You know the drill. You're out to buy a new car or truck, just aching for that new ride, but then you check your finances. Sigh. Looks like you might have to bike to work.
But don't despair. There is an answer.
Any buyer can get the essence of a high-priced ride without the price tag if he knows which vehicles to consider. Some spendier rides ...Read more
CHICAGO -- If, while driving, you were also chowing down food, yakking on your phone or getting distracted by Bella the Labrador retriever, would your insurance company know?
A patent issued in August to Allstate mentions using sensors and cameras to record "potential sources of driver distraction within the vehicle (e.g. pets, phone usage, ...Read more
More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the 784 new vehicle models come with technology that alerts a driver to a ...Read more
A stunning interior elevates the 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label SUV (I give it three out of four stars), the latest step in Lincoln's long march back toward relevance in the luxury-car market.
The new MKX has a roomy and luxurious interior, especially in Black Label livery, Lincoln's new premium trim designation. It's also comfortable and fuel ...Read more
The Buick Encore is a small luxury crossover with style, comfort, versatility and adaptability to fit many busy lifestyles, from parents of small children to empty nesters and grandparents.
It's offered in four trim levels – Encore, Convenience, Leather and Premium – priced from $24,065 to $29,450 for front-wheel drive models; add $1,500 to...Read more
Q: My mother had a 1995 Saturn SL2 with a four-speed automatic transmission that had a "performance" button. With the car in performance mode, depending how vigorously its accelerator was applied, all 140 of its horses could be utilized. For example, when I would cruise at 62 mph in fourth gear and floor the acceleration, the transmission would ...Read more
After 34 days and 3,600 miles across America on dirt roads, the Model T that recreated Edsel Ford's 1915 road trip from Detroit to San Francisco reached its destination earlier this month.
"Seeing America in the slow lane turns out to be amazingly pleasant," said Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. "I was surprised how ...Read more
Q: My 2004 Buick Park Avenue Ultra with 60,000 miles misfires when restarted hot. The missing lasts for no more than 30 seconds. My mechanic is stumped. Any thoughts? Other than this, the car runs beautifully.
A: If the engine misfire occurs only during a hot restart, checking fuel pressure is the place to start. If the ready fuel supply in the...Read more
What Teenage Drivers Don't Know, The Unwritten Rules Of The RoadPaul Zientarski
“What Teenage Drivers Don’t Know, The Unwritten Rules of the Road” offers driving strategies and tips to teenagers about driving in poor conditions, parking, vehicle maintenance, surviving the unexpected and even navigating the court system.
This book takes the art of skillful...
WASHINGTON -- The conservative Club for Growth on Thursday criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for repeating a claim that he would put an onerous tax on Ford if it followed through on plans to spend $2.5 billion on new facilities in Mexico.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, Trump, a real estate ...Read more
DETROIT -- Many questions are being raised by the idea of building the Ford Ranger compact pickup in suburban Detroit later this decade.
It is an idea making its rounds in the media and rumor mill during this sensitive bargaining period as the UAW union is negotiating a new master agreement with Ford as well as General Motors and Fiat Chrysler ...Read more
Drivers are shunning much of the technology automakers are stuffing in cars.
It amounts to a waste of billions of dollars in investment that's ultimately paid for by consumers, according to automotive research firm J.D. Power.
In its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report -- a study of how new car owners use their vehicles within ...Read more
Car prices keep going up, but so do the number of recall notices being sent to car owners.
It's not a combination designed to make customers happy.
Customer satisfaction with vehicles is down for the third year in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The report released Tuesday said the sector's score fell 3.7 percent ...Read more
DETROIT -- The stock market plunge of the last week, which nearly turned into a panic early Monday, may end up teaching Detroit automakers and the rest of us a valuable lesson.
Yes, China is important because it remains the world's largest auto market. But today it's North America, where General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are benefiting ...Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that a defect in certain Honda Accords could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.
According to NHTSA documents, the problem with the air bag control computer model affects some model year 2008 Accords. The defect causes the air bag status indicator lamp to ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- If you're seeing a lot of travel trailers and motor homes on the highway these days, it's more than a sign of summer. For the first time in a decade, the recreational-vehicle industry is poised to break production records.
RV manufacturers are expected to ship 380,000 units this year, up 6.5 percent from 2014 and nearing the ...Read more
If you want to stand out in the marketplace, take something ordinary, give it a twist and you'll wind up with something perceived as quite different.
For instance, if you renovated Kmart stores and stocked them with items that are stylish yet reasonably priced, you'd have Target. Or consider Mr. Coffee. Instead of making a large pot to be ...Read more
The fast and luxurious 2016 Cadillac ATS-V (I give it four out of four stars) coupe continues Cadillac's assault on the BMW M Sport and Mercedes-Benz AMG high-performance brands.
Those factory super tuners are the only other nameplates that are in the game with the sleek ATS-V. The Caddy hits 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, has a terminal velocity of ...Read more
Q: I would like to hear your opinion on flex-fuel vehicles. I assume these vehicles can use regular gasoline with 10 percent ethanol or E85 (85 percent ethanol). I don't understand how a vehicle can run on both gasoline and E85 when we hear of potential engine damage when using E15 (15 percent ethanol).
A: That's a sensitive issue that involves...Read more
Q: There's no doubt car manufacturers do enormous amounts of research on the best tire setups for their new cars. From this research come clearly recommended tire pressures that support optimal tire performance.
But what happens if original manufacturer tires are replaced with tires carrying a different speed or load rating? Do the recommended ...Read more
Used cars are following the pricy road paved by new cars.
Used-car prices hit a record high in the second quarter of 2015, climbing 7.6 percent year-over-year to an average of $18,800, according to a new study by car shopping site Edmunds.com.
The price growth mirrors the average transaction price for new light-duty vehicles, which hit a near-...Read more
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