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BMW Recalls 32,000 Vehicles for Possible Fire Hazard

BMW Recalls 32,000 Vehicles for Possible Fire Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that BMW is recalling more than 32,000 vehicles that may have a defect that could lead ... read more »
FIAT 500 Abarth to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

FIAT 500 Abarth to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Though reviewers say the FIAT 500 is a great downtown runabout, a few have noted that its 101-horsepower engine isn’t quite as peppy as rivals ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ

I recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche to a press event in Monticello, N.Y. along with my colleague, Rachel Smith, who covers small cars and ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 BMW X5 35d

Test Drive: 2012 BMW X5 35d

When I learned that my test 2012 BMW X5 SUV had a diesel engine, my heart sank. I had been looking forward to the X5 ... read more »
Honda Hosts Surprise Parade for Owner of Million-Mile Accord

Honda Hosts Surprise Parade for Owner of Million-Mile Accord

Most drivers log about 14,000 miles annually. Joe LoCicero of Maine drives that far in about three months. Honda announced in a press release ... read more »
Women More Likely to Get Hurt in Car Accidents

Women More Likely to Get Hurt in Car Accidents

According to a report by the American Journal of Public Health, women who wear seatbelts are more likely to be injured in a car crash ... read more »
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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

Kia released the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door ahead of the sedan, but the four-door is soon to follow. It will be available in early ... read more »
Is the Mazda Takeri the New Mazda6?

Is the Mazda Takeri the New Mazda6?

Mazda says it will introduce the Takeri, its new midsize sedan concept, at the Tokoyo Motor Show in December. Mazda’s current midsize sedan, the Mazda6 ... read more »
GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

General Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models for a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that doesn’t meet federal standards ... read more »
Ford Reliability Ratings Slip in Consumer Reports Survey

Ford Reliability Ratings Slip in Consumer Reports Survey

Until recently, Ford has been regarded as one of the more reliable American automakers, performing well in Consumer Reports reliability surveys that were dominated by ... read more »
2013 Honda Fit EV and 2012 CR-V to Debut at LA Auto Show

2013 Honda Fit EV and 2012 CR-V to Debut at LA Auto Show

A few months back, we told you that Honda had a redesigned CR-V in the works for 2012. Now, the automaker announced that the new ... read more »
Buick LaCrosse eAssist: Greener Car, Same Price

Buick LaCrosse eAssist: Greener Car, Same Price

If you’re in the market for a car that prioritizes fuel economy, you probably know that automakers normally charge more for models that sip less ... read more »
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2012 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

2012 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

If you’re shopping for a fuel-efficient car, Green Car Journal has recognized five that they consider the best of the bunch. The magazine will announce ... read more »
Nissan Plans Two New Hybrid Cars

Nissan Plans Two New Hybrid Cars

Nissan announced it will build a plug-in hybrid car and a new front-wheel drive hybrid car by the end of fiscal year 2016 as part ... read more »
Feature: 5 Best Cars for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Feature: 5 Best Cars for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

If pop culture is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before the zombie apocalypse comes. To help you survive, we’ve found the Five ... read more »
Five Best Cars for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Five Best Cars for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

If you’ve watched even a few minutes of “I Am Legend,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “28 Days Later” or AMC’s “The Walking Dead ... read more »
Fisker Karma Gets Lower-than-Expected EPA Fuel Economy Rating

Fisker Karma Gets Lower-than-Expected EPA Fuel Economy Rating

When the Fisker Karma concept debuted, it was billed as a luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with the performance of a sports car. Last week ... read more »
Good October Sales May Mean Better Future Car Prices

Good October Sales May Mean Better Future Car Prices

Though official U.S. October car sales numbers won’t be available until the beginning of November, analysts are predicting that this month’s increased car sales ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Test Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is not the best-driving luxury sports car on the market, but it may be the most well-rounded. With sports cars (or any ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Test Drive: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

My test 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe stickered for $73,380, and I’m getting that off my chest from the get-go for a reason: if you’ve ... read more »
Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Most automotive writers will tell you that the Nissan Juke is tough to classify. But after spending a week in it, I can tell you ... read more »
Test drive: Ford Mustang Boss 302

Test drive: Ford Mustang Boss 302

Jim just finished a week in the Camaro SS convertible, and concluded that he’d prefer the Ford GT. After my test week in the Ford ... read more »
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Goes Bungee Jumping and Skydiving

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Goes Bungee Jumping and Skydiving

Chevrolet has launched a bold advertising campaign for the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The Chevy Sonic went bungee jumping off a tall stack of freight ... read more »
Ram Expands Lineup With Three New Truck Trims

Ram Expands Lineup With Three New Truck Trims

Ram is adding three new trim levels to its truck lineup. The 2012 Ram 2500 Power Wagon gets two new trim levels, for a total ... read more »
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GM Wants to Preserve Your Hairdo

GM Wants to Preserve Your Hairdo

Headrests are notorious for recreating bed-hair and for messing up a perfectly-sculpted bun. GM has tackled that issue, and says that the new 2012 Buick ... read more »
Chrysler Group Confirms Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler Group Confirms Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee

