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5 Things to Focus on During a New Car Test Drive

In today’s technologically advanced society, going mobile is quickly becoming the first step toward buying a new car. Just consider AutoTrader’s 2015 Automotive Buyer Influence ... read more »
2016 Mazda Miata

2016 Mazda Miata Redesign Packs More Fun, Comfort, Tech

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently ranks first among affordable sports cars, as test drivers praise its extremely engaging handling, peppy four-cylinder engine and upscale ... read more »
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5 Common Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make

When it comes to used car buying, there are lots of mistakes buyers can make. However, there are five common mistakes that experts familiar with ... read more »
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IIHS LATCH Ratings Aim to Make Installing Car Seats Easier

Once you’ve found the right car seat for your child, you need to install it. Installing a child safety seat is harder than you might ... read more »
Affordable Lease Deals for Luxury Cars and SUVs this Summer

Affordable Lease Deals for Luxury Cars and SUVs this Summer

People like luxury cars and SUVs for more than their comfort. These models tend to have strong engines, more advanced technology features and deft handling ... read more »
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

All-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Looking to Lead Luxury Compact SUV Class

Luxury compact SUVs continue to be popular among consumers, and Mercedes-Benz is vying for a greater slice of the pie with one of its newest ... read more »
2015 Jeep Cherokee

All-wheel Drive or Four-wheel Drive: Which is Right for You?

The middle of summer may not seem like the right time to worry about the differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, but it’s certainly ... read more »
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Your Car's Brain is in Your Pocket

There’s an interesting phenomenon in new cars. Soon, a major factor in what car you buy could be decided by what phone you carry in ... read more »
2016 Honda Pilot Midsize SUV

2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2016 Kia Sorento: Which Should You Buy?

Redesigned for 2016, the Honda Pilot and Kia Sorento have made the jump from middling to top contenders in our affordable midsize SUV rankings. Both ... read more »
New Car Leases Popular with Millennials

New Car Leases Popular with Millennials

New car leases are becoming more and more popular with consumers, with the new car lease rate increasing 41.7 percent in the last five ... read more »
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15 Great Lease Deals under $200 this July

You can get a lot for $200 per month: an Internet and cable bundle with all the premium channels, a couple meals out with the ... read more »
2016 Mazda CX-3

All-New 2016 Mazda CX-3 Priced Higher than HR-V, Renegade

The subcompact sport utility vehicle class is expanding, and Mazda is zooming in to join the action. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 made its global debut ... read more »
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Why do Today's Transmissions Have so Many Gears?

It wasn’t that long ago that a five-speed automatic transmission was considered a major automotive advancement. Now manufacturers are working together to develop 10-speed transmissions ... read more »
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Midsize SUV Lease Deals Under $400 this July

Midsize SUVs can offer the space you need for summer road trips without taking up your whole garage. These 10 great lease deals on midsize ... read more »
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Redesigned 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced Lower than Camry Hybrid, Accord Hybrid

Hyundai introduced the redesigned 2016 Sonata Hybrid this spring and has recently announced pricing. A base Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,825, including $825 for ... read more »
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How to Know if You're Ready to Lease a Car

Leasing has undergone a strong revival. But how do you know if you are ready to lease a new car? What timeline should you follow ... read more »
2015 Mazda3

Mazda3 vs. Honda Civic: Which Should You Buy?

The Mazda Mazda3 and Honda Civic are perennially near the top of our affordable small car rankings, and the 2015 Mazda3 and 2015 Civic continue ... read more »
The 2015 Ford Fiesta

Summer's Best Car Deals

When you’re in the market for a car, you can feel pressured to buy on a holiday weekend because carmakers typically offer great new car ... read more »
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10 Great Compact SUV Lease Deals this July

If you're looking for great lease deals on a new SUV this July, compact SUVs are a good place to start. Many offer lots ... read more »
2009 Toyota RAV4

10 Used SUVs that Won't Break the Bank

Now is a great time to be in the market for a used SUV. Gas prices are still reasonable and a used SUV could save ... read more »
2015 Honda Fit

How Much Should You Spend on a Car?

There’s no getting around it – cars are expensive. They’re starting to cost more and more, too. Kelley Blue Book reports that the average new ... read more »
2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima Redesign Brings More Technology, MPG, Horsepower

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is currently the top-ranked affordable large car, as test drivers are impressed with its luxurious interior, powerful V6 engine and engaging ... read more »