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New Honda Ridgeline Could Redefine the Midsize Pickup

January 15th, 2016

2017-Honda-Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is all the truck you’ll ever need.

Not the truck that languished on dealer lots between 2003 and 2014. That Ridgeline lasted far longer than it should have and became something of a laughing stock in the truck world.

It’s unfortunate, really, because the past-generation Ridgeline was good enough at doing the things most truck owners do with their trucks. By which I mean get stuck in the same traffic jams as the rest of us, sometimes while hauling a couch.

The new Honda Ridgeline, which debuted at the North American International Auto Show, is similar, but could also revolutionize how we see midsize trucks.

If people buy it, that is.

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Chrysler Pacifica Replaces Town & Country, Goes Hybrid

January 12th, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

In 2002 Chrysler introduced a vehicle that it thought would be the next big thing in the new crossover SUV market.

The vehicle, a luxury people-mover with three rows of seats, was supposed to offer the capacity of a minivan, the stance of an SUV, and the handling of a sedan. Chrysler expected to unload 100,000 of those vehicles every year.

Problems arose quickly, though. This vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica, didn’t excel as a minivan, was too expensive to compete with other luxury SUVs, and had an engine that barely gave it enough oomph to pass on the highway.

Chrysler discontinued the Pacifica in 2008. Yesterday the company brought it back, only this time the nameplate will grace the rear hatch of what used to be the Chrysler Town & Country.

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10 Best Cars to Tackle Winter: 2016 Edition

January 8th, 2016

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Every neighborhood has one. The guy with the monstrous SUV and a driveway covered in ice. No matter how shiny their brand new snow-blower is (they usually have a snowblower), when the white stuff starts to accumulate, they hop in their Suburban, step on the gas, and let the 4-wheel drive do the rest. The machine specifically designed to clear driveways never even gets primed — why let your hands freeze pushing that contraption around when your SUV isn’t even really stuck?

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Detroit Auto Show Debuts to Watch

January 7th, 2016

Location Front Quarter Volvo S90 Mussel BlueWe’re in the midst of an intense one-week period in the automotive industry that’s unmatched the rest of the year: The Consumer Electronics Show is currently in Las Vegas, and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicks off Monday with press days.

It’s a period that sees more new vehicles and concepts introduced than at any other time of year. The news is already out about vehicles like the production-ready Chevrolet Bolt and the Farraday Future FFZERO1 concept.

Now it’s time to look ahead to Detroit and its reveals. Here are a few that will make a big impact.

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Ring in the New Year with the Most Exciting Cars of 2016

January 1st, 2016

2016 Ferrari 488

Another year has passed, and as time goes on things in the auto industry are starting to get a little shaken up. Yes, we did have a pretty great 2015, with some amazing cars leaving a lasting impression. But as we look forward to the upcoming year, we can expect auto manufacturers to yet again step up and produce some cars that can get us really excited. These cars have been on our radar for quite some time as they’ve been teased and previewed, but now it’s time to buy.

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Most Important Safety Feature for 2016? Automatic Emergency Braking

December 31st, 2015

Prius with AEBLooking for a car with the latest in safety features? Automatic emergency braking (AEB) will have to top your list, especially as far as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and top automobile manufacturers are concerned.

Ten companies — Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo — will work with IIHS and NHTSA in the coming months on the details of implementing their historic commitment, including the timeline for making AEB a standard feature.

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Cars You Want to Find in Your Driveway on Christmas Morning

December 25th, 2015

Porsche911CarreraGTS4

I have a dream that one day I’ll wake up on Christmas morning and my wife will present me with a small wrapped box. I’ll hesitantly unwrap the box and find a new set of keys.

I’ll look at her with watery eyes that harbor a skeptical but hopeful anticipation. She’ll smile, give me a knowing nod, and then run to the front door, fling it open, look into the driveway, and see a silver Porsche 911 wrapped in a red bow as snow begins to gently fall.

These are the kinds of things I dream about, and I’m confident that someday it’ll happen. In the meantime, I’d like to celebrate this Christmas Day with a few pictures of cars that look great with a red bow on top, and hope that maybe next year my dreams will come true.

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End of 2015 a Great Time to Buy a Used Car

December 24th, 2015

2013 Audi Q3 vail-28If you have any money left over after buying all those holiday presents, now is a great time to consider buying a used car.

Prices Are Down
As reported here at CarGurus, the average price of a used car is down approximately 3 percent from the annual peak in May 2015. Prices are projected to drop by another 1.5 percent through the end of January.

Don’t delay, though. As mentioned in more detail below, you might want to get that used car before Dec. 31, if possible, for tax reasons.

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Who Should Fix Recalls on Used Cars?

December 23rd, 2015

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Automotive recalls have been a revolving theme in the auto industry for the last few years thanks to some epic fails by Toyota, General Motors, Takata, and many more. If you bought a new car recently, odds are good that you’ve received a recall notice.

Some recalls can happen for minor issues that amount to nothing more than a minor nuisance, while others can be for potentially life-threatening problems that need to be fixed immediately. Owners are usually notified about recalls through the mail or electronic communications from the automaker.

How would someone know, though, if a car he or she is considering has had a recall? People shopping for cars can check for recalls using the VIN lookup tool offered on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

When you buy a used car from a dealer, though, whose responsibility is it to disclose, and repair, unfixed recall items?

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Lexus Isn’t Boring Anymore. No, Seriously

December 22nd, 2015

2016 Lexus GS F on track

California State Highway 74 climbs out of Palm Springs, writhing into the mountains with immaculate blacktop, sweeping curves, and grand vistas. I’ve never driven this road before, yet I’m tackling every bend, curve, and kink in it like I’m a local. Capable cars have a way of instilling such confidence in their drivers.

From behind the wheel of the Lexus GS, a midsize luxury sedan that struggles to compete against the heavy hitters in this segment from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, it’s clear that Lexus deserves more consideration than it gets. The automaker isn’t just about the cushy ES cruiser or the popular RX crossover SUV. Not anymore, anyway. And the funny thing is, it’s the gas-electric GS 450h that’s making me feel like a champion high above Palm Springs.

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