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Auto Show Floor

Why You Should Care About Auto Shows

You might think that car shows don't matter to you, but every car model on the road earned its stripes on the auto show ... read more »
2016 Jeep Renegade

Best Small Crossover SUVs to Buy Now

With flexible cargo space, a high ride height, and a carlike ride, it’s easy to see why Americans bought more crossover SUVs last month than ... read more »
Best 3 Row SUVs

Best 3 Row SUVs

If you are looking for an SUV large enough to haul your family or carpool the kids to soccer practice, you may have assumed that ... read more »
Supercharger vs. Turbocharger

Supercharger vs. Turbocharger

You’ve probably heard the terms “turbocharger” and “supercharger” at some point, but without spending plenty of time under the hood of a car, those terms ... read more »
Head to Head: Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevy Colorado

Head to Head: Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevy Colorado

This is a tough one. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are tied for first place among U.S. News & World Report’s best compact pickup ... read more »
Dodge Challenger vs. Dodge Charger

Dodge Challenger vs. Dodge Charger

We've all been there. You're at the dealer and you've got two cars in front of you. One is a sports coupe ... read more »
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2016 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner and the 2016 Toyota Highlander are midsize SUV siblings with little in common except their iconic brand name. The Highlander has the power, technology, and versatility to ... read more »
SUVs vs. Crossovers: What's the Difference?

SUVs vs. Crossovers: What's the Difference?

These days it seems that many people don’t know the difference between a traditional sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a crossover. It’s not just average ... read more »
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2016 Volvo XC90

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a new name for the German automaker, but it is affixed to a familiar face. It is basically the old M-Class with a new name ... read more »
8 Best Midsize SUVs to Buy Now

8 Best Midsize SUVs to Buy Now

Midsize SUVs occupy an appealing middle ground in the booming crossover market. They have more seating and cargo space than compact SUVs, while typically offering better gas ... read more »
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Buying Guide

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Buying Guide

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a staple of the Jeep lineup for decades, mixing comfort and convenience with hauling and off-roading capabilities. Its story ... read more »
How SUVs Got Their Shape

How SUVs Got Their Shape

If you’re in the market for a new car, there’s a good chance you have looked into at least one SUV. From full-size family haulers ... read more »
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Dodge Challenger vs. Dodge Charger

Battle of the Muscle Cars: 2016 Dodge Challenger vs. 2016 Dodge Charger

We've all been there. You're at the dealer and you've got two cars in front of you. One is a sports coupe ... read more »
How the EPA Gets Its Fuel Economy Estimates

How the EPA Gets Its Fuel Economy Estimates

When you shop for a car, you’re going to see them: EPA fuel economy ratings. New cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S ... read more »
the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Betting Big on Mainstream Cars

Call 2015 the year of the big car reveal for Chevrolet. Though Chevrolet has had no problems selling its trucks, large SUVs and performance cars ... read more »
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

Will Low Lease Deals Get Shoppers to Give Electric Cars a Try?

You've probably been behind one at a red light, wondering where the exhaust pipe is, and you've likely seen a commercial for one ... read more »
As Prices Drop, Holidays are the Best Time to Buy a Used Car

As Prices Drop, Holidays are the Best Time to Buy a Used Car

If you’ve been thinking about buying a used or certified pre-owned car, now could be a great time to buy. CarGurus reports that used car ... read more »
How Big Brother Gets in Your Car

How Big Brother Gets in Your Car

By now, most of us realize that when we go online, we give up some privacy. Anyone who’s browsed for something on Amazon.com only ... read more »
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2015 Honda Fit

Small Cars that Get 40 MPG Highway

One of the advantages of buying a small car is that they are often among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market and are relatively ... read more »
2011 Buick Enclave CXL

2011 Buick Enclave vs. 2011 Mazda CX-9: Which Used SUV Should You Buy?

Three-row SUVs are a popular choice among families, and if you’re considering a used or certified pre-owned model, you could save substantially. For example, take ... read more »
2011 Ford Fusion

2010 Ford Fusion vs. 2010 Toyota Camry: Which Should You Buy?

You might be surprised by how much money you can save on a four-year-old car. Take the 2010 Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, for example ... read more »
2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Used SUVs for $20,000 to $30,000

Prices for new sport utility vehicles range anywhere from under $20,000 to $100,000 and up. Much of the price variance depends on size ... read more »
Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Which Should You Buy?

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Which Should You Buy?

