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Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:13:53 +0000

 



Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Today's cars handle so well that we often take it for granted -- but there are some cars that can be downright frightening to drive. Here are thirteen cars that have earned a reputation for scaring the stuffing out of their drivers.



The 25 Worst Cars Ever Sold

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Think your car is bad? Check out these vehicles, some of the worst cars ever sold to the public.



Cheapest Cars: The Least Expensive New Cars of...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Looking for cheap cars? Here are the least-expensive 2016 cars on sale in the US. We've them all, and we'll tell you which inexpensive cars are the deals and which are the duds.



Design Disasters: The Ugliest Cars of the Last...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Think you know what an ugly car is? Think again! Here are some of the most unfortunate looking cars of the last five decades.



The 15 Least Expensive Convertibles You Can Buy

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

In this guide to the fifteen least-expensive convertibles, we'll tell you which cheap drop-tops are good buys and which to avoid.



Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): What...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), how does it work, and what makes it superior to a conventional automatic transmission? This article explains, in simple terms, what the CVT is and how it works. By Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.



How Disk and Drum Brakes Work

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

This article explains the difference between disc brakes and drum brakes and explains how they work and what advantages disc brakes have over drum brakes.



Ten Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood



Is the new Nissan Altima the right family car...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

I'm a big fan of the Nissan Altima; in the crowded mid-size market, I think it gives the best blend of comfort, space and fuel economy. In this review, Frank Aukofer provides a second opinion on the Nissan Altima.



Antilock brakes: What they are, how they work

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

What are anti-lock brakes? This article explains what the antilock braking system (ABS) is, what it does, how it works, and answers some of the more common questions about antilock brakes.



Buying vs. Leasing: Should you lease your next...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Which is better, buying a new car or leasing it? This article explains how leasing works and what the advantages and disadvantages are.



What is gap insurance, and do you need it?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

What is gap insurance, and do you need it? This quick guide will help you decide if you need gap insurance when you buy or lease your next new car.



What are the 10 Best Cars for Women?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Women's driving needs differ from men's. Herewith the Top 10 Cars for women as chosen by the automotive experts at About Cars.



5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

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What type of gas should you put in your car -...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

What type of gasoline should you use in your car -- regular, mid-grade and premium? This article will explain what grades and octane ratings mean, and help you decide which is best for your car.



The Dos and Don'ts of Tire Buying

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Buying tires can be a confusing experience. These do's and don'ts will give you the foundation to make smart choices about your tires.



5 Questions About Snow Tires Answered

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

How are snow tires different from other tires? Do you need snow tires, or are all-season tires good enough? This article will tell you.



12 Best Cars for a Growing Family

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The right car is a critical decision for families that are just starting out. Our Top Picks list highlights ten cars that are perfect for a growing family: Practical, safe, inexpensive, and (in most cases) entertaining to drive.



What is a Twin Clutch / Direct Shift Gearbox...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The twin-clutch transmission is a self-shifting automatic transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manual and automatic transmissions.



Should you trade in your old car or sell it...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

To trade or not to trade? This article gives helps you determine whether trading or selling privately is best and gives you guidelines for negotiating with the dealer.



Best New Cars of 2016

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

From all the new and redesigned cars introduced for the 2016 model year, About.com's Cars Expert Aaron Gold picks the very best.



What to do after a car crash

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

A car crash is a traumatic experience, even if it's only a minor fender-bender. Here's a comprehensive guide to what you should do immediately after a car accident.



Top 10 Features Your Next Car Should Have

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Used to be that power windows and locks were the epitomy of luxury; today, they're standard on even the most humble econoboxes. Technology has gifted us with a great many more goodies and gadgets. Here are ten features and options that could make life with your next car a great deal easier and safer.



What is electronic stability control and why is...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Electronic stability control (ESC) is a safety feature that can help prevent the driver from losing control of the car. This article explains how it works and why it is important.



How to Wash Your Car Like the Pros

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

A good, thorough car wash involves more than simply running your car through a machine. I visited Mothers, well-known manufacturer of car washing and detailing products, to learn how to wash a car the way the pros do it.



