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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…


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.


How Al Capone's Car May Have Saved FDR's Life

On: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:35AM | By: Bill Wilson


How Al Capone's Car May Have Saved FDR's Life test 1-1

This is a story about two vastly different men. One was a notorious gangster, the other an American president. Their characters and their lives could not have been more opposed. But they were linked together by something seemingly mundane: an automobile. The story behind this fact is one of the oddest in US history.


From a Slow Start to the Fast Lane: The History of Hyundai

On: Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:28PM | By: Teddy Field


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Not too long ago, Hyundai vehicles were overlooked by most new car buyers. They were well-built and loaded with features, but they lacked any sort of style. The 2008 introduction of the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan changed all that, and brought some much needed attention to the South Korean car brand. Fast forward a few years, and Hyundai now commands a sizable chunk of the U.S. and international car markets. Stylish models like the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Equus now pack customers into the showrooms. Proving that value doesn't have to be boring.


 

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:


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.”


Always looking Forward: The History of Infiniti

On: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 4:45PM | By: Teddy Field


Always looking Forward: The History of Infiniti test 1-1

If you want a luxury car that isn't entirely boring to drive, then you've probably heard of Infiniti. This luxury division from Nissan offers a wide range of premium models like the Infiniti Q50, Infiniti Q70, and Infiniti QX60. From their luxury SUVs to their sport coupes, each Infiniti is engineered to excite the driver while coddling them in luxury.


Two Recalls from Hyundai

On: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:09PM | By: Karen Cook


Two Recalls from Hyundai test 1-1

Hyundai is issuing two recalls which will begin sometime in September. The first covers 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2001-2006 and built between March 31st, 2000 to February 15th, 2006. The front coil spring is prone to corrosion from common road salt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that if the spring fractures it could puncture a tire, which could lead to an increased risk of accidents. So far there have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities stemming from this problem, but there have been more than a thousand warranty claims. 90 of them contained reports of the spring contacting the tire. 94% have been filed in states which routinely use salt on the roads in the winter.


2014 Toyota Sienna Minivans Safety Recall

On: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:16PM | By: Karen Cook


2014 Toyota Sienna Minivans Safety Recall test 1-1

Toyota has issued a very small recall on some very new vehicles. Only 263 of the new Sienna minivans have been sold, but dealers have been ordered not to sell any on their lots until they have been repaired.


Simple Beginnings: The History of Honda

On: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 4:50PM | By: Teddy Field


Simple Beginnings: The History of Honda test 1-1

Honda has long been admired for their reliability and terrific build quality. But it's their attention to detail that endears the brand to its loyal owner base. Cars like the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Honda Odyssey are filled with little features that can make your life easier. And that's why your local Honda dealer is always packed with both new and returning customers. So let's find out where all of this 'love' comes from.


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”.