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Ten New Cars to Celebrate Freedom

July 3rd, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Suburban

With Independence Day this weekend, we thought it would be an ideal time to take a look at some of the most “American” cars on sale today. Sure, it would be easy to throw together a list of muscle cars and pickup trucks, but, like it or not, the United States isn’t the birthplace of the V8 engine or 4-wheel-drive (that would be France and the Netherlands, respectively), and anyway, that would have been too easy. Instead, when trying to define American culture, we’ve been drawn to the wide breadth of automobiles that have helped define our car culture. After being born from a nation’s version of youngest-child-style frustration (our revolution), the U.S. was initially kept afloat by—and then thrived because of—our penchant to innovate.

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Does Your New Car Burn Too Much Oil?

July 3rd, 2015

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I’m going to describe a problem with my car, and I want you to take some guesses on what year and make of car I own.

I have the oil changed on my car about every 5,000 miles. I’m actually quite good at keeping to the schedule and making sure the maintenance is done on a timely basis. I use full synthetic oil in the car, and most of my family’s driving is on the highway. We live 30 minutes away from civilization, so the car rarely, if ever, does trips where it doesn’t reach operating temperature.

The problem is that the car burns at least a quart of oil between oil changes.

Any guesses on the year and make?

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Things to Consider Before Buying a Pickup Truck

July 2nd, 2015

F150-Trailer-Assist-50It’s a great time to be in the market for a pickup. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to improve their trucks’ ride, interiors, and exteriors. With so many pickup trucks out there, how do you decide which truck is right for you?

The first factor to consider is new versus used. The needle is pointing to buying new if your budget can justify it. As CarGurus.com Used Car Price Trends shows, used pickup prices are up 7.79 percent year over year. (Only used convertibles and vans show larger increases.) New pickup prices haven’t demonstrated a similar increase. PickupTrucks.com reports, “…some U.S. dealerships are offering extended financing packages and huge discounts on half-ton and heavy-duty pickups. In some cases there are more than $10,000 in discounts on specific vehicle configurations and trim packages; the 2015 Ford F-150 is one example.” That means you’re going to find offers on new pickups that you won’t on used models.

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The New King of the Muscle Cars… For Now

July 2nd, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

How’d it feel, Camaro, to be the muscle-car sales king?

It lasted about 6 years.

You managed to outsell the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger while giving the automotive press and middle-aged gearheads aneurysms with your cartoon-ish retro looks.

The Challenger had never been a real contender sales-wise, even though the vicious Hellcat could take the other two cars and burn their rubber straight to, well, hell.

How do the numbers stack up, and does the Camaro stand a chance of reclaiming the throne?

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The Most American Car in America Isn’t American

July 1st, 2015

2015 Honda Odyssey

It seems the old days of American-made cars consisting only of Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler have faded into the past faster than this season’s Red Sox victories.

Today’s “most American” cars come from foreign car companies, which makes things difficult for the people who like to buy American and who still believe American cars come only from the traditional Big 3 automakers.

Our friends over at Boston.com have a story about the “most American” cars, and three out of seven of them are from Honda or Toyota, with the number-one car being the Toyota Camry. Number two is the Toyota Sienna, and number four is the Honda Odyssey.

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Bad Timing for the New Prius, But Does It Matter?

June 30th, 2015

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Gas prices are low, hybrids have lost their luster, and competition is fierce for alternative-fuel cars. So now is a great time to introduce a hybrid, right?

There was a time when the Toyota Prius was the only option for buyers who wanted to advertise the fact that they love the environment. Celebrities and consumers alike proudly drove the efficient little soapboxes as a statement of being different.

Today things have changed, as relatively low gas prices and an influx of new hybrids, electrics, and diesels sit on dealer lots around the world while the Prius has lost favor among trendsetters.

Basically, the timing for an all-new Prius couldn’t be worse. You know who doesn’t care?

The all-new Prius.

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Should Fiat and General Motors Merge?

June 29th, 2015

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Is Chrysler ready for another merger?

The U.S. automaker recently wrapped up a takeover by Italian automaker Fiat and was subsequently renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA.

Now FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has his eyes on another merger:

A takeover of General Motors.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia: Hard to Say, Easy to Love

June 26th, 2015

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I have mixed emotions about the arrival of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in the United States.

On one hand, it’s one of the biggest moments in the history of cars in this country. On the other hand, the Pagani Huayra is no longer the hardest car name for me to spell and pronounce. If this thing takes off, I’m going to have to commit the spelling to memory.

Darn you, Giulia.

Thank you, Giulia.

Alfa Romeo this week has revealed its all-new, highly anticipated, Giulia sedan for the world to admire. It’s something special, even if you never figure out how to say it.

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Should You Trade In or Sell Your Used Car?

June 25th, 2015

Car keys & cashSo, the time has come to part with your used car. You’re moving on to a different vehicle, but what should you do with the one that has served you so well? Do you trade it in or sell it privately? What should you consider before you take the next step either way?

Let’s take a moment to look at trading in your used car first. This is the simplest step to take, because you let the dealer handle all the hassles. It’s popular with most used car owners.

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The Next Porsche Killer: A Baby NSX?

June 25th, 2015
Can anyone beat it?

Can anyone beat it?

There aren’t many ways to compete with the Porsche Cayman.

Porsche is the most formidable player in the sports-car world, and the Cayman is as good as somewhat-affordable sports cars get. Very few companies field competitors to the Cayman. In fact, the biggest competitors are other Porsches, so the German automaker pretty much has a monopoly on the market for performance and luxury.

Buyers looking to avoid the price premium of Porsche can look to the Nissan 370Z and pay half the price but get half the car. There’s also an exciting newcomer on the scene in the form of the Alfa Romeo 4C, which is probably the fiercest competitor to the Cayman. The problem with the 4C is availability. Even if you can afford one, the odds of getting one aren’t good.

So who can step up and actually deliver a genuine competitor to the Cayman?

Honda.

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