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Teens cars found lacking in safety

Teens cars found lacking in safety

Getting a license and driving one’s first car remains an important rite of passage. Even if a teen driver chooses a more rational model over, say, a racy sport coupe, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va., suggests many teens are driving models that don't offer suffici…

September 10, 2014 11:12 am
‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

A version of the boilerplate phrase, “Your mileage may vary,” is typically embedded in new-car ads whenever fuel economy is cited, and with good reason. With gas prices continuing to take a significant bite out of a family’s budget, a common complaint among disgruntled consumers is that thei…

September 03, 2014 11:17 am
Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

One of the most recognized brand names in the world, Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is not exactly known for its leading-edge products.

August 27, 2014 10:22 am
Big SUVs are back in a big way

Big SUVs are back in a big way

Originally engineered for tradespeople and outdoor enthusiasts, full-size truck-based SUVs became the darlings of driveways across America throughout the 1990s for their rugged go-anywhere personas.

August 20, 2014 1:23 pm
Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Among those who face the most grueling rush hour commutes, we’d bet comfort trumps performance by a large margin, and with good reason. Owning a car that can make a lightning fast leap to 60 mph and careen around the corners like a go-kart is of little consolation while crawling along at a s…

August 15, 2014 12:11 pm
Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Like parents sending their kids off to college for the first time, automakers ship an array of all-new models to dealers’ showrooms each fall they hope will become successful down the road. Here’s a quick look at eight never-before-seen models premiering for 2015 that are sure to garner atte…

August 07, 2014 4:54 pm
Choosing the safest vehicles

Choosing the safest vehicles

Auto safety has long been a hot-button issue among new car shoppers, and for good reason. Advances in auto design and occupant protection (along with tougher traffic laws) are credited with helping reduce the number of highway fatalities dramatically over the past 35 years.

July 30, 2014 1:06 pm
Driving a 'greener' car

Driving a 'greener' car

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 23, 2014 6:00 am
Practically Affordable: Here’s a dozen 2014 cars and crossovers that have it all for families

Practically Affordable: Here’s a dozen 2014 cars and crossovers that have it all for families

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Brains and Brawn: Hot New Pickups

Brains and Brawn: Hot New Pickups

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 03, 2014 6:00 am
Time to Tow on Vacation: Know your vehicle’s tow limit and proceed with caution for the safest summer adventure possible

Time to Tow on Vacation: Know your vehicle’s tow limit and proceed with caution for the safest summer adventure possible

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

June 25, 2014 6:00 am
Raging Recalls: The auto industry recalled more cars than it sold in the U.S. last year. Here’s what to do if you own a vehicle that’s being recalled

Raging Recalls: The auto industry recalled more cars than it sold in the U.S. last year. Here’s what to do if you own a vehicle that’s being recalled

Automotive recalls have dominated the headlines in recent months, with some of the nation’s largest carmakers, particularly General Motors and Toyota, embroiled in extensive campaigns that affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

June 19, 2014 6:00 am
America’s New Top Models: Compact crossover SUVs are outselling sedans with a winning combination of practicality and value

America’s New Top Models: Compact crossover SUVs are outselling sedans with a winning combination of practicality and value

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

June 11, 2014 6:00 am
Sublime Sedan: Redesigned for 2015, the midsize Chrysler 200 is now a truly stylish and capable family car

Sublime Sedan: Redesigned for 2015, the midsize Chrysler 200 is now a truly stylish and capable family car

The dictionary defines “metamorphosis” as a change of physical form, appearance or character, or a supposed supernatural transformation.

June 04, 2014 10:00 am
Ticket Tariff: Here’s how much common moving violations will raise a motorist’s insurance premiums, and how to keep rates lower after getting a ticket

Ticket Tariff: Here’s how much common moving violations will raise a motorist’s insurance premiums, and how to keep rates lower after getting a ticket

A motorist’s driving record is one of the most critical factors auto insurance companies use to determine his or her rates. It only seems fair that a careful driver who diligently obeys the rules of the road should cost less than someone who regularly flirts with danger by racking up moving …

May 28, 2014 10:00 am
Sedate Sedan: Acura’s new RLX luxury sedan is comfortable and capable, but remains more conservative in nature than its European rivals

Sedate Sedan: Acura’s new RLX luxury sedan is comfortable and capable, but remains more conservative in nature than its European rivals

That was certainly some rotten winter weather we managed to survive, with temperatures plummeting to record lows in many regions and snow falling at least somewhere in all 50 states.

