How Green Is Your Car’s Interior?

Going green in our cars means more than just getting better fuel economy. As early as 1998, Chrysler aimed to use recycled materials for the fabric roof liner of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Fast forward to the 2010s and the list of automakers using recycled materials has grown.

Since 2014, The BMW i3 has used natural fibers along with recycled plastics and aluminum. The 2015 Nissan Leaf incorporated 25 percent recycled materials, including steel for the body.

Ford stands out when it comes to using recycled materials; in addition to using recycled materials in the wire frame and under the hood, Ford incorporates recycled materials in tactile components of a car’s interior, such as seat cushions and fabric. In 2011, Ford began using soy foam for its seat cushions. Shortly after, the automaker incorporated Repreve fabric, made of recycled water bottles, in the 2012 Ford Focus Electric.

Ford isn’t just focusing its recycling efforts on one or two models. Instead, its efforts span multiple models, from trucks to compact vehicles.

It’s turned its attention to another interior component, with some inspiration from bees. Continue reading >>>

Top Headlines From January 14-19

The Detroit Auto Show took place this week, making for a lot of great auto news. Stealing the spotlight were all things electric, including a challenge from Ferrari to Tesla; a new SUV from a Chinese automaker; and Infiniti’s bet on electric luxury. Read these stories and more favorites picked by our editors by clicking the links below. Continue reading >>>

Cars in the City: 5 Top Used Cars for City Living

Here are the best cars for urban commuting

Some cars are better-suited for the traffic slog and tight elbow room of city life. If you’ve ever driven in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York, or Houston, you’re well-aware of the traffic nightmares that unfold on a daily basis as people drive — or try to drive — from their homes to their offices and back again.

We highlighted five rides that can hold up to city driving. We based our list on used cars that are about 3 years old, examining the number of open recalls and reliability ratings for each. We also referenced the CarGurus Used Car Awards and mixed in a little common sense for good measure.

Did your favorite make it to the list? If not, add yours to the comments below. Continue reading >>>

Nissan’s New Crossover Kicks Aside All-Wheel Drive

Rarely does a new vehicle debut with less power and capability than the model it’s replacing. Yet the Nissan Kicks compact crossover is hitting the market without all wheel drive and with less horsepower than its predecessor, the Juke.

AWD has become a staple of crossovers from almost all automakers. So, the decision not to offer it as an option is an interesting one. Will the new Nissan Kicks find a fan base in spite of its front-wheel-drive-only architecture and 1.6-liter 125-hp motor?  Continue reading >>>

Are Dash Cams the Next In-Car Tech Feature?

It might be time to open the conversation about requiring dash cams on all vehicles.

Have you ever witnessed an accident, or been in one, and wished you’d been able to record the events leading up to the collision? A dashboard camera, or dash cam, may be able to help with that. The current versions sit on one’s dashboard or attach to the windshield.

Dash cams are legal to own in the United States, but using one has its positives and negatives.  Continue reading >>>