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Do Super Bowl Car Commercials Affect Your Consideration?

Do Super Bowl Car Commercials Affect Your Consideration?

Many people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials, and automakers are some of the biggest spenders when it comes to Super Bowl advertisements ... read more »
Mazda Recalls Tribute SUVs for Brake Problem

Mazda Recalls Tribute SUVs for Brake Problem

Mazda is recalling 52,390 Tribute SUVs from the 2001 and 2002 model years for a problem with their brakes. According to the National Highway ... read more »
Jeep Liberty Investigated for Airbag Malfunction

Jeep Liberty Investigated for Airbag Malfunction

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded its investigation of Jeep Liberty SUVs for problems with their airbags. According to NHTSA, the problem could ... read more »
BMW Announces Details for 2013 X6, 2012 Mini Roadster

BMW Announces Details for 2013 X6, 2012 Mini Roadster

Though its 2012 models are just starting to arrive on dealer lots, BMW announced more details last week about its upcoming lineup for 2013. BMW ... read more »
Increasing Number of Car Shoppers Buying American

Increasing Number of Car Shoppers Buying American

More car shoppers are buying or are more strongly considering buying American brand cars, according to the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Avoider Study ... read more »
Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect ... read more »
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Gap Between Consumer-Preferred Auto Brands Decreases

Gap Between Consumer-Preferred Auto Brands Decreases

The Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey reveals a new trend in how consumers view car brands. While the survey does not reflect vehicle quality, it ... read more »
Safety Technology Takes Years to Trickle into Most Cars

Safety Technology Takes Years to Trickle into Most Cars

Crash avoidance safety features, like lane departure warning systems, that are available in some luxury vehicles could significantly decrease the number of vehicle accidents, according ... read more »
Volvo S60 Lineup Expands, Earns Five Stars in NHTSA Crash Tests

Volvo S60 Lineup Expands, Earns Five Stars in NHTSA Crash Tests

The 2012 Volvo S60 may look a little more attractive to upscale midsize car shoppers, thanks to some new trim options and excellent crash test ... read more »
Chevrolet Volt May Get Greener with Renewable Energy

Chevrolet Volt May Get Greener with Renewable Energy

Earlier this week, we told you that the Chevrolet Volt didn’t pose a greater risk of fire than gas-powered cars. Now, General Motors is working ... read more »
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Lifetime Battery Warranty

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Lifetime Battery Warranty

Hyundai is covering the lithium-polymer battery pack in its 2012 Sonata Hybrid with a lifetime warranty. The automaker hasn’t said whether or not the lifetime ... read more »
Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine to U.S.

Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine to U.S.

Mazda is planning to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. in early 2013, but the automaker hasn’t said which vehicle it will ... read more »
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Young Car Buyers Want Hybrids, Lots of Tech

Young Car Buyers Want Hybrids, Lots of Tech

According to a recent study by Deloitte, most car buyers between the ages of 19 and 31 prefer hybrids and cars with touch-screen interfaces, opting ... read more »
NHTSA Concludes Chevrolet Volt Investigation

NHTSA Concludes Chevrolet Volt Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially concluded its investigation of the Chevrolet Volt, determining that crashed Volts don’t pose a significant fire risk ... read more »
GM Reclaims Global Sales Crown

GM Reclaims Global Sales Crown

General Motors sold more cars globally in 2011 than any other automaker, reclaiming the top sales title after losing it to Toyota in 2008. GM ... read more »
Best Car Deals for January

Best Car Deals for January

If you’re going car shopping this weekend, there are lots of car deals and incentives to help you save money on your next new vehicle ... read more »
Kia Recalls Optima and Rondo Models For Airbag Malfunction

Kia Recalls Optima and Rondo Models For Airbag Malfunction

Kia is recalling 145,755 Optima and Rondo vehicles in the U.S. The affected Optima vehicles are from the 2006 to 2008 model years ... read more »
Volkswagen Brings You to the Bark Side in its Newest Super Bowl Ad

Volkswagen Brings You to the Bark Side in its Newest Super Bowl Ad

Volkswagen had a hit on its hands last year. The automaker’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial, which features a pint-sized Darth Vader, has more than 48 ... read more »
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New Unintended Acceleration Report Clears Toyota

New Unintended Acceleration Report Clears Toyota

It’s been almost a year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that electronic defects were not responsible for the unintended acceleration of Toyota ... read more »
U.S. Government's 2025 Fuel Standards Met with Mixed Reviews

U.S. Government's 2025 Fuel Standards Met with Mixed Reviews

In 2011, the Obama Administration released new fuel economy standards for automakers, which require that an automaker’s fleet of cars and light trucks average 54 ... read more »
Average Age of Vehicles Reaches 10.8 Years

Average Age of Vehicles Reaches 10.8 Years

The average age of cars and trucks in the United States has reached a record high of 10.8 years, according to Polk, a company ... read more »
FIAT to Introduce Wagon Model

FIAT to Introduce Wagon Model

FIAT is planning to sell a wagon model similar to its 500 small car. Oliver Francois, head of the FIAT brand, confirmed the new five-door ... read more »
BMW Recalls Mini Vehicles for Fire Risk

BMW Recalls Mini Vehicles for Fire Risk

BMW of North America is recalling 88,911 Mini Cooper vehicles with turbocharged engines in the U.S. Affected vehicles were built from Nov. 14 ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Mini JCW Coupe

