Boston to Nashville: A Cheap Car Challenge Results in a Bargain Mazda RX-7

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When people shop for cars, they typically stay local. But a new CarGurus study revealed that expanding your search to other metro areas can yield substantial savings. Buying a Ford Mustang in Miami, FL, rather than Albany, NY, could save you close to $2,000. Picking up a BMW 3 Series in Albuquerque, NM, instead of Dallas, TX, might net you as much as $1,900 in savings—all after considering the cost of airfare and gas for the drive back home. Continue reading >>>

Comparing Compact Sedans on CarGurus

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We’re only a month into Spring, but most of us have already started looking forward to the summer months. Not long from now we’ll be having barbeques outside in peak humidity, baseball will be the only televised sport we’ll care to watch, and kids will try to find summer jobs to eat up some of their free time now that they’re out of school. It’s also almost graduation season, and if you’re a parent whose child is about to graduate high school or college, you may be considering purchasing a car for them so they can get around themselves, be it for college or a new job. And for your kid’s first car, you’ll probably want to consider something safe, cheap, reliable, and easy to get. And nothing exemplifies those attributes more than your everyday compact sedan. Continue reading >>>

Toyota Corolla Could Gain a BMW Heart

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Let’s think of ways the Toyota Corolla could be made more exciting. The compact sedan is one of the most reliable and practical little cars money can buy, but it’s also one of the least exciting. The Corolla lacks performance and handles about as well as a dishwasher around corners, but people buy it because they appreciate its value and long-term reliability.

To make it more exciting, maybe Toyota could throw in a turbocharger or upgrade the exhaust system. Or maybe the company could drop in a new engine. Maybe even a BMW motor. But that would never happen, right?

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4 Surefire Ways to Become an Automotive Enthusiast

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CarGurus is a wonderful resource for shoppers looking to find great deals from great dealers, but sometimes we wonder whether we’re serving the automotive enthusiast community as well as we could. Sure, we’ve got plenty of data connected to market values, used-car rankings, and new-car reviews, but how can we help drivers, new or seasoned, looking to bury themselves deep within the rich world of car culture? For some of you, this glimpse down the path toward gearheadedness will sound painfully obvious. For the uninitiated, we hope it acts as a roadmap as you earn your stripes (your C4 Corvette Grand Sport racing stripes, that is).

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The 5 Best Corollas as the World’s Most Popular Car Hits 50

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An email inviting me to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla at the New York International Auto Show popped into my inbox the other day.

Of course that started a mental debate: what were the 5 best Corollas of the last half-century? What were the worst? Well, as my editor sagely pointed out, nobody wants to read about the 5 worst Corollas. In honor of 50 years of Corolla, here’s our primer on the 5 best Corollas to roll off the assembly line.

But first an introduction, delivered courtesy of an excellent history by Toyota. The first Corolla, designed for the Japanese market, rolled onto the sales floor in November 1966. (Okay, so it’s not quite 50.) Since then, more than 40 million have been sold in 150 countries. That’s equal to every single vehicle sold in the U.S. in the last 30 months approximately, and that helped the Toyota Corolla earn the title of the world’s most popular car.

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The Manual Transmission: “I Ain’t Dead, Yet”

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Don’t drink beer out of green bottles, don’t forget to stretch, and always remember to write your grandmother a thank-you note. Along with these basic rules for success, when researching new cars, I’ve always eliminated options that were available only with automatic transmissions. Car enthusiasts argue over almost every imaginable detail, save this one. Perhaps it has to do with their beloved “involvement” with the machines that they adore, but manual transmissions have long been a unanimous preference for card-carrying members of the local gearhead union.

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CarMD Names 10 Best Cars for Repair Costs

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has the lowest cost to repair among any 1996-2015 models.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has the lowest cost to repair among any 1996-2015 models.

Preventive maintenance is the secret to automotive happiness. Failing that, it helps to own a car with low maintenance costs. A new list provided by CarMD provides some excellent guidance into the 10 best cars for repair costs.

It’s part of CarMD’s annual manufacturer and vehicle reliability rankings. It measures the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles, top 3 vehicles by vehicle category, and common repairs by vehicle make. This year’s Vehicle Health Index™ is based on more than 251,000 repairs recommended for model year 1996 to 2015 vehicles in the United States from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.

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Sorry Civic, There’s a New Compact in Town

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How long has it been since the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic haven’t occupied the top two spots on the list of best selling compact cars in the United States?

I don’t know for sure. But I’ve been alive for 34 years, and I can’t remember a small car seriously challenging either iconic nameplate. The Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta and a few others have sold reasonably well, but never enough to knock the Civic and Corolla off the top of the mountain.

Certainly no American car has ever come close. But that was before a series of unfortunate events for one company contributed to the sudden rise of what could be a new American king of the mountain.

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Buy Smaller, Buy Lighter, Buy Used and Save Money

A secret weapon against the war on terror?

It took a secretive and elite Navy SEAL team to finally put an end to Osama bin Laden’s terror-filled time on Earth.

Each of us has mourned 9/11 and lusted for vengeance in our own way since that day (one guy even decided looking like bin Laden would be a good idea). Now that the man behind the attacks is gone, we can shift our focus to other ways of winning the war on terror.

The meaning, relevance and politics behind bin Laden’s death are topics better discussed on other blogs, but one thing nobody can deny is how much U.S. gas money goes to the region where bin Laden the person became bin Laden the mass murderer.

I think the easiest way for every American to make a contribution in this fight is to simply use less gas.

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