Used Cars: Minivan Bargains in March Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:22:23 +0000 Spring is coming, whether you are ready or not, along with all that it entails. Vacations, sporting events, camping, and other outdoor family outings; you can never have too much cargo space. Late model mini-vans give you the passenger and cargo space of a van with the driving feel of a car. It is truly the best of both worlds. Right now is [...]]]> Nissan 240sx Offers Unlimited Potential – Part 1 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Regardless of whether you are into getting the hole-shot on your opponent and blazing through the quarter mile, cutting through the curves in your local canyon, or gliding on the edge of chaos in a drift car, the rear-wheel configuration of the The accomplished design and engineering team at BMW can add yet another notch in the proverbial gun-belt; this time for the innovative new 2014 BMW 328i. It seems as though a [...]]]> 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper: Bell Tolls for Raptor Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Reaper rf 3Does the onslaught of the grim reaper themed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper subtly signal the tolling of the bell for the incumbent "King of the Desert?" Used Cars: 10 Best Compacts Under $8K Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:54:50 +0000 Red Hot DealsFuel prices continue skyward, groceries are already through the roof, and education costs — forget about it. So, where is an upstanding consumer to get a little relief? Try the used car market. [...]]]> 2014 Lexus GS450h Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:37:17 +0000 2014-lexus-gs-450h

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The 2015 Kia Soul EV is an electrified version of the all-new 2014 Soul, arguably the nicest, best-equipped five-door hatchback this side of a Ford Focus. It promises all the usual [...]]]> Chicago Auto Show: Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:47:15 +0000 diesel runner headerAmong the stunning revelations currently taking place in the Windy City, Nissan has unveiled their diesel powered mid-sized pickup, with a proclivity towards [...]]]> 10 Used Car Shopping Tools Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:01:00 +0000

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Price as Tested: $49,115

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A 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4—note the shiny tow hooks set into the lower [...]]]> Halfway to self-driving cars: 3 autonomous features you can buy now Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:01:41 +0000 The idea of a car driving itself isn’t new. You can look to the 1939 World’s Fair to see how long automakers have been dreaming of a fully autonomous car. In 2014, we’ve advanced so far to ride in auto-piloted aircraft (a major feat) and the monorails found in airports around the country (granted, not so amazing).

Autonomous cars exist today as small experiments, and only four states have granted automakers the right these cars on public roads.

But [...]]]> 3 Great Reasons to Buy a Used Car Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:01:00 +0000 car loveChoosing to buy a low-mileage, late-model used car, instead of a new car, makes good financial sense. Avoiding significant depreciation costs and getting a vehicle that is comparable with a new one, at [...]]]> Monster Street Trucks: Ford Raptor vs. Chevy Reaper Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Header 3 Header 4There is a brand new contender for [...]]]> 2014 Legacy redefines Subaru Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:55:58 +0000 2014-legacy

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Fuel Injected 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

One of the key modern automobile innovations is the invention of starter buttonThe first automobiles ever invented required the use of a large crank handle. It slid onto the end of a shaft which was attached to the front of the crankshaft and protruded dauntingly through the [...]]]> Most Miserly Autos of 2013 — 40 mpg+ Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Fuel Costs


Here we go, again. There is always some terrible catastrophe just over the horizon. Always some impending doom that causes fuel companies to increase the cost at the pump, resulting [...]]]> Top 5 Used Luxury Sedans Under $25k Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:42:07 +0000 Rolls

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2014 Chicago Auto Show: Spotlight on Exotics Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:04:36 +0000 Chicago Auto ShowEverybody loves exotic high-line automobiles, however only a select few drivers are wealthy enough to own them. As fate would have it, I am not one of the blessed few. Neither do I foresee an opportunity to visit an Academy at Lamborghini [...]]]> Cars we remember: 2008 Pontiac Solstice SCCA-SSB Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:09:36 +0000 2014 Pontiac Solstice SCCA-SSBBy: Greg Zyla

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Which Super Bowl player owns this whip?

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Would you be surprised to learn that you can buy a high-quality, late-model, used carsSo, you have finally decided which type of used car that you want. There are so many choices; sports cars, luxury cars, compact cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs — not to mention any combination, thereof. Determining which type will best meet your daily requirements is a huge step in the used car selection process. Now you must [...]]]> Q&A with Jeff Luke, chief engineer for GM trucks Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:40:51 +0000 GM-Jeff-LukeWith the 2015 GMC Canyon making its debut in Detroit, we sat down with Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for all of GM’s pickup trucks, to find out how the automaker will tackle the midsize truck market — and possibly reenter the [...]]]> Detroit Auto Show: Kia GT4 Stinger Fri, 17 Jan 2014 02:30:13 +0000 Kia-Stinger-front-300What is it?

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2014 Lamborghini Aventador

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Media days are over and [...]]]> Dissecting the trick roof on the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:54:55 +0000 No one, not even the most tired reporters who have covered hundreds of auto shows, had ever seen a convertible roof come off like the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. On first sight, when Porsche CEO Matthias Müller sat down to open the roof, the collective gasp from the audience could be heard several stands away.

We’ll gladly join the circus of Targa videos circulating the web, so here it is again, closing:




2014 NAIAS Detroit: Chevrolet Bounces Back Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:03:09 +0000 chevy logo

Chevrolet – Making a Comeback

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It's that time of year again where we report on our 10 best test drives from the 52 vehicles tested in 2013.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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With more drivers on the road this 2013 holiday season than ever, it’s time for our yearly column on the dangers of drinking and driving and/or using your cell phone while behind the wheel.

This [...]]]> 2014 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show: Less Than a Month and Counting Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:55:14 +0000 NAIAS 2014

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Ultra-popular concept vehicles are the order of the day, as we begin our countdown to the cruze engine

2014 Chevrolet 2.0L Clean Diesel Engine

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Price as tested: $26, 195

Greg’s view

This week, we're testing Kia's 2014 Soul ! (Exclaim), a new generation model that Kia stresses is totally transformed, more fun to drive and offers more [...]]]> 2014 Kia Sorento Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:02:04 +0000 The 2014 Sorento—built in West Point, Georgia—seems to straddle the line between small and midsize crossover utes, but it's available with seats for seven. Kia photo 2015 Z06

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Use your head; your eyes, ears, and nose at least, to help avoid catastrophic automobile failures during the 10 Hot Cars for Under $25,000 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:55:47 +0000 2013 Fusion ST

2013 Ford Fusion ST

There was a time when vehicles that cost over $25-grand were [...]]]> Goodbye Grocery Getter — Hello Nismo Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:54:34 +0000 Sentra Nismo Concept 1

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Price as Tested: $24,785

Greg’s view

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A rush of striking new product, once diluted by Ford's cultural aloofness and cost- [...]]]>