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Study: Chevrolet Corvette Meets Owner Expectations More Than Any Other Car
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»

Woman driving
For Women, Getting A Car Repaired Is More Painful Than A Trip To The Dentist

Few people enjoy taking their car to a garage. Fewer still enjoy it when they know they're car needs extensive, expensive repairs. A new survey from AutoMD suggests that women hate it so much, they'd rather go to the dentist. ALSO SEE: What Car Should You Really Drive? The survey was conducted in...Read More»

ALG's Brand Perception of Quality rankings, June 2014
Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus Are Consumers' Choice For Quality

Consumer perception is a very important thing -- subjective, yes, but it can be the deciding factor in the battle between brands and technologies. In the 1980s, for example, many consumers preferred the quality of Betamax tapes, but VHS offered longer recording times. VHS manufacturers waged a...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Drivers Hate Texters, Love Classic Rock, And Other Findings From Expedia's Road Rage Report

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to get you in the mood, Expedia has published its annual Road Rage Report. Some of the findings may surprise you, and a few might suggest ways for you to improve your own driving habits. In gathering data for the 2014 report...Read More»

Vin Diesel
Women Say Men With Hot Cars Are Arrogant & Compensating For Something

If you're a guy -- especially a single guy -- your hot rod may be the center of your world. On weekends, you tell friends you're busy, just so you can stay home to buff and polish it. And whenever possible, you love showing it off to the ladies. That's a problem. According to a new study conducted...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Ford F-150, Chevrolet Corvette Tie For "Most American-Made" Vehicle

When buying a new car, we know that many shoppers want an "American" vehicle. (Though for others, it's not such a big deal.) The problem is, we live in an era of international corporations, meaning that parts and production for a single vehicle can be spread around the globe. As a result, it can be...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Study: Long Commutes Are Just As Stressful As Low Pay

Decades ago, cruise ship company Cunard began advertising with a now-famous tag line: "Getting there is half the fun". It was catchy, but also grimly ironic, since Cunard was part of the same corporate cluster that ran the Titanic and the Lusitania. Few would claim that getting "there" is fun...Read More»

J.D. Power 2014 Social Media Benchmark Study
J.D. Power: Toyota, Ford, Chevy Rule Social Networks; Fiat, Mini, Chrysler, Not So Much

We often think of social media as the playground of the young: the tweens, the teens, and the Millennials, with a few Gen Xers thrown in for gravitas. But while those whippersnappers may be more comfortable than older folks when it comes to diving into a new social network, in the end, everyone...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
Study: Connected Cars Eagerly Anticipated, Slightly Feared

Connected cars, like autonomous cars, are coming. In fact, connected cars will likely arrive first, because the underlying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is simpler, cheaper, and enhances the effectiveness of self-driving vehicles by allowing them to "talk" to other cars on the road. Given our...Read More»

Car decorated with hearts (photo by Flickr user sashafatcat)
Tesla, Hyundai, Cadillac, Are The Most-Loved Vehicles In America

How do you feel about your car? Your toaster? Your television? No, how do you REALLY feel about them? Do they satisfy you? Meet your needs? Turn you on? Could you quantify those feelings -- perhaps on a scale of 0 to 1,000? That's essentially what market research firm Strategic Vision asks...Read More»

2014 Toyota Yaris
Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In

If you're a fan of European auto brands, we have some bad news: by and large, your car companies are being left in the dust by their American and Asian competitors. At least that's what Consumer Reports claims in its latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. To create the survey, the magazine polled...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Survey: Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car: What kind of fuel economy does it earn? What safety features does it offer? Will I need to call tech support just to set up the radio? One thing we've never heard folks ask, though, is whether their new ride will be attractive to...Read More»

Hawaii license plate
Wyoming, Hawaii Have America's Favorite License Plates, Delaware Not So Much

Few of us pay much attention to license plates. They're just slices of metal printed with numbers and letters -- useful for identification purposes, but little else. But like everything in our manufactured world, license plates are fully designed objects. People spend months, if not years, choosing...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by CarInsuranceComparison.com revealed that the worst drivers -- based on fatality rates, traffic citations, and other factors -- tended to live in the South, with better drivers situated in the...Read More»

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