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The Best New-Car Features Of 2013
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»

GM Remote Link
GM Moving Remote Start, Door Unlock, & Others To Standard Features List

General Motors has announced today that it will be moving a few optional extras over to the standard features list. When a customer takes delivery of a 2014 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle, he or she will be able to sign up for a paid or trial version of the OnStar system. That system...Read More»

MyFord Touch made simpler for 2013
Screen Test: Five Frustrating Infotainment In-Car Interfaces

Driving sure isn't what it used to be. And while that might apply just as well to how that new car accelerates, steers, or rides, here we're talking about what's inside—namely, that big, bright screen in the middle of the dash. So-called infotainment interfaces are becoming a center point to...Read More»

Ford Atlas Concept revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Ford Likes Turbocharging In Trucks, GM Dodges It: Which Is Better?

The Ford Atlas concept from the Detroit Auto Show, which gives a first glimpse of the all-new, next-generation versions of the F-150 pickup, has a lot of tech and design ideas packed into it. But truck shoppers often need to think about horsepower, torque, payloads, and pulling power first and...Read More»

Qi wireless charging  -  in 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited
2013 Toyota Avalon: First To Offer Wireless Charging For Phones

Tired of the tangle of cables, or misplacing them? Wireless charging for your smartphone sounds like a great idea, especially in the car. And if you're considering a 2013 Toyota Avalon, that seemingly-futuristic feature of wireless charging is can now come fully integrated from the factory...Read More»

BringGo app, in 2013 Chevrolet Spark
2013 Chevrolet Spark: Is A Smartphone App The Future Of Navigation?

The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar is already one of the lowest-priced models for sale in the U.S. market; and late this year it's going to delight a lot of no-frills shoppers—in being the lowest-priced new car to offer a fully functioning in-dash touch-screen navigation system. In the...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord Sport
2013 Honda Accord: Attention To G-Forces Yields A Better CVT

Honda says that it's turning to continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) for its all-new 2013 Accord for one very important reason: gas mileage. Just as Nissan has proven with its lineup of mostly CVT-equipped passenger cars and crossovers, these transmissions typically do better at the...Read More»

CUE interface, in 2013 Cadillac XTS
2013 Cadillac XTS: Is CUE The Best Touch-Screen Interface Yet?

If you've owned a luxury car in recent years, you're familiar with the idea of a screen-based interface as a control hub for connectivity, navigation, and entertainment. But these systems—like MyLincoln Touch (Lincoln), iDrive (BMW), COMAND (Mercedes-Benz), MMI (Audi), or Remote Touch...Read More»

2013 Cadillac XTS
Pay Attention To That Buzz Below: Cadillac’s New Safety Alert Seat

With the proliferation of chimes and warning lights to alert drivers of potentially dangerous safety situations, it’s easy to understand the tendency to become somewhat complacent and ignore what these alerts are trying to prevent. Some drivers even turn off audible alerts, finding them too...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar’s Family Link Lets You Keep Track Of Your Car As Well As Your Kids…

As parents, we all want to know where our children are, especially if they’re driving, right? Following an obviously successful test period, OnStar is rolling out its new Family Link add-on option to regular OnStar service that allows owners of OnStar-equipped vehicles to do just that. As we...Read More»

GM's Windows of Opportunity project.
Interactive Windows: A Possibility For Future Family Vehicles?

No, it’s not a laptop computer, but new interactive window technology that General Motors is exploring with the help of researchers and students at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The “windows” in question are those in the rear of family vehicles. The idea is an...Read More»

Cars-N-Kids Car Seat Monitor
Monitor Alerts Parents If Kids Wiggle Out Of Car Seats

Concerned about whether or not your child is safely remaining in his or her car seat while you are on the road? Even though car seat monitors are not currently mandated by the Federal government, or installed as standard equipment in car seats or vehicles, two engineers have developed an...Read More»

TRW dual contour airbag
TRW Developing Next-Generation Adaptive Airbags For Front Passengers

When it comes to protecting the family, there’s nothing more important when driving or riding in the car than making sure seatbelts are securely fastened. We more or less take for granted the driver and passenger airbags installed in the vehicle – until we need them. Not all occupants...Read More»

Xtronic CVT, 6th generation  -  for 2013 Nissan Altima
First Drive: New CVT For 2013 Nissan Altima

For most new-car shoppers, continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) make a lot of sense. They’re smooth and fuel-efficient; they help get the most acceleration out of engines; and they allow low-rpm cruising. Compared to conventional automatics, they’re also less expensive...Read More»

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
2012 Family Cars With The Best Navigation Systems

Getting around with the family in tow isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish. Opting for a navigation system can be an expensive proposition, and they’re not all the simplest to decipher. Display screen size and icons differ, how the systems work varies from one manufacturer to...Read More»

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
More 2012 Family Vehicles With Auto-Dry Brakes

In our second installment of 2012 family vehicles with the safety technology of auto-dry brakes, we look at a few makes and models from Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep that may be considered more affordable means of transportation. In the Chrysler Group, auto-dry brakes are known as Rain Brake Support...Read More»

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T
Chrysler Drops Dual-Clutch Transmission Plans for 2012

Chrysler has plans to introduce a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) to its lineup, but it won't happen in the 2012 model year in either the Dodge Avenger or Chrysler 200 sedan, as was planned. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker has been working on dual-clutch gearboxes since 2008, when it first...Read More»

2012 Cadillac SRX
2012 Family Cars With Auto-Dry Brakes

Safety isn’t something you should compromise on in a family car. What we don’t often think about, however, is how a car’s brakes perform in the rain. With auto-dry brakes, that concern is all but forgotten. What 2012 family cars have auto-dry brakes? We took a look and came up...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
Family Cars With Drowsy Alert Technology

In keeping with Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 6-12, we thought it fitting to follow up our story on one-third of drivers admitting to driving while half-asleep with a list of some of the family cars available today with drowsy alert technology. While different manufacturers call their...Read More»

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