May 21, 2014 6:00 am
Running Hot or Cold: A recent study determined extreme temperatures could cut an electric car’s operating range on a single charge by more than half

Running Hot or Cold: A recent study determined extreme temperatures could cut an electric car’s operating range on a single charge by more than half

That was certainly some rotten winter weather we managed to survive, with temperatures plummeting to record lows in many regions and snow falling at least somewhere in all 50 states.

May 14, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Top Used Cars for New Grads: They’re rated as being safe and reliable and are reasonably affordable, bringing both peace of mind – and pocketbook – to those heading off to their first jobs

Top Used Cars for New Grads: They’re rated as being safe and reliable and are reasonably affordable, bringing both peace of mind – and pocketbook – to those heading off to their first jobs

While many students get through their college years driving an old “beater” car or borrowing a ride from the family fleet as necessary, passing over to the “real world” usually necessitates getting a “real” car.

May 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Time For A Spring Spruce-Up: With the last of winter finally behind us it’s time to bring your car or truck back to its like-new glory

Time For A Spring Spruce-Up: With the last of winter finally behind us it’s time to bring your car or truck back to its like-new glory

This past winter has certainly been inhospitable to motorists, with all 50 states suffering severe rain and snowstorms and below average temperatures that conspired to drive even the heartiest individuals into hibernation.

April 30, 2014 8:00 am
Cars With The Highest And Lowest Insurance Rates: Some vehicles are cheaper – in some cases a lot cheaper – to insure than others

Cars With The Highest And Lowest Insurance Rates: Some vehicles are cheaper – in some cases a lot cheaper – to insure than others

More than a billion dollars is spent each year on advertising that urges consumers to compare their car insurance rates with the hopes of getting them to switch carriers, according to the credit and information management company TransUnion in Chicago, Ill.

April 23, 2014 8:00 am
The 10 Most Traffic-Jammed Cities

The 10 Most Traffic-Jammed Cities

We play the radio, listen to CDs or enjoy audio books. Many of us talk on our cell phones and, if our observations over the years are any indication, some motorists apply their makeup, shave and even catch up on their reading while stuck in traffic.

April 16, 2014 10:35 am
Pickup Sheds Pounds But Is No Lightweight

Pickup Sheds Pounds But Is No Lightweight

The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 leverages aluminum to minimize weight and boost its fuel economy, but without sacrificing utility.

April 09, 2014 10:33 am
Soul Power

Soul Power

Kia’s Soul gets a makeover for 2014 that adds both style and substance to this already endearing compact hatchback

April 02, 2014 1:36 pm
‘Minicars’ Fail Latest Crash Test

‘Minicars’ Fail Latest Crash Test

The laws of physics dictate that, all else being equal, a larger and heavier vehicle will always fare better in a crash than will a smaller and lighter one. For years, automotive engineers have been fairly successful at rewriting the rules by taking out bulk from cars to save fuel economy wh…

March 26, 2014 2:25 pm
Tomorrow’s Hottest Old Cars

Tomorrow’s Hottest Old Cars

A leading classic car insurer looks into its crystal ball to predict which of today’s new vehicles could become valued collectibles down the road

March 19, 2014 2:05 pm Photos

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Going for the Green

Going for the Green

Picking a car that pollutes less can also minimize the cost of a fill-up.

March 12, 2014 10:59 am Photos

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Long-Term Bargains

Long-Term Bargains

New-car shoppers can save big money by choosing a model that’s most affordable to own in terms of depreciation, fuel costs and other factors

March 05, 2014 1:13 pm
All About the Specs

All About the Specs

Car shopping is a numbers game, but few motorists know what a vehicle’s specifications really mean

February 26, 2014 10:55 am
Most Fuel Efficient New Cars

Most Fuel Efficient New Cars

Choosing a model that can run farther on a tank of gas – or one that can avoid the pump altogether – can help save cash and the environment.

February 19, 2014 10:54 am
Packing Heat

Packing Heat

Turbocharged, supercharged, diesel and electric powerplants dominate the list of ‘best new-car engines’ for 2014.

