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BMW Introduces ActiveHybrid 5

BMW Introduces ActiveHybrid 5

BMW announced Thursday it will sell a hybrid version of its 5-Series. The 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 is based on the gas-only 535i and is expected ... read more »
GM Unveils New Center Airbag

GM Unveils New Center Airbag

General Motors announced Thursday that it will put the automotive industry’s first front center airbag in some of its vehicles starting with the 2013 model ... read more »
Lower Death Rates in Crashes Involving Cars and SUVs

Lower Death Rates in Crashes Involving Cars and SUVs

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that occupants in minivans and cars are less likely to die in an accident with SUVs and trucks ... read more »
Obama Administration Delays CAFE Standards

Obama Administration Delays CAFE Standards

The Obama Administration will not meet its September deadline for releasing its 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The new deadline is mid-November of this ... read more »
FIAT Supports Cancer Research with 500 Pink Ribbon Edition

FIAT Supports Cancer Research with 500 Pink Ribbon Edition

Chrysler announced its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Tuesday by introducing the limited-edition FIAT 500 Pink Ribbon. “Just 250 units of the FIAT ... read more »
2013 Subaru XV Headed for the US

2013 Subaru XV Headed for the US

The compact SUV segment has certainly been heating up. Last month, we told you that new models like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru XV would ... read more »
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In Pictures: September's Worst Car Deals

In Pictures: September's Worst Car Deals

The 2012 VW Beetle is selling for an average price that's above MSRP this month, making it a bad deal.  Want a haggle-free price on ... read more »
September's Worst Car Deals

September's Worst Car Deals

As much as we all like a new car, we like a great deal even more. There’s nothing worse than driving off the dealer lot ... read more »
2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Receives Price Drop

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Receives Price Drop

The 2012 Kia Rio five-door hatchback will start at less than $14,000, Kia announced Monday. The affordable small car will go on sale next ... read more »
Toyota Venza Gets Two New Trims for 2012

Toyota Venza Gets Two New Trims for 2012

Toyota announced last week that it would add two new trims to the Toyota Venza lineup for 2012. Until now, the Toyota Venza was only ... read more »
Subaru to Add New Turbo and Hybrid Vehicles to its Lineup

Subaru to Add New Turbo and Hybrid Vehicles to its Lineup

Subaru will build several new vehicles in the next few years. The automaker said its goal is to increase fuel economy 30 percent across its ... read more »
BMW Recalls 2011 3-Series Models

BMW Recalls 2011 3-Series Models

BMW is recalling the 328i xDrive and the 335i xDrive trims from the 2011 model year for front driveshaft attachment bolts that may not be ... read more »
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BMW Discontinues ActiveHybrid X6

BMW Discontinues ActiveHybrid X6

There are few SUVs like the BMW X6 on the market, and one of its variants, the ActiveHybrid X6, won’t be available in the United ... read more »
BMW 6-Series to get Optional AWD Grip

BMW 6-Series to get Optional AWD Grip

Last week, we mentioned that Jaguar plans to bring all-wheel drive versions of the XJ and XF to market in the next three years. Now ... read more »
Acura Reveals Pricing for 2012 TSX Lineup

Acura Reveals Pricing for 2012 TSX Lineup

Acura recently announced prices for its 2012 TSX sedan and wagon lineup. Compared with the 2011 TSX models, buyers will pay $200 more for a ... read more »
Jeep Liberty SUVs Investigated for Loss of Control

Jeep Liberty SUVs Investigated for Loss of Control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation is investigating about 200,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years ... read more »
Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012 Prius Lineup

Toyota Announces Pricing for 2012 Prius Lineup

Toyota announced prices for its 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in and Prius v hybrids last week. The base Prius Plug-in hybrid will start at $32,000 ... read more »
Ford Minivans Investigated for Safety Issues

Ford Minivans Investigated for Safety Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last week that it is investigating the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans for three deaths involving their service jacks ... read more »
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Jaguar Will Add All-Wheel Drive Option to XF and XJ

Jaguar Will Add All-Wheel Drive Option to XF and XJ

If you love Jaguar cars but will never buy one because you live in a state with brutal winters, you’re in luck. Jaguar will offer ... read more »
Goodbye, Ford Crown Victoria

Goodbye, Ford Crown Victoria

The last Ford Crown Victoria was built this week, which ends the car’s more than 30-year production run. The Ford Crown Victoria is most recognized ... read more »
Coda: First Chinese Electric Car to Hit U.S. Market

Coda: First Chinese Electric Car to Hit U.S. Market

The Coda sedan will be the first Chinese-made electric car to be sold in the United States. So far, the automotive press thinks the Coda ... read more »
Kia Recalls 10,631 Sorento Models

Kia Recalls 10,631 Sorento Models

Kia is recalling Sorento models from the 2007 to 2008 model years because the front passenger airbag could be turned off even when an adult ... read more »
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Earns Top Safety Pick Award

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Earns Top Safety Pick Award

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new model that replaces the Chevrolet Aveo. The Sonic hasn’t gone on sale yet, but it has already received ... read more »
Mazda Reveals the 2013 CX-5

Mazda Reveals the 2013 CX-5

It’s no secret that the 2013 Mazda CX-5 would debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and now Mazda has released more details and ... read more »
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2013 Lexus GS 450h Introduced at Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Lexus GS 450h Introduced at Frankfurt Auto Show

