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The Worst New-Car Features Of 2013
The Worst New-Car Features Of 2013

For better or worse, automakers and suppliers are getting inventive, pushing some innovative features into new vehicles. Some of them hit the mark, making our time in vehicles easier, safer, or more efficient, while other features leave us asking, “Seriously, why?” Today, convenience...Read More»

Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant
The Best New-Car Features Of 2013

Some of the best ideas need no explanation, and many are relatively simple—things that make you ask, why didn't anyone come up with this before? That’s probably what you’re going to beam after first encountering a couple of our best features for 2013—Nissan’s Easy-Fill...Read More»

Cadillac's Super Cruise system undergoing testing.
GM's Super Cruise Puts (Almost) Autonomous Cars On The Road By 2020

Hot on the heels of last week's announcement that Nissan would bring autonomous cars to showrooms within seven years comes word from General Motors that it plans to offer its own lineup of autonomous cars by the year 2020. Well, almost. The 2020 deadline seems firm; the problem is the "autonomous"...Read More»

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite
2014 Honda Odyssey Earns First Minivan IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Good news for family car buyers who need a little more space to transport people and gear: the 2014 Honda Odyssey just earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To earn the top award, the Odyssey scored good performance in all five IIHS crash...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
The Safest Cars Of 2013

Safety sells. We know that wasn't always the case; but in today's market, the majority of new-car shoppers do value how well a car will protect them in a crash—or how it might help them avoid one altogether. Trouble is, between the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests—the National...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigated For Fire Risk

Jeep's Grand Cherokee nameplate has been drawing lots of media attention lately -- not all of it good. The Grand Cherokee found itself at the center of a contentious recall earlier this summer when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claimed that the placement of the gas tank on...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 GMC Sierra Set New Standard For Truck Safety

Yesterday, we told you about the Tesla Model S -- a car so safe, it broke the equipment that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses to gauge safety. General Motors' pickups haven't quite matched that impressive feat, but the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S: So Safe, It Broke NHTSA's Testing Equipment

If you're in the market for a new car and safety is your biggest concern, stop reading here and head down to the nearest Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA) showroom gallery for a look at the Model S. According to our colleagues at Green Car Reports, the Model S earned the highest safety score in the history of the...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte  -  rated POOR in IIHS small overlap frontal impact test
Which Small Cars Are Safest? New IIHS Test Helps Answer That

Not sure which small-car model is best for you? If safety is one of your priorities you might want to give the Honda Civic, or perhaps the Dodge Dart, a boost on your list of possibilities. New test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put those models on top, among a...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
NTSB Pushes for Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Systems: How Long Until They Appear?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink over vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications. Both are promising technologies that could substantially reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities by allowing cars, traffic lights, and other elements of the driving environment to "talk" to...Read More»

Surveillance Mode and other features developed by Intermotive
New In Safety: Ford 'Surveillance Mode' Locks Car Doors When People Approach

Are we imagining things, or are automakers really stepping up to the plate when it comes to safety technology? It seems as if every other day, another company debuts an upgraded adaptive cruise control or a new pedestrian-detection system -- or an animal-detection system, for that matter. Mind you...Read More»

Child vehicular heatstroke deaths -temperatures climb quickly in parked cars
Parked Cars Deadly For Kids This Summer

It’s only mid-July and already 21 children under the age of five have died from heatstroke in parked cars across America. Child safety advocacy groups urge parents and caregivers to take extra precautions this summer to help prevent child fatalities resulting from leaving kids unattended in...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Chevrolet Impala Earns Top Five-Star Safety Scores

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has earned the federal government's top five-star Overall Rating in the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It's the third Chevrolet sedan in the current lineup to get not just a top five-star score overall but also top five-star scores separately for its frontal and...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall Addresses Parking Light Flaw

Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs to fix an electrical problem that may turn off parking lights. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the safety recall at 4,458. The...Read More»

2013 Ram 1500
2013 Ram 1500 Recalled For Stability Control Software Glitch

Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks to fix a software glitch that may disable the stability control system. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 45,961. The NHTSA...Read More»

2013 Toyota RAV4
2013 Toyota RAV4: What The 'Poor' Small Overlap Rating Means

In some kinds of frontal crashes, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 might not provide nearly the level of occupant protection as a Honda CR-V or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results for the RAV4 suggest that although this crossover performs well in other...Read More»

Volvo's Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist
2015 Volvo XC90 Comes With 3 Intriguing New Safety Features

No doubt about it: Volvo has had a rough couple of years. After being sold to Chinese automaker Geely in 2010, the brand has struggled to regain its footing. Whether that's due to the shift in administration, a slowdown in research and development, lackluster quality scores, or a general lack of...Read More»

rearview camera
NHTSA Says, If You're Waiting For Mandatory Back-Up Cameras, Keep Waiting

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that, beginning in 2014, all cars sold in the U.S. will be required to have rearview cameras. The goal of NHTSA's new regulation is to reduce the number of deaths caused by backovers -- the kind that often occur when children...Read More»

2004 Honda Odyssey EX
Honda Odyssey Airbags Investigated For Unexpected Deployment

The federal government has opened an investigation into front airbags that are unexpectedly deploying, in 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans. The issue could affect about 320,000 Odyssey vans in all, and it could lead to a recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...Read More»

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