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Under the Hood: Troubleshooting jumper cable failure

Automotive / Automotive News /

Q: My question deals with jumping a dead car that has not been started for over a month. The battery is eight months old. I tried jumping the car with no success. I had good cable contacts on both batteries and had the running car idling at 2,000 to 2,500 rpm (sometimes higher but not over 3,000 rpm) for several minutes before trying to start ...Read more

US carmakers must win in China, but it's going to get more difficult

Automotive / Automotive News /

The fortunes of Detroit automakers increasingly lie some 7,000 miles to the east -- in China.

China is already the world's largest car market, selling 29 million light vehicles a year. By 2025, China's new car sales will be double those of the United States, analysts said. To put that in perspective, about 17.2 million new light vehicles were ...Read more

Auto review: 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback is a fun alternative to the small crossover

Automotive / Automotive News /

Chances are you've owned or ridden in a Toyota Corolla. Maybe you've forgotten. The world's best-selling car has done a historic job of blending in. That's not the case with the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback. Especially in Blue Flame.

Missing this paint job would be like missing a rainbow. It's bright and arresting, and the return of the ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Driving a stick isn't dead — and this Michigan company proves it

Automotive / Automotive News /

Who cares about manual transmissions?

You might be surprised.

Technically, manuals rank somewhere between an anachronism and an affectation. They're slower and less efficient than the best automatic transmissions. Feet held to the fire, even manuals' biggest fans would have to admit they're a nuisance in heavy stop-and-go traffic.

But a ...Read more

Larry Printz: You don't need to spend a lot to get a great ride

Automotive / Automotive News /

You know the drill; you're out to buy a new car or truck, but then you check your finances and it looks like you might have to bike to work.

But there is an answer.

Any buyer can get the essence of a higher-priced ride without the price tag if you know which vehicles to consider. Some spendier rides are little more than mundane vehicles with ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Lexus RX 350 L

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

What do you do when the game is tied and the clock is running down? You go long.

Lexus has literally done that with a version of its popular RX 350 crossover SUV, which is the granddaddy of all crossover SUVs. It is the RX 350 L -- "L" for "longer" -- and it has three rows instead of just two.

What It Is

The Lexus RX 350 is the original ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Subaru Ascent

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

It's easier to sell what no one else does but harder to make a sale when you haven't got what everyone else has.

Subaru is the only car company that sells only all-wheel-drive cars (well, with one exception: the rear-wheel-drive BRZ sports car). And not just AWD cars but AWD cars that are powered by low-mounted horizontally opposed Boxer ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Cars, like life, are usually about compromises. You can drink a lot of beer and eat Chinese takeout every night ... or you can look good in a bathing suit. But there is one car that doesn't compromise anything while delivering almost everything imaginable.

It is the Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63.

What It Is

The AMG S 63 is the ultra-performance ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Camry

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

The Camry -- America's best-selling car for the past 15 years -- has a reputation for being conservative.

But the 2018 Camry is pretty radical.

For one thing, it's still available with a V-6 engine, an engine all of its immediate rivals (including the Honda Accord) have abandoned. Also, the Camry standard engine isn't turbocharged, something ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Focus

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

A great time to buy a new car is when an even newer car is on the way. Next year, there will be an all-new Ford Focus. That means there are deals to be had on the 2018 Focus.

And you might just like this one better anyhow.

Spy shots of the 2019 show a racier-looking shape, and while there's noting wrong with that, it might not be right for you...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes GLC 350e

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Maybe you like the idea of driving an electric car but not the idea of worrying about how far you can drive before you run out of electricity. Or how long you'll have to wait while it recharges. Behold the plug-in hybrid, the part-time electric car, a more practical electric car.

It can get you down the road without burning any gas -- if your ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Automotive / Eric's Autos /

Electric cars have to plug in, and recharging takes time. Plug-in hybrids like the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi can plug in, but they don't have to. They can operate as electric cars do until the charge runs low and then switch to gas without having to stop.

That's called having your cake and eating it, too. But there's one catch: the cost.

What It...Read more

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