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It's All in a Door Slam

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 a big fan ... read more »
How Patriotic is Your Car?

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 makes me think ... read more »
EPA Reveals E15 Label

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 able to buy ... read more »
Most Big-City Drivers Favor Red Light Cameras

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 group. Two out of three drivers ... read more »
Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices

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 USA and Walmart ... read more »
Stability Control and Seatbelt Use

Stability Control and Seatbelt Use

It seems that no matter how advanced safety technology gets, it’s tough to beat the old standbys. Last week, the entire U.S. News Cars ... read more »
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Sonata Hybrid Trunk Test

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 »
2011 BMW X5 Diesel Recalled

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 X5 xDrive35d, your ... read more »
Toyota Recalls 82,200 Hybrid SUVs in the U.S.

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 and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h ... read more »
Why Ford is Discontinuing the Ranger

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 someone who has owned two ... read more »
Fewer People Will Travel This Fourth of July Weekend

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 “39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more ... read more »
Five Warning Lights That Keep Your Car Running

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 trouble. Warning lights can ... read more »
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Car and Truck Sales Likely Improving

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 have rebounded after an ominous ... read more »
You Grew Up, and So Did Your Minivan

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 ... read more »
Cars of Summer: June Weddings and the 2012 Audi A7

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 weekend. Even if you ... read more »
Initial Quality of Newly Launched Vehicles Suffers Big Decline

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. Power and Associates’ 2011 U ... read more »
AAA to Recharge Dead EVs with Mobile Charging Trucks

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 has left owners and potential buyers worried about ... read more »
2011 Honda Ridgeline: What We Noticed

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 system, which retails for about $34,480. For ... read more »
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Electric Carmaker Think Files for Bankruptcy

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 bankruptcy, reportedly its third, comes after ... read more »
Ford to Stop Making Ranger Small Truck in December

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 demise was announced in ... read more »
Ford to Offer Inflatable Seat Belts in Flex, Upcoming Lincoln Models

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. Now the automaker plans to ... read more »
Honda Promises 30 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2021

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 announced plans to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide ... read more »
Which Minivans and SUVs are the Safest?

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 rollovers. In fact, the Insurance Institute ... read more »
2012 Mini Coupe Pricing Released

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 are even more updates in the ... read more »
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More Cars Lack Standard Spare Tires

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 tires ... read more »
Used Car Buying Mistakes: Avoid These to Save Money

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 beginning to drop. If ... read more »
The Safest Minivans and SUVs Shootout

The Safest Minivans and SUVs Shootout

Minivans and SUVs are great family-hauling vehicles, and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, they’re also the safest. This wasn’t always the case ... read more »
Ask U.S. News: Chevy Volt Quality

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 personal experiences like maintenance ... read more »
Used Car Buying Mistakes That Cost You Money

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 repairs and not ... read more »
Driving A Lot This Summer? Don't Forget The Sunscreen

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 window sill ... read more »
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Chevrolet Announces Pricing for 2012 Sonic

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 of $13,735 for sedan models ... read more »
Large Cars: Comfortable or Boring?

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 just bought ... read more »
Does  In-Car Fantasy Baseball from Ford Go too Far?

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 connectivity features in some ... read more »
2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: What We Noticed

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 for ... read more »
Volvo Discontinues S40 and V50 in U.S.

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. James Hope, product ... read more »
Saab 9-5, Volkswagen CC Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

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 Pick status for earning the ... read more »
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Cars of Summer: Day Tripping in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged

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 weekend. Even if you ... read more »
Cool Small Cars Lead to Hot Sales

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 vehicle sold in the U ... read more »
Mercedes-Benz GLK 350: I've Got One, and You Don't

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, and you don’t.” I felt ... read more »
Porsche recalls 2010-2011 Porsche 911

Porsche recalls 2010-2011 Porsche 911

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Porsche is recalling 1,702 Porsche 911 models that have “interlocking hub and wheel assemblies” because the ... read more »
Chrysler Recalls 11,351 Vehicles

Chrysler Recalls 11,351 Vehicles

Chrysler is recalling 11,351 Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler products for “a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet,” the National Highway Traffic ... read more »
Mazda Recalls 408,782 Vehicles Globally

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 North America. According to Mazda, the ... read more »
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Does the Media Overhype Hybrids?

Does the Media Overhype Hybrids?

Edmunds.com held a press conference this week that detailed five myths about the automotive industry. While all the myths are interesting, we dove into ... read more »
Study says No Savings with 62 mpg Cars

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 conducted by the Center for Automotive Research ... read more »
2012 BMW M5 Revealed

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 eye candy, as BMW released preliminary ... read more »
Volkswagen Black Turbo Beetle Now Available for Pre-Order

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 2012 Beetle. In a press release, VW says ... read more »
Nissan Discontinues Altima Hybrid

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 detailing its 2012 vehicle ... read more »
Could High Car Prices Be Good News?

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 ... read more »
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Are High Prices Good News for Car Buyers?

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 planning to ... read more »
Listen to U.S. News Online

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 our own ... read more »
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