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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Review

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta stands out among 2011 small cars with ample passenger space, a huge trunk and good fuel... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 12, 2016

2011 Saab 9-3 Review

The 2011 Saab 9-3 has good safety ratings and available all-wheel drive. However, reviewers thought that some... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 28, 2015

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Gains Supercharged V6

Many automakers are swapping out V6 and V8 engines for smaller, turbo- or supercharged engines because they tend to get... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 21, 2013

J.D. Power: Vehicle Dependability Improving

The 2013 J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study shows vehicle dependability is improving, with owners... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 14, 2013

What to Expect at the Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show opened for the media Thursday, and the press gets the first peak at all-new or redesigned models... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 7, 2013

Automakers Hype Super Bowl Ads, but are Ads Worth the Investment?

Automakers will spend up to $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the 2013 Super Bowl, according to The Detroit... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 29, 2013

Honda Odyssey and Pilot Recalled for Missing Airbag Rivets

Honda is voluntarily recalling Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Pilot crossover SUVs because some models may lack... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 24, 2013

Detroit Auto Show Small-Car Recap

In many ways, the Corvette Stingray and Cadillac ELR claimed the limelight at the Detroit Auto Show with their fancy... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 17, 2013

Nissan Announces Price Drop for 2013 Leaf

Nissan says that when the 2013 Nissan Leaf goes on sale, it will have a lower starting price, more cargo space and a... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 10, 2013

A Dealer Near You May Stop Selling the Volt

Some Chevrolet dealers have chosen to stop selling the Chevrolet Volt because General Motors increased the price of... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 3, 2013

18 Affordable Midsize Sedans Undergo New IIHS Frontal Tests

In August, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new front-impact crash test for midsize luxury and... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 20, 2012

NHTSA Fines Toyota a Record $17.35 Million

In June, Toyota recalled the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and 450h SUVs because the floor mat could get caught under the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 19, 2012

About 807,000 Honda and Acura Models Could Roll Away

Honda is recalling about 807,000 Honda Odyssey , Honda Pilot and Acura MDX models with automatic transmissions because... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 13, 2012

Goodbye BMW 3-Series Coupe, Hello BMW 4-Series

If you’ve been waiting for BMW to unveil the new 3-Series coupe to complete the redesigned 3-Series lineup, your wait... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 6, 2012

2013 Toyota RAV4 Gets Practical Updates

Toyota’s redesigned 2013 RAV4 SUV goes on sale early next year, following the release of redesigned or all-new... Read More »

Rachel Smith Nov. 29, 2012

Toyota Issues Its Second Largest Recall This Year

In October, Toyota recalled 2.5 million vehicles in the United States , affecting 12 models ranging from one of its... Read More »

Rachel Smith Nov. 15, 2012

Toyota Issues First Scion iQ Recall

Toyota is voluntarily recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models because the electrical wires connected to the airbags and seat... Read More »

Rachel Smith Nov. 8, 2012

Is Your Car's Interior a Bacteria Breeding Ground?

Ford partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan to analyze bacteria-breeding hotspots in company- and... Read More »

Rachel Smith Nov. 1, 2012

Nissan Altima Recalled for Loose Bolts

Nissan is recalling 13,919 Nissan Altima sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because certain suspension bolts... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 25, 2012

Goodbye, Volvo C30

After the 2013 model year, you won’t be able to purchase a new Volvo C30 because Volvo is discontinuing the hatchback... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 18, 2012

Used Car Shoppers Should be Wary of Counterfeit Airbags

If you’re shopping for a used car that was in an accident and received new airbags within the last three years, it... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 11, 2012

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is Back

Volkswagen introduced a restyled, more masculine version of its iconic VW Beetle for the 2012 model year. The automaker... Read More »

Rachel Smith Oct. 4, 2012

Is Your Infotainment System's Font Distracting You?

