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

Land Rover Defender Concept Confirmed

Off-road enthusiasts may remember the Land Rover Defender 90 for its rugged, utilitarian design and go-anywhere... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 31, 2011

Audi to Debut New S Models at Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi’s sedan lineup has seen some big changes for the 2012 model year. We’ve already test driven the redesigned A6 and... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 31, 2011

2012 Acura TSX Special Edition to Hit Dealerships Late September

Acura is selling a special edition of its entry-level TSX sedan in conjunction with the brand’s 25th anniversary. The... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 30, 2011

Mini Paceman Gets Green Light for Production

The three-door Mini Paceman crossover coupe has been confirmed for production. The Mini Paceman concept was introduced... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 30, 2011

2012 Lexus Models' Pricing and Details Announced

Lexus announced the prices of its 2012 lineup last week. According to a Toyota press release , more than half of the... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 29, 2011

2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

Super luxury cars aren’t necessarily associated with value, but during my week with the 2011 Jaguar XJL , I thought... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 27, 2011

Decision Fatigue and the Car Buyer

You may have seen the August 17 article from The New York Times on decision fatigue (it’s been one of the ten most... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 26, 2011

Kia Announces Pricing for 2012 Soul

Kia recently revealed pricing for the 2012 Soul , which received a mid-cycle refresh. The base 2012 Kia Soul with a... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 26, 2011

Our Take: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

This week, editors Katie, Rachel and Liz spent a few hours driving the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at a VW press... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik, Rachel Smith and Katie LaBarre Aug. 25, 2011

Cadillac Escalade Tops HLDI Most-Stolen Vehicles List

The rich and famous helped popularize the Cadillac Escalade in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and since then, you hear... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 25, 2011

Audi to debut A8 Hybrid at Frankfurt Auto Show

Super luxury cars aren’t immune from environmental concerns and rising fuel costs. Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 24, 2011

Hyundai Veloster to start at $17,300

The wait is over if you’ve been wondering how much the upcoming Hyundai Veloster will cost you. On Tuesday, Hyundai... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 24, 2011

2012 Porsche 911 Revealed

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is set to debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, however, Porsche revealed... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 24, 2011

Toyota Debuts Redesigned 2012 Camry

Toyota unveiled its redesigned 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid today in Los Angeles. The 2012 Toyota Camry receives an... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 23, 2011

Mazda Axes RX-8

Mazda ’s rotary-powered RX-8 sports car has reached the end of its life span. The Japanese automaker has ended... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 23, 2011

U.S. News Best Cars for Families Award Winners Announced

If you checked out our home page this morning, then you probably saw that we’ve announced the first annual U.S. News... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 23, 2011

2013 Infiniti JX Concept Introduced

Though the luxury midsize SUV shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week is technically a concept... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 22, 2011

Ram Ends Production of Dakota

The Ram truck brand has announced that the production of its smallest offering, the Ram Dakota , will end this week... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 22, 2011

How to Get a Great Deal on a Family Car

Finding the right family car is a stressful process, but it isn’t impossible with thorough research. In Get the Best... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 22, 2011

Four Keys to Keeping Kids Safe in Cars

Buying a car with top safety scores, high-tech safety features and using child safety seats properly seems like it’s... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 21, 2011

Cars of Summer: The A5 Cabriolet Hits the Beach

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

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 20, 2011

Lexus Unveils Redesigned GS 350

Lexus showed off its new GS 350 sedan Thursday at Pebble Beach in California. The completely redesigned GS will hit... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 19, 2011

2011 Best Cars for Families Winners

Take a look at the vehicles that earned 2011 Best Cars for Families Awards for being safe, affordable and ideal daily... Read More »

Aug. 19, 2011

Will Your Family Fit?

