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Toyota Commits to Body-On-Frame SUVs

On: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Body-on-frame SUVs are a highly endangered species. People always liked the size and utility of the SUV, but once gas prices started skyrocketing, they didn't really appreciate the poor fuel economy. So automakers moved toward modeling SUVs after cars—including building them atop unitized frames—and the so-called crossover or CUV was born and started replacing the true, truck-based SUV en masse. Some of the last remaining body-on-frame SUVs, including the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Nissan Pathfinder, have already moved to unitized crossover construction, and in some cases, sizing and packaging. There are very few "real" SUVs left.


Consumer Reports Gives the Impala Highest Score

On: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 6:06PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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The Chevy Impala is one of the most recognizable brands in the General Motors and has seen more than one glory day in its time. Over the last decade or so, this famous model has been more popular as a rental vehicle or government issue car than it has been a private form of transportation. General Motors recently redesigned the Chevrolet Impala in an effort to get one back into the driveways of American motorists, and they may have just scored big with their overhaul. Consumer Reports recently released their review on the model, and it get a surprising score.


Speeding Cuts Your Efficiency By 30 Percent

On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Many people love speeding. Some of them don't even really think of it as speeding; they find a speed that feels comfortable for the size and feel of the road, and do it. Sometimes it's five miles per hour over the speed limit; sometimes it's 20. Some folks aren't comfortable unless they're going as fast as they possibly can. 

A new study reveals that those types might want to ease up on the accelerator, at least if money is of any consideration. Speeding, it turns out, wastes around 30 percent of your gas. The study wasn't funded by the National Association of Police Organizations, either, but by Consumer Reports.


Auto Insurers Are Charging Blue Collar Workers Higher Rates

On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 5:17PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Auto insurance providers are being shamed by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) for some shady practices. What their new report has found is that major auto insurance providers are being unfair in the way they design auto policies. Shockingly, auto insurance companies are actually selling insurance at a higher rate to people based on discriminatory education standards and occupation types.


 

Ford Sued Over MyFord Touch System

On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The MyFord Touch system has been a two-headed tale. First, Ford is always eager to tout the technological touchscreen infotainment system as one of its innovative, cutting edge products. It even raves about how it convinces customers to buy Ford vehicles. The other head, the consumer and reviewer head, tells a different story, a story of technical issues and poor experiences. That side of the story has led to publicity problems, updates, and now a lawsuit. A new class action lawsuit claims that the system is not only defective, but downright dangerous.


Are Black Boxes in Cars an Invasion of Privacy?

On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:15PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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There is a growing, and ongoing, debate in this country about a little device in a lot of cars, but many drivers don’t even know they are there! This event recording device is known as a black box and is somewhat hard to find inside your own personal vehicle. The black box inside privately owned vehicles has many worried about privacy and the potential for abuse of information.


Dodge to Stick Around, Says Ralph Gilles

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Things really haven't been looking so good for Dodge. The company has been bleeding models profusely, and recent speculation questioned whether it would even exist at all half a decade from now. Yes, it definitely will, says a Chrysler Group CEO in a quote that illustrates the power of social media.


New Programs Help Older Persons Maintain Driving Skills

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: Bill Wilson


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We’re all getting older; that’s undeniable. But what may not be as obvious is that Americans as a group are aging, all 319 million of us. For the people who plan and build the nation’s infrastructure, this presents a monumental challenge, given that most people’s motoring skills decline as they age. Studies conducted by both government and private sources reveal the following facts:


Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:


Fuel Economy Ratings: Myth vs Reality

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 5:44PM | By: Bill Wilson


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For much of the car-buying public, the news was shocking. To the thousands of Kia and Hyundai owners who had filed complaints for well over two years, however, it came as a long-awaited relief. In November of 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the two automakers had long been misrepresenting fuel economy results for most of its models, in some cases by as much as six miles a gallon.


Next-Generation Technologies are Here and Affordable

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Cars are advancing more and more, from "dumb machines" that use basic mechanical components to propel you through space, to much smarter devices that monitor and interact with their environments and even chaffeur you around. Over the past few years, we've seen the introduction of automated technologies that will one day underpin the self-driving car. While some of these technologies are still in the prototype stages, and some only available on expensive luxury cars, a bulk have moved into mainstream territory. Edmunds reports that many car technologies are now affordable for the average car consumer.