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Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good
Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good

Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. They're doing all that to prepare for a future 10 or 20 years down the...Read More»

Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation
What kind of car is best for families? Our poll results

Some of you remember the 1970s. Back then, America had one family car: the station wagon. For decades, it had served as the only respectable means for parents and kids to travel together. Then, in the 1980s, someone got the bright idea to overhaul the customized vans once favored by the Symbionese...Read More»

Ferrari FF plays in the snow
Do you mount winter tires on your car? Our poll results

Millions of Americans got their first taste of winter snow this week, which made us wonder how many of those motorists went to the trouble of putting winter tires on their cars? In some parts of the country, winter tires (also known as snow tires) are considered a must. Their treads are designed to...Read More»

Automatic Emergency Braking graphic
Do you want automatic emergency braking in your next car? Our poll results

Bit by bit, self-driving cars are edging into showrooms. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and other features have slowly begun to shift the burden of driving away from humans and onto computers. By many estimates, chips and transistors will handle much of the driving in new vehicles...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Do electric cars have a future in the Trump administration? Our poll results

When Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2008, the auto industry was in turmoil. The U.S. economy was tanking, and though Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had offered some assistance to Detroit automakers, at least two of those companies were at risk of going belly-up if they didn't receive...Read More»

Apple CarPlay, in 2016 Hyundai Sonata
What technology do you want most in your next car? Our poll results

Today's cars are loaded with high-tech features--some great, some not so great. While a bit of that technology comes standard on new vehicles, much of it doesn't, which means consumers have to pay extra for it. And that presents a dilemma for many new-car shoppers: unless they're of unlimited...Read More»

Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)
How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results

U.S. roads are in terrible shape. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated them a "D". Our bridges weren't too much better, earning a C+. The ASCE's next report card is due in 2017, and given the insufficient sums allocated to roadway maintenance, improvement, and expansion, it's...Read More»

Traffic
How far do you drive each day? Our poll results

According to the US. Department of Transportation, the average American drives 13,476 miles per year. That works out to 1,123 miles each month and about 37 miles per day. That's in keeping with statistics we've seen before--statistics that automakers have relied on when developing electric cars...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Do you ever get “road rage?” Our poll results

We humans are not a patient lot. Whether we're in line at the grocery store or stuck on hold with our cable company, we have a tendency to see red whenever anyone gets between us and our goals. That's especially true when we're driving. Even a most mild-mannered Bruce Banner can turn into a raging...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Do you trust a car dealer to be fair? Our poll results

Shopping for a new car is often an exercise in frustration. Sure, researching your next ride can be enjoyable--even entertaining--but the fun abruptly stops when you have to schlep to the showroom. Much of that unpleasantness is directly related to the arcane car-buying process. When you're...Read More»

Money and car keys
Do you purchase an extended warranty when buying a car? Our poll results

You've probably heard it from your parents and peers: extended warranties are a waste of money. Do you believe it, though? Do you shell out for an extended warranty when buying a car? We wanted to find out, so we asked some of our Twitter followers. Here's how they responded: Do you purchase...Read More»

Ford website
Would you buy your next car on the internet instead of in person? Our poll results

Few questions have black and white answers: Is wine really good for you? It depends. Is Kanye West's fashion line as dumb as everyone says? Maybe. Is everything bigger in Texas? No comment. For the most part, we live a universe of gray. But some things aren't up for debate. For example: Do people...Read More»

The Internet
Do you research safety ratings when you buy a new car? Our poll results

Depending on your point of view, the internet can be an information superhighway, or it can be the express lane into the dark, bottomless, timesucking hole of Facebook. Based on some responses to a recent Twitter poll, we have a hunch about which camp our readers belong to. Earlier this week, we...Read More»

Automatic Emergency Braking graphic
Is automatic emergency braking a must-have in your next car? Our poll results

For anyone who thinks that autonomous vehicles are the cars of the future, we hate to break it to you, but they're already here. In fact, they've been stealthily rolling into showrooms over the past several years, one feature at a time. Many of us have now become accustomed to those features. As...Read More»

Terrafugia TF-X
What technology do you want most in your next car? Our poll results

New technology is often attractive to consumers. For proof, please see the lines of people snaking around Apple stores today, waiting for the new, headphone jack-free iPhone. But technology isn't without its downsides. For starters, it's expensive for companies to develop and therefore, expensive...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Would you buy a car made by Google? Our poll results

A week ago, we reported on a new survey from TECHnalysis Research. It revealed that a majority of Americans would consider purchasing vehicles made by Google or Apple, if those vehicles were ever to hit the market. A few days later, we asked our Twitter followers to share their feelings about a...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Would you buy a car made by Apple? Our poll results

Yesterday, we told you about a new survey gauging the public's interest in cars that might be made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The results were a little surprising, so we decided to do some further research. The initial survey was carried out by TECHnalysis, and it revealed that consumers...Read More»

Teen driver
Chevrolet study reveals driving--not sex or drugs--worries parents most

Once upon a time, America's youth were in trouble--or so ABC wanted us to believe. From 1972 to 1997, the network's Afterschool Special series tackled a range of problems plaguing young people, including discrimination, disabilities, drinking, dating, drugs, death, and the 1970's scariest "D-word"...Read More»

Oil cap
How often do you change your oil?

Growing up, most of us were told to change the oil in our cars every 2,500 or 3,000 miles. We recently conducted a quick poll, though, and found that few of you still heed that advice--if you ever did. How often do you change your oil? — CarConnection (@CarConnection) August 15, 2016 As you...Read More»

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