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Ask Jack: Prius Inter Pares

It’s another underwater lease question! Never learned to swim! But I think this one will be even easier to answer. my wife has a 2013 toyota prius persona with the nice 17 inch wheels. she has a 3 year lease. we are 16 months in and she already has over 23,000 miles out of the […] The post Ask Jack: Prius Inter Pares appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Bark’s Bites: Please Stop Ruining Your G8

I have a fond spot in my heart for the Pontiac G8. I was once the proud owner of a White Hot G8 GT. I bought it new in March of 2009 and somewhat regrettably traded it in June of 2012, putting nearly eighty thousand loving miles on it along the way—you can see a […] The post Bark’s Bites: Please Stop Ruining Your G8 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

No Fixed Abode: They got this one right, except they didn’t.

If you want to be recognized for your brilliance, it’s best to do something that is less than completely brilliant. The reason for this is simple: Ideas that are very good but less than truly brilliant are generally well-received by the critics and the public. Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V6S Convertible

I felt very conflicted following a quick nighttime Boston-to-New York City drive in this new Jag. It just did not meet my expectations. The car drove nice on the twisty and hilly Merritt Parkway but it was neither the sports car I desired, nor the grand tourer that the XKR was. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II

My first car was a beige ’69 Corona sedan, and so I’m always happy to see a junkyard Corona. In this series prior to today, we’ve seen this ’66 sedan, this ’68 sedan, this ’70 sedan, this ’70 coupe, plus this Corona ad from the February 1969 issue of Playboy. Show More Summary

Volvo pranks newest valet on the Italian Riviera

Being a valet on the Italian Riviera seems like a pretty sweet gig for a young guy. Not only do you get to watch beautiful people coming and going all day and night, but there's the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a plethora of exotic sports cars. Show More Summary

White police officer shoots unarmed black motorist in South Carolina

A South Carolina state trooper has been fired from his job and arrested following the shooting of an unarmed motorist he may have pulled over for a seat-belt violation. Trooper Sean Groubert, 31, faces felony assault charges after firing four shots at motorist Levar Jones during an incident that occurred Sept. Show More Summary

Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap

My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city slickers) with little firecrackers. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1977 Mercury Comet Sedan

With a Ford Maverick sedan as yesterday’s Junkyard Find, it seemed only right that we follow up with the Maverick’s Mercury sibling (which I photographed in the same junkyard, on the same day). Today’s Malaise Era Ford is rough but more...Show More Summary

Dirt Every Day tries to find the best 4x4 for under $4k

If you want to build a cheap truck that can still do dirty deeds off the beaten path, it's best to start with solid axles and a solid V8 engine. That sums up the lessons learned after watching the 2014 Cheap Truck Challenge from theShow More Summary

Translogic 157: Water-powered Hoverboard

In 2012, Translogic featured a unique jet ski-powered device known as the Flyboard, which transformed its pilot into a sort of aquatic Iron Man. With hydro-thrusters at the hands and feet, Flyboard enabled water-powered flight and incredible ariel tricks. The folks from Zapata Racing are back with their latest innovation, the Hoverboard. Show More Summary

Motor City Masters finale set to air Tuesday

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013{display:none;}.cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013{width:628px;height:443px;display:block;} Just like that, the first season of Motor City Masters is about to come to an end. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: Four on six.

As 1977 drew to a close, my father finally agreed to let my mother have the new car he’d promised her earlier in the year. Mom’s Volvo was only three years old but it was already rusting and erratic in cold mornings. They went to some Oldsmobile dealership in Baltimore to see the new-for-1978 Cutlass […] The post No Fixed Abode: Four on six. Show More Summary

Days of Futurliners Past – General Motors’ Parade of Progress Buses

The way the story goes, the idea for General Motors’ Parade of Progress sprang from the mind of Charles Kettering, GM’s vice president for research and the inventor of the first practical electric self starter for automobiles, as he walked through GM’s exhibit at the 1933 Century of Progress world’s fair in Chicago. Show More Summary

Autoworkers, Agribusiness, and Algae: Toledo Back in Business, For Now

Toledo, Ohio has just squeaked by a major environmental crisis. A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie poisoned the city’s water supply, leaving over 400,000 residents high and dry for three days. Restaurants, schools and businesses closed, the National Guard trucked in water, and the governor declared a state of emergency. Show More Summary

Recalled GM Cars See Bigger Price Drop Over Other Used Vehicles

Are your children about to start college? Maybe it’s their senior year in high school? Looking for a cheap vehicle and don’t mind if it’s been recalled to death by its automaker? Then a vehicle caught up in the General Motors recall parade might be the one, as prices have fallen hard as of late. Show More Summary

Don’t Crush That Bug, Hand Me The Pliers

I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this has interests beyond the world of automobiles. As both an observer of and participant in the news and information biz, it’s fascinating for me to see how a story in the automotive media will...Show More Summary

New Round of IIHS Small Offset Tests a Mixed Bag

  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Show More Summary

Toyota's Psy-style Waku-Doki ad inherits Japan's bizarre ad crown

A new Japanese Toyota ad featuring crisply suited businessmen driving into the jungle only to segue into a Psy-style music-video dance-off with a gorilla and natives is the latest car commercial to go viral. Jungle Wakudoki is the newest...Show More Summary

Review: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6MT

This doesn’t feel like something I should admit in public, let alone in the electronic pages of this august publication, but I always had a tiny little problem with the Challenger SRT8, way down in my super soul. If you haven’t seen Vanishing Point, put your laptop down, get out of the bathroom, and go […]

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