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Mercedes Concept GLA Shines Laser Headlights on Shanghai

On: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Concept GLA Shines Laser Headlights on Shanghai test 1-1

Following the New York Auto Show earlier this month, the auto show season here in North America has calmed down. But that doesn't mean there aren't new concepts and car models launching around the globe. The Shanghai Auto Show got underway over the weekend, and Mercedes debuted a concept crossover at the show. It calls the GLA Concept an escape from the everyday.

10 Best Car Interiors Announced

On: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 5:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mazda6 test 2

Flashy red exteriors may get more face time on magazine covers and auto show floors, but the interior is the more important part of the car. The car is designed to drive, and the interior is where that gets done. You're certain to spend more time sitting in the cockpit, fiddling with the controls, and commuting to and fro than you will staring at the perfectly buffed and waxed exterior sitting in your driveway. 

WardsAuto recently announced its list of top 10 auto interiors among models that are all new or have a thoroughly redesigned interior. While the Japanese steal the show, and luxury automakers have a predictably large presence, there are some surprises on the list, including the inclusion of one of the cheapest subcompacts on the market. 

2014 Cherokee: 30 Years In The Making

On: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2014 Cherokee:  30 Years In The Making test 1-1

Since its inception in 1984, the Jeep Cherokee has essentially looked exactly the same for almost its entire life. The tell-tale upright, boxy rectangular 4X4 has exuded nothing but Utilitarian functionality since Journey was all the rage. Even when Jeep officials made a name change from Cherokee to Liberty, they weren't fooling anyone. We know a Cherokee when we see one. Sure, the engines have changed slightly, a few little touch-ups here and there, and Jeep added a few more options over the years, but, if nothing else, Jeep kept it real for the better part of three decades. For its 30th anniversary, however, it seems Jeep wanted to give its second oldest model its first legitimate change of its lifetime.  


First and most obvious is the new Cherokee's redesigned exterior that features a much more aerodynamic, sleeked back look that gives a nod to its bigger Grand Cherokee brethren. Not that it would take too much to look more aerodynamic than the outgoing 90 degree angles of the Liberty, but we digress. The futuristic look will no doubt aggravate and, in some cases, infuriate purists. But, objectively speaking, after eight and a half presidential terms, change is good.


Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand

On: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand test 1-1

Brake regeneration is a staple of electric vehicles and hybrids. The technology repurposes the energy usually lost as heat during braking for the purpose of battery charging. Typically this is an automatic process that happens only during braking, but in the new Cadillac ELR, it’s available to the driver on-demand. 


Nissan Will Show a Sub-Z Concept Sports Car Later This Year

On: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Sub-Z Concept Sports Car test 2

With the success of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, it’s no surprise that Nissan is toying around with an entry level sports car of its own. It already has the flagship GT-R and mid-range 370Z, and a smaller 200SX revival has been funneling around the rumor mill for months. According to Australian auto media sources, Nissan will show one potential direction for an entry level sports car at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s likely to include some form of electric powertrain.

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars

On: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars test 1-1

Buying a car, particularly a used model, is a taxing process. Consumer Reports says that it’s getting even harder, thanks to the fact that owners are holding onto their cars longer, resulting in lower supplies. Luckily, Consumer Reports does more than just provide gloomy market forecasts; it makes the buying process a little easier by testing cars and providing recommendations, helping buyers cut through all the market clutter and find what they need. The organization recently released a glimpse at its “Best & Worst Used Cars” list, covering models from 2003 to 2012. The list can serve as a short list of models to shop for or can augment your greater research. 

Edmunds Proves That You Can Afford A Used Car Without Financing

On: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Edmunds Proves That You Can Afford A Used Car Without Financing test 1-1

It seems like we’ve been caught in a never-ending recession for the past half-decade. During such times it’s easy to put off paying today what you can pay during the (presumably) better times ahead. This is particularly true of major purchases like automobiles. Many buyers choose to finance their new or used car purchases, a strategy that can help them afford to the purchase in the present but leads to much extra cost over the term of the financing period. 

During a 13-month used-car experiment, the auto experts over at Edmunds tested the practicality of purchasing a low-priced used car outright versus financing a higher priced car. Their findings are that buying a car outright can indeed be a practical solution... but not necessarily for everyone.  

12 Car Duds To Avoid

On: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara test 2

The Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is filled with all kinds of helpful car-buying advice, reports and hints. Within that handy info is a look at the best and worst cars, new and used, to spend your hard earned money on, which includes the "disappointing dozen," 12 new car models that "fail miserably." 

Chrysler Recalls 4,000 New Challengers

On: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chrysler Recalls Dodge Challengers test 2

Chrysler has issued a recall of 4,051 of its Dodge Challengers that were produced with a V6 engine between December 2012 and January 24, 2013. It seems that a short circuit may occur on the positive battery cable at the starter motor. This short could case a vehicle fire and potentially even a crash depending on when the short occurs. Owners of these cars are being told to stop driving their Challengers immediately. They are also being advised to not park their Challengers in or around any structures as this may cause the short. 

The Honda Urban SUV Concept

On: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 4:36PM | By: Clay Ritchings

The Honda Urban SUV Concept test 1-1

The Honda Urban SUV doesn’t just take from the Acura design book; it rips the whole page out, which is why it looks like an Acura RDX, Honda CR-V, and NSX concept mash-up; which is not entirely a bad thing.

Subaru WRX Concept On Display At New York Auto Show

On: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 12:10PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Subaru WRX Concept test 2

As hard as Subaru tried to keep the new WRX concept under wraps until it’s official reveal at the 2013 NY Auto Show, sketches of the concept were posted all over the internet. The initial illustrations looked promising and the actual vehicle did not disappoint.