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2012 Nissan Altima, Versa: Recall Alert
2012 Nissan Altima, Versa: Recall Alert

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Altima mid-size sedans and Versa subcompact cars over concerns about a side curtain airbag defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potentially affected units at...Read More»

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2012 GMC Terrain AWD SLT-2: Road Trip In Florida

For my travel time to the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona, I was told that GM would provide a 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Three days before arrival, all that changed and suddenly there was a 2012 quicksilver metallic GMC Terrain AWD SLT-2 waiting for me at Orlando's airport. So my dog Leah and I went...Read More»

2012 BMW X3
2013 BMW X3 Gets New Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine

BMW calls it a “return to its roots” and with the announcement that the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i SAV arriving in dealerships this May will sport a new 2.0-liter “TwinPower” turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the news may well be welcome for family car buyers looking for a more...Read More»

Distracted driving
DOT Releases “Voluntary” Guidelines For Automakers Aimed At Curbing Distracted Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released proposed “voluntary” and “nonbinding” guidelines for automakers to encourage them to develop “less distracting” in-vehicle electronic devices. U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe
2012 Honda Civic Rated “Least Toxic” Vehicle In New Study

There’s nothing like the smell of a brand-new car, right? Actually, that the “new car smell” is bad for your health and that of children and pets, as it is composed of chemicals coming off the steering wheel, seats, armrests and dashboard. A new study of toxic chemicals in new...Read More»

2012 Subaru Outback
2012 Subaru Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

Subaru is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns about a potential defect in side curtain airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at just 381...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Gas Mileage Battle Ahead For Ford Fusion, Camry Hybrid

There’s an interesting situation brewing between two major automakers, Ford and Toyota, and their mid-size hybrid sedans over which will achieve the highest fuel economy ratings in real-world use. At issue here is whether the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, with what the company projects...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Azera
2012 Hyundai Azera Large Family Sedan Priced From $32,000

Pricing for the all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera large sedan, just released by Hyundai, starts at $32,000 for the base sedan and $36,000 for the Azera with Technology Package. Both starting prices exclude the $875 destination charge. For families looking for a well-equipped sedan that offers more than...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Red Rock Special Edition Soul: A Red Rock Way To Roll

It’s no secret that automakers showcase concept vehicles at major auto shows to gauge consumer reaction before making a decision to build them – or not. In the case of the Kia Red Rock Special Edition Soul, previously shown as a concept at the 2011 New York Auto Show, consumers reacted...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Kia, Audi Take Top Spot In Least Expensive Brands To Own: Kelley Blue Book

Savvy consumers know that buying a vehicle is more than just the initial purchase cost. It’s also wise to look at what the overall investment will run over the course of five years. In the 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) Kia and Audi come out on top. Kia won...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan
2012 Nissan Versa: Recall Alert

Nissan is conducting a voluntary recall of certain 2012 model year Versa subcompact sedans over concerns about a transmission flaw that could allow the vehicles to be shifted out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
2012 Ford Expedition, 2012 Lincoln Navigator: Recall Alert

Ford is conducting a voluntary recall of certain 2012 model year Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs over concerns about potentially improperly welded head restraint support brackets in the second row. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site...Read More»

2013 Acura ILX
All-New 2013 Acura ILX Sedan, Redesigned 2013 RDX Crossover: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Acura teased with concepts of its all-new 2013 ILX compact luxury sedan and redesigned 2013 RDX compact luxury crossover at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Now, the automaker has unveiled the final production versions at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The two Acura models launch this spring. 2013...Read More»

Ford SYNC
SYNC To Be Standard On All 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex Models

Drivers who just have to make or take that call and don’t currently use a hands-free system, and may be in the market for a new vehicle, could be persuaded to check out the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and redesigned 2013 Ford Flex crossover. Why? Because Ford has just announced...Read More»

2012 Kia Optima SX Limited
2012 Kia Optima SX Limited: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Kia follows up its “Sandman” commercial aired during the Super Bowl with the reveal of its all-new, top-of-the-line 2012 Kia Optima SX Limited model at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Our sister publication MotorAuthority has the scoop direct from the show floor, including live photos of...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Coupe: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai expands its Elantra lineup with the debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show of the all-new 2013 Elantra GT five-door hatchback and Elantra coupe. The 2013 Elantra GT, which replaces the Elantra Touring model, is designed to attract buyers likely to consider Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen...Read More»

2013 GMC Acadia introduction, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
2013 GMC Acadia Preview

Five years after the Acadia’s launch as GMC’s first crossover, the 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali make their debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show sporting a new exterior design and technology and safety updates. The segment, three-row crossover SUVs, is gaining in popularity. In fact...Read More»

2012 Honda Accord
2012 Honda Accord, Crosstour: Recall Alert

Honda is recalling certain 2012 model year Accord and Crosstour passenger cars over concerns about potentially faulty front side-curtain airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at just 347. Documentation from...Read More»

2011 Toyota RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4: Recall Alert

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2011 model year RAV4 compact SUVs over concerns about a defect in curtain shield airbags. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected units at 427. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

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