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Frugal Shopper: For Happiness, Don't Sweat The Numbers

Frugal Shopper: For Happiness, Don't Sweat The Numbers

Consumer Reports, as part of this week's torrent of announcements from its Annual Auto Issue, named the 2010 Honda Fit and 2010 Toyota Prius the best new-car values of the year. While it so happens we like both of those models very much (and appreciate the Prius' 51-mpg rating), they definitely... read more

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2009 Pontiac G3

Frugal Shopper: GM Unloading Pontiac, Saturn Vehicles

If you've been on the lookout for a new car but you're a little short on cash, General Motors may have a deal for you. In a clever shell game that should pay off nicely for... read more December 29, 2009 by  1


 
2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Frugal Shopper: Compare New And Used Vehicles Before You Buy

This year may go down in history as one of the best for frugal car shoppers. Thanks to incentive programs from automakers and the federal government and return policies from... read more December 21, 2009 by 


 
2010 Toyota Yaris

2010 Toyota Yaris: Cheapest New Car With Stability Control

It's not surprising at all that the smallest, least expensive vehicles typically get short shrift on features. You won't find power windows or mirrors, central locking, air... read more November 11, 2009 by 


 
Pirelli Cyber Tire

Frugal Shopper: Experts Say Tire-Tariff Price Spike Looms Ahead

TCC's Frugal Shopper ALERT: If you drive a small, aging econocar—or even a mid-size sedan—and have been thinking about new tires, get them now, because several weeks from... read more October 22, 2009 by  9


 
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars For '10

Most ordinary gasoline models look like guzzlers next to the hybrids—and a few compact diesel models—that dominate the upper echelon of this year's EPA fuel economy... read more October 21, 2009 by  5


 
AAA service historical image

Frugal Shopper: Long-Term Relationships, Long-Term Savings

Despite the Cash-for-Clunkers frenzy, overall new-vehicle sales remain way down versus two or three years ago. So it wouldn't be at all a stretch to say that more people... read more August 19, 2009 by  4


 
Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers

Want American-made and fuel-efficient? A small car, too? You don't have many choices. Shoppers are valuing fuel efficiency more than before, especially now that they might be... read more August 6, 2009 by  6


 
2009 ford focus coupe motorauthority 002

Small Cars In Short Supply Due To Cash-For-Clunkers Boom

Plan to swoop in and get the deal of the decade at the local lot by taking a new car off their hands? Sorry, but it looks like you might have missed your opportunity for some... read more August 5, 2009 by 


 
2010 Honda Insight and 2010 Toyota Prius

Mileage Match-Up: 2010 Honda Insight vs 2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota’s Prius is more than just a high-mileage model; it’s a global green-car icon, with well over a million sold throughout the world. This year marks an all-new third... read more July 31, 2009 by  1


 
GM E85 presentation

Frugal Shopper: Will E85 Save You Money?

Ford, GM, and Chrysler now have a wide range of vehicles that are E85-compatible—meaning they can run on a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline—plus... read more July 6, 2009 by  2


 
2009 Toyota Yaris 5-door

2009 Toyota Yaris: No Hybrid, No Diesel, No Hypermiling, Yet 41 MPG!

With all the talk about hybrid systems and clean-diesel powertrains as the current be-all and end-all for green-car shoppers, it’s easy to forget that there are a few... read more May 29, 2009 by  1


 
KVH TracVision A5

In-Car Satellite TV Still Tuning In, Slowly

In-car television is still in its infancy--at least, the satellite-powered variety. But AT&T may have moved a step closer to delivering 22 channels of auto-aimed... read more May 21, 2009 by 


 
Gas gauge

Frugal Shopper: Want A Fuel-Efficient Deal? Act Now!

Thinking of buying one of the most fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, or even the Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt XFE this year, but waiting for even... read more May 21, 2009 by  1


 
gas pump

Fuel-Saving Tips For The Holiday Weekend

As pump prices rise are on the rise again, and crude oil prices and refinery issues suggest they’ll continue to rise in the weeks ahead. Yet—reality check, here—we’re... read more May 21, 2009 by 


 
2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 Base

$10,000 Buys a Brand-Spanking New Car, With Few Frills

Remember the Yugo? When it was introduced in 1986 and priced at only $3,990, it was the epitome of the no-frills car. But it sure wasn't alone in the 1980s, when to keep cars... read more May 19, 2009 by 


 
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