Car Buying Tips, News, and Features

It's All in a Door Slam

Last week, Jamie Page Deaton , our managing editor, asked me if I would purchase a Kia Forte or a Hyundai Elantra . I’m... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 30, 2011

How Patriotic is Your Car?

As a kid, I enjoyed the warm weather and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, but as an automotive journalist, it... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 30, 2011

EPA Reveals E15 Label

Drivers of passenger vehicles made in 2001 or later and drivers who own a vehicle with a flex-fuel engine will soon be... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 30, 2011

Most Big-City Drivers Favor Red Light Cameras

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , opponents of red light cameras are a minority... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 30, 2011

Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices

Superstore mogul Walmart is offering 10 cents off the price of a gallon of gas this Fourth of July weekend at Murphy... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 30, 2011

Stability Control and Seatbelt Use

It seems that no matter how advanced safety technology gets, it’s tough to beat the old standbys. Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 30, 2011

Sonata Hybrid Trunk Test

If you read as many car reviews as we do here at U.S. News, you’ll see it a lot: hybrid sedans getting knocked by... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 29, 2011

2011 BMW X5 Diesel Recalled

Diesel-powered versions of the 3-Series and X5 are relatively new, but if you’re one of the few proud owners of a 2011... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 29, 2011

Toyota Recalls 82,200 Hybrid SUVs in the U.S.

Toyota announced a recall today that affects roughly 82,200 hybrid SUVs . “Toyota is recalling 45,500 Highlander Hybrid... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 29, 2011

Why Ford is Discontinuing the Ranger

A week ago, PickupTrucks.com reported that the Ford Ranger ’s last day of production will be December 22, 2011.  As... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 28, 2011

Fewer People Will Travel This Fourth of July Weekend

Although gas prices are dropping, AAA predicts fewer Americans will travel this holiday weekend. An estimated “3... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 28, 2011

Five Warning Lights That Keep Your Car Running

Summer is a prime time for road trips, but logging hundreds of miles also means you’re more likely to encounter vehicle... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 28, 2011

Car and Truck Sales Likely Improving

Though official sales numbers likely won’t be released until later this week, it looks like June car and truck sales... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 27, 2011

You Grew Up, and So Did Your Minivan

The simple joy of driving is something that I may have lost as I've aged. When I was 16, I was just excited to drive... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 26, 2011

Cars of Summer: June Weddings and the 2012 Audi A7

For most people, summer is driving season. AAA estimates that 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 26, 2011

Initial Quality of Newly Launched Vehicles Suffers Big Decline

The initial quality of new cars, trucks and SUVs launched this year “has declined considerably,” according to J.D... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 24, 2011

AAA to Recharge Dead EVs with Mobile Charging Trucks

Electric vehicles are ideal green cars because they don’t require any gas, but America’s poor charging infrastructure... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 24, 2011

2011 Honda Ridgeline: What We Noticed

I recently spent some time with a top-of-the-line Honda Ridgeline RTL with the optional hard drive-based navigation... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 23, 2011

Electric Carmaker Think Files for Bankruptcy

Think Global, a Norwegian automaker that produces the City electric small car, has filed for bankruptcy in Norway. The... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 23, 2011

Ford to Stop Making Ranger Small Truck in December

The Ford Ranger compact pickup truck has reached the end of its life, PickupTrucks.com reports. The news of the truck’s... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 23, 2011

Ford to Offer Inflatable Seat Belts in Flex, Upcoming Lincoln Models

Ford raised its bar for safety earlier this year with the introduction of inflatable rear seat belts in the Explorer... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 22, 2011

Honda Promises 30 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2021

It’s always good news when an automaker increases its efforts to stay environmentally friendly, and Tuesday, Honda... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 22, 2011

Which Minivans and SUVs are the Safest?

