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Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Post-crash carnage from right test 2

Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.

Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.

Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…


2016 Toyota Corolla - There Are Some Changes Comin'

On: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 1:29PM | By: Sue Colvin


2016 Toyota Corolla - There Are Some Changes Comin' test 1-1

The 2014 Toyota Corolla redefined what it was to drive this historically reliable vehicle; in 2016 Toyota promises to set the bar even higher. Rumors about the 2016 Toyota Corolla abound, filled with new features and a promise that the company excellence that has made this vehicle a staple for many mid-class drivers continues. Toyota says the new series will bring significant changes that provide more comfort, economic stability, and less environmental impact.


California Puts the Brakes on Google

On: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:49AM | By: Karen Cook


California Puts the Brakes on Google test 1-1

Not long ago, Google presented the world with a completely autonomous vehicle that required no help from human beings to navigate to a specified destination. This is odd because there is no way for a “driver” to take over if the car can’t perform its function. You see, it doesn’t have pedals or a steering wheel. Google believes this is the future of self-driving modes of transportation.


Honda Knows That Safety Counts

On: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:29AM | By: Karen Cook


Honda Knows That Safety Counts test 1-1

The minivan is the go-to vehicle for many families since they come with room for lots of stuff, lots of people, and your four-legged family members too. Since they cater to those with children, safety is at the forefront for both buyers and manufacturers.


 

Living in your Car: How to Make it Work

On: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:53PM | By: Bill Wilson


Living in your Car:  How to Make it Work test 1-1

Life is filled with uncertainties; that’s why people have insurance and savings accounts. No matter how careful we are, however, sometimes things can knock even the most cautious person off her feet. Fortunately, if you own a reliable vehicle, you can always be reasonably safe and comfortable, even if you have only a small amount of money. Here’s why:


Will Cars Ever Be "Cool" Again

On: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:57AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Will Cars Ever Be "Cool" Again test 1-1

The attitudes of the average 20-something and 30-something have changed dramatically since the 1970s and 80s. Evidence is mounting that younger Americans just don’t have the automotive passions of their parents, and this is disconcerting to auto executives everywhere. 

The question is, will a new wave of cool cars inspire this generation (and future generations) to fall in love with the automobile... or has America's love affair with the automobile peaked?


Colorado's Love Affair With New 4X4s Is As Strong As Ever

On: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:32PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Colorado's Love Affair With New 4X4s Is As Strong As Ever test 1-1

If you’ve bought a new car since the beginning of the year, you are a part of a healthy trend in Colorado auto sales—especially if that new vehicle is a Jeep.


Our Own Worst Enemy: Traffic Jams

On: Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:43PM | By: Karen Cook


Our Own Worst Enemy: Traffic Jams test 1-1

I hate to drive on interstates. I never know when traffic will come to a standstill. I will brave the interstate that lies between home and Walt Disney World, but only because that destination is my favorite on earth. I go often, but it seems to happen pretty regularly that there will be traffic problems either coming or going. An accident will close a lane or two and vehicles will trickle through, adding an hour or more to the drive on occasion. But it really can’t be helped. Or can it?


BMW's Solution to Charging Problems

On: Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:34PM | By: Karen Cook


BMW's Solution to Charging Problems test 1-1

One of the major complaints of electric vehicle owners is the lack of convenient places to charge the battery of the vehicle. The landscape of available charging stations is growing but the cost is high and finding the space for them is difficult.


2015 KIA Soul Arriving Now

On: Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:58PM | By: Karen Cook


2015 KIA Soul Arriving Now test 1-1

If you're out and about at your local KIA dealership, you should see the new 2015 Soul available for purchase or test drive any day now. Design-wise it hasn't seen any major changes, but there are some packages with cool upgrades and techy stuff that may attract buyers.


Your New Car is Now Boarding

On: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:34AM | By: Karen Cook


Your New Car is Now Boarding test 1-1

So, you see a commercial for a hot new car or you see one in your neighbor’s driveway and you think, “Man, I’d like to drive one of those!” You aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, but your interest is piqued and you call the dealership to see if you can drive one. Or maybe you are looking to trade your old car for a newer model and you schedule an appointment to test out something snazzy. Then the enthusiasm wanes and you don’t show up, or you forget you had an appointment at all. This is a problem for dealerships across the nation. “No shows” cost sales and are generally disappointing for sales personnel.