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Ford's Driving Skills for Life Makes Big Impression on My Teen

29 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

While my 14-year-old daughter isn't old enough to drive yet, I jumped at the opportunity to take her to Ford's Driving Skills for Life, an internationally touring program that teaches teen drivers and their parents about road perils that may...

Mini Lowers Cooper Hardtop MPG Ratings After EPA Audit

31 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

The redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is one of those rare cars that puts a grin on your face and keeps it there even after refueling. The Cooper's window sticker lists highway fuel economy ratings near or above 40 mpg,...

2015 Chrysler 200 Earns NHTSA Five-Star Rating

32 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Chrysler's midsize sedan underwent a dramatic update for 2015, and so too did the 200's safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the redesigned car its top honor: a five-star overall safety rating. The front-wheel-drive sedan earned five...

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

35 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the...

2015 Toyota Camry Review

38 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

"The redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry looks a little different but feels and performs the same as the old one — meaning the best reason to buy a new one is because you like the one you already have," said Cars.com...

Subaru Updates XV Crosstrek for 2015

41 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Subaru continues to roll out its camera- and radar-based safety system; the XV Crosstrek is next in line to get the automaker's EyeSight safety system for 2015. The driver-assistance package integrates adaptive cruise control, precollision braking and lane departure warning....

2014 Ford C-Max Energi Real-World Cargo Space

44 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

The two versions of Ford's C-Max — the Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid — drive similarly but the Energi sets itself apart with its ability to drive an EPA-estimated 20 miles on electric power alone. The Energi's extra stamina comes...

2015 Chrysler 200 Real-World Fuel Economy

47 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Chrysler's new 200 sedan is a dramatic improvement over the outgoing model, but it would almost have to be — the old Chrysler 200 (neé Sebring) was one of the most awful new cars on the market. But the new...

Should My Kid Get the Hand-Me-Down Car?

50 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

My son turned 12 this summer — right around the time my husband's car turned 14, which means the end is nigh (for my husband's car, of course, not my husband). It raised an interesting question: Will whatever we buy...

Why Do Many Teens Refuse to Buckle Up?

53 minutes agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

One of my earliest childhood memories is loading up as a family into my dad's wood-paneled Jeep, and hearing, "The car won't start until everyone has a seat belt on." That, and if we wanted to turn the light on...

Scion Teases Los Angeles Auto Show Concept

It's a Scion. It's sporty. And it's coming to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. At the moment that's all we can tell you for sure about the latest concept car from Toyota's youth-market division. Scion this morning...

Ford Drops Focus Electric Pricing Another $6,000

Ford dropped the starting price for the slow-selling Focus Electric by another $6,000 for 2014 and 2015. Effective for all remaining 2014 Focus Electric hatchbacks, the starting price is now $29,995 including destination. The same sub-$30,000 price also applies to...

2014 Ford C-Max Energi Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi is a lot like the C-Max Hybrid — but with a plug-in port. "This hatchback is fun to drive but kind of cramped, and did we mention it's also sort...

Subaru's Impreza Fits Smaller Families

When most families think of Subaru, the cars that seem to come to mind are the Forester crossover and Outback wagon. Many don't have the Impreza, Subaru's entry-level compact, on their radar. It's got a lot to offer with its...

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 127,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs The Problem: The occupant restraint control system may exhibit an internal short circuit; this could cause airbag warning lamps to illuminate, a signal that supplemental restraint systems...

2014 Ford C-Max Energi: Car Seat Check

The Ford C-Max Energi hatchback is a fun-to-drive hybrid that Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said "delivers comfort, style and efficiency," but warned that it "compromises cargo capacity." That's not all that the 2014 C-Max Energi has had to compromise....

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 Video

Last year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class finished at an unimpressive sixth place in our $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. However, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says, "Mercedes redesigned the C-Class sedan for 2015 and it fixed a whole laundry list of issues." Is...

2015 Cadillac ATS Review

"The 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan remains as compelling a sport sedan as GM has ever made, but issues with the interior diminish its appeal versus the heavy-hitting German competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more....

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX, 2014-2015 MDX

Vehicles Affected: About 43,000 Acura luxury vehicles, including 7,000 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans and 36,000 model-year 2014-15 MDX SUVs The Problem: In temperatures below zero degrees, the seat belts may not release, according to The Detroit News. Acura, which...

Is There a Future for the Tachometer?

By Ali Oswald With more and more new-car buyers choosing automatic transmissions over manuals, why do tachometers still have such a large presence on dashboards? The tachometer displays engine speed in revolutions per minute, and it can be useful in...

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