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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: A Fully Capable All-Weather Vehicle
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: A Fully Capable All-Weather Vehicle

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned for 2010. It has a new look on the outside and has a re-engineered 3.0 V-6 powerplant under the hood. The Outlander GT, which I tested with a pricetag of $29,250, is a new model for 2010. The GT is the Outlander loaded with all the new...Read More»

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser: A Terrific SUV On Or Off The Road

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is built for people who want to get off the beaten path and onto gravel, sand, and rocks. If you’re looking for leather, don’t look at the FJ Cruiser, which comes only with resistant cloth upholstery and rubberized floor and cargo mats. That’s because people who...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
A Tribute To Car Repair Technicians

Some years ago a trade publication, read primarily by technicians and repair shop owners, ran an ad placed by a specialty tool maker. It read: “Don’t let some nut ruin your day.” The ad showed a mechanic with a puzzled look on his face gazing at an inaccessible nut and bolt assembly as if...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty
More Good News For Ford

If you work for Ford, then you probably spend a lot of time smiling. In fact, some days you might seem absolutely giddy, especially since Ford recently posted a $2.1 billion net profit for the first quarter of 2010 and didn’t suffer the disgrace of a bailout or bankruptcy. What would make you...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD 5dr EX Engine
The Importance Of An Oil Change

It’s there dominating the “to do” list and procrastinating only makes it worse. It’s the car’s oil change. Was that reminder sticker on the windshield purposely put there to make you feel bad? Let’s try a different approach, looking at all the good things that happen when the oil and...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Man Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Lining the streets of America, the Korean carmaker, Hyundai, has taken the industry by storm creating affordable, reliable (although this point is questioned by many), and attractive vehicles. Among their recent line of vehicles is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, a stylish vehicle that is priced...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View
An Unusual Car Buying Checklist

All the important decisions about your car purchase are nailed down: the powerplant, what amenities you’re insisting upon, the color and how you want the interior appointed have all been found in one car. But are you sure that when the adrenalin subsides and the sales pressure is off you’re...Read More»

2010 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Trunk
2010 Acura RDX Tech - the Right SUV for These Times

There are so many options in choosing a crossover or pure sport utility vehicle these days. How on earth does anyone make a choice? While some folks think larger is better, I have found some smaller SUVs that do the job of carrying people and their belongings just as well as larger machines –...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View
New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

In past years, the Chevrolet Equinox has been known for its many flaws such as bad steering, cheap parts, and overall unreliability. But as new generations of the vehicle have become available, the Equinox has proved itself by becoming one of the most affordable mid-size SUVs in the industry. One...Read More»

2004 Subaru Forester (Natl) 4-door 2.5 XS Auto w/Premium Pkg Open Doors
Preparing For The Car Repair Visit

Dropping your car off to the auto repair shop is often a hurried experience because everyone tries to fit one more thing into their trip to work. So preparing for the visit can reduce the stress and possibly bring you closer to your ultimate goal of getting the car fixed right the first time. Think...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo
Top Five Economical And Affordable 2010 Small Cars

These days car buyers are not only looking for cars they can afford, but they are looking for vehicles that also give good gas mileage. The price of fuel is forever rising and it’s urging car buyers to think twice before they buy large cars. These cars are both affordable and efficient and you...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
2010 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD: fun, sporty, economical crossover

The Mazda CX-7 is a sporty five-passenger vehicle that will haul nearly as much stuff as it does people. The CX-7 has decent cargo space, a comprehensive set of safety features and distinctive looks. It is designed to compete in the Crossover market with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.  ...Read More»

2010 Dodge Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST Side Exterior View
2010 Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4X2: Biggest, most powerful midsize pickup

The Dodge Dakota is the perfect size pickup for many buyers who are looking for both function and economy. The Dakota Crew Cab is big enough to haul 6 adults and their gear and can tow up to 7,250 lbs. And the Dakota has sharp exterior styling to go along with the ability to be a work horse. The...Read More»

2004 Chevrolet Suburban 4-door 1500 4WD LS Angular Front Exterior View
Auto Repair False Positives

There are plenty of auto maintenance lists for everything from regular upkeep to what to do prior to shipping your car to Jakarta by rail. Here’s a list of vehicle conditions that might seem crucial at first glance but if you just take a breath you might avoid a trip to your technician and maybe...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Review

I’ve never really liked convertibles, and still don’t. It’s just something about the looks, and the fact that it almost always ruins a good coupe. I have had this dislike for a long time; Mustangs should be coupes. The Corvette should be a coupe. The 911 should most definitely be a coupe, and...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto LX-S Engine
Cooling System Related Engine Overheating

Overheating engines happen. To be able to determine the source of the problem is the first step toward a successful repair whether you turn the wrenches or you defer to a professional technician. First make sure the car is actually overheating. Steam wafting from under the hood does not mean the...Read More»

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Ford Transit Connect: Small Business Superstar

Lately I have been noticing some very European-inspired small vans on the road. Every time I see one, I have to do a double take when I spy a familiar blue oval. Ford seems to be selling a ton of its new Transit Connect commercial vehicles. They are cool British looking things always doing fun...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door SS Angular Front Exterior View
Top Five Affordable 2010 Compact Wagons

Compact wagons are the ideal solution to having that much needed extra cargo space. There is a lot of different models available for 2010 and choosing the one that is best for you can be confusing. However, it doesn't have to be a difficult choice as there are some that are considered top of the...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Ask Rob About Cars: 2011 Ford Mustang Upgrades

Q: What will be the upgrades for the 2011 Ford Mustang? - John H., Los Gatos, California A: John, the 2011 Ford Mustang has significant engine horsepower improvements that vault it into top contention for both the V-6 and V-8 models. The 2010 model already saw an upgraded interior commented on here...Read More»