Just because a large SUV has nine seats, it doesn’t mean your family will fit. It may not have enough LATCH connectors... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 19, 2011

Florida is Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

According to Transportation for America , a non-profit organization dedicated to improving U.S. transportation, four... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 18, 2011

BMW M5 Gets a Diesel Engine

The BMW M5 will reportedly get a high-powered diesel engine. “ BMW will introduce a new high-performance diesel-powered... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 18, 2011

Get the Best Deal on a Family Car

As stressful as finding the right car for your family can be, it’s nothing compared with figuring out how to pay for... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 18, 2011

Cadillac Converj Concept Becomes ELR

If you keep tabs on the concept cars automakers release, you may be familiar with the Cadillac Converj prototype, which... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 18, 2011

Chevrolet Aims for 50 MPG with Upcoming Cruze Diesel

Last month, we told you that a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze has been announced for the U.S., and although the... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 17, 2011

2011 Best Cars for Families

For many people, a family car is the car you have to buy, not the car you actually want. But family cars are also the... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Aug. 17, 2011

Jaguar C-X16 Set to Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

Jaguar announced Tuesday that it will unveil the C-X16 sports coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept. 13. The C-X1... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 17, 2011

Car Shopping, Simplified: The U.S. News Best Price Program

Time and money are both valuable assets, and if you’re in the market for a new car , there’s a good chance that you... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 17, 2011

Best Cars for Turning Over the Keys

If you have a pre-teen who will get a license in a few years or one who is driving now, you may be in the market for a... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 16, 2011

Chrysler Group Decreases Prices on Several Models for 2012

If you’re shopping for a Jeep , Dodge or Chrysler vehicle, you may want to wait for the 2012 versions to go on sale... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 16, 2011

Hyundai to Fix Newer Sonatas for Steering Problem

Hyundai USA announced on its Twitter page Monday that it will fix newer Sonata sedans for a problem with their... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 16, 2011

In Pictures: Will Your Family Fit?

If you need a small car, the Hyundai Elantra has two sets of rear LATCH anchors and has one of the roomiest back seats... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 16, 2011

Used Luxury Cars are Closing in on New Car Prices

Luxury car buyers are facing such high used-car prices that more are making the jump to buying new, reports Bloomberg... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 15, 2011

Hyundai Axes Equus' iPad Owner's Manual

Hyundai has announced that it will no longer include an iPad-loaded interactive owner’s manual with its flagship sedan... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 15, 2011

2011 Subaru WRX: Performance and a Great Personality

Recently, I test drove the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback, which checks off many boxes on the “things I want in a... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 14, 2011

Test Drive: Lexus CT 200h Lacks Pizzazz

When Honda introduced the CR-Z , a sporty hybrid that starts at about $20,000, test drivers called it an oxymoron... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 13, 2011

GM Recalls Impala, LaCrosse Cars in North America

General Motors is recalling more than 14,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada for power steering and electronic stability... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 12, 2011

Chrysler Launches No Payments for 90 Days Incentive

Chrysler Group introduced a new incentive program Wednesday to help it sell more vehicles. The automaker, whose brands... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 12, 2011

To DVD or Not to DVD

That is a good question. DVD systems cost about $1,300 or more in most minivans and SUV s, making them an expensive... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 11, 2011

Ford Focus Electric Adds Optional Solar Panels

If you’re interested in all-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric , it’s likely that you’re... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 11, 2011

One in Four Can't Afford Vehicle Repairs

According to AAA , more than half of American drivers are keeping their vehicles for the long haul. That’s a smart move... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 11, 2011

Subaru XV Crossover to Debut at Frankfurt Auto Show

Last week, we mentioned that Mazda would debut a new compact SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and now Subaru appears to... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 10, 2011

Toyota Raises Prices on 2012 Yaris, Tundra, Sequoia and Sienna

The 2012 Toyota Yaris is set to enter production this month, and next year’s model will carry a base price that’s $960... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Aug. 10, 2011

Most Fun-to-Drive Family Cars

Let’s face it: Family cars aren’t the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the market. But just because you decided to expand... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Aug. 10, 2011

Best Cars for Stylish Families

Having a family doesn’t condemn you to driving a frumpy minivan. In fact, there are plenty of vehicles on the market... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 9, 2011

Diesel Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen Investigated for Fuel Leak

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Jetta SportWagen TDI... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Aug. 9, 2011

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