The Best-Looking Car Ever

Isuzu VehiCROSS

An Isuzu VehiCROSS, not the best-looking car ever

There aren’t many hotter topics in the auto world than arguing about the best-looking car ever produced.

A convincing case could be made for any number of exceptionally designed vehicles. Heck, someone out there could probably make the argument for the Isuzu VehiCROSS, because some people are just that messed up.

For the record, my choice is something a bit sleeker than the unfinished look of the doomed Isuzu. In fact, I don’t see how anyone could even argue that my choice is wrong. It’s simply the best-looking car… in the world.

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Cars Coming Soon: A 30,000-Pound Tow Capacity!

2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

The Toyota Tundra towed a space shuttle. Sort of.

Okay, not really.

In what was a brilliant marketing ploy and an exceptional illusion of capability, the Tundra, and its official 10,000-pound tow capacity, towed a 300,000-pound space shuttle over a Los Angeles bridge. The trick to the feat was a specially engineered tow rig the space shuttle sat on.

If you are fond of your U-joints, transfer case, transmission and the overall integrity of your truck’s frame, you’ll avoid any space-shuttle towing.

But the 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will be just one zero away from space-shuttle capacity.

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Should Electric Vehicles Make Noise at Low Speeds?

2012 Nissan Leaf

Imagine walking toward the entrance of your local grocery store when, as you pass the row of parked cars, you hear the clip-clop of an approaching horse.

Surprised, you stand still and wait, not wanting to get run over by a Clydesdale.

But instead of a majestic animal, a diminutive Nissan Leaf glides by, emanating the sound of hooves on pavement.

It seems ridiculous, but something similar could soon become law.

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Want a Good Deal? Buy a Worst-Selling Car!

2012 Acura ZDX

In 2004 I bought a new Jaguar X-Type for $24,000. The window sticker said $32,000, so I was pretty proud of myself.

I got the good deal because X-Types were notoriously slow sellers and no one else wanted the last black 2.5-liter 5-speed. The dealer wanted it off his lot, and I excitedly took it.

Of course, I quickly learned the car wasn’t quite worth even the discounted price, but that’s another story for another time. Now that we’re in 2013, what slow sellers should you expect to find with discounted prices?

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Additives for Your Car: Quick Fix or Waste of Money?

Fuel system

As modern civilized humans, we expect quick results with nominal effort. We want magic weight-loss pills, we want to get rich with the simplicity of buying a lotto ticket, and we want to find love by posting a picture on a dating site.

Of course, there’s no quick way to guarantee any of those things. You just have to work hard and keep your mind intent on what you want. The mentality of instant gratification and quick fixes has fueled many marketing campaigns. Companies have learned how to tap into the minds of consumers and get them to part with their cash in exchange for products that promise to make life easier and better while solving a multitude of problems.

The cars we drive are certainly not immune to such marketing. Products that promise to increase fuel mileage, clean your engine, keep your gas from freezing, and more line store shelves. But are these products worth the money?

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Cars Coming Soon: Peek Into the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Corvette, front

The 2013 North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, opens to the media on January 14.

This is a big one, friends, with hotly anticipated debuts coming from BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus and more.

Chevy could steal the show, for better or worse, with its new C7 Corvette (rendering above). Whether it stuns or disappoints, you can count on epic media coverage of America’s supercar. Ford, by contrast, will show up with a new van called the Transit. Yawn. Come on, guys, where’s the next iteration of the great GT!?

Keep reading for a quick look at what’s in store from Detroit!

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Unresolutions for You and Your Car

Lamborghini Aventador, wide

If you want to be like every other person in the United States, resolve this year to work out, eat less pie and join my neighborhood gym.

But who wants to be like everyone else? Personally, I’ve never been one to make resolutions for the new year. Instead I’ve just tried to live my best and improve myself a little more than the year prior. This year, though, is different. It’s a new start and deserves some new thinking that will turn 2013 into a 365-page chapter of my life story. And to do that, I’m going to need some unresolutions.

As you might expect, many of those will be go-fast and look-cool car-related items.

Keep reading for some unresolutions designed to bring you, and your car-crazy lifestyle, through 2013 in style.

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Happy New Year! Please Drive Carefully

The average driver drives drunk 87 times before his or her first arrest.

So for the people out there who believe they simply have good luck when driving after a few too many, please remember that your time could be about up and an arrest looms just around the next corner.

With celebrations carrying on into today, please remember that New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest on American roads. Avoid a DUI arrest, or worse, by simply not driving. While an arrest could mean a lot of things, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends ignition interlocks for all people convicted of a DUI. That means every first-time offender couldn’t start his or her car until completing a breathalyzer test attached to the ignition.

Try impressing a date with that little process hanging over your head.

There are already 17 states that mandate ignition interlock devices for those convicted of DUI, and the NTSB has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to speed up research into manufacturer-installed interlock devices.

Ideally, individual drivers would control their own destiny by not drinking and driving, but once judgment is clouded an on-board breathalyzer is probably a good idea.

For me, I don’t want the indignity of having an interlock device on my car, so I choose to celebrate in a spot that doesn’t require car keys.

Happy 2013, fellow CarGurus!

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-tgriffith

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