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2012 Family Crossovers And SUVs With Enhanced Stability Control
2012 Family Crossovers And SUVs With Enhanced Stability Control

By new federal regulation, all passenger vehicles manufactured as of September 1, 2011 must have electronic stability control (ESC) as standard equipment. Some taller vehicles, however, now have enhanced versions of ESC, called roll stability control or rollover mitigation. Here we take a look at...Read More»

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Flood Waters May Be Receding, But Flood-Damaged Car Scams Are On The Rise

One scam is on the rise and consumers are wise to be leery of used car deals that sound too good to be true. The old adage of “Buyer, beware” holds doubly true when it comes to the torrent of flood-damaged vehicles that may be hitting the market in your area. Think that you...Read More»

2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Side Exterior View
2012 Acura TSX: For A Few Dollars More

Quiet confidence. It's one of the many traits that impressed when we tested the 2011 Acura TSX sedan and counterpart 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. It also helped that Acura designers dialed down the controversial grille to Dull Roar. For 2012, the mug doesn't shrink further and neither does the...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Dads Take To Crossovers For Family Hauling

No disrespect to Chrysler for designing the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan as a “man van,” but a new survey commissioned by Chevrolet says more dads today are taking to crossovers over minivans for both family hauling and other needs. What’s the skinny on this apparent new trend? Chevy...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V Concept
2012 Honda CR-V Concept Debuts At SoCal Auto Show

Getting a jump on jazzing up interest in the redesigned fourth-generation 2012 Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV, Honda used the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California as a venue for the world debut of the 2012 Honda CR-V concept. The Japanese automaker says the 2012 CR-V...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Economy Driving Down Parental Spending On Teen Cars: Survey

It makes a lot of sense, and we probably don’t need a poll to tell us this, but a new survey commissioned by Allstate shows that parents are spending less on cars for their teens, citing the economy as the principal reason. Specifically, the survey found that 60 percent of parents in America...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series M-Sport Package
2011 BMW 328i, 335i: Recall Alert

In its third recall this month, BMW is recalling a small number of 2011 model year 328i xDrive and 335i xDrive models over concerns about a problem with the front driveshaft. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Parents: Tips On Rear-Facing Car Seats

During National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 18-24), it’s an appropriate time for parents to brush up on guidelines for rear-facing car seats. With car crashes the leading cause of death for children ages three to fourteen, the importance of using rear-facing child seats cannot be...Read More»

Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Car Theft Down 7.2 Percent In 2010

While the preliminary results from the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report showing that auto theft decreased 7.2 percent in 2010 is certainly encouraging, the fact remains that a motor vehicle theft occurs in America every 42.8 seconds. Nationwide, there were an estimated 732,141 motor vehicle thefts...Read More»

2012 Lexus RX 350
2012 Family SUVs And Crossovers With Hill-Start Assist

When you buy an SUV or a crossover to transport your family, friends and assorted paraphernalia and cargo for various lifestyle pursuits, you want to be sure that it won’t roll backwards on a sloping incline. You also want to feel confident about being able to start it up without having to...Read More»

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
2007-2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz SUVs: Recall Alert

Hyundai is conducting a voluntary recall of certain 2007-2008 model year Santa Fe and Veracruz SUVs over concerns about a front airbag defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected units at 205,233. Documents from Hyundai...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Parents: Get Free Car Seat Check During National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18-24

National Child Passenger Safety Week will take place this year from September 18-24. This annual event is celebrated as a means of reminding parents and caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in a car seat that meets both their weight and height requirements...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
2012 Toyota Prius V, Prius Plug-In Pricing: From $26,400 And $32,000

The long-awaited 2012 Toyota Prius v and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the two newest models in the expanding Prius family, will carry starting prices of $26,400 and $32,000, respectively, according to pricing details released by Toyota today. That’s the headline. Here are the highlights. 2012...Read More»

2012 Acura TSX Special Edition
2012 Acura TSX, Sport Wagon Pricing: From $29,810 And $31,160

Acura has announced pricing for the 2012 Acura TSX and TSX Sport Wagon, saying that there’s a $200 price increase across the lineup. Although the price does bump up a bit, the Japanese automaker points out that the starting price of $29,810 for the entry-level luxury sports sedan is still...Read More»

2011 Subaru Legacy
2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

In its second recall this week on Legacy and Outback, Subaru is now recalling certain 2011 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns about a moonroof flaw. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 69,590...Read More»

2007 Kia Sorento LX
2007-2008 Kia Sorento: Recall Alert

Kia is recalling certain 2007-2008 model year Sorento crossover SUV vehicles over concerns about a faulty sensor in the front passenger airbag control module. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 10,631. Affected...Read More»

2012 Honda Insight - European market version to be shown at Frankfurt Motor Show
2012 Honda Insight: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Another debut that could easily get overlooked at the glitz and glamour of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is nevertheless quite important for Honda: the 2012 Honda Insight. True, the changes aren’t radical, but they are both necessary and a long time coming. Here’s what’s new in the...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Best Backseat DVD Entertainment Systems: Parents, Bliss Out

Among the many features you can spend money on in the family car, one is perhaps most sought-after by passengers in the rear seat. In-car DVD rear entertainment systems, though often a bit costly, can make a big difference between back-seat peace and quiet and sibling rivalry gone awry. We took a...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Earns Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just named the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic small sedan and hatchback a Top Safety Pick. The Sonic, which replaces the outgoing Chevy Aveo, won the top ratings across the board in the Institute’s safety evaluations, which include front, side...Read More»

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