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Looking for cheap cars? Here are the least-expensive 2014 cars on sale in the US. We've driven all of them, and we'll tell you which ones are the real deals -- and which ones are the real duds.
What is a Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), how does it work, and what makes the Continuously Variable Transmission 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.
Fall is on the way, which means it's a great time to nab a good deal on a new car -- and what better time to get that convertible you've always wanted? In this guide to the fifteen cheapest convertibles, we'll tell you which ones are good buys and which to avoid.
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.
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.
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
The Direct Shift Gearbox is a self-shifting transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manual and automatic transmissions.
This article explains the difference between disc (disk) brakes and drum brakes, including how disc brakes and drum brakes work, what advantages disk brakes and drum brakes have, and how to tell if your car has disk brakes, drum brakes or both.
Women's driving needs differ from men's. Herewith the Top 10 Cars for women as chosen by the automotive experts at About Cars.
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.
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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.
Electronic stability control (ESC) is a safety feature that can help prevent the driver from losing control of the car. This article gives a layperson's explanation of what electronic stability control is, how ESC works, and why ESC is important.
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.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no longer the entry-level Mercedes, so it has room to grow, both in size and prestige. So how does that alter the C300 and C400's appeal? Check out Frank Aukofer's test drive of the new Mercedes C-Class.
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
Buying tires is a confusing experience -- but the tires are the single most important safety feature on your car. These do's and don'ts will give you the foundation to make smart choices about your tires.
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!
Ten best cars for men
How are snow tires different from other tires? Do you need snow tires, or are all-season tires good enough? This article answers five common questions about snow and winter tires. From Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Which is better, buying a new car or leasing it? This article explains how leasing works and what the advantages and disadvantages are, so that you can decide whether you should buy or lease your next car.
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.
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
Regular washing is important, but in order to keep your car looking good, you should clean, detail and wax it from time to time. Even if you've neglected your car's finish, you can still bring it back to almost-new appearance -- and it really isn't that difficult to do. The folks at Mothers showed me how to use their products to bring that new-car shine back to my neglected Mitsubishi -- and the results were really impressive. This article will tell you how it's done.
If there's one thing that's hobbled the Volkswagen Passat, it's the lack of a decent entry-level engine -- until now. Volkswagen has replaced the Passat's 2.5 liter five-cylinder with a modern 1.8 liter turbo four -- but is this the right engine for the Passat? Read on. 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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.
Today, most new cars come with an extensive bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers the whole car for at least 3 years or 36,000 miles. 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. By Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
To trade or not to trade? That is the question. This article gives helps you determine whether trading or selling privately is best for you, and gives you guidelines to negotiating your trade-in with the dealer.
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.
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.
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.
Top Ten Family Cars Under $20,000
Getting ready to take a trip? Car trouble is the last thing you need. Follow these tips to eliminate some common car-related vacation headaches.
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.
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.
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 Sonata is a major player in the mid-size market (from Hyundai -- twenty years ago, who woulda thunkit?) I've weighed in on the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata; here's a second opinion from Frank Aukofer.
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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.
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?
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
2015 is the last year for Volkswagen's venerable Eos -- and yet we still love this hardtop convertible as much as we did when it first came out.
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.
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The all-new Mercedes-Benz S550 faces a lot of challengers -- not just from rival German marques, but from cut-rate Korean competitors as well. What has Mercedes done to keep their luxury crown? Quite a lot -- but these amenities don't come cheap.
Tires are vital to our cars' safety. Safety tips on tire inflation, tire balance, tire tread wear and tire maintenance.
How do diesel engines work? What's the difference between diesels and gasoline engines? This article will delve into the mechanics of the diesel.
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The 2014 BMW 328d is BMW's second attempt to sell a diesel-powered 3-series in the US. Have they got it right this time? Almost...
Black cars look great when they're clean -- but keeping them clean can be a major pain. Turtle Wax has a product called Black Box, a cleaning and waxing system designed specifically for black vehicles. I put Turtle Wax Black Box to the test with a worst-case scenario -- read on to find out if Black Box came out shining.
Small cars -- I mean *really* small cars -- are a rarity in America, and most of the ones you can buy (Fiat 500, MINI Cooper, Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo) sell on their novelty value rather than practicality. That makes the Chevrolet Spark something unique -- a five-door mini-hatch designed to be used, and not just admired. Is the new Spark right for America? Read on. 2013 Chevrolet Spark: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Diesel cars for the American market are right around the corner, and all of a sudden diesel fuel prices are shooting right past gasoline prices. Aaron Gold smells a rat...
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Few people cruise the showrooms thinking "Is this the car in which I will have a major crash?" With car
Best Cars for Dads - Audi RS7
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 five tips will put your car well ahead of the pack and help to maximize its resale value.
The days when used cars meant trouble are over. Today, buying used is a great way to get more car for less dough. An overview by the expert test drivers at About Cars.
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.
