Buick has issued a recall on its Encore compact crossover because of a problem that could cause the steering wheel of some of the cars to come loose or even detach from the steering column.
Through the years, Mercedes has paired innovative and/or unusual features come with highly curious names like Airscarf and Magic Sky Control. The automaker isn't alone, though.
In Namibia, you're 53 percent more likely to die in automobile collision than from cancer. And in Qatar, you're more than five times as likely to die in a car accident than from a stroke. You've been warned.
How will a moving violation affect your car insurance rates? That depends entirely on what you've been ticketed for.
What makes the Forester one of the safest vehicles on the road? It's a combination of serious occupant-protection measures and smart structural engineering.
The Chrysler 200 is new this year, and it replaces a car family fairly unloved by real-world car shoppers, one tolerated by fleet buyers.
The Commute-Case, as it's known, is essentially a briefcase you can ride to work.
Steel stamping and production lines? That's so last-year--what you really want is a 3D printed car.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade, which will reach dealerships in the U.S. the third quarter of this year -- and Europe this summer -- is being shown at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.
Once-pricey license plate readers have become more affordable, and now they're being used by mom and pop businesses -- especially repossession companies -- to keep tabs on drivers.
With its aerodynamic cab, the WAVE certainly doesn't look like any other large truck currently on U.S. roads.
Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems.
These life-hacks will help anyone with a taste for cars and the turning of wrenches.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show will open its doors from March 4-16.
Hundreds of cases have been reported of customers walking into a Nissan or Chevy dealer to buy a Leaf or Volt, then being aggressively steered toward a Sentra or Cruze.
America's auto industry has been on a roll recently, boasting stronger sales, better-built cars, and higher approval ratings from customers but that makes J.D. Power's latest Dependability Study all the more surprising.
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car. One thing we've never heard folks ask, though, is whether their new ride will be attractive to potential mates.
Deciding to buy an American vehicle can sound like a pretty straightforward mission. But as most shoppers focused on that will find out, it's not nearly as clear-cut as it sounds.
Instead of having to buy a particular trim package to get the one creature-comfort you want, you might be able to purchase it a la carte.
It's a chilly morning across much of America, and if you're one of the millions planning to hit the road, you may be tempted to zip outside, crank the engine, and let your car warm up.
The economy isn't the only thing keeping consumers from buying cars.
Spinal cord injury rates in the United States are rising, and the leading cause now appears to be falls suffered by seniors rather than traffic crashes, according to a new study.
Once upon a time, Volvo was a force to be reckoned with. Can it rise from the ashes, or is it speeding irrevocably toward irrelevance?
In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five favorite myths about green vehicles.
Is there a place in the world for a Bug outfitted for a cross-Sahara trek? At this year's Detroit Auto Show there was, at least in concept-car form.
How do your preferences line up with those of your fellow Americans?
A new King Corvette has arrived, and it definitely gives General Motors some bragging rights at the Detroit Auto Show.
Ford Motor Company's MyFord Touch and SYNC are perhaps the best examples of what's wrong with automaker-devised infotainment: they're bloated, counter-intuitive, and ironically, they don't do a great job of syncing.
There are indeed a few boring cars on the market today; but these upcoming models in the pages ahead certainly won't be among them.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency expects that 78 percent of the vehicles sold in the U.S. will continue to run on gasoline a quarter of a century hence.
Pretty much every carmaker wants to brand itself green -- or at least fuel-efficient.
If Internet search terms are to be believed -- and as a mark of how much people are trying to find out about something, they're pretty important -- Tesla Motors has certainly created that recognition.
When people thought about "smog", they thought of Los Angeles. Then China opened its doors a little wider, and we got a good look at Beijing.
Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security.
CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News that General Motors will compete with Tesla Motors --"ultimately"-- through its Cadillac luxury brand.
Americans spent more money on new cars last month than in any November in history, driving new-car sales to more post-recession highs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told legislators that autonomous vehicles aren't ready to operate on public roads, except in test situations.
If you're one of the many folks planning to purchase a new vehicle today -- or any day -- spend some time preparing for your shopping excursion.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 managed a top-tier performance in the tough new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal category.
Carvana's claim to fame is that it allows customers to shop for cars online, secure loans online, even schedule test drives online. And when it comes time to pay up, that's often done entirely online, too.
Though car sales rebounded later in the month, the uncertainty caused by the shutdown made shoppers scale back on spending, at least temporarily.