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab , the New England University Transportation Center and... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 27, 2012

Latest 2013 Models Shine in Safety Tests

Over 40 new and redesigned cars , trucks and SUVs are being introduced for the 2013 model year. That's more than 1... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 20, 2012

Recall: A Hitch in the Honda Element

Honda is recalling 5,216 Element SUVs from the 2007 to 2011 model years. In a press release , the automaker says that... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 13, 2012

Outsmart High Gas Prices

Once Labor Day has passed, gas prices tend to decrease. However, TIME reports that national gas prices are hovering... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 13, 2012

Redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Offers Updated Engines and More Features

Specifics on the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord have trickled out slowly, but Wednesday, Honda released detailed features... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 6, 2012

Ford Recalls 2013 Escape for Potential Engine Coolant Leak

Ford is recalling 6,146 Escape SUVs from the 2013 model year. The recall applies to models with 1.6-liter four-cylinder... Read More »

Rachel Smith Sep. 6, 2012

EPA Rates 2013 BMX X1 at 34 MPG Highway

According to the EPA , the all-new 2013 BMW X1 averages up to 24/34 mpg city/highway. Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 30, 2012

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Pricing Released

General Motors has announced that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS hatchback, which has a more powerful engine than the base... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 23, 2012

Hyundai Revises 2013 Genesis' Engine Lineup, Tech Features

Although Hyundai refreshed its Genesis sedan for the 2012 model year, the 2013 Genesis receives some important changes... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 16, 2012

Honda Releases Images of Redesigned 2013 Accord

Honda unveiled photos of its redesigned 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, which are slated to go on sale this fall. In... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 9, 2012

Hyundai and Mazda Issue Recalls for Santa Fe, Sonata and Tribute

Hyundai and Mazda have issued separate recalls for the Santa Fe , Sonata and Tribute for separate problems related to... Read More »

Rachel Smith Aug. 2, 2012

Ford Recalls 423,634 Escape SUVs for Faulty Throttle

Ford is recalling 423,634 Escape SUVs in the U.S. from the 2001 to 2004 model years. According to the National... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 27, 2012

Volkswagen Jetta Receives Significant Updates for 2013

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Two model years later, Volkswagen has given its compact... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 19, 2012

EPA Rates 2013 Cadillac ATS

The EPA has released fuel economy figures for the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS , but only for one of its three... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 12, 2012

Audi Q5 Recalled Because of Breakable Sunroof

Volkswagen Group of America, which includes the Audi brand, is recalling 13,172 2012 Audi Q5 SUVs because the front... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jul. 5, 2012

Chrysler 200, Ford Explorer Under NHTSA Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2011 Ford Explorer and 2011 Chrysler 200 for... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 28, 2012

NHTSA Investigates More Toyota Models for Fire Hazard

In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Toyota Camry sedans and RAV... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 20, 2012

Chrysler Group Expands Jeep Liberty Recall, Honda Recalls 2012 Civic

Honda and Chrysler Group issued separate recalls this week for the 2012 Civic sedan and 2004 to 2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs. Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 14, 2012

Kia Borrego Recalled for Breakable Pedals

Kia is recalling almost 22,000 Borrego SUVs from the 2009 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 7, 2012

2013 Honda Fit EV Gets 118 Mpg-e Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the fuel economy equivalency of the 2013 Honda Fit EV. The all-new... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jun. 7, 2012

Chrysler Group Will Retire Town & Country and Jeep Compass

Chrysler Group LLC will make some significant changes to its Chrysler , Dodge , Jeep and FIAT model lines within the... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 31, 2012

Best Memorial Day Car Deals

This article may be out of date. To see the latest Memorial Day car deals, follow this link . Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 24, 2012

2011 Nissan Leaf Review

Choosing the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf means youll never need to visit a gas station again. If you only need to... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 21, 2012

More Americans Will Hit the Road Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re driving to your vacation destination this Memorial Day, you’re not alone. AAA says that 1.2 percent more... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 17, 2012

New Teen Distracted Driving Survey's Findings Conflict with Other Studies

A new Consumer Reports survey adds to the ongoing discussion on distracted driving among teens, but a few findings... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 10, 2012

2013 Cadillac XTS Priced at $44,995

When the 2013 Cadillac XTS goes on sale this summer, it will start at $44,995, including destination charges. That... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 10, 2012

Best May Car Deals on Small Cars

When analysts looked at vehicle sales for April 2012, they found that automakers sold 2 percent more vehicles than they... Read More »

Rachel Smith May. 3, 2012

EPA Rates Fuel Economy of 2013 Ford Escape, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

The EPA has released fuel economy figures for three all-new or redesigned vehicles that go on sale later this year: the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Apr. 26, 2012

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