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Car Buying Tips, News, and Features - 2011/July

Cars of Summer: Wedding Bells for the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season – day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 31, 2011

Cars of Summer: It's Like Being in an Airplane

For most people, summer is driving season – day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 30, 2011

Obama Announces 54.5 mpg Fuel Economy Guidelines for 2025

By model-year 2025, fuel economy across each automaker’s fleet of vehicles will need to average 54.5 miles per gallon... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 29, 2011

Cars of Summer: Saving Gas in the Kia Optima Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 29, 2011

Car Shoppers Could Pay More if U.S. Defaults

If the United States government can’t reach an agreement on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, and ultimately... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 29, 2011

J.D. Power: Consumers Find New, Redesigned Vehicles Most Appealing

Given the opportunity to choose any vehicle regardless of price, many consumers  will go for the latest, most... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 28, 2011

White House to Confirm 54.5 mpg Fleet Average Friday

In an effort to improve average fuel economy for automaker fleets, the U.S. government proposed a 56.2 mpg fleet... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 28, 2011

Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Parenthood doesn’t doom you to driving a minivan: Plenty of small cars have enough space for five and their stuff. No... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 28, 2011

2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost to Average 20/28 mpg

With the U.S. government and the Big Three’s consensus that a 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025 is an obtainable goal... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 28, 2011

How to Find the Right Car for Your Family

With about 300 different cars on the U.S. market, finding the perfect car for your family is an intimidating task. In... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 27, 2011

Dog Owners Targeted as Distracted Drivers

If you’re a dog owner, a new study says that your canine may be the newest target blamed for distracted driving. A... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 27, 2011

Redesigned Hyundai Azera to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

You may think the 2011 Hyundai Azera is starting to look a bit dated. The current Azera has been rolling off the... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 27, 2011

Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test scores... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 26, 2011

Honda Unveils 2012 CR-V Concept

Honda released a concept photo and vague preliminary information for its 2012 CR-V Concept Monday. The affordable... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 26, 2011

Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Frances Hoysradt, who has a 3-year-old daughter, would like a car that’s smaller than the 2004 Buick Park Avenue she... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 26, 2011

How to Find the Right Car for Your Family

There are about 300 different new cars currently on the market in the U.S. Finding the one that will work the best for... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 26, 2011

Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know

When shopping for a new family car, one of the first things many parents research are safety scores from the National... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 26, 2011

Nissan Leaf Earns Top NHTSA Safety Rating

The all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf has earned the highest possible five-star overall safety rating from the National... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 26, 2011

Porsche Considers Adding Entry-Level Boxster

In an interview with Automotive News Europe , Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said that 2014 may see a new entry-level... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 25, 2011

Lotus Elise Investigated for Fire Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation last week into 4,400 Lotus Elise cars from... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 25, 2011

In Pictures: Size Matters: Small Family Cars

Frances Hoysradt, who has a 3-year-old daughter, would like a car that’s smaller than the 2004 Buick Park Avenue she... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 25, 2011

Kids are Safer Riding with Grandparents than Parents

A recent study shows that children who ride in the car with their grandparents are safer than those riding with their... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 25, 2011

New Toyota Technology Will Automatically Steer Car Away From Accident

Toyota is in the process of developing technology that will automatically steer a vehicle away from another vehicle or... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 22, 2011

U.S. Sells Remaining Chrysler Shares to FIAT

The U.S. Treasury announced Thursday it has sold the rest of its shares of Chrysler Group LLC to Italian automaker FIAT... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 22, 2011

OnStar Available at Best Buy Stores Nationwide

OnStar, a General Motors service that provides emergency assistance, will be available to all vehicle owners beginning... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 21, 2011

Toyota Predicts 16,000 Prius Plug-in Sales

Toyota has high expectations for the 2012 Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), and expects to sell at least 16,000 models... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 21, 2011

2012 Chevrolet Impala Gets 30 MPG on the Highway

A while back, we told you that the 2012 Chevy Impala was getting a substantial power boost thanks to a new... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 20, 2011

Ford Recalls More Than 20,000 Trucks and SUVs

A defective switch that could cause brake lights, tail lights and turn signals to fail is responsible for the latest... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 20, 2011

Family Car Shopping: Space vs. Fuel Economy

Whether you’re a parent with one child or five, you need a vehicle that’s roomy and has good fuel economy. We’ve... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 19, 2011

High-Tech Tools for Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, so it makes sense that parents hesitate... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 19, 2011

2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Price Increase, More Standard Features

The base 2012 Nissan Leaf will cost $2,420 more than the base 2011 Leaf when it goes on sale this fall, and will be... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 19, 2011

Study Shows Volvo Safety System Helps Prevent Crashes

The Highway Loss Data Institute released a new study today that examines Volvo ’s City Safety system, which the... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 19, 2011

In Pictures: High-Tech Tools for Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., making up more than one-third of the deaths in... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 18, 2011

In Pictures: Space vs. Fuel Economy

You may be eyeing that Mazda Miata on the showroom floor, but your family has grown, and it’s time to choose a vehicle... Read More »

Jul. 18, 2011

Family Car Shopping: Space vs. Fuel Economy

You may be eyeing that Mazda Miata on the showroom floor, but your family has grown, and it’s time to choose a vehicle... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 18, 2011

High-Tech Tools for Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., making up more than one-third of the deaths in... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 18, 2011

Saab 9-4X Arrives in Showrooms

Last week, the 2011 Saab 9-4X hit U.S. dealerships, adding a ray of hope to the automaker’s ongoing financial drama... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 18, 2011

White House Makes Concessions on SUV, Truck CAFE Standards

Though most of the news coming out of Washington, D.C. recently has centered around political matters like the debt... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 18, 2011

Cars of Summer: The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Goes to the Beach

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 16, 2011

2011 BMW M3: Awesome Performance, Questionable Cup Holders

From a performance standpoint, the 2011 BMW M3 was absolutely everything I expected it to be. The M3’s nimble handling... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 15, 2011

Mitsubishi to Build Plug-in Hybrid SUV

The hybrid and electric vehicle race is heating up, as more automakers announce plans to bring a plug-in hybrid or... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 15, 2011

Is the myChevrolet App Handy?

Before I hit the road this past weekend, I downloaded the myChevrolet app to accompany me on my trip from Northern... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 14, 2011

2012 Scion iQ to Start at $15,995

This week, automotive journalists headed to California for a preview of the 2012 Scion iQ , a small coupe that... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 14, 2011

Pandora to be Offered by More Automakers

If you listen to music on your computer or smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Pandora. The Internet radio... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 13, 2011

Chrysler Recalls 242,780 Ram Trucks

If you’re one of nearly 250,000 Ram truck owners, your truck may be going in for service sooner than you think... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Jul. 13, 2011

Nissan Announces Pricing for 2012 Versa

With a starting price of $10,990, Nissan says in a statement its redesigned 2012 Versa Sedan is the least expensive... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 12, 2011

U.S. to Get Diesel Chevrolet Cruze

A diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze will be sold in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Jul. 12, 2011

Ask the Editor: What Is Stability Control?

A reader emailed us and asked what a stability control system is. Here’s the scoop: Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Jul. 11, 2011

Automakers Agree On Standard Pickup Towing Tests for 2013

Today, the Society of Automotive Engineers announced a new system of standards to measure pickup truck towing capacity... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 11, 2011

2012 Audi TT RS Pricing Announced

Audi announced last week that its souped-up 2012 TT RS coupe will cost $56,850, not including an $875 destination... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Jul. 11, 2011

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