Bad news for foes of distracted driving: A new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better.
Chevy's mild-hybrid version of the 2014 Malibu has been quietly canceled.
The Los Angeles Auto Show doesn't boast the international awareness that rival shows in New York and Detroit enjoy, but it still manages to draw in the big crowds each year.
There are plenty of driving-related laws that can push drivers to fits.
You don't have to be a mechanic to give yourself a much better chance of getting home or to the nearest repair shop with a small kit of essential tools and equipment.
We all know that hybrid vehicles typically offer greater fuel economy than their regular gasoline counterparts. But when considered over a typical ownership period, are they actually any cheaper to run?
Along with shopping for just the right costume for the annual trick-or-treat outing, the AAA has some words of caution for parents to help keep their children safe this Halloween.
As baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members.
RR Auctions is playing host to the JFK 50th Anniversary Auction, which runs until Thursday. This 1963 Lincoln Continental is lot 140, and it has a starting bid of $50,000.
The holiday season has come early thanks to Neiman Marcus and its annual Christmas catalog.
Hyundai's response to the shutdown is perfectly in step with some of its previous efforts. You might remember, for example, how Hyundai turned the Great Recession into marketing gold.
Ever been waterboarded by a minivan doing 66 mph in the left lane, Captain Clueless at the wheel? We feel your pain.
Gas mileage has gotten far more important in new-car choices over the last 10 years, and that's not likely to change.
Tesla always tops the charts. Coverage of the feisty startup electric-car maker from Silicon Valley attracts huge attention any time it appears.
If you really want to go green, why not get rid of your car? That's the logic behind ridesharing and carsharing services.
According to the Pulitzer Center, 1.2 million people die on Planet Earth's roadways every year -- and that figure is likely to get worse as the number of cars in service climbs.
Obviously, turbos and diesels have a number of benefits -- otherwise, automakers would be far less enthusiastic about the switch. For starters, they're efficient.
Speculating on what will happen to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] can be endlessly entertaining, and the discussions have taken up terabytes of server space already.
With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.
Some of the best ideas need no explanation, and many are relatively simple—things that make you ask, why didn't anyone come up with this before?
It's the tail end of summer, but the car industry hasn't lost its heat just yet--numbers are trending upward for most manufacturers, and economic indicators are looking good.
We told you about the new and improved Jaws of Life that have been designed to extract vehicle occupants after collisions. Now, Mercedes-Benz is working to facilitate that process, too.
America's roads are clogging fast, and within the next couple of decades, some areas of the country could see congestion on par with Labor Day traffic all year round.
We've all been trapped behind the wheel of at least one truly embarrassing vehicle.
Road-trippers have had it easy the past few years. The Great Recession took a significant toll on vacation travel, leaving the highways and byways a little less crowded on holiday weekends.
Rude drivers come in all shapes and sizes, and they drive a wide variety of cars. But for some reason, the rudest drivers on the road often seem to be those in luxury cars.
Ford spent nine months justifying the 47-mpg fuel-efficiency rating of its new 2013 C-Max Hybrid--before it bowed to public pressure and lowered it to 43 mpg late on August 15.
The arrival of autonomous cars and vehicle-to-vehicle technology will necessitate cars that talk to one another -- the creation of a network. And networks can always, always be hacked.
Here's a bit of good news for folks looking to squeeze in a last-minute summer road trip: the price of gasoline is plummeting. But how much further will it fall?
Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.
We see them every time we start our cars. From time to time, we see them while we're driving, and we're filled with a dark mix of fear and dread. But really, how many of our cars' warning lights can we properly identify?
A start-up called Tred has taken customer service one step further. If you're shopping for a new ride, Tred will deliver a vehicle right to your house for a test drive.
What makes a car beautiful? Sometimes it's undeniable--a lissome look, a crushworthy stance, a peerless cabin. In other cases, it's a purity of form that's as close to ideal as possible, given the chosen duty.
We've selected the five most efficient "coupes" on the market--based on our own simple criteria.
It's only mid-July and already 21 children under the age of five have died from heatstroke in parked cars across America.
By now, pretty much anyone who's thinking of buying a plug-in electric car knows the Federal government offers an income-tax credit to help reduce the effective cost.
Summertime is busy season for car thieves. From July 4 through the end of August, baddies shift into high gear.
Auto shops may assume men know the market price for a given repair, so they automatically grant it.
Americans have conflicting ideas about what makes a car truly "American".
