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August 2012 Car And Truck Sales: The Best (And Worst) Selling Vehicles
August 2012 Car And Truck Sales: The Best (And Worst) Selling Vehicles

If you’d just emerged from a a decade-long slumber and stumbled upon August new car sales numbers for the U.S. market, you’d probably think we were in a time of prosperity instead of plagued by ongoing economic malaise. After all, the domestic big three automakers posted double-digit...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
July 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles

July, it seems, was an odd month for car sales. While some manufacturers (like Chrysler) posted serious gains over last July, other automakers (like GM and, surprisingly, Ford) posted a downturn in sales compared to last year. There are no real surprises in this month’s Winners column, as...Read More»

Thief Stealing a Car
Four Things Car Thieves Love To See

Car theft is on the decline--and today, the chances that your vehicle will be stolen are lower than any time in the past 15 years. The FBI estimates that in 2010, some 737,142 vehicles were stolen in the U.S., a drop of more than 7 percent from the year before. The National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
June 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles

History, it’s said, is doomed to repeat itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in June's new car sales, particularly the monthly list of best (and worst) selling vehicles in the U.S. market. As with May’s numbers, the big winners seemed to be trucks and fuel-efficient sedans, while...Read More»

1994 Dodge Ram
Patriot Acts: The Most Important American Cars Of The Past 25 Years

When history takes a look at the brand-new cars (and trucks) of the past 25 years, it won't be kind to many of them. So many nameplates failed to launch, a whole dealership in a parallel universe could be filled with the copies that went quietly to fleet sales or corporate use. That parking lot...Read More»

Wrapped gift  Image: Flickr user asenat29
Cars And Colognes: What Dad Doesn't Want For Fathers' Day

Fathers' Day is this Sunday, June 17, so if you haven’t already hit the internet in search of the perfect gift, you’ll likely be shopping locally or paying dearly for expedited delivery. When it comes to choosing the right gift, there are a few absolutes. Even if dad still wears a tie...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Solstice
The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars

We’d like to believe the economy is getting better, even if it isn’t doing so at the pace we’d like to see. For automakers, 2008 was a bad year, but 2009 will go down as the year that auto sales fell off the cliff. It still isn't what analysts consider recovered: sales are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Sun Sippers: 6 Convertibles With The Best Gas Mileage

At the first hints of summer, after just a few sun-soaked days, it's tempting to put aside all your plans for a sensible new vehicle and instead go for one that tousles your hair a bit. Trouble is, in shopping for a convertible, it's easy to lose sight about what happens come fall, or what you're...Read More»

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TCC's Top Rated Vehicles Under $20k

Interested in getting the best vehicle for well below today's new-vehicle average of about $28k? If so, you'll need to do some smart shopping; and that early stage of car shopping can be exciting yet a little overwhelming if you simply Google reviews for a model. As you pore over specs, features...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Third Row Seats: The 6 Top-Rated Family Wagons That Have Them

If you have more than four in your family, or in your extended family, taking everyone even out across town can get complicated—unless you have a third-row seats. Getting real capability for six or seven no longer means that you have to settle for a boring van or basic SUV. Today's market...Read More»

Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies
The 6 Things To Know About Star Safety Ratings

While you might be perfectly happy with a two-star hotel or restaurant choice, you shouldn't ever settle for anything but five stars in a vehicle. As before, you'll find federal star ratings printed on the window sticker of all new vehicles. But this year, they're different. The National Highway...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500
Seven Car Brands With Bad Reputations For Quality

Quality means different things to different car buyers--everything from reliability to fuel efficiency to utility. It's nebulous, but it can make or break the launch of a new vehicle or the success of a car company, affecting everything from positive press to negative word-of-mouth reviews. Some...Read More»

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Good News: 7 Auto Trends And Headlines We Were Glad To See In 2010

It's the end of another year—in this case, a year when we've slogged through countless recall updates, worrisome issues like driver distraction in the spotlight, and confirmed the demise of several major automotive brands, hundreds of dealerships, and overall, some of the worst-ever economic...Read More»

christmas holiday gift
7 Worst Automotive Gifts

'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and all that. But for car-crazy people, it's also the season for a heap of seemingly useless automotive gifts, most of which will be stowed away until your next white elephant exchange or passed along to the novice driver in the family. Well-intentioned relatives...Read More»

Flickr user Mike Burns
7 Most Dangerous Things To Do In Your Car

As you might already know, cars aren't exactly the safest way to get around. Based on miles traveled, taking the car is many times more dangerous than taking a train and several times more dangerous than an airplane or bus. Yet we still take the car, right? For convenience—and driving...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
The TCC List: The 7 Most Important Recalls Of the Decade

Safer driving starts with a driver's skills, but it also begins with the vehicle itself--one that's engineered and manufactured to operate in a predictable, reliable way. When the best-laid plans of car companies go awry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets involved. As part of...Read More»

2010 Volvo S80
The TCC List: The Best Seats in the House

Few factors can make a great car even better--or kill the performance thrill entirely--like car seats. In the 260-plus cars we review each year here at High Gear Media, most just pass across our backsides without much positive or negative impression. But a few seats stand out in our minds as some...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»

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