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Motormouth: Car's hesitation is turbo lag

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Q: In April, I purchased a used 2018 Ford Edge with the EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo engine and approximately 25,000 miles on it. I feel that the engine has a hesitation from a stop or from lower speeds when asked to accelerate for passing. My dealer does not agree. I have had the car in to them three times.

The first time they reset the computer ...Read more

Under the Hood: Oil life indicator gives better guidance than lube joint sticker

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Q: My Honda Civic has a computer that estimates remaining oil life. That usually indicates I have about 50% oil life left when I reach the mileage indicated on my windshield sticker for my next oil change. The sticker is placed there by the repair shop doing the oil change. Should I follow the instructions of the manufacturer/car computer or the...Read more

Why Trump is using Henry Ford, gas mileage to call out automakers on Twitter

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President Donald Trump is angry with automakers, including Ford, that have signed onto a deal with California for fuel-economy standards that are tougher than what the administration wants.

"Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't ...Read more

Kids are dying in hot cars at an alarming rate; safety agency tweets for awareness

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The numbers are sickening: 10 children dead in 20 days.

They were little girls and boys who died in hot cars just in the last few weeks, a growing crisis that's perplexing in part because experts say the deaths are both unintentional and preventable.

Some automakers have deployed technological solutions, but making them standard on all new ...Read more

Auto review: 2020 Ram 1500 diesel delivers whisper-quiet power and class-leading towing

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Fiat Chrysler wins the latest round of the Truck Wars as an all-new diesel engine lifts the towing capacity of its 2020 Ram 1500 pickup well beyond the diesel Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.

The whisper-quiet 3.0L diesel also generates more torque -- the force most important for towing -- than those ...Read more

Under the Hood: Routine service on a Mercedes is expensive, but cheaper than the alternative

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Q: With my eyes wide open, about 18 months ago I bought a like-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 convertible with 32,000 miles. Because of the wonders of depreciation, this $68,000 beauty was mine for less than the cost of new econobox.

I knew service and parts would be expensive, but I was not prepared for the frequency of these services. Oil ...Read more

Motormouth: Lunging car may indicate failing brakes

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Q: I have a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara convertible with a sporadic brake issue. Occasionally, the car will lunge forward when the brake is applied as though the accelerator is stuck. I have taken the car to two separate Toyota dealers who cannot diagnose the problem (they say the car performs normally for them).

-- G.W., Allentown, Pa.

A: When ...Read more

Crosstrek Hybrid delivers sippiness, but there's more to life than mileage

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: So you want a little all-wheel drive ...

Price: $38,470 as tested. One option package explained below.

Marketer's pitch: "Smartly powered for modern adventure."

Conventional wisdom: likes the "spacious interior for a hatchback of its size; optional safety features not typically found in the class; ...Read more

Florida company building brand-new classic Mustangs with modern features

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If you see a gorgeous, like-new '67 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 rolling down the street, it might actually be new. That's because Revology Cars, a company based in Orlando, Fla., has been building classic Mustangs with all the modern conveniences, including a 600-horsepower Roush-built supercharged V-8.

"There are people who love classic cars, ...Read more

Police lawsuit alleges carbon monoxide poisoning from Ford Explorer

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Six Washington state troopers have sued Ford, claiming their patrol vehicles made them sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. The officers blame a design flaw in 2014-17 Explorer SUVs modified for police duty.

The troopers allege their department-issued vehicles have a faulty exhaust and/or heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that ...Read more

Under the Hood: Valve job cheaper than new truck

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Q: My 2006 Chevy Colorado pickup has developed a misfire. I took it to a shop. They ran some tests and said it has low compression due to a faulty intake valve. They said this was common for this truck. I'm pondering my options, as it's a shame to give up on this truck with only 72,000 miles on the odometer. What are your suggestions for what to...Read more

Tesla has a huge incentive to deploy self-driving tech. But is the world ready?

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Elon Musk frames his company's aggressive push into driverless car technology as a moral imperative. Along with sustainable electric transportation, he views autonomy as a core element of Tesla Inc.'s "fundamental goodness."

Humans will be freed of the tedium of driving, he told Wall Street last year. Millions of lives will be saved.

There is ...Read more

Moto Guzzi was once a legendary name in motorcycles. Can it make a comeback?

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MANDELLO DEL LARIO, Italy -- A motorcycle factory sits on the edge of Lake Como in a little town that proudly proclaims itself "La Citta della Moto Guzzi" -- the city of Moto Guzzi. Artisans have been hand-fabricating motorcycle parts here since 1921.

Lately the venerable Mandello plant is working overtime. Moto Guzzi, in a bid to compete with ...Read more

Auto review: Pricey 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV nails the look and feel, but has maddening oversight

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The 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV is a masterclass in the meaning and value of a strong brand. It's not the fastest, most powerful or most capable vehicle in its class, but people will happily pay a premium for the new compact luxury SUV. Why? Because the new Evoque nails the look and feel owners expect from Land Rover, and that makes the whole ...Read more

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration's chief talking points in favor of the move.

The analysis comes as the White House ...Read more

GM opens $65M parts processing center, keeping jobs near Flint, Mich.

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General Motors opened a new ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts processing center near Flint, Mich., on Monday.

GM said the new center keeps jobs in the region and will improve the speed at which dealers can get the parts to service customers' cars.

The $65-million facility, the largest GM investment in a parts warehouse in more than 40 years, ...Read more

California fuel efficiency plan embraced by Ford, VW had been rejected by EPA

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WASHINGTON -- A recent compromise between four major automakers and California's clean-air regulator on fuel efficiency had already been rejected by the Trump administration months earlier as not "a productive alternative."

The deal -- which Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., BMW AG and Volkswagen AG announced on July 25 alongside the California ...Read more

Auto review: Kermit the Kona? Small Hyundai crossover hops into the world

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2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD: So you want a little all-wheel drive ...

Price: $30,005 as tested ($125 floor mats were the sole option on the test vehicle).

Marketer's pitch: "The right size for any adventure."

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes its "standout styling, punchy turbo four, packed with features," but not the "tight cargo ...Read more

Under the Hood: Further thoughts on a draining battery

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Several weeks ago, a reader named Bruce asked a question about his 2017 Honda CRV Touring. When the vehicle sits for a few weeks, the battery drains to the point where he can't start the vehicle.

I received several comments and suggestions regarding the battery drain concern. Also I snoozed past a Honda technical service bulletin that may help:...Read more

Motormouth: Higher altitude calls for lower octane

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Q: While traveling out West recently, I noticed 85 and 86 octane at some stations. What vehicles can run on such low octane?

-- R.N., Manhattan, Ill.

A: Nearly all cars can run on a lower octane at high elevations. The lower octane fuel (usually regular grade) is usually 100% gasoline, no ethanol. It is popular in the West, especially the high...Read more