The Kia Soul has been the most successful of the boxy cars, and now they've redesigned it for 2014. The new Soul certainly looks a lot like the old one, but have all the charms carried over as well? Read on. 2014 Kia Soul: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Cars expert at About.com.
The all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is a car on a mission: Please the purists while attracting new buyers to the brand. That's tough to do with any car, but its an especially tall order given the WRX's loyal fan base -- so has Subaru pulled it off? Read on. 2015 Subaru WRX: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
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The all-new 2013 Accord is Honda's attempt to get back to its roots, and it is indeed the most Honda-esque Accord we've seen in a decade. That's great for us long-time Honda fans -- but will anyone else want to buy one? Read on. 2013 Honda Accord: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Meet the new Mirage, a budget-priced car that delivers the best fuel economy this side of a hybrid. Can the inexpensive, fuel-efficient Mirage deliver on its promises? Read on. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Tested and reviewed By Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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.
America has always been sedan country, but hatchbacks are making a comeback, and nearly every major automaker has introduced a new or updated subcompact hatch in the last two years. Now it's Nissan's turn, with the freshly-updated 2014 Nissan Versa Note. The Versa Note is styled for Europe and sized for America -- but can it stand out in a crowded segment? Read on. 2014 Nissan Versa Note: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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.
Say good-bye to the Mazda MX-5 Miata as we know it: Next year Mazda will debut a new Miata based on an Alfa-Romeo platform. In this review, Frank Aukofer takes a look at the outgoing Miata, a car with 25 years of smiles behind it.
Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare - Twenty worst cars sold in America
707 hp makes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat the penultimate muscle car -- but is this too much power?
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
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.
Subaru's mid-size Legacy is all-new for 2015 -- but will anyone notice? The Legacy has always been a slow seller, and that's a shame, because it packs serious advantages over the competition.
When I reviewed the previous version of the Mazda6 I figured it was a guaranteed winner -- it was roomy, cushy, and fantastic to drive. But when mid-size sedan sales fell off a cliff in 2009, the Mazda6 managed to plummet even further than the competition. Now we have an all-new Mazda6, and before I even drove it, I knew my fellow hacks and I would love it. But it's the market, not the critics, who determine a car's success -- so is the 2014 Mazda6 the right car for John and Jane Q. Public? Read on. 2014 Mazda 6: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
The Mazda3 has always been an enthusiast's favorite; the new version of the Mazda3 brings an upgraded interior and its excellent SkyActiv fuel-saving technology -- but is it still the Three we know and love? Read on. 2014 Mazda3: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your guide to Cars at About.com.
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?
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.
What is adaptive cruise control, and how does it work? This article explains adaptive cruise in layperson's terms. By Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
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.
For 2015. Scion has made some minor changes to the suspension of the Scion FR-S -- but they make a big difference in the cars character. Is it better or worse? Read on...
You've read about the Hellcat, now read about the rest of the Challenger lineup. Freshly updated with a new interior, updated styling, and a range of improved engines, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger may well be the ultimate muscle car.
The Corvette is America's sports car, and in recent years, it's certainly lived up to that billing -- the previous-generation Corvette could run with Europe's best, though it was a bit lacking in ambiance and substance. Now we have an all-new seventh-generation Corvette, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Is this a world-beater, or will it simply get beat? Read on. 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Perhaps it's time for Nissan to get out of the business of building cars and get into the business of telling everyone else how to build cars. The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is the perfect example of how to improve an already-great product. What makes this mid-size sedan a winner? Read on.
Hyundai's mid-size Sonata once elbowed its way to the forefront as a style leader -- but the all-new 2015 Sonata seems to be content to fade into the background.
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An accident or breakdown is never a good thing; harsh winter weather brings additional problems and perils. Carry these lightweight and inexpensive items in your car to increase safety and relieve misery.
If ever a car was in need of a complete redesign, it was the Chrysler 200 -- a last remnant of the dark days of German ownership. Chrysler is thriving under Fiat, and they've taken this opportunity to redefine the mid-size Chrysler 200 -- but have they taken it in the right direction? Read on.
About.com takes a quick drive in Ford's updated Fiesta with the 1-liter EcoBoost engine.
Volkswagen's Golf is all-new for 2015 -- and if VW is right, this jazzy hatchback is a car whose time has come.
It's been almost five years since I reviewed a Honda Fit, and while a lot has changed in the subcompact market, the Fit hasn't -- aside from a minor update last year, the 2013 Honda Fit is pretty much the same car Honda introduced in 2009. I expected to find the Fit trailing its newer competitors, but a week with this car has convinced me that it's still the most useful and practical small car you can buy. 2013 Honda Fit: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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Nissan's compact Sentra is all-new for 2013. The new Sentra is styled to look like a baby Altima and priced to deliver excellent value -- but in my opinion, this $17,000 sedan misses the mark. Why did the Sentra put me off? Read on. 2013 Nissan Sentra: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Shopping for a baby-friendly car? Follow these tips to help you find a car that's convenient for you and safe for your newborn.
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like to See in America: Toyota Hiace. Page 10.
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?