February 12, 2014 10:44 am
The Hottest Selling New Cars for 2014

The Hottest Selling New Cars for 2014

Don’t expect to see much in the way of discounts on what are thus far the most popular models of the year

February 05, 2014 1:09 pm
Cash-Saving Hybrids

Cash-Saving Hybrids

Though most are priced higher than comparable gas-only models, several hybrid cars can prove to be more cost effective over a typical ownership period

January 29, 2014 11:17 am
New cars that hold on to their value

New cars that hold on to their value

Depreciation is typically one of a motorist’s largest ownership expenses and it pays off down the road to choose a model that’s predicted to have the highest resale value in its class.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am
Road Warrior

Road Warrior

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a stylish and comfortable five-passenger crossover SUV, with solid on- and off-road capabilities and a long list of high-tech options

January 15, 2014 12:00 am
Big trucks in smaller packages

Big trucks in smaller packages

Two new pickups coming later this year should to appeal to truck buyers who don’t necessarily need a bulkier full-size model

January 08, 2014 11:50 am
Cars That Can Avoid Crashes

Cars That Can Avoid Crashes

A growing number of cars and crossovers offer sophisticated accident avoidance technology to help prevent collisions; a new rating system grades their performance

December 28, 2013 1:10 pm
Making its Midsize Mark

Making its Midsize Mark

The redesigned Cadillac CTS sedan is ready to compete with some of the finest midsize luxury sedans in the world

December 18, 2013 11:52 am
Evolution/Revolution

Evolution/Revolution

If you haven’t shopped for a new car in several years, you may not be prepared for what you’ll find on dealers’ showrooms. Here’s how vehicles have changed over the last decade

December 11, 2013 11:59 am
Beating Winter's Icy Grip

Beating Winter's Icy Grip

Those hitting the road to visit friends or family need to take the proper precautions to ensure their vehicles are up to the task

December 04, 2013 12:17 pm
Protecting a Precious Cargo

Protecting a Precious Cargo

Far too many parents are becoming neglectful when it comes to properly securing infants and children before hitting the road

November 27, 2013 1:07 pm
Making Their Debuts

Making Their Debuts

Meet the freshman class of cars and trucks that are newly arriving for the 2014 model year

November 20, 2013 2:17 pm Photos

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Hold Onto Your Seats

Hold Onto Your Seats

Here’s one more thing astute owners of minivans, SUVs and crossovers might want to worry about when they park their vehicles: their third-row seats.

November 13, 2013 11:16 am
Choosing a Vehicle that Goes in the Snow

Choosing a Vehicle that Goes in the Snow

Front or rear drive? Four-wheel or all-wheel drive? Here’s how to choose a car or truck that’s built to tackle the toughest winter conditions

November 13, 2013 12:00 am
Fueling the Future

Fueling the Future

While diesel-powered autos remain far more popular in other parts of the world, they’re finally beginning catching on here in the U.S., fueled by several new models debuting for 2014 from automakers including Chevrolet, Jeep, Ram, Mazda, Audi and BMW.

November 06, 2013 12:00 am
State Car Costs, Compared: The difference from one state to another can average more than $2,000 annually

State Car Costs, Compared: The difference from one state to another can average more than $2,000 annually

While a recent CNBC.com report cites Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey as having the highest costs of living in the nation, those states are not even in the top 10 when it comes to car ownership expenses.

October 30, 2013 9:00 am
Fanciful Features

Fanciful Features

There’s no such thing as a “stripped down” new car any more. Even some of the smallest and least expensive rides on the road come equipped with a modicum of features including air conditioning, an audio system and power windows and locks. What’s more, top-shelf items like a heated steering w…

October 23, 2013 4:32 pm Photos

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Car buyers are falling their test drives

Car buyers are falling their test drives

A consumer may take months to winnow down his or her car-buying choices to a reasonably few models, having read reviews, researched prices, and perhaps even attending a regional auto show to “kick the tires,” only to make a final buying decision based upon a too-hasty test drive with a chatt…

October 16, 2013 12:07 pm
Who Are The Safest Drivers In The U.S.?

Who Are The Safest Drivers In The U.S.?

If you’re looking to move where the drivers are more cautious than the norm, better consider a small town. That’s the conclusion one could glean from this year’s rankings of the nation’s safest driving cities as compiled by the Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill.

October 09, 2013 11:45 am
The RAV is the Rave

The RAV is the Rave

The compact Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV received a full redesign last year with fresh styling and myriad mechanical improvements, but perhaps the biggest news in a segment that’s already crammed with worthy models was the addition of a conventional lift-up tailgate instead of the side-hinged r…

October 02, 2013 12:00 am
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