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Cheapest Cars: The Least Expensive New Cars of...
Looking for cheap cars? Here are the least-expensive 2015 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.
How One Type of Transmission Makes Driving...
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.
The 15 Least Expensive Convertibles You Can Buy
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.
What is a Twin Clutch / Direct Shift Gearbox...
The Direct Shift Gearbox is a self-shifting transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manual and automatic transmissions.
Yo-yo financing: How to avoid this common...
What to do when the dealership calls to say they want more money
Design disasters: The ugliest cars of the last...
Ugliest cars of the last five decades: 1970 Marcos Mantis
Best New Cars of 2015
Aaron Gold, About.com's Cars Expert, picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2015
What are the 10 Best Cars for Women?
Women's driving needs differ from men's. Herewith the Top 10 Cars for women as chosen by the automotive experts at About Cars.
How Disk and Drum Brakes Work
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.
The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2014
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.
8 Things You Should Know About Electronic...
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.
5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...
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The Top 10 Cars For Teen Drivers
The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are teen-friendly sports cars.
How to Wash Your Own Car Like a Professional
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 Small Cars You Can Live With
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.
5 Questions About Snow Tires Answered
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.
12 tips to keep your car running forever
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.
What is gap insurance, and do you need it?
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.
10 Fuel Efficient Cars You'll Love to Drive
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
8 Dos and Don'ts When Tire Shopping
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.
10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive
Ten best cars for men
Top 10 Features Your Next Car Should Have
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.
10 Top Family Cars Under \$20K
Top Ten Family Cars Under $20,000
Should you buy or lease your next car? Here's...
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.
Visitor's Guide to the Detroit Auto Show
A guide to visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit - When to go, how to get there, and what to see.
Should You Buy an Extended Warranty for Your...
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.
What Is Direct Fuel Injection and How Does It...
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.
Top 10 SUV Alternatives
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.
Top 10 Tips For Saving Fuel
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 Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC Works
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review
America's cheapest car is now an even better value
2015 MINI Cooper 4-door -- The DriveWays Review
Mini has expanded their lineup once again -- this time adding a four-door version of the two-door Cooper. But has Mini diversified too much?
Should You Trade in Your Old Car or Sell it...
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.
10 Best Cars for Moms
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.
Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Captiva. Cars. Page 10.
12 Best Cars for a Growing Family
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.
Top 10 Best Cars to Crash
Few people cruise the showrooms thinking "Is this the car in which I will have a major crash?" With car
10 Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
Save Money and Detail Your Own Car in 12 Easy...
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.
Is the K&N Air Filter Worth Getting for...
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.
Drum brake, wheel removed
Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned...
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
20 Truly Terrible Cars
Worst cars of all time: Twenty truly terrible vehicles
2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI review
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.
America's least-expensive car
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?
Honda re-does the Fit for 2015 -- is the new...
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?
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma. Cars. Page 11.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta offers lots of space and...
Volkswagen's 2014 Jetta SE has a fabulous new engine and improved handling -- but it also has a few factors working against it. Should you buy one? Read on.
How do diesel engines differ from gasoline...
How do diesel engines work? What's the difference between diesels and gasoline engines? This article will delve into the mechanics of the diesel.
Disc brake, wheel installed
Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.
2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco review
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.
Our review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, one...
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.
Honda Civic 2,2 i-CTDi Diesel test drive
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.
Should you buy a used car?
The days when used cars meant trouble are over. Today, buying used is a great way to get more car for less dough.
Tire Safety - Inflation, Balance and Tread Wear
Tires are vital to our cars' safety. Safety tips on tire inflation, tire balance, tire tread wear and tire maintenance.
Happy Father's Day! Here are ten great cars for...
Best Cars for Dads - Dodge Charger
2016 Mazda CX-3
2016 Mazda CX-3 at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 19.
How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip
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.
What You Should Know About Hybrid 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.
Five tips to increase your car's resale value
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.
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
Why You'll Want to Buy a 2013 Chevrolet Spark
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.
Test drive: 2015 Dodge Charger
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.
DSG transmission cutawaqy
VW/Audi DSG transmission cutaway. Page 3.
Drum brake, wheel installed
Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.
DSG diagram
VW/Audi DSG diagram. Cars. Page 2.
2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 20.
How the 2013 Honda Accord Tried to Get its Mojo...
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.
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 21.
Best Road Trip Cars
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.
Disc brake, wheel removed
Disc brake. Cars.
Aaron drives the 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT...
707 hp makes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat the penultimate muscle car -- but is this too much power?
2015 Chevrolet Trax
2015 Chevrolet Trax at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Page 7.
Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...
Citroen 2CV - Thirteen scariest cars
2014 Kia Soul review
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.
What type of gas should you put in your car -...
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.
2015 Chrysler 200 review
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.
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like To See In America
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like to See in America: Toyota Hiace. Page 10.
Coupe to Crossover, Which Body Type Is Best For...
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.
DSG clutch cutaway
VW/Audi clutch cutaway. Cars. Page 4.
Body fabrication
Dodge Challenger Concept body fabrication. Page 2.
How Nissan Did Mid-Size Right With the 2013...
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.
Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy
Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy. Cars. Page 12.
Turtle Wax Black Box cleaning/waxing kit
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.
Ford has updated the fun-to-drive Fiesta for...
2014 sees the Ford Fiesta's first major update, along with a sizable price bump -- and this as it faces a host of new (and strong) competitors. Can the Fiesta keep up? Tested by Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
Which Car is Best for You?
Choosing the best car for your needs can be a chore. This brief checklist makes it relatively painless.
Hyundai's all-new Genesis is loaded with luxury...
Hyundai's all-new Genesis is loaded with luxury and tagged with an unbelievably low price. Is it too good to be true?
2013 Ford Fusion Review
Ford's mid-size Fusion is all new for 2013, and unlike the car it replaces, this one has European roots -- it's nearly identical to the Mondeo that Ford sells in Europe and elsewhere on the planet. Auto writers like me love European cars -- but they aren't always right for the American market. Will this new Fusion fit in Stateside? Read on. 2013 Ford Fusion: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray review
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.
Mazda6: Best-driving mid-size sedan gets even...
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.
What is a collision mitigation system and how...
What are collision warning, collision mitigation, and collision avoidance systems, and how do they work? This article will break it down into simple terms. By Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?
2014 Nissan Versa Note review
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.
HEMI Engine
Dodge Challenger Concept HEMI engine. Page 4.
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