Two of the most famous movie cars of all time will soon be going under the hammer, which means they could be yours.
Two very different automakers have rolled out two very different recalls, and they've done so in very different ways that could hint at each company's future.
You're considering a plug-in electric car. Should you lease or buy?
Your next vehicles will deliver better gas mileage than ever before, no matter how large or small they are.
Poll parents with teenagers at driving age, and probably, you'll find they don't think their kids have been trained adequately to drive defensively on the road. Some teenagers might even admit the same.
Is the car which started it all -- the original Prius -- still a good car to buy used today?
It's now possible to have fun in the sun and get good gas mileage, with convertibles getting ever more frugal.
Summer is the most dangerous time of the year for teen drivers and distracted driving is often the reason why, experts say.
The last few years have seen self-driving cars go from the stuff of science fiction to the scientific method. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to ban them.
Sometime in May, the 100,000th modern plug-in electric car was delivered to a buyer somewhere in the U.S.
Why do you need the V-6? The reason? Smoother four-cylinder engines now prove their mettle, with surprisingly good acceleration and fuel economy thanks to a host of fuel-saving technologies.
Check out these six rules for safer driving that you should be observing.
Seeking to toughen the allowable alcohol limit for drivers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on states to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) to 0.05 or lower from the current 0.08.
Would you rather get a good deal on a new car that's built on a seven-year-old design, or would you prefer to wait for the sparkly, contemporary version, which should age a bit slower?
Sometime in the next few weeks, the 100,000th plug-in electric car will be sold in the U.S.
The vast majority of vehicles sold in the U.S. today come with black box recorders, and soon the gizmos will be found on all of them.
It's time to wave some more goodbyes--some fond, some not so much--to the clutch of vehicles that won't be hitting the road next year.
President Barack Obama may not achieve his goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads by the end of 2015. But his administration continues to try to green the U.S. vehicle fleet.
A debate is raging about taking and making hands-free calls behind the wheel.
So-called infotainment interfaces are becoming a center point to the in-car experience—an essential part, if you ask some vehicle shoppers.
The new iBeetle includes an iPhone docking station.
There's a far more effective way of reducing pollution and dependency on oil than buying more efficient cars or going electric: Driving less.
For those who don't have their own personal detailing crew—depreciation matters.
According to Bloomberg news, Saab's long-quiet assembly lines will return to action this summer, and the company hopes to meet some pretty lofty production goals within three years.
The new Atlas Concept that Ford Motor Co. unveiled at Detroit on January 15 revealed several interesting technologies that altogether could save fuel.
You've likely noticed and perhaps even lusted after the stylish Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
Among iconic automotive names, few conjure up the visceral reaction of the Corvette Stingray.
The North American International Auto Show, the Detroit Auto Show to most folk, is arguably the most important event on the automotive calendar in the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz has some more of the E Class range to bring us, as a sort of belated holiday gift: the 2014 E Class Coupe and Cabriolet.
The new Beetle Convertible TDI may be the most "Beetle-y" Beetle offered. Priced from $27,895, it's not exactly inexpensive, but it's in range of its nearest competitive set.
The 2013 SRT Viper is almost completely different from the old Dodge Viper, and yet it's almost exactly the same.
These four-wheeled comic contraptions are the perfect rides for anyone with a fondness fro masked crime fighting, or zombie killing.
The EPA has revealed that Hyundai and Kia misstated fuel economy stats on 13 models from the 2011-2013 model years, including on best-sellers Hyundai Elantra and Kia Sorento.
We've seen plenty of life-size Hot Wheels cars in the past, including a previous Camaro, but none of these have ever been offered for sale. That is until now.
Auto-show season resumes anew after Thanksgiving with the press days at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The CEOs of Tesla and Fisker may have thought they were home free -- but it was not to be.
Small cars are on track to reach a market share not seen since Bill Clinton's first inauguration.
With gas prices high and new fuel-economy standards in effect, automakers are rolling out new green cars of every type. Here are the ones you should be looking at.
Over his fifty years, James Bond has driven everything from a heavily armed Aston Martin DB5 to a Lotus Esprit that doubles as a submarine.
Almost every year the car industry brings forth new and impressive feats of engineering, packaging and value. This year has been no different
Here are ten 2013 model year vehicles that are especially important, for the market, for innovation and for looking to the future.
Buying a car for your teen to drive to and from high school takes some thought. You might pick something sporty for yourself -- but you want something different for your kids.
