2017 Trucks: Getting Better All the Time

2017 Nissan TITAN SV Single Cab


Remember when American pickups had a single bench seat and vinyl upholstery? When trucks were built to cart heavy stuff, in the bed or on a trailer, and didn’t need to do much more than that? The explosion of the crossover category proves shoppers want cars that deliver more practicality than your average sedan, and given the generally larger profit margins in the truck business, we’re not surprised truck makers want their products to offer more capability, too. That’s why truck lineups are growing, boosting capacities, and adding lots of useful cargo-management, safety, and driver-assistance features—not to mention leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheels, and plenty of chrome.

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Alfa Romeo Brings Italian Style, Craftmanship, to U.S. Buyers

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Get ready, because there are a lot of words coming your way that you’ll probably have no idea how to pronounce. Alfa and Romeo don’t present much of a problem, but some you might stumble on include Giulia, Internazionale, and Quadrifoglio.

We’re talking, of course, about Alfa Romeo’s new lineup of the Giulia midsize sedan, which will finally be available for purchase in the United States. We will get the base Giulia trim, the Giulia Ti, and the top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Prices start at reasonable levels, but the Quadrifoglio will be as hard to afford as it is to say.

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Let the Bronco Versus Blazer Debate Begin!

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

Can the new Blazer be as cool as the original?

I think we’re all used to the fact that Ford will bring back the Bronco. We’re excited about it, no doubt, but the information isn’t new anymore. The return of the Ranger will happen at the same time, probably in 2020, and both new trucks will be built right here in the United States of America.

We’re also pretty used to the idea that once Ford announces something especially cool, a General Motors announcement of something equally amazing isn’t far behind. We see it every couple of years with the Mustang/Camaro competition and now it appears we’ll see it with the Bronco/Blazer battle.

Yeah that’s right… looks like the Blazer is on the comeback path, too.

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The 2018 Regal: Hottest Buick Ever?

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When was the last time you heard the words, “Whoa, that Buick is hot!” The answer is probably never, because those words are rarely assembled together in an English sentence. That’s likely to change as Buick continues to build cars that look nothing like the Buicks of the past.

Truth be told, though, Buick’s design has been surprising auto journalists and car buyers for the last five years or so. In fact, millennial car buyers may not even remember when Buicks were exclusively for grandpas.

With the new Regal, spotted ahead of the Geneva Motor Show and based off the stunning Avista concept, we can officially declare, without hesitation, that Buick is hot.

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Paris Joins Three Major Cities to Ban Diesel by 2025

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At the C40 meeting in Mexico City last week, Paris’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, met with the mayors of Mexico City, Madrid, and Athens, where they agreed to ban diesel cars and trucks from their cities by the year 2025. Although cities like Tokyo have implemented bans in the past, seeing this mandate implemented in traditionally diesel-friendly countries may come as a surprise to automakers that have invested heavily in diesel technology.

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Hey Off-Roaders, Don’t Jump Your Raptors

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Owning a Porsche doesn’t make you an expert on the track. You can buy the top-end 911, take it the Nurburgring or Laguna Seca, step on the gas, and end up with one very expensive repair bill.

Driving a performance vehicle at its full potential requires a level of skill that the average driver doesn’t possess. It shouldn’t need to be said, but making the purchase doesn’t make you an expert.

The same applies to performance trucks. Drivers are learning the hard way that the advertised off-road sprints and dramatic jumps aren’t for trying at home.

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All We Want for Christmas Is a New Engine

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Congratulations everyone, we’ve done it. The school year is under way, Halloween is long past, and we all made it through Thanksgiving and Black Friday with minimal bodily harm. Welcome to the holiday season. It wouldn’t be December without strings of Christmas lights, plenty of holiday cheer, and a few wish lists. We at CarGurus figured we’d get in the act, too, but rather than simply running through the latest sports cars or the best automotive-related gifts (those may come later), we thought we’d get into the eggnog and think outside the box a little. After all, why settle for something on the market when there’s a whole world of dream cars to imagine?

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Electric Cars: Thriving in an Artificial Market?

2017 Chevrolet Bolt


Are electric cars being force-fed to an unwilling American public? Through the first 11 months of 2016, Americans have purchased about 130,000 electric vehicles. That sounds pretty impressive, until you compare that to the nearly 16 million cars sold in the U.S. so far this year.

While it feels like electric cars are gaining traction here, the truth is that they account for only a tiny fraction of total sales and hold a minuscule portion of market share.

So why are automakers continually announcing plans for new electric cars and touting them as the future of American transportation?

Because California says so.

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Looking for the Best Deals of the Year? Get Shopping!

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“Now is the best time to buy a car!” It’s a marketing phrase that, oddly enough, car dealers tend to use throughout the year. It seems like it gets blasted over TV and radio waves on a daily basis. From a car dealer’s perspective, the best time to buy a car is always today. Consumers, though, may become numb to that message and write it off simply because they hear it so often. So when we write a blog that says now may be the best time to buy a car, we get that you may not pay too much attention.

But it’s true. If you’re in the market for a new car, now might be the best time of the year to buy.

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Subaru Oil Consumption: There’s a Lawsuit for That

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek


Two weeks ago, we wondered if Subaru is flying too close to the sun. Of course, that was in reference to the company’s reliability problems that are stemming from its growth in the United States. One of those problems is excessive oil consumption in the 2011-2014 Forester, 2013 Legacy, 2013 Outback, 2012-2013 Impreza, and 2013 XV Crosstrek. The offending motors are the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mills.

This is a serious problem that can lead to engine failure, but has quietly escaped the wrath of the mainstream media. The good news is that Subaru has taken steps to make sure its customers are well taken care of.

I know, because I’m one of them.

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