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How Do You Get To Work? In A Major City, You Probably Drive Alone For 25.8 Minutes
How Do You Get To Work? In A Major City, You Probably Drive Alone For 25.8 Minutes

Centuries from now, our descendants may look back in wonder and amusement at the automobile. (Assuming humanity hasn't destroyed itself, of course.) Cultural anthropologists will give tours of history museums, announcing with dramatic flair, "Back then, people had to leave their homes for work, and...Read More»

Accenture Automotive Survey: What Digital Drivers Want
Survey: 76% Of Shoppers Would Consider Bypassing Dealerships & Buy Cars Online

If you're like many folks, you have an aversion to conventional car dealerships. (Honestly, no one likes haggling.) Also, if you're like many folks, you buy a lot of things online. So, you might not be surprised to hear about a new survey, which shows that 76 percent of consumers around the globe...Read More»

From the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study
J.D. Power: Younger Drivers Will Pay Nearly Twice As Much For In-Car Tech Than Older Shoppers

J.D. Power has released its 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which surveys consumers to gauge their opinions on in-car technology. As interesting as the study is, though, we can't say that it's full of surprises. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 To gather data for the study, Power polled over...Read More»

Hybrid repair costs (from the 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index)
Study: Repairs For Hybrids Are Getting Cheaper, Other Fixes Remain Flat

There's good news and bad news in the 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index. The good news is, taking your car to the mechanic last year didn't cost you any more than it did the year before. The bad news? It didn't cost you any less, either -- unless you owned a hybrid. ALSO SEE: In 2013, Google Almost...Read More»

A Dream Garage
Analysis: The More Cars You Have, The More You Drive One Of Them

The fewer vehicles you have in your household, the more likely you are to put some serious miles on each of those wheels, right? Actually, that’s not at all the case. U.S. households with four to six vehicles are likely to put more than 20,000 miles annually on just one of their vehicles. And...Read More»

Traffic
The Worst Cities In The World For Rush Hour Traffic

How bad is your daily commute? Do you try to get to your desk early or leave late to avoid traffic? You're not alone: according to TomTom, Planet Earth's commuters waste an average of 100 hours each year sitting in their cars during crunch times -- and that's just during the evening rush. ALSO SEE...Read More»

2015 Tesla Model S
Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the...Read More»

Midlife Crisis Cars (infographic by CarMax)
Midlife Crisis Cars: Men Want Black & Sporty, Women Want Red & Practical

You see it all the time: middle-aged men (and occasionally, women) driving sleek, sexy sports cars or brawny motorcycles. The disconnect between the drivers' midlife gravitas and the vehicles' juvenile showiness can be jarring. Exactly why people feel compelled to buy cars like these when they...Read More»

Detroit (via Google Maps)
10 Most & Least Expensive ZIP Codes For Car Insurance: Are Your Neighbors Driving Up Your Rates?

Most insurance ads would have you believe that your premium is based solely on your driving history. They talk about forgiving motorists for accidents and reducing premiums for those who don't file claims. But the truth is, your insurance rate is largely determined by your neighbors. To prove it...Read More»

Gas Pumps
Despite Low Gas Prices, MPGs Remain Car Shoppers' #1 Criteria Says J.D. Power

If you've been near a gas pump in the past several weeks, you may have felt like Rip van Winkle: disoriented, confused, and wondering if the past several years have all been a dream. That's because the average cost of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is now $2.08 -- a low that Americans...Read More»

New Ford GT, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Once Again, Ford Owners Are The Most Loyal In America Says IHS Survey

Competition between automakers may be stiffer than ever, but brand loyalty isn't dead -- at least not among Ford fans. Research firm IHS analyzed 12 months of data and determined that when it comes to repeat customers, Ford is doing fab. MUST SEE: 2016 Nissan Titan Preview To reach that conclusion...Read More»

Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart - Don't Text and Drive
Study: To Cut Teen Car Crashes, Start School Later In The Day

It's no secret that teenagers are more prone to auto accidents than older drivers. That's largely why teen motorists are so expensive to insure. We usually attribute younger drivers' high collision rates to their lack of experience, or perhaps their text-friendly lifestyles. But the New York Times...Read More»

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index
J.D. Power: Mercedes-Benz, MINI Are Tops In Customer Satisfaction (Acura, Mitsubishi? Not So Much)

Earlier this week, we talked about the many ways that dealers can ruin the customer experience -- often by hounding consumers for good ratings on surveys and social media sites. No matter how you feel about such surveys, there's no denying that one of the most important is J.D. Power's...Read More»

Thief Stealing a Car
Over 40% Of You Are Worried About Your Car Being Stolen Right Now

Between the Halloween B-movies filling cineplexes and "sexy Ebola" costumes littering the internet (real ones this time), the world's a scary place. But according to a recent Gallup poll, ghouls and goblins aren't what's keeping most of you up at night. Car theft, on the other hand? That's a...Read More»

National Lampoon's Vacation
Men Love Sporty Rides, Women Love Practical Cars, And Other Stereotypes

Another week, another study about the many differences (and fewer similarities) between men and women. This time, the study crossing our desk comes from KBB.com, and it shows that women and men have their own approaches to finding and purchasing the right ride. To reach that conclusion, KBB.com...Read More»

Gas pump
Advocacy Group Says That Fuel Economy Is America's #1 Criteria When Shopping For A New Car

When you're looking for a new car, there are lots of factors to consider: how the car looks, how comfortable the ride is, its high-tech amenities, the number of cup-holders. But according to a new study from the American Chemistry Council, the thing at the top of most shopper's must-have list is...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Transportation 2030: Study Envisions Autonomous Car Hell, Autonomous Bus Heaven, No Flying Cars

Look out the window. Are the roads in your city/town/hamlet clogged with traffic? Have they been that way for the past several decades? Do you wonder if things ever get better? New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management knows the answers to the first two questions...Read More»

Seattle Center as night falls (photo by Jeffery Hayes)
Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C. Ranked Safest Cities For Pedestrians

As anyone who's watched The Walking Dead can tell you, it's hard out there for a walker. There's construction to avoid, broken sidewalks to navigate, and the biggest obstacle of all, distracted drivers (most of whom don't have cars with pedestrian detection systems or pedestrian-friendly airbags)...Read More»

AAA Foundation study infographic: 'Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Vehicle'
Toyota, Hyundai Ace AAA's Distracted Driving Study; Mercedes, Ford, Apple Fare Poorly

The National Transportation Safety Board may have been right all along, and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may have to eat a little crow. That's because the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released data from a new study that confirms what the NTSB and others have already...Read More»

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