The current head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, is rather fond of electric cars.
If you have plans to sell your current ride anytime soon, there is some good news and some great news.
Germs run rampant all around us, including in our automobiles. Fortunately, there's much you can do to keep those pesky little microbes in check.
Allstate says that Americans tend to be involved in a collision once every 10 years. Not surprisingly, the cities that were deemed the safest tended to be smaller ones.
According to the NICB, the 1994 Honda Accord once again tops the most-stolen car list, making this the car's fourth consecutive appearance as the car thieves most love to steal.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has been compared to a Tesla for half the price, so how does Toyota's all-electric compact SUV compare to the Model X?
Chrysler is developing a nine-speed automatic transmission as part of a way of creeping towards the 54.5mpg 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets.
Most of the things that bring down resale value happen over time, but some factors can be determined before you even leave the showroom.
A study from the data-crunchers at LexisNexis says has revealed an accurate way to learn someone's fate: just look deep into his driving record.
When you're looking for a new ride, which is more important: the company that makes the car or the country where it's made?
Do you have trouble assembling IKEA furniture? If so, you should probably leave your car repair to a qualified pro
The 2012 Tesla Model S electric car has launched, short drive reviews are coming in, and new owners are taking delivery every day. So what's next for Tesla?
For 2013, there are a number of redesigned vehicles to consider, ranging from compact family SUVs and crossovers all the way to full-size family-friendly haulers.
The 2013 Honda Fit EV has earned the highest EPA efficiency rating granted to any vehicle offered in the U.S.: 118 miles-per-gallon-equivalent.
While fatal crash rates of teen drivers have plunged in recent years, states can significantly reduce teen fatalities rates by strengthening existing graduated driver licensing laws.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, and the 2012 Hyundai Azera have earned top crash-test ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Electric vehicles can be intimidating for first time buyers. To help, here is a handy Electric car buying guide to help you along the way.
Hovercrafts that float slightly above surface are so last year. The Flying Hovercraft takes things to new heights.
New entries like the Focus, Elantra, and Cruze are changing the makeup of America's new-car fleet. Here are the best small cars with a base price of less than $20,000.
Nissan has announced that its insane Juke-R super-crossover will be built, but in a very limited run and on a build-to-order basis.
Jaguar has launched a new ultra-luxurious version of its XJ flagship sedan at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
In the minds of many consumers, electric cars like the Leaf are over-priced, second-cars that are only capable of short trips around town. They're wrong.
Diesel costs aside, you'd likely pick VW's TDI version of the latest Beetle over the base car... and probably over the Beetle Turbo too.
With flying cars, floating cars and giant Hot Wheels models added to the debuts and concept vehicles signs abounded that the auto industry is getting its swag back.
The 2013 SRT Viper debuted at the New York Auto Show looking as deadly and sexy as any femme fatale in a curve-hugging red dress ever did.
Extravagance and opulence and... mud plugging? That's the message telegraphed by the Bentley EXP 9 F concept vehicle introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Here in the U.S., vans aren't typically a big deal, and haven't been since, oh, the A-Team. That's a shame, because some are pretty cool.
Stanford University researchers have created a wireless way to charge your electric vehicles as you drive so EVs will never run out of juice halfway through a road trip.
According to a study published by J.D. Power and Associates, many car-buyers avoid green cars because they're too small, look strange, or cost too much.
Dealers warn that the new CAFE regulations could boost the cost of new cars by as much as $5,000. Here is a breakdown of what to expect down the road.
From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to Saab's saga ending sadly, it's been a difficult year for the auto industry. Still, there are signs of hope foe 2012.
The do's and don'ts everyone should know when searching for a new mechanic.
Winter driving is inconvenient and can be supremely hazardous, but a little bit of preparation and a big pinch of patience can make winter driving a reasonably painless experience.
While winter can be dangerous for those behind the wheel, drivers can avoid accidents by following some basic rules of the road when it comes to driving in the winter elements.
Mark Reuss' enthusiasm for automobiles, motorsports and GM is evident by his demeanor and excitement for the future, which includes the new Chevrolet's Camaro ZL1.
While many people know that choosing an oil with the proper viscosity is critical, they might not know that winter puts added strain on other parts of their car's lubrication system.
In 1911, if you asked Billy Durant if Chevrolet Motor Company would sell 180 million vehicles by 2011, he probably would have said, "Damn right it will."
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