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Tesla, Hyundai, Cadillac, Are The Most-Loved Vehicles In America
Tesla, Hyundai, Cadillac, Are The Most-Loved Vehicles In America

How do you feel about your car? Your toaster? Your television? No, how do you REALLY feel about them? Do they satisfy you? Meet your needs? Turn you on? Could you quantify those feelings -- perhaps on a scale of 0 to 1,000? That's essentially what market research firm Strategic Vision asks...Read More»

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study
J.D. Power: Vehicle Dependability Drops For The First Time In Over 15 Years

America's auto industry has been on a roll recently, boasting stronger sales, better-built cars, and higher approval ratings from customers. That makes J.D. Power's latest Dependability Study all the more surprising, since it shows that vehicle dependability has dropped for the first time in more...Read More»

2014 Toyota Yaris
Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In

If you're a fan of European auto brands, we have some bad news: by and large, your car companies are being left in the dust by their American and Asian competitors. At least that's what Consumer Reports claims in its latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. To create the survey, the magazine polled...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Survey: Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car: What kind of fuel economy does it earn? What safety features does it offer? Will I need to call tech support just to set up the radio? One thing we've never heard folks ask, though, is whether their new ride will be attractive to...Read More»

BringGo app, in 2013 Chevrolet Spark
J.D. Power: Shoppers Think Of Chrysler, Ford, GM As High-Tech Innovators

Good news, Detroit fans: according to J.D. Power, America's new-car shoppers are turning increasingly to the Big Three for high-tech innovation. That revelation comes courtesy of Power's 2014 Avoider study, which surveyed approximately 29,000 new-car owners between July and September of 2013. The...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by CarInsuranceComparison.com revealed that the worst drivers -- based on fatality rates, traffic citations, and other factors -- tended to live in the South, with better drivers situated in the...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Louisiana Drivers Are The Worst In America (Rest of The South Isn't So Hot, Either)

When Shakespeare wrote about Italians and Spaniards, he tended to make them a little crazy. Too much sun makes the blood boil, went the thinking at the time. Four-hundred years down the road, we know that most Renaissance medical theories were pure hogwash, but could a new study about driving in...Read More»

Couple arguing
Study: Your Spouse Is The Most Annoying Driver You Know

As the holidays approach, you and your family/loved ones/significant other/pets will likely do a lot of traveling -- most of it by car. So, as if the thought of spending a long, uncomfortable afternoon with your drunk aunts, uncles, and cousins weren't stressful enough, you've also got to put up...Read More»

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid
Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

Last week, we told you about a new study commissioned by Audi, which proves that consumers want to see more diesel vehicles in U.S. showrooms. That struck us as awfully convenient, since Audi has been trying for years to persuade Americans that diesels provide the improved fuel economy and reduced...Read More»

J.D. Power 2013 Sales Satisfaction Study
Jaguar, MINI Top J.D. Power's 2013 Sales Satisfaction Study, Chrysler Brings Up The Rear

It's that time again: time for J.D. Power's annual Sales Satisfaction Index Study, which measures customer satisfaction at dealerships across the U.S. Last year, Lexus and MINI dealers came out on top. Did they fare as well as 2013? For MINI, the answer was a resounding "yes". After all the scores...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

Older driver with phone
Yikes: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf The Internet While Driving

Bad news for foes of distracted driving: a new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better. In July 2013, the Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey polled 1,014 adults across the U.S., asking them about their behavior behind the wheel and their...Read More»

Stanford/Audi TTS autonomous Pikes Peak car, aka 'Shelley'
Would You Consider An Autonomous Car If It Came With A Deep Insurance Discount?

At this point, the question isn't whether autonomous cars will become a reality. We already know the answer: yes, they will. And soon. Now, the question is: when will the motoring public will get onboard with self-driving vehicles? The answer will determine how quickly autonomous cars -- and their...Read More»

Drowsy drivers warning sign (photo by Flickr user Phil Robinson)
Study: Drowsy Drivers Three Times More Likely To Have Auto Accidents

Every so often, it is our duty to remind you of the painfully obvious. This is one of those times. So please bear with us when we say: if you're sleepy behind the wheel, you're much more likely to be involved in an automobile accident than if you were wide awake. We can make such bold assertions...Read More»

Liberty Mutual Insurance senior driving infographic
55% Of Boomers Worry About Parents' Driving, Only 23% Are Talking About It

As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members. If they're fortunate enough to have living parents, chances are, Boomers are concerned about their parents' ability to get...Read More»

Who's snooping through your car? (via CarInsurance.com)
Car-Borrowers Are Snoops, And Here's The Proof

When people ask to borrow our computers, we fear the worst. We clear our browser history, hide questionable files, and turn off chat programs to prevent moms or granddads or co-workers from stumbling across anything unseemly. Do we do the same when folks borrow our cars? Probably not -- but...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
Survey Flawed: Georgia Probably Isn't The Most Expensive State For Car Owners After All

Back in August, Bankrate released a study of the costs of car ownership. After analyzing a range of factors -- including registration fees, fuel costs, and insurance -- the website revealed that Georgia is the most expensive state in which to own a vehicle. Only problem is, that's probably wrong...Read More»

Gossip Girl presents the faces of Generation Y
J.D. Power Confirms: Brand Loyalty Is Dead, Especially Among Millennials

As automakers know all too well, Americans have a love-hate relationship with cars. And as if that weren't bad enough, J.D. Power has just revealed that brand loyalty -- the thing that brought our parents back to the same dealership year after year -- is dying a slow death. Among Generation Y...Read More»

Traffic projections, U.S. Travel Association
Study: America Will Soon See Labor Day-Like Traffic, All Year Long

For those who hate heavy traffic -- and really, who doesn't? -- we've got some very bad news. According to the U.S. Travel Association, America's roads are clogging fast, and within the next couple of decades, some areas of the country could see congestion on par with Labor Day traffic all year...Read More»

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