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

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Americans Are Pretty Sure That Gas Prices Are On Their Way Up

As we mentioned yesterday, fuel prices have tumbled in recent months, but never fear: they're already on the way back up. According to a poll conducted by the Consumer Federation of America, a consumer advocacy group, most Americans think that gas prices will keep on climbing for the next several...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»

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»

Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey
Today's Infotainment Systems Are Terrible (Especially On American Cars)

For several years, studies have shown that, on the whole, today's cars are built pretty well. And yet, quality ratings keep dropping. How is that possible? The answer: technology. More specifically: infotainment systems, those frequently clunky dashboard contraptions that aim to mimic the...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»

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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»

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»

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
Men Drive For Enjoyment, Women Drive To Relax, And Other Useless Generalizations

Need to spark a conversation with a co-worker or neighbor? Want to start an argument with your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, or FWB? A new study from Enterprise Rent-a-Car that explores the "real" differences between male and female motorists could be just what you're looking for. MUST READ...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Idaho Home To America's Rudest Drivers, But Where Do The Nice Ones Live?

We've all encountered rude drivers. Some have behaved aggressively, cutting us off and flipping the bird as they zoomed ahead. Others have been more passive, like the kind of self-absorbed numbskulls who putter along in the passing lane, leisurely enjoying a cell phone chat. The folks at Insure.com...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, shot by Dan Wang
Study: Chevrolet Corvette Meets Owner Expectations More Than Any Other Car

About six months into a relationship is when it happens: you settle into a routine with your significant other and finally begin to notice the way she/he chews cereal or piles dishes in the sink or re-adjusts the rearview mirror. It's not exactly "buyer's remorse", you're just seeing some...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
No, You Can't Drive Better Than An Autonomous Car

Some people are happy about the slow, steady arrival of self-driving cars. Others are terrified. But in one new survey, people on both sides of the divide say that they're unlikely to let autonomous cars do all the driving, despite humankind's demonstrated penchant for accidents. The survey was...Read More»

2014 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index
Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus Dealerships Are Tops In Satisfaction, Tesla Ranks Last (But That's Okay)

UPDATED: See below Early July means different things to different people. For you, it probably means a bit of vacation, maybe some fireworks. For us, it means the release of another satisfaction study from research firm Pied Piper. As in previous years, Pied Piper used a small army of mystery...Read More»

Couple arguing
July 4 Reminder: Road Trip Meltdowns Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

If you're one of nearly 35 million Americans hitting the road this weekend, remember to plan ahead. Keeping all of your passengers entertained is the surest way to maintain civility in the family sedan and avoid accidents. That groundbreaking piece of news comes from CarInsurance.com, which...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: Adults Talk & Text While Driving, Even Though They Know Better

In theory, adults are wiser than children. They've had more life experiences, they've seen ups and downs, they know what's good for them and, presumably, what's not. That's why we tend to focus our energies on warning teens about the dangers of distracted driving, rather than their parents. We...Read More»

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
GMC, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz Ace Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Each year, marketing firms conduct countless studies to help guide car-buyers' decisions. They study vehicle reliability, the quality of the dealership experience, even how well consumers navigate automakers' websites. But what about the cars that people like? Reliability and quality aside, what...Read More»

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