10 Best Cars for Moms

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Who says motherhood demands a minivan or big SUV? Here are ten cars that are perfect for moms, with lots of family-friendly features that mothers everywhere will approve of.



Top Ten Cars for Teen Drivers

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

School starts soon, and this is a great time to think about putting your teen on wheels. Here are ten new cars that are reliable, easy to drive, affordable, and well suited to young, inexperienced teen drivers.



What Is Direct Fuel Injection and How Does It...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Direct fuel injection promises better fuel efficiency, more power and cleaner emissions for car engines. This article explains what direct fuel injection is and how direct fuel injection works.



How the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC System Works

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system



Top 10 SUV Alternatives

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

While SUVs offer lots of space, they aren't always the most practical vehicle -- and they certainly aren't very fuel-efficient. Here are ten vehicles that will give you the space of an SUV with all the advantages of a car, as opposed to a truck. Tested, analyzed and reviwed by the experts at About Cars.



12 Tips to Keep Your Car Running Forever

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

With proper care and feeding, virtually any car can be kept running as long as the owner wants to keep it. Here are twelve guidelines to keeping your car well into six-figure territory.



Should you buy an extended warranty for your car?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Car dealers and third-party companies offer extended warranties, also known as service contracts, that extend your car's warranty coverage for a longer period of time. Are extended car warranties a good deal? Read on.



10 Small Cars You Can Live With

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Small cars are less expensive, more fuel-efficient, and easier to drive than bigger cars -- but don't you have to give up a lot when you buy a small car? Not necessarily! Here are ten cars, presented in alphabetical order, that do the job just as well as larger cars and SUVs -- but with key small-car advantages.



Transmission Choices Rival Engine Options

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Nowadays you can order a car with a choice of up to four types of transmission, even if there's only one engine available. In the long run there's just one winner, though: the CVT.



What is E85? All about this alternative fuel...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

This article will tell you all about E85, a renewable corn-based fuel for flex-fuel vehicles -- including whether you can use it in your own vehicle.



Can the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Compete?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Volkswagen already offers their best-selling model, the Jetta, with a fuel-efficient TDI diesel, but now they're offering a second high-MPG drivetrain: A high-tech hybrid with a turbocharged engine. Can the Jetta compete with other hybrids -- or VW's own TDI? Read on. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.



10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Ten best cars for men.



2016 Smart Fortwo review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The Smart ForTwo is all new and improved in every way -- but does that make it a better car? Our 2016 Smart ForTwo review tells all.



Drum brake, wheel removed

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.



How to clean, detail and wax your car's exterior

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

In order to keep your car looking good, you should detail and wax it regularly. Here's how to get professional results at a do-it-yourself- price in twelve easy steps.



Top 10 Tips For Saving Fuel

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Yes, your car can get better gas mileage! These Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips will help you improve your car's fuel economy and use less gasoline. Most of these tips will give you a slight increase in MPG -- but together the gas mileage improvements can really add up. Save money and use less fuel!



Twelve things you need to know about the Tesla...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The Tesla Model 3 may be the most anticipated new car in fifty years. Here's what we know about the long-range affordable electric vehicle from Tesla.



Best Road Trip Cars

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The great American road trip is making a comeback -- but what's the best car to take on a road trip? Aaron Gold, About.com's Expert to Cars, picks the top ten best road trip cars, with picks for every size of family and budget.



10 Fuel Efficient Cars You'll Love to Drive

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

One shouldn't give up an enjoyable drive just to save fuel.This isn't a top 10 list of fuel-efficient cars with highest MPG, but the most enjoyable. Page 1



Your car has been recalled! Now what?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Your car has been recalled -- now what? This guide will tell you how to find out if your car is recalled and what you should do to get the problems fixed.



Tire Safety Tips - Inflation, Balance and Tread...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Tires are vital to our cars' safety. Safety tips on tire inflation, tire balance, tire tread wear and tire maintenance.



UPDATED: The Volkswagen diesel emissions...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

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2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

America's cheapest car is now an even better value



Disc brake, wheel installed

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.



Drum brake, wheel installed

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.



Disc brake, wheel removed

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Disc brake. Cars.



