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2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS AWD: does it compare to more expensive German sport sedans?
2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS AWD: does it compare to more expensive German sport sedans?

When I found out I would be getting a Suzuki Kizashi for the week, I didnt know if it was going to be a car or some new kind of sushi. Kizashi actually means "something great is coming" and is pronounced "Key-ZAH-shee". And it is not something to eat but is Suzuki's all-new sedan, which made its...Read More»

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Why Are Cars So Much More Expensive Than They Used To Be?

I'm always amazed when I hear people reminisce about a time when $4000 would get you a really nice car. I haven't been around nearly long enough to remember something like that, so today's car prices aren't quite as shocking to me. Obviously, the cost of everything has gone up--but what besides a...Read More»

2010 VW GTI App Store Launch
Insuring Your Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI has a lot going for it when it comes to style, gas mileage, and overall affordability. At a starting price of $23,995, the Volkswagen GTI costs less that the Passat, the CC, and the GLI. This compact car gets 21-city/31 hwy mpg and the dual exhaust tips makes it the cool kid in a...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door I6 Engine
Insuring Your Volvo XC90

Insuring your Volvo XC90 can be quite painless if you are well informed about your options, state auto insurance requirements, and how much insurance is sufficient to cover your vehicle. Lets start with your options. Volvo has its own auto insurance program appropriately named Volvo Car Insurance...Read More»

2010 Acura TL
Testing Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive TL (SH-AWD) in Southern California’s Torrential Rain

Life in Southern California just isn't supposed to be like this. Where did the sun and the semi-azure blue of the skies that used to hover so peacefully over my head disappear to? If it's not sunny here then where is it sunny? When will the endless monotony of all these rainstorms finally pass?...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner (Natl) Front Exterior View
Why Don't We Have a Choice of Compact Pickups in America Anymore?

It took years for the major truck makers to give us a choice of midsize four-door trucks. Now, the American market has only two choices for compact pickups. Ford's Ranger is only available in standard cab and extended cab. Chevy / GMC gives us standard/extended/crew cab, the only maker to do so in...Read More»

Conversion Van
Five Reasons Conversion Vans Are A Great Alternative To An RV

Many seniors consider buying an RV to make their journeys more comfortable - whether they are traveling the country, visiting family, or spoiling grandkids by taking them to Disneyland. But most seniors find RVs to be more car than they want too expensive, awkward to handle, and difficult to...Read More»

2005 Honda Civic Sedan EX AT SE Instrument Panel
AAA Seeks Safer Roads With Ban on Texting While Driving

f you are planning to drive through Rhode Island or New Hampshire and if you are also going to be doing some texting while you are driving in those states, be prepared to be pulled over by a state trooper or local policeman if they see you doing it. The reason for the caution is that as of the...Read More»

2002 BMW M3 Cabriolet
Cars of the Future: What's Next, and How Do We Get There?

Ouch. Another year in the books. And not just any year, by any stretch. Good riddance. In spite of all that's recently behind us, I couldn't help but look back and take a quick trip down car-rag memory lane. In a February issue, I found the article, "Proposal for Saving Gasoline." In March, an...Read More»

Bentley cold climate accessories range
How To Avoid Road Rage

When was the last time you thought to yourself, "Wow! I shouldn't be allowed on the road," or "I'm really a jerk," or even "I really should learn to drive!" Chances are, you've said those exact things, or worse - about other drivers. We've all been there. We've all felt the need to express our...Read More»

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How To Shop for Winter Tires

Sliding around a little too much this winter? Investing in some good winter tires might seem like a pricey proposition, but it could pay off. Winter tires are usually more expensive than all-season radials, but since you'll only be using your winter treads for a few months a year, they'll last...Read More»

Mercedes-AMG turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Engines: Bigger Isn't Always Better

Automotive manufacturers always seem to highlight some aspect of engine performance when they market new vehicles. They'll toss around horsepower and torque ratings, cylinder count, valve and timing technology terms, fuel economy, and all other kinds of performance numbers to make their power...Read More»

Bentley cold climate accessories range
Accessories To Help Get You Through the Winter

Some of you know you can count on a cold, snowy, icy winter every year, while others expect it to vary from mild to arctic. Either way, here are a few items that will help you cope with the cold, dark, damp, slippery, windy, ok you get the idea... WINTER. Remote Engine Starter There are a few good...Read More»

Dog in driving gear
Create a Maintenance Budget

There is a small list of items you can (and should) easily keep track of to assure a long, healthy life for your car. You may rely on your mechanic, or a dealership to tell you what and when, or like me, you may prefer to keep track of maintenance on your own. In either case, we've got to pay to...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Detroit Auto Show: Is the 2012 Ford Focus the American Family Car of the Future?

Ever since it was introduced there near the start of the new millennium the Ford Focus has been one of the hottest selling family hatchbacks in Europe. They are renowned for their keen driving dynamics and high quality. Europeans even got a second generation re-style where we were left with a...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2010 Jetta SportWagon Diesel: VW Has Put Sport Into Wagon

I dont like station wagons, but the new VW SportWagen is a fun one to drive. I really enjoyed the last Jetta I drove (an 08 Jetta SE), so I was looking forward to testing the 2010 Jetta wagon. I test drove the new SportWagon TDI, which is the turbo diesel version. This is the way Europe drives...Read More»

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Idle Discussion: Warm It up or Start It and Drive It?

Everyone seems to have their opinion about letting a car's engine idle to warm up in cold weather. I wondered about the facts, and tried to track some down on the web. Here are some thoughts based on what I already knew, and what I learned during my search. Why let your engine idle? 1...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner 4WD 4-door V6 SR5 (Natl) Instrument Cluster
Insuring Your Toyota Tundra10 CrewMax

The Toyota Tundra10 CrewMax is the largest truck in the Toyota pickup line. The 4x2 CrewMax is popular among builders, maintenance personnel, agricultural works, and others, so safety features are important. The Tundra10 has a number of safety features that both owners and auto insurance companies...Read More»

2010 Jeep Wrangler 4WD 2-door Rubicon Open Doors
Jeep Wrangler Auto Insurance Program: Will Chrysler Financial's Jeep Insurance Save You Money?

If you own a Jeep Wrangler and youre having trouble closing the deal on an affordable auto insurance policy, you might want to check out what Chrysler has cooking for you. Chrysler has its very own auto insurance program for all Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Not only this, but the popular...Read More»

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