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Rental Cars Cause Confusion for Many Drivers

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 7:49AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The rental car industry is a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise in the United States. Every year, millions of people take to the road using rental car services. According to Auto Rental News, as of 2012 there were over 18,000 rental car locations in this country. Renting a vehicle for travel is practical in many circumstances. A rental can keep mileage off your personal vehicle, supplement transportation needs when you don’t have other options, and many people use rentals because smaller models get better gas mileage than their daily driver.

Yes, if you are planning to hit the roads this summer, you will quite possibly end up in a rental car during your travels. It sounds easy enough, right? Wrong, most people are baffled by rentals, and you can’t expect to get much help from the customer service representatives at these facilities—they are just as confused as you are.

The New Toyota Corolla Gets Some Attitude

On: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Toyota Corolla has always been a lot of things. Affordable, reliable and strong selling are among the top few things that come to mind. Interesting to look at? No, we can't say that one follows closely. But Toyota is intent on changing our minds with the 2014 Corolla. Toyota calls it "exciting, impactful" styling, and we have a hard time disagreeing with that description. 

Best Mid-life Crisis Cars of 2013

On: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 9:39AM | By: Teddy Field

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So it's finally dawned on you: You're halfway between youth and retirement, and you're starting to miss the endless optimism that you had as a kid. Back then, everything seemed possible, and your hair was located on your head, instead of your chest and ears. You miss that feeling of freedom you got when the DMV literally gave you a license to go anywhere you pleased. That first car became your escape pod, your faithful companion with which you explored the world. And you finally discovered what it felt like to be an adult.

Now that you've gained some perspective on life, you want to get a car that'll give you back that carefree feeling. Except you actually have the money to do it right this time. Luckily, the 2013 model year has seen many unprecedented advancements. Ford unveiled a tiny 1.0-liter turbo-3 which is capable of churning out an 123-hp. On the other end of the spectrum, McLaren released a wild looking new supercar called the P1, and it comes with, wait for it, a 903-hp gas-electric hybrid powertrain! This is certainly our “Golden Era” for cars. And if you're itching for a fun new car, that can divert attention from your rapidly growing bald spot, you've got a fantastic lot to pick from. So put down the Rogaine, go trim your ear hair, and get ready to become a stereotype!

Diesels Are Taking Back California

On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 11:28AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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California led the way in the campaign against diesel-powered automobiles but that trend is in major reversal. The once labeled “dirty”, diesel-powered cars are driving back into the Golden State and are occupying the roads as green vehicles. During the year of 2012, over 10% of the vehicles on the road in the state were diesel-powered passenger cars and sports utility vehicles. Many wonder what has prompted this new change in attitude.


Porsche Celebrates 50 years of the 911 with Special Edition

On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A major year for anniversies, 2013 serves as the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, the 50th anniversary for Lamborghini and McLaren, the 60th anniversary for the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary for the Porsche 911. Each automaker is celebrating in its own way, and those celebrations tend to include special anniversay edition sports cars. The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is the latest model to receive its official introduction, celebrating half a century, seven generations, and more than 800,000 models produced of Porsche's quintessential sports car.

Redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla debuts...and it looks like a Kia

On: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 4:29PM | By: Teddy Field

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The Toyota Corolla is one of the world's best-selling transportation devices, with over 40 million copies sold across 154 countries. They're not particularly exciting cars from an enthusiast’s standpoint, but they are reliable, and they are practical. The first chief engineer for Toyota's new compact said that he wanted “to develop a car that brings happiness and well-being to people around the world.” And after 47 years on the market, it's safe to say that the Toyota Corolla has made two or three people happy.

Range Rover Sport sets record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

On: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 1:52PM | By: Teddy Field

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Years ago, Range Rovers were as British as bad teeth and kidney pie. Pomp & Circumstance came standard, and you could literally go anywhere you pleased. Of course, they started leaking oil on the assembly line, and they ran properly only twice a month. But for those two days, you felt like the King of the World.

Ford bought the storied off-road brand from BMW in 2000 and promptly fixed the leaks, and had an exorcism performed on the electrics. The anesthetized Range Rover could now journey down Rodeo Drive without embarrassing itself, and it could even make the return trip without the aid of a tow truck. This new-found reliability allowed Land Rover to expand the Range Rover product line, and the asphalt-themed Range Rover Sport became the preferred ride of aristocratic playboys from Miami to Milan.

On a higher path: the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

On: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 1:09PM | By: Teddy Field

On a higher path: the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder test 1-1

Once upon a time, people actually wanted some Sport with their Utility Vehicle. It's not that they were really going to venture far from the pavement. But knowing you could added to the 'invincible' image of owning an SUV. For automakers, this new segment was like manna from heaven. All they had to do was screw a wagon body to one of their existing truck chassis. No mufti-million dollar development project here. Just take a cheap truck frame and make it look tough... or luxurious. Such was the case with the first Nissan Pathfinder.

Originally, the Nissan Pathfinder was an 'exotic' Japanese off-road wagon, and it had some panache. First of all, it looked tough and purposeful. It was based on the Nissan Hardbody pickup, so it could actually back up its go-anywhere looks. And those hidden vertical rear door handles were a real conversation piece. Two decades later, gas is expensive, and people would rather go explore cyberspace on their smart phones. So automakers ditched the off-road bit, and started making car-based people haulers that looked like a rough & tumble SUV. Think truck-shaped minivans.

GM to Make Smartphone Remote Start/Unlock Standard

On: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Good news for all those folks who have been slowly streamlining their electronics by using smartphone apps in place of physical devices: GM announced this week that it will make its RemoteLink Key Fob Services standard on 2014 OnStar-equipped vehicles across all four lines: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. The app will now be available whether or not the owner decides to pay for other OnStar services.

Four-Doored Vette: Chevy's $44,500 SS Sedan

On: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Four-Doored Vette: Chevy's $44,500 SS Sedan test 1-1

The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the sedan for muscle lovers who need a little extra room. Chevy's first performance sedan since 1996, the SS packs a rare combination of room for five and more than 400 hp. Chevy announced a base price of $44,470 this week. That price includes a $995 destination fee.

Ten Best SUVs Under $25K

On: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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"Far more flexible than a sedan but more affordable, maneuverable, and fuel-efficient than a larger SUV, today's compact SUV is a masterful mix of practicality," describes Kelley Blue Book on its website KBB.com. Indeed, the small SUV, commonly known as the crossover or CUV, has been a popular and growing segment of the auto market. With an increasing number of options to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right one. KBB has identified the 10 choices that it believes are better than the rest.