How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Getting ready for a road trip? Follow these easy tips to get your car ready and eliminate potential vacation headaches.



Coupe to Crossover, Which Body Type Is Best For...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Having trouble choosing between one body type and another? Here's a brief rundown on the advantages and disadvantages of everything from a coupe to a crossover.



2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

General Motors basically soured an entire generation of Americans on diesel cars. Nearly thirty years later, GM is trying again -- so will they repent for their sins with the new diesel Cruze? Read on. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.



How to keep your car from rusting

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Rust prevention is vital for both your car's appearance and your safety. Rust not only looks bad, it eats away at your car's structural strength. Follow this season-by-season schedule to fight rust and help keep your car rust-free!



K&N Million-Mile Air Filter product review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

K&N says their reuseable air filter can save on costs and pollution. How well does it work? The experts at About.com Cars have the answer.



The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

You can find plenty of lists of the most fuel-efficient cars on the US market -- but how many would you want to drive? We'll take you through each of these cars and tell you which ones you'll want to drive and which ones you'll want to leave by the side of the road.



2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible combines smart engineering with good old-fashioned muscle car fun.



2016 Honda Accord Sport: The DriveWays Review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Honda's program of steady improvements shows itself in the updated 2016 Honda Accord Sport.



2016 Kia Optima review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Kia has introduced an all-new Optima for 2016. Is it good? Oh, yes -- in fact, it may well be the new benchmark for the mid-size sedan segment.



2015 Chrysler 200 photo tour

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Chrysler 200 from the front. Cars.



Top 10 Best Cars to Crash

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Few people cruise the showrooms thinking "Is this the car in which I will have a major crash?" With car



Latest Rollover Stats Show SUVs Roll Most -...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The NHTSA has released its latest rollover statistics. They show SUV's are more inclined to roll in an accident, cars less so. Mazda cars took two of the top three spots. Chrysler's all-wheel-drive Pacifica scored best among SUV's. An About Cars feature article.



What is a turbocharger, how does it work, and...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

What is a turbocharger and how does it work? This article explains the inner workings of the turbocharger and its real-world benefits.



2016 Volkswagen Passat review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Volkswagen's large Passat sedan has been update for 2016, though it doesn't seem like they've changed it much -- and that's fine with me.



Should you buy a used car?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The days when used cars meant trouble are over. Today, buying used is a great way to get more car for less dough.



2016 Chevrolet Spark review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Chevy has made some big changes to the little Spark for 2016, giving it a new look and a more mature demeanor. Let's drive the 2016 Chevrolet Spark and see how it does.



What You Should Know About Hybrid Cars

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Just in case you're wondering what a hybrid car is, or means to most drivers, this simple explanation from the auto editors at About Cars will put your mind at ease. Caution: It may also cause you to become enthusiastic about owning one.



2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

If there's one thing that's hobbled the Volkswagen Passat, it's the lack of a decent entry-level engine -- until now. Let's drive the 2014 Passat 1.8 TSI.



2016 Chevrolet Malibu review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Chevrolet has taken another stab at redesigning the Malibu, and this time they've poured money and resource into it -- so is that enough to lift the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu out of mediocrity and up to the head of the mid-size class?



Yo-yo financing: How to avoid this common...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Cars. Page 2.



Honda Civic 2,2 i-CTDi Diesel test drive

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

This is the Honda Civic you can't buy in the United States -- the Honda Civic 2.2 i-CTDi, complete with hatchback body style and Honda-designed turbodiesel engine. How does the Honda Civic i-CTDi compare with the Honda Civics we get here in the States? Read on. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.



2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test: Month 3

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

This month, we compare our long-term Mitsubishi Mirage ES to inexpensive rivals from Toyota and Nissan.



Six tips to increase your car's resale value

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Want your car to be worth more at trade-in time? If you only plan to keep your car a few years, then it's in your best interest to keep its resale value as high as possible. These six tips will put your car well ahead of the pack and help to maximize its resale value.



American world cars

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

American world cars photo gallery



2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The Eco is the high-MPG version of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. So does the Sonata Eco deliver its promised 38 MPG? I took it on a road trip tp find out.



