharged version of the 2011 Kia Sportage. Adding some pep and solid fuel economy to the Sportage range, the SX still features Kia's bargain pricing. Starting at $25,795 for the front-wheel drive model and $27,295 for all-wheel...Read More»

Ram Code Name: Adventurer
Ram Trucks Announces HEMI-Powered Code Name: Adventurer

You'll soon be ableto get a HEMI in your Ram Truck for a lot less cash, thanks to a new model dubbed, for now, Code Name: Adventurer. The recipe? Plunk the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI into a Ram 1500 with some "sport truck" gear, charge less than it would for a luxury truck. Simple. Simple, but also...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60, Catskill Mountains, NY
Subaru's Snow Driving Advice: What's In Your Emergency Kit?

Writing this right now, we're looking out at what the weathercasters call "wintry mix." Less perky humans call it freezing sleet and proto-slush. But we spent much of the weekend in snow country. And that made Subaru's tips for being prepared for driving in snowy climates particularly apropos. We...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
Family Vehicles Dominate IIHS 2011 Top Safety Pick Awards

In a stunning achievement by automakers in a single year, a total of 66 new 2011 models now earn Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2011 list includes 40 cars, 25 SUVs and one minivan. While that’s great news for consumers in general –...Read More»

IIHS Roof Crush Test
IIHS Names Record 66 Cars To Top Safety Pick List

Cars really are getting safer, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick list. More cars and SUVs than ever made the list this year, a record 66 vehicles, despite the addition of a new roof strength requirement to earn the honor. The roof-strength requirement...Read More»

2004 Cadillac SRX
Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown: Stay Warm, Stay With the Car

Protecting yourself and your family during winter weather driving conditions that suddenly strand you – often miles from help and in areas you may be unfamiliar with – takes on even more importance this holiday season when AAA estimates that 90 percent of all Americans will be traveling...Read More»

winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown: Prepare For the Worst

You’ve traveled the same road for hundreds of times. You know every twist and turn like the multiplication tables you learned in grade school. What could possibly go wrong? When the calendar arrives at the winter months, roughly December to March, depending on geographic location, anything...Read More»

Toyota Prius in the snow
Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown: Get Out the Map

Going on a road trip to visit relatives during the winter months, especially around Christmas, is something that many families plan to do this year. In fact, the AAA says that 90 percent of Americans will travel this holiday season – and most of them will be driving. The trip could be...Read More»

2011 Jeep Compass
2011 Jeep Compass Preview

Chrysler's revised-model onslaught continues with the 2011 Jeep Compass, restyled and with several new standard features to better position itself in the fuel-efficient crossover segment. Borrowing some of its new looks from the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Compass should have a broader appeal...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Recalls 2011 Santa Fe For Brake Issue

Brake issues can be a major hazard in any car, but they're worse when they're completely unexpected, as they should be with a brand-new vehicle. Unfortunately for Hyundai--and 2011 Santa Fe owners--a manufacturing defect has caused exactly that. It's not a surprise, however, as the 2011 Kia...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Family Car Guide's Best Winter-Weather Sedans, Part Two

Slogging through the slush and snow this winter is one thing if you’re outside with snowboots and the right outerwear. It’s another if you’re driving the family sedan and it’s not adequately equipped to deal with the snow, ice, sleet and dangerous driving conditions. In this...Read More»

Ram 1500 hybrid transmission diagram, image via Allpar.com
Rumor: Ram Planning Diesel Hybrid 1500 Pickup

In the world of pickups, torque is king. Electric-drive systems aren't typically thought of as towing powerhouses, due primarily to their mass-market application thus far in small, efficient passenger cars. But with maximum torque from zero rpms, electric motors could be the next big thing in...Read More»

2011 Nissan Cube
2011 Nissan Cube Starts From $14,290

The Cube, no longer the quirkiest vehicle in Nissan's lineup thanks to the arrival of the Juke, gets a minor tech update and a similarly-sized price bump for the 2011 model year. Along with the changes comes a revision to the combined EPA fuel economy rating, raising it from 28 to 29 mpg for...Read More»

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
Rearview Backup Cameras: Dashed Expectations

When I was an Internet Manager, actively selling cars for a major car dealer, more and more buyers were coming in requesting backup cameras on their new vehicles. This was especially true for those buying minivans, which generally have poorer visibility than sedans, coupes, or most trucks. The...Read More»

2011 Honda Element
Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model

After a nearly 10-year run, the Honda Element is dead, its quirky, boxy thunder stolen by the more conventional CR-V. Honda today announced its plans to cease Element production after the 2011 model year. In total 325,000 units of the Element sold over its tenure, though of late sales figures have...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
FamilyCarGuide Wrapup: Cheap Cars With Big Value

Here at FamilyCarGuide, we know that families need various types of transportation. Some families need two or three or even more vehicles. Sometimes what’s really important is big value for the least amount of purchase price. Wrapping up our week-long series on cheap cars with big value...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Family Car Guide Wrapup: Best Family Luxury Coupes

Wrapping up our week-long series on the best luxury coupes, here’s a capsule look. For more in-depth information on each, click on the links below. Audi A5 Largely unchanged from 2010, the 2011 Audi A5 coupe is a four-passenger midsize luxury sedan with sleek and sexy exterior styling, a...Read More»

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