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IIHS: Texting Bans Could Be Ineffective
IIHS: Texting Bans Could Be Ineffective

A new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has concluded laws banning texting while driving do not decrease crashes, but may actually increase them. The study is based on comparing claims filed in four states before and after a...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 350C with F Sport wheels and brakes
Are Anti-Lock Brakes Unsafe?

I don't like anti-lock brakes. I cannot stop as quickly on snow as I would stop if I pumped the old style brakes. Your article about "Experienced Drivers" making "Deadly Mistakes" only reinforced my feeling of this so-called "safety feature". I wish manufacturers would rid us of ABS, and go back to...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Big SUVs and Theft

It begins today: High Gear Media is running the 2010 Fireball Run Adventurally! We'll talk about it a lot over the next 10 days until @raywert covers his ears and goes, "La la la la I don't hear you." [MotorAuthority] Cool thing: for the Fireball Run, we've turned a Chevy Camaro SS into a mobile...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Video: Volkswagen's Talking Newspaper Ad

Times are getting mighty weird, folks. It took me a while to get used to people talking to themselves in their cars before I realized they had hands-free devices for the mobile phones. Then came the Bluetooth device in the ear so people could walk down the street, appearing to talk to themselves...Read More»

1999 Ford Explorer Sport
ESC Reduces Rollover Crashes

Your car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is designed to keep the vehicle upright at all times. Rollover avoidance is accomplished by using a sophisticated system of speed sensors and a control unit that compares the position of the steering wheel to the rotation of the vehicle on...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
5 Reasons Bluetooth Streaming is a Passing Fad

Bluetooth streaming is a passing fad, and we're here to tell you why. The solution to in-car audio seems brilliant, at first. Your Bluetooth-equipped car is already connecting your device for phone calls. Why can't it also connect the music player so you don't have to fiddle with a jumble of wires...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
2011 Honda Odyssey: Just Like At The Drive-In?

As the summer fades, so do your chances of making it out to some of our nation's great drive-in theaters. But crawl into the backseat of an increasing number of minivans and crossover vehicles—like the 2011 Honda Odyssey—and you can find a pretty awesome movie experience, anywhere you...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Today at High Gear Media: Lincoln MKX, Oprah, and CT 200h

We've seen the 2011 Lincoln MKX, we've driven the 2011 Lincoln MKX. You, sir, are no Lincoln MKX. You might want to start with a stovepipe hat. [MotorAuthority] Oprah could be giving away dozens of Chevrolet Traverse crossovers as we speak, as she kicks off a long broadcast-TV farewell...Read More»

iPod cable
Why Do I Have to Pay Another $40 For A Car iPod Cable?

Now that you've laid out $20,000, or $30,000--or even $100,000--for your new vehicle,you may be asking a touchy question of your salesperson: "Why the heck do I have to pay $40 more for a proprietary cable, just to run my iPod?" Not surprisingly, it's pretty much the fault of Apple and its...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Today at High Gear Media: Big Discounts, 3G and Darth Vader

If you bought one of these five cars in July, you got a better deal than usual. What's at the root of it all? Model changeover. [TheCarConnection] Five safe cars for families: it sounds like a great way to research before hitting showrooms this weekend. [FamilyCarGuide] In-car 3G audio sounds...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
In-Car 3G Audio Could Cost You--But How Much?

The future of in-car audio will revolve around plug-and-play portables--that's the take of many automakers like Ford and Kia, where voice-controlled audio and mobile-phone links are being knitted into current and future cars while old-school features like CD changes are being pruned from valuable...Read More»

TomTom Star Wars voices for GPS
Video: Darth Vader, Dark Side Get Voiced for GPS

While cleaning up my inbox, I came across one of my favorite ads for navigation systems--from TomTom, actually. My current vehicle doesn’t have a nav system, and I bought a portable TomTom competitor. And wished I hadn’t. TomTom has the best possible performance, and better yet, it...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
Today at High Gear Media: Honda Odyssey! Subaru Forester WRX?

What's to know about the 2011 Honda Odyssey? The lightning bolt works--and so does the interior. [TheCarConnection] Subaru's gone nuts with the WRX STI, but will it be certifiable enough to apply the same formula to the Forester? [MotorAuthority] The Hyundai Sonata is set to get a wagon companion...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback
Today at High Gear Media: MKZ Hybrid, Chevy Aveo, and Paris

Think you know everything about the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid? Well...what flower's displayed on its green-o-meter? Our first drive knows. [GreenCarReports] We're headed to the 2010 Paris Auto Show in two weeks, but here's a petit hors d'oeuvre in the form of the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
Family Car Tech That Matters, Part Two

In part one of this two-part series we looked at family car technology that kept us safe, made driving more enjoyable, and allowed the family wheels to last longer and cost less to own. Now, let’s take a closer look at family car tech that is a bit more exciting – especially to...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Family Car Tech That Matters, Part One

Everyone knows that today’s cars like the new 2011 Ford Explorer shown here are loaded with technology. Some cars have more tech features than others. In this two-part series, we’ll look at some technology that really matters in family cars. Specifically, in part one, we’ll...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
iTunes Tagging Comes to HD Radio in the 2011 Lincoln MKX

Back in the days of the Walkman, we longed for a single device that would hold all our music, slip easily into our cars, integrated with their audio systems--all without scratching like compact discs, or getting lost in an annoying way in the clutter of jewel cases and console storage. (Secretly...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
We're Calling It: The In-Dash CD Player Dies in 2015

One of the innovation milestones of the computer age, and one of the most potent symbols of Generation X--the compact disc--is on the way out of cars. In what's likely to be the first stage of a drawn-out phase-out, Ford will stop selling CD changers for its vehicles at the end of the 2011 model...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Today at High Gear Media: Hackers in Cars, Kia Optima, and Leaf

We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority] Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection] Smart's Fortwo is...Read More»

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