Earlier this year, rumors circulated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee would be available with a diesel engine. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and ... read more »
Ford Sync Will Read Text Messages in More Vehicles

Ford Sync Will Read Text Messages in More Vehicles

In an effort to combat distracted driving, Ford is rolling out Sync software updates that can read text messages out loud in more vehicles. “The ... read more »
FIAT 500 Earns Top Safety Pick Award

FIAT 500 Earns Top Safety Pick Award

When a FIAT 500 showed up for a test drive last week, it didn’t take us long to wonder how safe this small car could ... read more »
How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

The first time I stepped on the gas pedal, I giggled. Not because the 2012 FIAT 500 Cabrio was powerful, but because I was driving ... read more »
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Diesel Vehicles for Fuel Leak

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Diesel Vehicles for Fuel Leak

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 6,872 diesel vehicles because of a potential fuel leak. “The diesel fuel filter may leak from the area around the heating ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

Test Drive: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

I tested the 2012 Civic Hybrid with leather and navigation around Northern Virginia for a about week. I didn’t expect to be impressed, but this ... read more »
Mini Cooper Investigated for Engine Fires

Mini Cooper Investigated for Engine Fires

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation has opened a preliminary evaluation of Mini Cooper S vehicles from the 2007 ... read more »
BMW Reveals Larger 2012 3-Series

BMW Reveals Larger 2012 3-Series

BMW unveiled its new 2012 3-Series Friday. The latest 3-Series is the sixth generation of the upscale midsize car, and it goes on sale in ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Test Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

After a week driving the Chevrolet Volt, I tested the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I’ve also driven the Kia Optima Hybrid in the past and there’s ... read more »
Two New Volkswagen Vehicles to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Two New Volkswagen Vehicles to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Volkswagen will reportedly debut two new production vehicles during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November. “We can offer a good guess that one ... read more »
IIHS Gives Top Award to 31 Child Booster Seats

IIHS Gives Top Award to 31 Child Booster Seats

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is well-known for the coveted Top Safety Pick vehicle awards it releases every year, but the IIHS also rates ... read more »
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Chevrolet to Develop New Fuel-Efficient Small Engines

Chevrolet to Develop New Fuel-Efficient Small Engines

With gas prices about 60 cents more than they were one year ago, and the federal government issuing fleet-wide fuel efficiency standards for cars and ... read more »
Chevrolet TrailBlazer Returns for 2013

Chevrolet TrailBlazer Returns for 2013

The Chevrolet TrailBlazer retired in 2008, but the SUV will return for the 2013 model year with a Chevrolet Colorado platform. Although General Motors hasn’t ... read more »
2011-12 Corvette Recalled for Faulty Hatch

2011-12 Corvette Recalled for Faulty Hatch

You may think that the Chevrolet Corvette can blow the doors off of anything on the road, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ... read more »
All-Electric Chevrolet Spark Slated for the U.S.

All-Electric Chevrolet Spark Slated for the U.S.

The electric car battle is heating up. The Nissan Leaf has been proving its worth for almost a year now, while up and coming models ... read more »
Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger Getting the Ax

Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger Getting the Ax

Chrysler Group is eliminating the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and Dodge Avenger midsize sedan and replacing them with one crossover vehicle in 2013, Automotive News ... read more »
Chevrolet Will Debut 580-Horsepower Camaro Convertible at L.A. Auto Show

Chevrolet Will Debut 580-Horsepower Camaro Convertible at L.A. Auto Show

Chevrolet will unveil its new 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Chevrolet says in a statement this will be ... read more »
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Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Volt

When the Chevrolet Volt first came out, I remember all the exciting hype surrounding it. A plug-in electric car with a gas engine to extend ... read more »
Test Drive: 2011 Jeep Patriot

Test Drive: 2011 Jeep Patriot

I’m expecting my first child, so a surefire way to pique my interest is to have me test any car that’s remotely family-friendly. So it ... read more »
Test Drive: Cadillac SRX

Test Drive: Cadillac SRX

Three members of the U.S. News Best Cars team drove the 2012 Cadillac SRX Premium with optional navigation and DVD entertainment system from Monticello ... read more »
GM Owners Can Rent Out Their Vehicles to Other Drivers

GM Owners Can Rent Out Their Vehicles to Other Drivers

If you’re looking to earn some cash and have a car you don’t drive very often, General Motors has a new program to help you ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Test Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

After spending some time with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible, I found that I agree with many of Jamie’s observations when she had the ... read more »
Gas Prices Drop, but Remain High

Gas Prices Drop, but Remain High

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is about $3.40, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and analysts expect prices ... read more »
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Volkswagen and Audi TDI Diesel Models Recalled

Volkswagen and Audi TDI Diesel Models Recalled

Volkswagen and Audi are recalling approximately 168,300 models that have a 2.0-liter TDI (Tubrocharged Direct Injection) engine, according to the National Highway Traffic ... read more »
2012 Volkswagen Golf R Priced at $33,900

2012 Volkswagen Golf R Priced at $33,900

We’ve been waiting with baited breath for the Golf R’s arrival ever since we heard about it back in December 2010. Now, Volkswagen fans with ... read more »
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