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Under the Hood: Getting more life out of your wiper blades

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Q: My windshield wiper blades do a lot of shimmying and make a heck of a noise. This is likely because I have to park outside, and the wiper blades are exposed to the sun and elements. I do change the blades yearly, but I'd like to know what types of blades are best at maintaining their flexibility and work most quietly.

-- Mason W.

A: Wiper ...Read more

Rivian, perhaps the Tesla of trucks, lands $700 million Amazon-led investment

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Rivian, the electric truck startup, received a major boost Friday with the announcement of a $700 million investment round led by Amazon.

The nascent manufacturer, which debuted its prototype all-electric truck and SUV models at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, is gearing up to begin building the vehicles at the shuttered former ...Read more

Auto review: Mercedes A220 asks 'Who wants a $48K compact sedan?'

Automotive / Automotive News /

In a choice that oozes sincerity if not finely honed customer research, Mercedes-Benz's marketing team decided the secret to selling more small vehicles to Americans was to make them look more like traditional sedans.

That's the origin story for the 2019 Mercedes A220 4Matic sedan, which offers a more conventional, upright profile than the ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan's Armada big sport utility has room for up to eight, starts at $46,790

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The Nissan Armada full-size sport utility, now in its second generation, returns for 2019 with a few updates, including new standard safety technology.

Now included on all trim levels are Rear Door Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.

There are four trim levels for 2019: SV (...Read more

Ford F-150 recalls 1.48 million pickups due to crash concern

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DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is aware of at least five accidents involving the best-selling F-150 pickup caused by unintended downshifting into first gear, which can lead to loss of control and crashes.

Ford issued a recall Wednesday for 1.48 million F-150s in North America for model years 2011-13, along with recalls on brand new cars and SUVs.

...Read more

GM, Amazon reportedly ready to invest $1B-$2B in Rivian electric trucks

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Suburban Detroit-based electric pickup maker Rivian declined to comment Tuesday evening on reports that General Motors and Amazon plan to invest $1 billion to $2 billion in the startup, which was among the stars of the Los Angeles auto show late in 2018.

Reuters initially reported negotiations that could lead to a deal among the companies being...Read more

Ford's 2020 Explorer for police has hidden lifesaving design feature

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Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Mike Shaw has been nearly hit by speeding vehicles four times, twice while outside his car.

"And four times is actually low. I know a trooper who has been hit more than 10 times," Shaw said. "You can probably talk to any state trooper. It's not a matter of if, but when. People just aren't paying attention out there...Read more

Auto Review: Even loyal Forester huggers will squint to spot changes in the 2019

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2019 Subaru Forester Sport: A little more space ...

Price: The Sport model starts at $28,795. A base starts at $24,295.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver says, "This little SUV has always just wanted to be a safe, friendly commuter, and it moves further in that direction here," but "our drive in the new Forester was just dull."

Marketer's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford F-150

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

It's interesting that just as diesels are disappearing from the passenger-car market, they're making a big comeback in trucks.

Ford is the latest to bring one back, joining the Dodge Ram -- which offers one in the Ram 1500 -- and anticipating Chevy, which will offer one later this year in the 2019 Silverado 1500.

But there's one other thing ...Read more

What? Women pay more than men for auto insurance? (Yup.)

Automotive / Automotive News /

It's a widespread belief that men pay more for automobile insurance than women. But that's only true for young adults.

Several studies in 2018 and 2017 revealed that women over 25, particularly those between 40 and 60, often pay more than men -- not less -- for auto insurance, all other rating criteria being equal. Now, California has become ...Read more

Under the Hood: How many miles driven, and what kind, should dictate oil change schedule

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: If you have a car that doesn't rack up a lot of miles, do you still need to change the oil every six months? I only put about 2,000 miles a year on my car. I've heard different opinions on this.

-- Jason P.

A: If those miles are mostly short trips, changing oil perhaps once per year might be a good idea. I'm a believer that miles, and the ...Read more

Motormouth: Unraveling the mystery of the engine oil dipstick

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: What is the proper way to interpret the reading on the oil dipstick? I have a 2017 Chrysler 200 that takes six quarts of oil. The fill line on the dipstick has a section that reads "safe zone." The car was driven with the oil at the bottom of the safe line for about 3,000 miles. Was any engine damage possible? Is that safe zone simply a ...Read more

Auto review: Buick's TourX offers a premium wagon version of Regal sedan, AWD included

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Buick introduced a luxury station wagon version of the Regal sedan in 2018, the Regal TourX, which went on to boost sales of the Regal lineup.

For 2019, the five-passenger TourX comes in three trims – base TourX ($29,070), Preferred ($32,670), and Essence ($35,070). It's identical to the 2018 model, with one small change: an ionizing cabin ...Read more

Polaris powers into vacation rentals with fleet of 'adventure' vehicles in 30 states

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Three years ago, a couple of Polaris employees had a hunch.

If vacationers could rent the latest models of Polaris snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or Slingshot three-wheelers, they would gain "an experience" and become fast fans of one of America's top power-sports vehicle makers.

With the blessing of their boss -- and a budget -- Jan ...Read more

Ford cranks up massive V-8, towing capacity for 2020 Super Duty pickups

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The pickup wars are about to get bigger and badder. Ford is unveiling a massive new V-8 engine and what the automaker says are the most powerful versions ever of its F-series Super Duty medium-duty pickups to face challengers from Chevrolet, GMC and Ram.

Medium-duty pickups can tow and haul more than light-duty pickups like the F-150. They're ...Read more

Mark Phelan: 2019 Ram 1500 pickup adds 4-way tailgate for easy cargo loading

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Ram Trucks this spring will add a new four-way tailgate that simplifies loading cargo in tight spaces. Due in dealerships on the 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup in the second quarter, the Multifunction Tailgate will be a $995 option.

The tailgate is split 40/60, and has hinges on either side in addition to the bottom hinges all pickup tailgates...Read more

Tesla Model 3s hit Europe, but safety regulators say Autopilot is not yet approved

Automotive / Automotive News /

Tesla's near-term future depends heavily on the reception of its Model 3 in Europe.

But for now, Tesla will have to sell the Model 3 there without Autopilot.

While European safety regulators approved the Model 3 vehicle for sale in Europe in January, they have not approved Autopilot -- the controversial driver-assist mode that offers automatic...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Saving money on gas is great, but how about saving money on the car? If it costs you less, then you have more in your pocket to pay for the gas you put in it -- and other things.

A simpler car is also less likely to hit you with high-dollar repair costs down the road. And if it has a better warranty than other cars, you won't have to pay any ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Chevy Blazer is here — and nothing like what you remember

Automotive / Automotive News /

SAN DIEGO -- The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer midsize SUV is poised to jump to the head of its class, thanks to great looks, a roomy and comfortable five-passenger interior and good performance.

If you remember the boring old Blazer and TrailBlazer midsize SUVs, forget them now. The 2019 Blazer doesn't share a nut or bolt with them. It's long, elegant...Read more

Here's how much California is spending to put electric cars on the road

Automotive / Automotive News /

California policymakers are committed to making sure that electric vehicles -- and the charging stations and other infrastructure needs associated with them -- transform the state's transportation sector. But it won't come cheaply.

A review conducted by the San Diego Union-Tribune showed various state agencies have committed $2.46 billion in ...Read more


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