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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:19:46 +0000

 



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Looking for cheap cars? Here are the least-expensive 2016 cars on sale in the US. Lists which inexpensive cars are the deals and which are the duds.



Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): What...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), how does it work, and what makes it superior to a conventional automatic transmission?



5 Questions About Snow Tires Answered

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



How Disk and Drum Brakes Work

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



The Dos and Don'ts of Tire Buying

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



The 15 Least Expensive Convertibles You Can Buy

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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What is gap insurance, and do you need it?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Ten Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood. Learn what to do and what not to do if your car is in a flood.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Best New Cars of 2016

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



The 10 Most Exciting Cars for Women

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Top 10 Features Your Next Car Should Have

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Top Ten Cars for Teen Drivers

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



The 25 Worst Cars Ever Sold

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



12 Best Cars for a Growing Family

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Should you buy an extended warranty for your car?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



How the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC System Works

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system



Transmission Choices Rival Engine Options

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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 (EV )from Tesla.



The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Ten best cars for men.



10 Small Cars You Can Live With

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Los Angeles Auto Show: When to go, how to get...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

The Los Angeles Auto Show, scheduled right around the Thanksgiving holiday, is the showcase for nearly every new vehicle on the market, along with several significant premieres and concept cars. Our Visitor's Guide will help you plan your visit.



10 Best Cars for Moms

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Your car has been recalled! Now what?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Best Road Trip Cars

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



12 Tips to Keep Your Car Running Forever

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



How to Wash Your Car Like the Pros

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



What to do after a car crash

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



UPDATED: The Volkswagen diesel emissions...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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10 Fuel Efficient Cars You'll Love to Drive

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Top 10 SUV Alternatives

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Can the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Compete?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Top 10 Tips For Saving Fuel

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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!



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Drum brake, wheel removed

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



How to keep your car from rusting

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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!



How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



What You Should Know About Hybrid Cars

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



2016 Honda Accord Sport: The DriveWays Review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

America's cheapest car is now an even better value



2015 Chrysler 200 photo tour

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Chrysler 200 from the front. Cars.



2016 Chevrolet Camaro review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Should you buy a used car?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Disc brake, wheel installed

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Fifty Years of the Chevrolet Camaro

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Disc brake, wheel removed

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Disc brake. Cars.



American world cars

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Travel outside the US and you'll find plenty of American-branded cars that you can't buy in the United States. Let's check 'em out!



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Cars. Page 2.



2016 Chevrolet Malibu review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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?



Six tips to increase your car's resale value

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Top 10 Best Cars to Crash

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Drum brake, wheel installed

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.



The Chicago Auto Show: When to Go, How to Get...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

The Chicago Auto Show is considered one of the major auto shows in the United States. This Visitor's Guide will tell you when to go, how to get there, and how to find discount tickets for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.



2016 Chevrolet Volt: The DriveWays Review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2016 Volkswagen Passat review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Nissan Altima

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Nissan Altima. Cars. Page 6.



Honda Civic 2,2 i-CTDi Diesel test drive

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



K&N Million-Mile Air Filter product review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Best New Cars of 2015

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2015 Chrysler 300 review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

For 2015, Chrysler is trying to restore the 300's styling mojo. Did they do it? Maybe not, but they sure found a lot of other things to improve.



2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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?



2016 Kia Optima review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



A house is divided as we spend our first month...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

During the first month of our long-term 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco test, Aaron geeks out on the turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission.



Latest Rollover Stats Show SUVs Roll Most -...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Tire test drive: Michelin Primaxy MXV4

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

A test of Michelin's new Primaxy MXV4 tire reminded us how important it is to have the right tires -- even in a non-performanve vehicle.



2016 Chevrolet Spark review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Test drive: 2015 Dodge Charger

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Best New Cars for a \$15K Budget

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

What kind of car can you get for $15,000? Here are our picks for a $15,000 budget and a variety of situations.



2015 Buick Regal GS AWD: The DriveWays Review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Ten gifts for car buffs

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Wondering what to give the car buff in your life? Want to find the perfect present that will knock their socks off? Here are ten gift ideas designed to fit all budgets and please the car fanatic in your life.



What Wheel Drive?

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Get your car ready for winter

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Winters used to be tough on cars, but today's vehicles are designed to run in a variety of temperatures. By and large, a thorough winterization is no longer necessary -- but if you live where it snows, there are a few things you can do to prepare your car for winter.



Fiat photo gallery

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2015 Dodge Charger SXT: The DriveWays review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

Frank Aukofer drives the V6 version of the 2015 Dodge Charger -- and finds that less is more.



2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Six-Month Test...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



How do diesel engines differ from gasoline...

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 TSI review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test: Month 3

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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



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

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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 Toyota Yaris review

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

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.



Test drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2016-12-03T11:19:46Z

The Genesis Coupe is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that Hyundai introduced in 2010, and they got it just about perfect from the start. I know a few people that bought 'em and they are all as happy as can be. I bet when they see the improved 2013 version, they ain't gonna be quite so happy. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.