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Getting Real With A Toyota Prius In The Whole Foods Parking Lot
Getting Real With A Toyota Prius In The Whole Foods Parking Lot

Times have changed in the Gangsta’s Paradise we call Los Angeles. Where it used to be all about rolling in your slammed ’64 Impala and busting caps from your AK, today it’s more about rolling in your Prius, popping down to Whole Foods for a bag of Blazing Wasabi snack mix and a...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Ford: Lincoln Dealers Need To Step Up Their Game

Ford has high hopes for re-establishing the Lincoln brand as one of the country's pre-eminent luxury nameplates. Over the next three years, Ford will introduce seven new or significantly redesigned vehicles, including a 2013 MKZ Hybrid expected to achieve 47 mpg in city fuel economy. Ford also...Read More»

2011 GMC Acadia Denali
GM's Full-Size Crossovers Get Minor Changes For 2013

If you’re looking for a major redesign on the 2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Acadia, it appears that you have a bit longer to wait. The Lambda-platform crossovers are getting a few improvements and updates for the 2013 model year, but big changes to the product line...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid To Get 47 MPG City: Report

Ford’s current Fusion Hybrid is no slouch in the fuel economy department, returning an EPA estimated 41 miles per gallon in city driving. Given the car’s mid-size sedan bulk, that’s a more-than-reasonable performance, but Ford apparently has found a way to up the next Fusion...Read More»

2008 Buick Lucerne Super
GM Revamps Certified Pre-Owned Programs

If you’re looking to buy a Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet, Buick or GMC, we’ve got good news for you. Thanks to changes in GM’s Certified Pre-Owned programs, CPO Chevy, Buick or GMC vehicles now come with two years or 30,000 miles of scheduled maintenance. Called Owner Care, the...Read More»

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T live photos
Dodge Renames Trims For 2012, But They're No Less Confusing

This much is perfectly clear: Dodge will change the names of available trim packages across most of their 2012 product line. That’s good news for most of us, who were left scratching our heads at trim levels called “Mainstreet” or “Heat.” For 2012, Dodge is bringing...Read More»

Hyundai Blue Link screen interface
Hyundai Prices Blue Link Telematics System

Hyundai has mastered the Japanese art of first launching, then improving on, technology like that from your competitors. Such is the case with their Blue Link telematics system, which will offer features that OnStar users will be intimately familiar with, but include additional functions aimed...Read More»

2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX: Recall Alert

General Motors has announced the recall of 47,401 Cadillac SRX crossovers built for the 2011 model year. The vehicles in question were built between February 2, 2010 and April 29, 2011. The problem: the crossovers in the recall will not deploy right-side roof-rail airbags if sensors determine the...Read More»

Volvo inflatable child seat
Proposed Legislation Will Ban Drop-Outs From Driving

Like graduated teen driver's licensing, it sounds simple enough: if you want to get a driver’s license, you need to stay in school. Drop out, and you’ll either be ineligible for driving privileges or you’ll run the risk of having your license revoked. That’s what’s...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevy Volt Offers More Content For Less Money

When GM launched the Chevrolet Volt in late 2010, much of the criticism centered around the car’s base price of $41,000, including a destination charge of $720. Critics were quick to point out the price gap between the Volt and its closest competitor, the Nissan Leaf, completely negating the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Latest Safety Stats: New SUVs Are Safer Than Sedans

Is your family safer and more secure in a sedan or an SUV? For years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has advised that the safest vehicle choice is a vehicle that's moderately heavy yet low—like a medium to large sedan. But based on the latest findings from the IIHS, that...Read More»

Teen driving
NHTSA Puts Industry On Notice: A Car Is Not A Mobile Device

Continuing a campaign initiated by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) addressed the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference with harsh words on the growing trend to integrate infotainment technology into cars. David...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
The Real Cost Of A California Traffic Ticket

Roll through a stop sign in Los Angeles County, and you'll get a $35 ticket. That’s not all the traffic stop will cost you, though, since by the time you’re done writing checks to the various agencies, you’ll be out of pocket $334, or nearly 10 times the cost of the original...Read More»

Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
Ford's 2012 C-Max Product Lineup Loses A Minivan

If you fell in love with compact C-Max minivan and were counting down the days until you could buy one from your local Ford dealer, we’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news: Ford has killed plans to sell the three-row, seven-passenger C-Max in the United States, citing an...Read More»

Opel Astra GTC three-door hatchback
Opel CEO: Talk of Opel's Sale is 'Pure Speculation'

Despite reports in German magazines Auto Bild and Der Spiegel that GM’s management was questioning the long-term viability of the Opel brand, Opel’s CEO shot down rumors of a sale as “pure speculation.” In an internal memo, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Opel’s head, told...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
May Car Sales Show Clear Winners, Losers

Last month was the first time in eight months that new car sales declined, thanks to a mixture of product shortages, high gas prices and reduced discounts or incentives from manufacturers. The sales slowdown means that new cars, on average, are taking longer to leave dealer lots. In April, the...Read More»

Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Summer's Here, Almost--So Car-Related Crime Is Up

You may find this obvious, but many people don’t: summer means more people spending time outdoors, and more people often translates into more crime. Temperatures aren’t the only thing rising in summer, since car related burglary and vandalism rates also go up during summer months (even...Read More»

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots
2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Priced

Buick has released pricing on their mild-hybrid, four-cylinder LaCrosse eAssist, showing that it will sticker at $30,820 (including a destination charge of $860) before you begin adding options. Technically, that allows Buick to claim it’s priced “below $30,000," which also makes it...Read More»

Traffic in China
Slowing Auto Sales Prompts New Chinese 'Cash for Clunkers'

China is currently the world’s largest auto market, but even Chinese consumers have a limit to their disposable income. After years of double-digit growth that attracted automakers from around the world, China’s auto sales fell 14 percent from April to May. That’s prompted Chinese...Read More»

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