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Rumored 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Eco-Friendly SUV Coming Our Way?

On: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:04PM | By: Jai Colvin


Rumored 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Eco-Friendly SUV Coming Our Way? test 1-1

There is a huge push for more environmentally friendly vehicles. As of right now, the Toyota Prius is the lead when folks talk about hybrids, but recently Toyota announced that the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is on its way.


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…


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.


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality

On: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Bill Wilson


Nitrous Oxide for Vehicle Use: Myth vs. Reality test 1-1

Every driver wants something different from his or her vehicle. Some motorists prize economy above all. Other value looks or status. And, for many car owners, performance is their passion. This is not simply speed, but the ability to accelerate quickly, turn corners sharply, and feel that exhilarating rush that comes from driving a nimble, ultra-responsive ride.


 

Ford Locks It Down

On: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:22PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford Locks It Down test 1-1

More often than not, if you are in a group of gearheads at a local car show, track, parking lot, driveway, wherever, you will inevitably hear the following: "Oh, they (meaning the parent company of the car in question) were so stupid for doing XYZ to our cars." Every 19-year-old with a set of keys and that insatiable itch to speed has thought that they were at, one point or another, smarter than the company that built the car they are driving. 


An Electric Car that's Out of this World (Literally)

On: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 12:59PM | By: Bill Wilson


An Electric Car that's Out of this World (Literally) test 1-1

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been in widespread use for only a few years. Yet they have proven themselves capable of going anywhere a conventional automobile can while consuming zero fossil fuels. One EV, however, has shown that it can go somewhere that no gas-powered vehicle can go: the moon. That’s the remarkable feat behind the story of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), known to most people as “the moon buggy.”


Are 3000-Mile Oil Changes Still a Good Idea?

On: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:35PM | By: Bill Wilson


Are 3000-Mile Oil Changes Still a Good Idea? test 1-1

There’s some advice that’s repeated so often it’s almost universally accepted as true, whether or not actual evidence exists to back it up. You’ve almost certainly heard most of these snippets of popular wisdom. Here are some of the more popular ones:
•  Swimming within a hour of eating causes muscle cramps.
•  Always brush your teeth after every meal.
•  Brown bread is healthier than white bread.
•  Margarine is better for you than butter.
•  Change your oil every 3000 miles to maintain your engine longer.


Not Too Late for a Summer Road Trip

On: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:40PM | By: Karen Cook


Not Too Late for a Summer Road Trip test 1-1

When my boys were small, the height of summer was going to the beach. We live in Florida so it may not seem like a big deal, but we are in the dead center of the state which means there are lots of beaches available and none of them are particularly close. We got up early on a Saturday and packed the picnic basket, put on our suits, grabbed a blanket and we were off. The salt air breeze was delicious, the water was chilly and refreshing, and the sand was made into the most pitiful sand castles imaginable. But we were in heaven. Coming home meant a car full of sand, pink noses, and Church's Fried Chicken bought on the way and eaten in the car. The grease and sand were reminders of the beach into the fall even after the car was “cleaned”.


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.


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.


Redefining a Computer Crash

On: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:21AM | By: Karen Cook


Redefining a Computer Crash test 1-1

There are more and more stories concerning new automobile technology. President Obama even recently “test drove” new vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. He wasn’t on the road or even in a real car but he virtually tested some technology of the future and gave it his seal of approval. Autonomous vehicles are also hot topics and are seen as an inevitable advancement in personal travel.