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

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 31, 2011

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 31, 2011

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 30, 2011

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 X... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 29, 2011

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. Read More »

Colin Aylesworth Oct. 28, 2011

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 28, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 27, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 27, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 27, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 26, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 26, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 25, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 25, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 25, 2011

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... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 25, 2011

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 »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 24, 2011

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 24, 2011

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... Read More »

Katie LaBarre Oct. 24, 2011

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... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 24, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 23, 2011

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... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 23, 2011

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... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 22, 2011

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... Read More »

Colin Aylesworth Oct. 21, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 20, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 20, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 19, 2011

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 »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 19, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 18, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 18, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 18, 2011

Mini Cooper Investigated for Engine Fires

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation has opened a... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 17, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 15, 2011

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. Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 14, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 13, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 13, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 13, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 12, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 12, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 11, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 11, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 10, 2011

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... Read More »

Jamie Page Deaton Oct. 8, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik, Rachel Smith and Katie LaBarre Oct. 7, 2011

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... Read More »

Liz Opsitnik Oct. 7, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 6, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 6, 2011

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 6, 2011

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... Read More »

Jim Sharifi Oct. 5, 2011

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