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Grim Forecast for High Summer Gas Prices May Come to Pass

In February, we reported that gas prices could reach $4 per gallon this summer, and that those living in metropolitan... Read More »

Rachel Smith Apr. 12, 2012

Acura Releases RLX Concept

Acura revealed its Acura RLX concept at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday. “Per Honda/Acura practice, the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Apr. 5, 2012

Best April Car Deals on Cars and SUVs

When analysts looked at vehicle sales for February 2012 , they found that an increase in car sales was largely driven... Read More »

Rachel Smith Apr. 5, 2012

2013 Lexus GS Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2013 Lexus GS recently earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety . Because the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Apr. 5, 2012

Will the Fiat 500 Abarth Boost FIAT Sales?

When the 2012 Fiat 500 went on sale last year, Chrysler Group predicted that the Italian mini car would be an instant... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 29, 2012

2013 Ford Explorer Gains Sport Model

Ford is adding the 2013 Explorer Sport to the Explorer lineup later this year, and has designed the new model for... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 29, 2012

Consumer Reports Rates Three Updated Small Cars Highly

The 2012 Kia Rio , Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent receive high ratings in road tests from Consumer Reports because... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 26, 2012

2013 Scion FR-S Priced at $24,200

Scion announced in a press release that the 2013 Scion FR-S , which is the fifth addition to the Scion lineup, will go... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 26, 2012

GM to Replace Chevrolet Volt Charging Cord

GM is replacing all 120-volt charging cords in Chevrolet Volts that have been sold so far. The new cord and plug will... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 26, 2012

Hyundai, Volvo Recalls Affect Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Volvo S60 and XC60

Hyundai and Volvo have issued two separate recalls that could affect a total of 17,470 vehicles. Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 22, 2012

Lexus, Mini Service Centers Rank Highest for Customer Satisfaction

According to a recent study, Lexus and Mini rank highest among auto brands for having the best customer service at... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 15, 2012

Nissan Recalls 8,120 Infiniti M45 Sedans

If you own an Infiniti M45 sedan from the 2003 or 2004 model year, Nissan may recall your vehicle for a circuit board... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 15, 2012

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

If you’re shopping for a safe crossover SUV , the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport should be on your list because the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 15, 2012

Chrysler Group Recalls 209,724 Jeep Liberty Models

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly 210,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from the 2004 and 2005 model years that were sold or are... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 8, 2012

Toyota Recalls More Than a Half Million Vehicles

Toyota has issued a voluntary recall on Camry , Venza and Tacoma models. In all, the recall impacts about 681,500... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 8, 2012

Best March Car Deals on Small Cars

In February, automakers sold a lot more vehicles than analysts expected them to, an increase that was largely driven by... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 8, 2012

2013 Acura RDX Gets New Engine, Goes on Sale this Spring

If you are considering buying the Acura RDX crossover SUV , consider waiting until the all-new 2013 model hits the... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 1, 2012

Mini Countryman Gains John Cooper Works Model

When the Mini Countryman crossover went on sale in 2011, it was only available in base Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper S... Read More »

Rachel Smith Mar. 1, 2012

Honda Recalls Honda Pilot and Acura MDX Models

Honda Motor Co. is recalling Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs from the 2012 model year for a potential fuel-tank leak... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 23, 2012

NHTSA Updates Child Seat Standards to Accommodate Older, Heavier Kids

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a new 10-year-old child test dummy to... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 23, 2012

Number of Teen Driver Fatalities Increased in First Half of 2011

A study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that the number of teen driver fatalities increased... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 16, 2012

Government Investigates Fires in Chevrolet Trailblazers, Subaru Recalls 2012 Legacy and Outback

The federal government has opened an investigation into Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 16, 2012

Summer Gas Prices Could Reach $4 a Gallon

Analysts fear that gas prices could reach at least $4 per gallon this summer. Those living in large cities could see... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 9, 2012

Hyundai Introduces Elantra Coupe and GT Hatchback at Chicago Auto Show

Coupe and GT hatchback models of the popular Hyundai Elantra debuted at the Chicago Auto Show this week, and will be... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 9, 2012

$18,950 Toyota Prius c Gets 53 mpg EPA Rating

Toyota announced this week that one of its latest additions to the Prius family , the 2012 Toyota Prius c , will start... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 9, 2012

Auto Sales Climb, But Automakers Continue to Advertise Strong Incentives

Automakers are selling a lot more cars than they have in years. That is certainly encouraging news because it shows... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 2, 2012

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Comes Fully Loaded

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will debut at the Chicago Auto Show this month, and it won’t come with any options. That... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 2, 2012

2012 Chrysler 300 Earns NHTSA's Highest Safety Rating

The 2012 Chrysler 300 has earned a five-star overall crash test rating, which is the highest possible, from the federal... Read More »

Rachel Smith Feb. 2, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 26, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 26, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 18, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 18, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 12, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 12, 2012

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 »

Rachel Smith Jan. 12, 2012

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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 5, 2012

"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... Read More »

Rachel Smith Jan. 5, 2012

Chevrolet Recalls 4,296 Sonic Models

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic went on sale this fall, and just a few months after the Sonic’s arrival, it’s subject to a... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 30, 2011

2012 Toyota Camry Named Consumer Reports Recommended Buy

Consumer Reports has named the 2012 Toyota Camry a CR Recommended Buy. Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 30, 2011

2013 Ford Fusion Will Offer Optional Lane Departure Warning System

When Ford redesigns the Fusion for the 2013 model year, the affordable midsize sedan will get an optional lane... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 30, 2011

Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Unveiled

We classify the Chrysler 300 as an affordable large car , but the 300’s new-for-2012 Luxury Series gives this large... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 29, 2011

2011 Auto Sales Could Reach Highest Total Since 2008

Automotive sales have slumped over the past few years, but analysts at TrueCar and Edmunds predict that by the end of... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 29, 2011

In Pictures: Top 12 Holiday Car Deals

A perennial favorite with car reviewers, the 2012 Buick Enclave features a plush interior and comfortable performance... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 28, 2011

2012 Hyundai Accent: Practical, but Mediocre

Since its redesign for 2012, the Hyundai Accent has leapt from the bottom of the affordable small car class to the top... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 26, 2011

Kia Sportage SX: A Luxury Compact SUV Alternative

I’ve tested a fair share of fancy SUVs, which makes it really easy to nitpick affordable SUVS that aren’t nearly as... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 25, 2011

GM Will Honor Certain Saab Warranties

When Saab announced that it was filing for bankruptcy this week, the automaker also stated that it wouldn’t be able to... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 22, 2011

Nissan, Infiniti and GM Recall Models

Nissan / Infiniti and GM are recalling about 23,500 vehicles. 2010 to 2011 Cadillac SRX General Motors is recalling... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 22, 2011

Nissan Juke, Ford F-Series Trucks Recalled

Nissan and Ford are recalling a total of 44,385 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 15, 2011

IIHS Recognizes 115 Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named 115 vehicles 2012 Top Safety Picks. The Institute says a record... Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 15, 2011

Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Subaru Issue Recalls

Nissan , Honda , Toyota and Subaru have issued several recalls since Thursday. Here is a summary of the recalls: Read More »

Rachel Smith Dec. 5, 2011

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