Lexus Tops Dependability List While Jaguar Rises and Acura Falls

If you were to buy a car based on its reliability reputation alone, what would you get?

Would you take home a Honda or Acura because of their legendary commitment to being problem-free? Would you purchase a Toyota because you know they routinely go 300,000 miles or more?

Would you avoid Jaguar and Land Rover at all costs because of their reputation for spending more time in the shop than on the road?

J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, released yesterday, reinforces some of those preconceived notions while turning others on their head. Continue reading >>>

UAW Wants You To Buy American, But What Exactly Does That Mean?

The United Auto Workers Union desperately wants you to buy vehicles built with union labor in the United States of America.

That should come as no surprise considering the union makes its money off of organized American workers.

Some say the union model is an antiquated and obsolete way of building cars, but its pro-American sentiment is one shared by the new U.S. presidential administration. Both the UAW and the president are working to bring more car manufacturing into the country, while shunning vehicles built in countries with cheaper labor costs.

In an attempt to further its cause, the UAW will begin an ad campaign encouraging U.S. residents to only purchase vehicles built in the U.S. with union labor. That means it may suggest that you take home a U.S.-built Toyota Camry instead of a Mexico-built Ford Fusion.

From where we sit, the UAW faces an uphill battle.

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Re-Thinking the Oscars: 5 Films That Deserved to Win “Best Automobile”

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This Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will honor the actors, actresses, directors, and other critical contributors to the films of the past year. The Oscars are all about rewarding the many artists responsible for the year’s best movies—whether their craft be acting, direction, costume design, music, or any other facet of filmmaking. But, unfortunately, the Academy consistently forgets one important detail:

The cars. Continue reading >>>

About 25 Percent of Cars on the Road Need Recall Repairs—Will You Buy One?

Buying a used car can be a little like playing Russian roulette these days.

Even though modern cars are as safe as automobiles have ever been, about one in four cars on the road have open recalls on them. That translates to over 63 million cars in the United States that have been recalled but never fixed.

That represents a massive 34 percent jump over the figure that was measured a year ago.

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Chevy Announces Price for Raptor-Like Colorado ZR2

When I first saw the press release announcing a starting price of $40,995 for a new trim of the Chevy Colorado, I thought, “Well here we go, we’ve entered the era where a $40,000 midsize truck is normal.”

Prices for the Toyota Tacoma can eclipse the $40K mark, and the addition of the Colorado just made the number all the more normal.

Except on closer inspection, there’s nothing normal about this $41,000 Colorado. In fact, you should probably go get one. Continue reading >>>

Why GM Might Not Want to Sell You a Malibu

Maybe the people at General Motors aren’t used to selling a lot Malibus.

For as long as I can remember, cars like the Malibu and Impala existed just to provide an option for the very few people who wanted a sedan but simply had to have a Chevy.

GM’s bread-and-butter vehicles have always been its full-size trucks, SUVs, and, more recently, crossovers. The profit margins on those rigs are much higher than on sedans and small cars, so the company doesn’t like to push its smaller vehicles too hard.

Some recent redesigns have turned Chevy’s cars, the Malibu and Cruze specifically, into genuinely competitive vehicles. Much to GM’s dismay, consumers are noticing. Continue reading >>>

2018 Mustang Revealed, Bullitt Edition a Possibility

Almost 50 years ago a Mustang GT and a Dodge Charger R/T sped through the streets of San Francisco in an epic high-speed chase.

It happened in a movie, of course, and remains one of the most exciting and influential chase scenes in cinema history. The movie, “Bullitt,” came out in 1968, which means the 50th anniversary is next year.

A refreshed Mustang is due for 2018, and we have a pretty good idea of what it’ll look like and what engines it’ll have (no V6!?).

Plus, there’s a good chance that Ford will bless us with an all-new 50th anniversary edition of the Mustang Bullitt. Continue reading >>>

Don’t Wait for Sunday! Here Are the Super Bowl Car Ads

You don’t need to wait for Sunday to see the best part of the Super Bowl. Sure, the Patriots and Falcons will deliver an epic game of back-and-forth offensive warfare, but honestly the best time to get up and use the restroom is just before the next commercial break.

Automakers love to showcase their creative talents and introduce new vehicles and marketing campaigns while virtually everyone in the world is tuned in to the greatest sports show on Earth.

This year, ads from Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Kia, Honda, Buick, and more have already been released. A common theme this year? Activism.

Click through to see the ads, and be sure to let us know which is your favorite so far. Continue reading >>>

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: The Car of Your Nightmares

This has been a week of muscle car madness.

From the newly released specs of the Ford GT to the merits of the AWD Challenger to the midengine Corvette, we’ve had plenty of car fodder to comment on and get all worked up over in the last couple of days.

Why not extend it out one more day?

We don’t have much of a choice. Even though we’ve already covered one version of the Challenger this week, a new one is on the horizon and it simply can’t be ignored. Enter the Challenger SRT Demon, a car unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. Continue reading >>>