SUVs are much safer than they used to be, thanks to electronic stability control, a feature that helps prevent... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 21, 2011

2012 Mini Coupe Pricing Released

With the all-new Mini Cooper Countryman added for 2011, Mini has already made significant changes to its lineup. There... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 21, 2011

More Cars Lack Standard Spare Tires

According to the Los Angeles Times , 13 percent of the 1 million cars sold in the U.S. last month did not have spare... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 21, 2011

Used Car Buying Mistakes: Avoid These to Save Money

Used car prices reached record highs in April and May, but as gas prices start to fall, used vehicle prices are... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 21, 2011

The Safest Minivans and SUVs Shootout

Minivans and SUVs are great family-hauling vehicles, and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 21, 2011

Ask U.S. News: Chevy Volt Quality

On a recent blog post about the cost of super-efficient cars , a user called Stastny asked, “is there any record of... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 21, 2011

Used Car Buying Mistakes That Cost You Money

When you’re shopping for a used car, one mistake can cost you a lot of money. Buying a vehicle that needs expensive... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 20, 2011

Driving A Lot This Summer? Don't Forget The Sunscreen

To many people, one of the best things about warm weather is being able to drive with your arm resting on the open... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 20, 2011

Chevrolet Announces Pricing for 2012 Sonic

General Motors has announced that the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic , due in dealerships this fall, will have a starting price... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 20, 2011

Large Cars: Comfortable or Boring?

Last week, I flew to western South Dakota for a wedding and drove back to Washington, D.C., with my boyfriend, who had... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jun. 20, 2011

Does In-Car Fantasy Baseball from Ford Go too Far?

Ford’s new SYNC TDI system will let you track your fantasy baseball team on the go. I’ve written about some far-out... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 17, 2011

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: What We Noticed

I took the new 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid for a spin Wednesday at a launch event in Washington, D.C. It has enough power... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 17, 2011

Volvo Discontinues S40 and V50 in U.S.

Volvo will stop selling its S40 sedan and V50 wagon in the U.S. after the 2011 model year, Automobile Magazine reports. Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 17, 2011

Saab 9-5, Volkswagen CC Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2011 Saab 9-5 and the 2011 and 2012 Volkswagen CC Top Safety... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 17, 2011

Cars of Summer: Day Tripping in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged

For most people, summer is driving season. AAA estimates that 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 16, 2011

Cool Small Cars Lead to Hot Sales

Small cars are finally getting some respect from consumers. In May, small cars were the second most popular type of... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 16, 2011

Mercedes-Benz GLK 350: I've Got One, and You Don't

With a red exterior that matched Marilyn Monroe’s lipstick, my test 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 screamed, “I’ve got one... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 16, 2011

Porsche recalls 2010-2011 Porsche 911

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , Porsche is recalling 1,702 Porsche 911 models that... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 16, 2011

Chrysler Recalls 11,351 Vehicles

Chrysler is recalling 11,351 Jeep , Dodge and Chrysler products for “a missing or incorrectly installed steering column... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 16, 2011

Mazda Recalls 408,782 Vehicles Globally

Mazda is recalling 408,782 Mazda3 vehicles worldwide for defective windshield wiper motors, 157,666 of which are in... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 16, 2011

Does the Media Overhype Hybrids?

Edmunds.com held a press conference this week that detailed five myths about the automotive industry. While all the... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 15, 2011

Study says No Savings with 62 mpg Cars

Recently, consumer demand for fuel efficient cars has increased thanks to rising gas prices. However, a new study... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 15, 2011

2012 BMW M5 Revealed

Performance-minded shoppers who’ve been eyeing cars like the Audi S6 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG just got some new... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jun. 15, 2011

Volkswagen Black Turbo Beetle Now Available for Pre-Order

Volkswagen introduced a new vehicle pre-order program Monday in conjunction with the launch of a special edition 201... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 14, 2011

Nissan Discontinues Altima Hybrid

Nissan has decided to axe the Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. The automaker issued a statement last week... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jun. 14, 2011

Could High Car Prices Be Good News?

Like a lot of people, I was in the market for a new car until the earthquake in Japan hit. Since I wasn’t able to buy... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 13, 2011

Are High Prices Good News for Car Buyers?

High prices have been scaring many car buyers out of the market, but that could be good news for car shoppers who are... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 13, 2011

Listen to U.S. News Online

Earlier today I was on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, talking about if our cars have gotten too smart for... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jun. 13, 2011

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