Test Drive: 2012 Mini JCW Coupe

Every time I got out of the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe, I looked back in amazement. It wasn’t the Mini’s thrilling performance that ... read more »
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Cadillac ATS Makes Debut in Detroit

Cadillac ATS Makes Debut in Detroit

The 2013 Cadillac ATS was unveiled Sunday at the Detroit Auto Show. The all-new Cadillac is a rear-wheel drive performance sedan that is smaller than ... read more »
BMW to Introduce New M Performance Line

BMW to Introduce New M Performance Line

BMW announced Thursday that it will introduce an M Performance trim of many of its vehicles starting in spring 2012. In a press release, the ... read more »
Ford Says New Lincoln MKZ will Redefine the Lincoln Brand

Ford Says New Lincoln MKZ will Redefine the Lincoln Brand

At the Detroit Auto Show this week, Ford revealed its concept for the new Lincoln MKZ, which is expected to hit the market later this ... read more »
2012 Toyota Prius c to Hit Showrooms in March

2012 Toyota Prius c to Hit Showrooms in March

The Toyota Prius is known worldwide for its outstanding fuel economy ratings, and in March, a new addition to the Prius family, the 2012 Prius ... read more »
2012 FIAT 500 Abarth to Start at $22,000

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth to Start at $22,000

When the 2012 FIAT 500 went on sale in 2011, car reviewers thought the 500 was pretty fun to drive for a small car, but ... read more »
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 to Start at $61,845

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 to Start at $61,845

BMW has announced pricing for the 2012 ActiveHybrid 5, which starts at $61,845, including destination charges. Based on the 535i sedan, the ActiveHybrid 5 ... read more »
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Ford Recalls Escape, Freestar and Mercury Monterey

Ford Recalls Escape, Freestar and Mercury Monterey

Ford is recalling minivans and SUVs in the U.S. for issues that could cause power loss or a potential fire hazard. The National Highway ... read more »
2013 Buick Encore Introduced in Detroit

2013 Buick Encore Introduced in Detroit

After weeks of slowly revealing the 2013 Buick Encore on Facebook, Buick officially introduced its upcoming compact SUV at the North American International Auto Show ... read more »
The 2012 Best Cars for the Money

The 2012 Best Cars for the Money

It seems like every car site on the web is devoting everything they have to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. And while we’ve been covering ... read more »
2012 Best Cars for the Money Winners

2012 Best Cars for the Money Winners

The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards help you navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying cars that hit quality and value ... read more »
Best Cars for the Money 2012

2012 Best Cars for the Money

Looking for a great car that’s also a great value? We can help. The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards help ... read more »
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Introduced at Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Introduced at Detroit Auto Show

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday. Volkswagen says the new Jetta Hybrid can travel in ... read more »
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2013 Dodge Dart Unveiled in Detroit

2013 Dodge Dart Unveiled in Detroit

Chrysler Group introduced the new 2013 Dodge Dart Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The compact car resurrects the classic Dart ... read more »
Ford Debuts 2013 Fusion at Detroit Auto Show

Ford Debuts 2013 Fusion at Detroit Auto Show

The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday. New to the Fusion lineup for the 2013 ... read more »
North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named North American Car of the Year and the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was named North American Truck ... read more »
Nissan Pathfinder Concept Unveiled

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Unveiled

Though Nissan calls it a concept, the automaker has revealed what’s basically the production version of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Last month, Nissan leaked a ... read more »
Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Genesis

Test Drive: 2012 Hyundai Genesis

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis I tested over the holidays was difficult for me to give back. I was impressed with almost everything about this upscale ... read more »
Mitsubishi i will be on Sale Nationally by Summer

Mitsubishi i will be on Sale Nationally by Summer

The Mitsubishi i electric car will go on sale nationwide by this summer. The i, which is currently available for test drives in Washington, Hawaii ... read more »
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Chevrolet Volt to Receive Safety Enhancements

Chevrolet Volt to Receive Safety Enhancements

General Motors announced Thursday that it will perform structural enhancements to the Chevrolet Volt to reduce the likelihood of the battery catching fire following a ... read more »
2012 Volkswagen Passat Earns Highest Government Safety Rating

2012 Volkswagen Passat Earns Highest Government Safety Rating

The redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat earned the highest overall safety rating of five out of five stars in crash tests with the federal government’s National ... read more »

"Automobiles on Steroids": Cars Aren't as Efficient as They Could Be

According to MIT Professor of Applied Economics, Christopher Knittel, small cars and light trucks could have much higher fuel economy ratings than they do. In ... read more »
Chevrolet Sonic Earns Five-Star Rating in Government Crash Tests

Chevrolet Sonic Earns Five-Star Rating in Government Crash Tests

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic just earned some bragging rights when it comes to safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the affordable small car ... read more »
Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Slated for Detroit Auto Show

Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Slated for Detroit Auto Show

Volvo is ready to pull the wraps off of its newest concept, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, which will debut at the North American International ... read more »
Lincoln to Introduce Next Generation MKZ Concept at Detroit Auto Show

Lincoln to Introduce Next Generation MKZ Concept at Detroit Auto Show

A Lincoln MKZ concept car will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, and will be a preview of what ... read more »
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Honda, Suzuki, Jaguar and Fisker Issue Safety Recalls

Honda, Suzuki, Jaguar and Fisker Issue Safety Recalls

Honda is recalling a total of nine 2012 Odyssey minivans for a loose suspension damper bolt nut. In a press release, Honda says the loose ... read more »