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How To Keep Your Engine Cool In A Heat Wave
How To Keep Your Engine Cool In A Heat Wave

You know a heat wave when you are in the middle of one and so does your car. For you it means burning the backs of your legs on the vinyl seat, for your car it’s when operating temperature is reached before you have backed out of the garage. So how can you insure that the heat outside doesn’t...Read More»

2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
Go Zooming With The 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

When the Suzuki SX4 appeared on the marketplace a couple of years ago, I was smitten. Here was a petite hatch with all-wheel drive that behaved like it was bigger and more expensive than it was. I drove one (with manual transmission and no cruise control) from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas...Read More»

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The Benefits Of Direct Injection

Modern direct injection systems use a high pressure design, though some of the earlier models used a low pressure system. There are a couple of benefits to using a high pressure GDI (gasoline direct injection) system; the primary of which is greater control over the fuel. Under a high pressure...Read More»

Ford's Curve Control system
Video: 2011 Ford Explorer Curve Control

The Blue Oval is readying its 2011 Ford Explorer for release later this year, and is packing the new vehicle with the latest engines for improved efficiency, new inflatable rear seat-belts for passenger safety, and something new called “curve control” for added stability. The new technology...Read More»

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-door Convertible PRHT Man Grand Touring Grille
Mazda Zoom-Zooms No More And Toyota Is America

While sitting on my couch this evening, recovering from a thankless day at work, I endeavored to find a way with minimal physical effort to give my overtaxed brain cells a rest. So I stepped away from the laptop, shut it down and then ambled off to TV land to see what inane drivel I could find that...Read More»

1997 Nissan Altima
Lost Love: A Car Remembered, A Car Replaced

I often lament that I was forced to sell our 1997 Nissan Altima. The popular five-seat, mid-sized car made the mark for Nissan by proving that Nissan could be relevant in a world dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. The debut of the Altima in 1993 was seen by many at...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 VW Jetta: No Mo' Mojo?

VW, the brand and manufacturer that brought us the Beetle, the Golf, not to mention innovative and creative ads for decades, seems to be losing its mojo, at least in North America, and quite paradoxically as it's designing its best cars ever. How can I say this knowing VW is on a path to replace...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT S Open Doors
Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

Auto insurance is a necessity. Picking the right car insurance coverage protects you if you cause an accident, or if a tree limb lands on your car. It’s important to understand the options when you shop for quotes. Common types of auto insurance coverage include: Collision: This car insurance...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" LT w/1LT Engine
The DIY Driver: How To Change Your Oil, Perfectly

Let’s start out by making some assumptions. You know how to safely access the underneath of your vehicle. You are amply equipped with tools and auto parts and your heart is in the right place because you would like to do right by the environment and your neighbors as you change the oil in your...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe first drive
Cadillac Free Maintenance: What's It Worth?

Cadillac has announced the roll out of their Premium Care Maintenance program to coincide with the appearance of the 2011 models. The first of which will be the 2011 Cadillac CTS which will for the first time include the CTS Coupe. So what is Premium Care Maintenance and what will it do for...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Car Advice: Shopping For Tires

When you go to the movies you wouldn’t think of going up to the cashier without knowing the title of the show you wanted to see. The same thing goes for buying tires. The first thing you should do is go to the sidewall of your tires and write down the size. The number is going to say something...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Debut

Every few years, Volkswagen executes the necessary changes and hopeful improvements on its Jetta model to keep the name going for years to come. In 2011, Volkswagen's latest Jetta will be released and with this newest edition comes its best enhancements yet. One of the most important factors when...Read More»

Kenworth T270 Hybrid Service Truck
The Kenworth T270 Hybrid Medium-Duty Work Truck

Kenworth, owned by Paccar, has a medium-duty Class 6 (26,000 pound gross vehicle weight) hybrid-electric truck based on the model T270 platform. This truck utilizes the Paccar-Eaton diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain in a parallel hybrid format and produces 25-35 percent better fuel efficiency for...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
What Do You Want From An Extended Warranty?

Do you play warranty roulette? Sort of flip a coin to decide if some plan B approach to car repair is appropriate for you. Or are you a resigned “let the chips fall where they may” person and never even consider whether you want to pay up front for something that may never happen. Let’s...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
How To Understand A Car Insurance Comparison

Understanding a car insurance comparison is easy. To get started, all you have to do is enter car insurance quotes in your favorite search engine and you will find hundreds of websites that offer car insurance comparisons or quotes. Some will ask a question or two to get started, while others will...Read More»

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Help! Doug: If Consumer Reports Says A Car Has Major Flaw, Should I Avoid It Completely?

Question: The 2010 Consumer Reports' April "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. If I can't afford a 2005 (with the best rating), does the negative stuff in CR mean I should steer clear of all '04 Legacys? Doug Ehrlich: Sometimes life...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Green Car Ads: They Don't Suck As Bad As Green Cars

I was Skyping with my fellow writers about some of the hot automotive topics of the day and we were talking about crappy and good car ads, and I complained there were no good green car ads. Well, before I could even bang out a sentence on the keyboard I was immediately corrected by the in-house...Read More»

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: The Perfect Family Car?

What is the perfect family car? Family cars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colors and prices. Take the Volkswagen Golf for example; this is a very popular small family car. It's the ideal car for a young family, with young children. However, once your children grow to their teenage years...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton
New 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton Breaks Cover

"Phaeton". I have absolutely no clue on how to pronounce that, the only thing I know is that the name is from Greek mythology. Honestly, how a designer would have thought to use a name from Greek mythology on a car boggles my mind. Cars often use animals or numbers in their names such as the Ford...Read More»

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