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All-Wheel Drive Gaining Traction In More Than Just Luxury Vehicles
All-Wheel Drive Gaining Traction In More Than Just Luxury Vehicles

Given a choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle and one that has all-wheel drive (AWD) -- depending on the buyer and the vehicle -- consumers seem increasingly likely to select AWD. That’s according to a report in the Detroit Free Press highlighting the importance of AWD to several...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
Family Car Advice: Never Leave Kids Alone In The Car

After a cruel winter in many parts of the country, and some areas still struggling after destructive tornadoes and floods, it’s a breath of fresh air to look forward to summer – and a little relief from all our woes. But, just as certain as summer follows spring, every year there are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Chevrolet Impala: No Redesign Until 2014 Model Year

In what has to be a blow to Chevrolet’s contention that their recent new product offerings symbolize the revitalized Chevrolet, Automotive News’ Rick Kranz, in a recent posting, took exception to the bow-tie brand’s claim. In Kranz’ view, as with many astute industry...Read More»

2002 Honda Odyssey
Recall Watch: Honda Widens Airbag Campaign

Honda is expanding an already large recall of some of its 2001-2003 vehicles for problems with airbags. Almost 826,000 Honda and Acura-brand vehicles have been recalled prior to the new action, Honda says. The expansion of the recall adds another 833,000 vehicles to the tally--while Honda is only...Read More»

2012 BMW X1 X1 xDrive28i
BMW Says No X1 For U.S. Until End Of 2012

BMW aficionados waiting for the X1 luxury compact crossover to arrive here will have to wait a year longer. That’s according to a report in Automotive News quoting Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America, who said the reason is strong demand in the U.S. for the larger and redesigned...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
Searching For The Worst Stretch Of Road In America

Bedeviled by potholes the size of trashcans that somehow just haven’t been repaired along your daily drive? Who among us hasn’t cringed after hitting that dip or upheaved pavement that wasn’t there before yesterday’s rains or appeared after the winter thaw? Maybe it’s...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Study Finds Car Buyers More Interested In Gas Savings Than Green

While it may be a blow to those seeking to flood the highways with hybrid and electric vehicles, the view from the street is that fuel-cost savings is more of an inducement to buy than how green a car is. At least, that’s the conclusion drawn by the inaugural U.S. Green Automotive Study by...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy Los Angeles
Mercedes Targets L.A. For First U.S. Teen Driving School

In October of this year, teens residing in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to take driver’s training at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy – the automaker’s first such school in the United States. The driver’s education program will incorporate online, classroom, and...Read More»

Traffic Jam
What's Bad (And What's Good) About $5-Per-Gallon Gas Prices

It’s no joke that Americans are feeling pain at the pump, with gasoline prices inching up to the $5 per gallon mark in some parts of the country. Pollsters, pundits and the average Joe and Jane on the street all have their thoughts about what this bodes for our immediate future. Here at...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Crossfire 2-door Roadster Limited Angular Rear Exterior View
Report: Chrysler To Announce Repayment Of Government Loans

Sources close to Chrysler report that the automaker is close to announcing a refinancing package that would eradicate $6.6 billion in loans provided by the U.S. and Canadian governments. The loans have long been an issue for Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who vocally objected to their high...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2011 Nissan Cube
Video: How Nissan Checks Japanese-Made Cars For Radiation

The ongoing crisis in Japan has some consumers wondering if it’s still safe to purchase vehicles built in Japan. Nissan wants you to know the answer is a resounding “yes”, and has even posted a video to YouTube demonstrating the procedure for testing automobiles prior to shipment...Read More»

2011 Toyota Tundra Angular Front Exterior View
Recall Alert: 2011 Toyota Tundra Pickup

Toyota is announcing a voluntary safety recall for certain 2011 Tundra pickups, based on a rear driveshaft production lot number. At issue is a slip yoke that may have been improperly cast during the manufacturing process, and Toyota is aware of just one failure to date in a customer owned vehicle...Read More»

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Deal To Save Saab Needs GM's Approval

Production of Saab automobiles has been stopped for over two weeks, as the struggling automaker scrambles for operating capital to pay supplier--and GM could once again hold the cards in the Swedish carmaker's survival. Current owner, Spyker Cars, has put together an elaborate deal to raise working...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing
2011 Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt Are IIHS Top Safety Picks

It’s a milestone. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in its first-ever U.S. crash tests of mainstream electric cars, has awarded Top Safety Pick designation to the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, both all-new plug-in electric cars. Leaf and Volt earn the...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
Mitsubishi Ends Eclipse Production With 2012 Eclipse SE

The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE will mark the end of a nameplate that first hit the U.S, market some twenty-one years ago. The Mitsubishi Eclipse began production in 1989, as a replacement for Mitsubishi’s angular Starion coupe. When launched as a 1990 model, there was an Eclipse coupe for...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback
Five 2012 Green Family Cars from the New York Auto Show

Let’s face it. Even if you feel you need to trade in or downsize to a less expensive car, you still are loathe to give up what you’ve become accustomed to in the way of comfort, style, features and that all-important Bluetooth connectivity. At the 2011 New York Auto Show, five new model...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai VP Says Its Upcoming Products Will Target Families

Lots of news nuggets get tossed about at the big U.S. auto shows, and the word from Hyundai product planning VP this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show is that the Korean automaker will target families for its upcoming products. Hyundai has already scored big with its redesigned Hyundai Sonata...Read More»

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