Compact SUV buyers are looking for value and utility, and the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester have plenty of both. When it comes to deciding ... read more »
2012 Prius

Get Used: Used Cars under $20,000

When it comes to car shopping, $20,000 can go a long way, especially if you’re considering a used car. Buying used means that someone ... read more »
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2014 Hyundai Sonata

Midsize Cars with the Biggest Trunks

Though SUVs generally have more cargo space than cars, you have a lot of options if you’re shopping for a midsize car with enough room ... read more »
2014 Honda CR-V and 2014 Ford Escape: Which Should You Buy?

2014 Honda CR-V and 2014 Ford Escape: Which Should You Buy?

Small SUVs and crossovers are some of the most popular vehicles on the market. So far in 2014, Americans have bought 386,627 crossovers and ... read more »
Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra: Which Should You Buy?

Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra: Which Should You Buy?

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are two of the most popular small cars on the market. However, other models are starting to make waves ... read more »
2014 Mercedes E-Class Diesel

Upsides and Downsides of Driving Diesel

There’s a good chance that you don’t know anyone who drives a diesel vehicle. At the end of 2012, an analysis performed by R.L ... read more »
October Car Sales Can Point to November's Best Car Deals

October Car Sales Can Point to November's Best Car Deals

October car sales were strong, with automakers selling 12 percent more cars than they did in October of 2012. Though auto sales were good overall ... read more »
In-car technology

Studies Say Car Buyers Want to Stay Connected

Two new studies by Cisco and J.D. Power and Associates show what car buyers want from their next vehicle. J.D. Power and Associates’ ... read more »
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Diesels Save Fuel, But Do they Save Money?

Diesel-powered cars have a reputation for being loud, smelly and slow, but they also get very good highway fuel economy. However, just because diesels save ... read more »
The Cadillac ATS uses aluminum to safe

NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology ... read more »
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Luxury Car Market Hits Six-Year High

Almost 400,000 new luxury vehicles were sold during the first quarter of 2013. This is the highest sales volume of luxury vehicles since 2007 ... read more »
Cell Phone Use While Driving Could Cost You

Cell Phone Use While Driving Could Cost You

Depending on the state you’re driving in, you could pay up to a $10,000 fine and spend a year in prison if caught using ... read more »
Big Auto Sales Mean Small Discounts in March

Big Auto Sales Mean Small Discounts in March

March auto sales numbers are trickling in with good news for most automakers, but bad news for consumers hoping to get a deal on a ... read more »
March Car Buyers Should Expect Good Deals

March Car Buyers Should Expect Good Deals

Vehicle manufacturers sold 1.19 million vehicles in the U.S. in February, which is an increase of 4 percent over the previous year, according ... read more »
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Deep Discounts Make it Cheaper to Pick Up a New Truck

Deep Discounts Make it Cheaper to Pick Up a New Truck

If you've been meaning to buy a new car or truck from General Motors, your procrastination may pay off – big time. The Wall ... read more »
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Used Cars: Better Choice than New?

When shopping for a car, choosing between new or used means considering a lot of different factors. New cars are under warranty, while with some ... read more »
Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

With their relatively high prices, electric cars and hybrids have struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Automakers are hoping that lowering ... read more »
Haven't Bought a New Car in a While? The Market's Changed

Haven't Bought a New Car in a While? The Market's Changed

Americans are keeping their cars for an average of six years, according to data from R.L. Polk and Company. That's the longest ownership ... read more »
Midsize Madness: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets Up to 47 MPG

Midsize Madness: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets Up to 47 MPG

The 2013 model year is shaping up to be a big one in the midsize car class, with four of the top-selling cars in the ... read more »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
Rolls-Royce 102EX: The Electric Phantom

Rolls-Royce 102EX: The Electric Phantom

There’s something decadent about rolling past an Occupy D.C. protest in a Rolls-Royce. But I wasn’t just driving any Rolls-Royce. This was the Rolls-Royce ... read more »
Mercedes S350 Bluetec: Is Diesel the New Hybrid?

Mercedes S350 Bluetec: Is Diesel the New Hybrid?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not be as sporty as rivals like the BMW 7-Series, Porsche Panamera or Audi A8, but the S-Class is generally revered ... 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 »
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 »
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Turbocharging Your Fuel Economy

Turbocharging Your Fuel Economy

According to the Department of Energy, the nationwide average for gas is currently about $3.51 per gallon. While that’s a bit less than the ... read more »
2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

2011 Jaguar XJL: How Much Would You Pay for Luxury?

Super luxury cars aren’t necessarily associated with value, but during my week with the 2011 Jaguar XJL, I thought that Jaguar offers a lot of ... read more »
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