We’ve known for a while that the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS is headed for dealer lots in early 2012, and now Lexus has pulled the ... read more »
Volkswagen Recalls Jetta Sedans for Tailpipes that Can Burn People

Volkswagen Recalls Jetta Sedans for Tailpipes that Can Burn People

Volkswagen is voluntarily recalling 33,799 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years for exhaust tips that stick out too far, which can ... read more »
The Best Cars for College Students

The Best Cars for College Students

It’s that time of year again. Time to pull out a fall jacket, drink pumpkin-spice lattes and check out the 2012 U.S. News Best ... read more »
The Right Car for Your School

The Right Car for Your School

Not all colleges let students have a car on campus, but if you’re busy with classes, jobs, internships, or volunteer commitments, having a car at ... read more »
The Right Car for Your Major

The Right Car for Your Major

When you’re picking a college major, you look for a subject that interests you and will (hopefully) help you find a job after graduation. It’s ... read more »
The Right Car for College and Beyond

The Right Car for College and Beyond

When you’re in college, you have leeway. You can show up to class in a t-shirt and flip flops. If you make a bad choice ... read more »
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Subaru Recalls Cars for Windshield Wiper Problems

Subaru Recalls Cars for Windshield Wiper Problems

Subaru reported last week that it will recall about 195,000 Subaru Legacy sedans and Subaru Outback wagons from model years 2010 and 2011. According ... read more »
Mitsubishi Raises Price for Electric Car

Mitsubishi Raises Price for Electric Car

Though the Mitsubishi i hasn’t hit dealerships yet, Mitsubishi is already increasing its price. Back in April, the automaker announced that its first electric car ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 BMW X3

Test Drive: 2011 BMW X3

The BMW X3 is pricey, even for a compact SUV. Normally, I’d say that paying a bit extra for the BMW badge is worth it ... read more »
Chrysler 200 Convertible Test Drive

Chrysler 200 Convertible Test Drive

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible I recently tested was a pleasant surprise. Because the 200 is the successor to the dreadful Chrysler Sebring, my expectations ... read more »
2012 Volkswagen Passat and Audi A6 Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

2012 Volkswagen Passat and Audi A6 Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat and 2012 Audi A6 are the newest recipients of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award. The IIHS ... read more »
2012 Toyota Tacoma Priced at $16,875

2012 Toyota Tacoma Priced at $16,875

Toyota has released pricing data for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma, which will start at $16,875 for Regular Cab 4x2 models with 2.7-liter four-cylinder ... read more »
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2012 Buick Verano Pricing Released

2012 Buick Verano Pricing Released

Buick has started to transform its lineup from one that was viewed as stodgy and frumpy to one that some auto journalists consider jazzy and ... read more »
Honda Recalls 2006 CR-V and 2011 CR-Z

Honda Recalls 2006 CR-V and 2011 CR-Z

If you own a Honda CR-V or CR-Z, Honda’s two most recent recalls may affect you. Honda is voluntarily recalling a total of 80,111 ... read more »
Hyundai Reveals i30 Before Frankfurt Debut

Hyundai Reveals i30 Before Frankfurt Debut

The new Hyundai i30 is set to debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Hyundai released photos of its new hatchback today in ... read more »
Jaguar C-X16 Revealed

Jaguar C-X16 Revealed

A few weeks back, we mentioned that the Jaguar C-X16 would debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Jaguar released images and specifications Tuesday, roughly ... read more »
2012 Toyota Camry Will Go on Sale Sooner than Expected

2012 Toyota Camry Will Go on Sale Sooner than Expected

Toyota unveiled its redesigned 2012 Camry two weeks ago, but with sales of the 2011 Toyota Camry down 7.4 percent so far this year ... read more »
Cars of Summer: The Infiniti G37 Convertible Takes a Scenic Mountain Drive

Cars of Summer: The Infiniti G37 Convertible Takes a Scenic Mountain Drive

For most people, summer is driving season -- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine ... read more »
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How Do Drivers In Your City Stack Up?

How Do Drivers In Your City Stack Up?

Yesterday, the Allstate Insurance Company released a list ranking America’s largest 200 cities by how safe their drivers are. The list is based on collision ... read more »
Lincoln Promises Seven New or Refreshed Models by 2014

Lincoln Promises Seven New or Refreshed Models by 2014

Though Lincoln’s sales have recently been lagging behind other luxury automakers, parent company Ford hopes that an infusion of cash and a reworked lineup will ... read more »
Ford Evos to Influence Ford Lineup

Ford Evos to Influence Ford Lineup

If you looked at the Evos, you wouldn’t guess that this wide, Aston Martin-influenced vehicle is from an American automaker, but the Evos really is ... read more »
Refreshed 2012 Honda Pilot Debuts

Refreshed 2012 Honda Pilot Debuts

Honda gave the 2012 Pilot a slight refresh, and the automotive press says that while changes on the outside were minimal, the updates under the ... read more »
BMW Issues Two Recalls: X5 and 3-Series

BMW Issues Two Recalls: X5 and 3-Series

BMW is recalling 243,120 X5 SUVs and 3-series models for unrelated issues. The first recall applies to 241,000 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and ... read more »