Ten Worst Car Features of All Time
Ten Worst Car Features of All Time

This is not really an "all times" list as I can't be sure what gizmos might have been around many years ago in the dawn of the auto, but let's say these were noteworthy in the last several decades. This is sort of personal. I am sure that some of these things have or had their fans, after all they...Read More»

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Safer Driving: Blind Spots and Reversing

One of the training instructors who I met at a recent program for older drivers told me that the AAA Driver Improvement Program recommends that older drivers be especially careful when changing lanes on the expressway or merging into one. On page 10 of the training manual it suggests that to be...Read More»

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Despite Help, Dealers Still Facing Crunch Time

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it still has to be said, people are holding onto their cars longer than ever and keeping them on the road for longer and longer periods. The reasons are pretty easy to guess:  - Economic uncertainty  - Toughened credit rules  - Rising prices throughout...Read More»

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5 Must-Know Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car brings up a lot of concerns. Did I get a good deal? Why is it really being sold? Whats the story? What information should I have, and how should I weigh it all out? What is it really going to cost to fix it up? Is it a lemon, a maintenance nightmare, or a find that I can brag...Read More»

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Why It Is Immoral for Automakers To Sell Cars With Crank Windows

There is no business, financial or manufacturing case for it. It is a design that dates back to the origins of the automobile. Why on earth in 2009 are brand new cars at Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and even Smart dealers rolling off the lots with hand crank windows? And no, it isn't because...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
New Volkswagen GTI: Minor Improvements, Major Results

Sporting a Scirocco-like fascia and red-trimmed grille (paying homage to the original), the Mark VI Volkswagen GTI is showing up in showrooms and motorways across the country. This sixth installment of the original hot-hatch is loaded with subtle enhancements, making it the best version weve seen...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
When Worlds Collide - the Death of Saturn

Based on the decision by GM to shut down Saturn after failing to obtain a buyer, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was something inherently wrong with the marque. That the competition was, you should pardon the expression, running rings around their product line or marketing strategy...Read More»

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Your Guy Dove Into an Empty Swimming Pool Wearing a Car - The Mechanics of a Vehicle Rollover

CrasherCarl: EDGR Engineering, Design and Government Regulations Your guy dove into an empty swimming pool wearing a car. I am a long time CxSI - a Crash Scene Investigator. That means I am an engineer who examines the two aspects of an automobile crash. If a lawsuit is going to be attempted, I may...Read More»

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To Carfax or Not

Carfax is here, for better or worse. Every so often a new service pops up, and it dribbles along until it achieves critical mass and then it becomes a necessity and we got to have it. Carfax is at this point. It, along with Autocheck, another automotive database primarily used by the car trade...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla
The Best Selling Cars of All Time

This is the defining list in automotive engineering history. It is a testament to what vehicle designs have worked over the years and which cars have remained the peoples choices over the decades. The fact that these automobiles make up this list should not really surprise anybody who has ever...Read More»

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Controlling a Rear-Wheel Drive in the Winter

It is no secret that different types of automobiles handle and perform differently in winter conditions. Whether you have a car, truck, van or SUV, the characteristics and limitations of the vehicle will always vary. One of the biggest factors to snow-handling is the drive- train outlay that your...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS
The 2009 Hyundai Elantra SE: Good, But Not Quite Good Enough

            Perhaps more than any other automaker, Hyundai has managed to drastically improve both the quality of the cars they built and, more importantly, the publics perception of them as a viable alternative in a sea of Japanese brands.  Gone are the days when owning a Hyundai meant a...Read More»

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VW's Newest Hot Hatch Gets an R

One of the most anticipated cars to be seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week was the new, pepped-up Volkswagen Golf, which is being labeled the R. It is taking its place in history among the hot hatch lineup that VW has given us over the years (starting with the original Mark 1 Golf GTI). The...Read More»

2009 Toyota Sienna
Honda, Toyota and Nissan To Offer New Models in 2011: 'Year of the Minivan'

Minivans are much like the late, great Rodney Dangerfield: They get no respect. Commercials make fun of them and crossover buyers shun them. View this photo gallery of minivan goodness below this post. Automotive News writer, John Teahen, Jr. recently had this to say about minivans, "Minivans had...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Car Review: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Hybrid or diesel? For car buyers seeking the highest possible fuel economy, this is one of the most basic questions that must be asked. Both powertrains offer higher mpg ratings and fuel-tank ranges than conventional gasoline engines. Of course, both also offer different driving experiences...Read More»

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Just Whom, Saturn, Do You Think You're Kidding?

Those who read my recent article describing why the 2010 Taurus SHO should not recieve the North American Car of The Year award because "SHO" is a mis-promise probably think of me as a marketing misanthrope. Well, this isn't going to change that much. Sigh. Just this morning I saw a Saturn TV spot...Read More»

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Tips To Help You Buy a Car Off the Lot

I recently did what few of us get excited about; went car shopping. During the experience I remembered to do a few things that helped me out and of course forgot a few things that almost derailed the experience. 1. Have a Plan: The last thing you want to do is go to look at Sedans and end up test...Read More»

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My Problem With Cash for Clunkers

While it is a generally good idea, certain elements of its mandated procedure, are, I believe, halfbaked. Taking a portion of the Nations' aging auto fleet, by offering a cash rebate incentive to get car buyers into the showrooms, seems like a questionable way to get it started. Why not a tax...Read More»

2008 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 5-Pass Open Doors
2010 Subaru Legacy Lineup: Bigger, Better, Bolder

Originally Published in Subiesport Magazine The Subaru Legacy sedan has long been the black sheep of the boxer-bred family. Whereas the WRX clearly appeals to rally fans and the Outback to hiking enthusiasts, the Legacy isnt so well defined: The plucky sedan has been trying to find its voice ever...Read More»

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