How do diesel engines differ from gasoline...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

How do diesel engines work? What's the difference between diesels and gasoline engines? This article will delve into the mechanics of the diesel.



2015 Toyota Yaris review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The Toyota Yaris hasn't been a strong competitor in the small-car segment, but with a round of improvements for 2015, that's about to change.



Cadillac's twin-turbo XTS waters down the...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

There's a new version of Cadillac's XTS called the Vsport, which gets a twin-turbo version of the ubiquitous 3.6 liter V6. Is 410 hp enough to turn the XTS into a proper Vsport? Read on. 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport: Tested by Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.



2016 Chevrolet Volt: The DriveWays Review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

With the original Volt, General Motors got it right in the first place. Now the 2016 Chevrolet Volt refines and enhances the concept.



2015 Buick Regal GS AWD: The DriveWays Review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Buick is the most traditional of American brands -- but affording to Frank Aukofer, with the Regal GS, Buick is taking on the Europeans... and winning.



Turtle Wax Black Box Polish and Wax Review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Turtle Wax Black Box is a cleaning and waxing system designed specifically for black vehicles. I put Turtle Wax Black Box to the test with a worst-case scenario.



2016 Chevrolet Camaro review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

2016 sees the introduction of an all-new Chevrolet Camaro--lighter, trimmer, and mroe agile than the outgoing car.. and, like the Camaro that preceded it, not for everyone.



2016 Honda Civic test drive

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The Honda Civic is one of the best and most enduring compact sedans ever sold, and developing a new one must be a task that is fraught with peril. Honda has come up with an all-new Civic for 2016—so can this new version uphold the Civic's reputation?



Best New Cars of 2015

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Aaron Gold, About.com's Cars Expert, picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2015



Happy Father's Day! Here are ten great cars for...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Here is a list of cars that are perfect for dads -- cars that combine a modicum of practicality with high cool quotient and fun-to-drive factor that make them ideal for fathers.



2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Audi's new entry-level A3 Cabriolet convertible is notable for its low (by convertible standards) price -- but would you want a cut-rate Audi convertible?



What is biodiesel? Learn all about this...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

This article will tell you all about biodiesel, a clean and renewable vegetable-based fuel for diesel vehicles -- including whether you can use it in your own vehicle.



2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 TSI review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Volkswagen's 2014 Jetta SE has a fabulous new engine and improved handling -- but it also has factors working against it. Should you buy one? My review will tell you.



Fifty Years of the Chevrolet Camaro

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

With the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ready to make its debut, let's take a look back at the history of this iconic Chevrolet muscle car.



How to set a new car budget

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Before you go shopping for a new car, it's best to know how much you can afford to spend. Use this relatively simple method to figure out how much new car you can afford based on your budgeted monthly payment, down payment, and trade-in value.



2015 Honda Fit test drive and review

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The old Honda Fit was one of the most useful cars I've ever driven. Can that still be said of the all-new 2015 Fit?



Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?



Test drive: 2015 Dodge Charger

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Dodge has updated the Charger for 2015, with revised styling, mild interior updates, and a stellar lineup of engines, right up to the 707 horsepower Hellcat V8. Ride along as we drive the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger.



6 Easy Steps to Buying a New Car

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Step #2: How to find and secure a realistic, negotiable price for your new car. An About Cars feature article.



2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Six-Month Test...

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Introduction to our 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco long-term test -- why we chose to spend four months with this fuel-efficient version of Chevrolet's compact car.



What Wheel Drive?

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive – which is best for you? This article explains how each system works, lays out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and helps you decide which is best for you.



America's least-expensive car

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

The 2014 Nissan Versa S is Amerca's least-expensive car, with a price tag well under half of what the average American pays for a new vehicle. But would you want to live with such cheap wheels?



Frank Aukofer's take on the ubiquitous Camry

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Frank Aukofer's take on the ubiquitous Toyota Camry



Fiat photo gallery

2016-09-27T11:13:53Z

Now that Fiat owns Chrysler, let's take a look at some of the Fiat models that could make it to the United States.