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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.
The 15 Least Expensive Convertibles You Can Buy
In this guide to the fifteen least-expensive convertibles, we'll tell you which cheap drop-tops are good buys and which to avoid.
Top Ten Cars for Teen Drivers
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.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype Drive
Chevrolet has an all-new Camaro on the way for 2016. I got a chance to take a quick couple of laps in Camaro engineering prototypes, and this brief glance showed there's a lot to look forward to in the new Camaro.
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.
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.
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
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.
Design Disasters: The Ugliest Cars of the Last...
Think you know what an ugly car is? Think again! Here are some of the most unfortunate looking cars of the last five decades.
20 Truly Terrible Cars
Worst cars of all time: Twenty truly terrible vehicles
Best New Cars of 2015
Aaron Gold, About.com's Cars Expert, picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2015
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.
5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive
Ten best cars for men
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.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Photo Tour
2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Cars.
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.
Ten Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
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.
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.
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.
Happy Father's Day! Here are ten great cars for...
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.
How the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC System Works
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
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.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned...
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
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.
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!
Best New Cars for a \$20K Budget
What kind of car can you get for $20,000? Here are our picks for a $20,000 budget and a variety of situations.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Yo-yo financing: How to avoid this common...
What to do when the dealership calls to say they want more money
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production sedan to roam the planet -- but is there any place on this planet to actually use all that power? Check out Frank Aukofer's review.
Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...
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.
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.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid: The...
With massive fluctuation in gas prices, automakers are hedging their bets with fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids. In this review, Frank Aukofer takes a closer look at Hyundai's latest entries in both categories, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid.
Best New Cars for a \$15K Budget
What kind of car can you get for $15,000? Here are our picks for a $15,000 budget and a variety of situations.
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
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.
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.
Long-term 2015 Mazda3: Month 4
This month, I contemplate the rather odd placement of the Mazda's dial controller. It sounds trivial on the surface, I know, but think about it: Ergonomic matters like these are important considerations when one is choosing a car.
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?
Drum brake, wheel removed
Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Is bigger better?
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.
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like To See In America
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like to See in America
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.
Take a closer look at the all-new Honda Fit
2015 Honda Fit from the front. Cars.
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.
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.
2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review
America's cheapest car is now an even better value
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.
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.
2015 Dodge Challenger photo tour
Take a closer look at the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger
2015 Chevrolet Spark review
Small, inexpensive cars are not a traditional strength of the American automakers -- but the Chevrolet Spark is both one of the least expensive and one of the best. Why do we love the little Spark? Read on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First pictures of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal. Cars.
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?
Disc brake, wheel installed
Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.
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.
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.
2015 Dodge Charger photo tour
2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. Cars.
Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Captiva. Cars. Page 10.
Best Cars for a \$25K Budget
What kind of car can you get for $25,000? Here are our picks for a $25k budget and a variety of situations.
Five fuel-efficient cars to ease the strain on...
High gas prices making a dent in your budget? Here are five cars using a variety of technologies - hybrids, diesels, alternative fuels, and good ol' small size -- that will help cut your fuel budget. Toyota Prius, Scion xA, Jeep Liberty CRD, VW Jetta TDI, Honda Civic GX - road tested and analyzed by the cheapskate road testers at About Cars!
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class photo tour
2014 Mercedes-Benz S550. Cars.
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.
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.
2015 Chrysler 200 photo tour
Chrysler 200 from the front. Cars.
Highlights From the 2015 New York Auto Show
The New York Auto Show is the last major auto show of the season, and one that this year was brimming with new model and concept car introductions. Check out the latest and the greatest from the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Drum brake, wheel installed
Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.
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.
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.
Fiat photo gallery
Fiat cars photo gallery - Pictures and images of Fiat cars
Dodge's Challenger storms into 2015 with...
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.
2016 Scion iA review
The Scion iA -- a Mazda2 by any other name -- is Scion's new entry-level car. Cute and frisky it is -- but is it a good deal? My review will tell you.
2014 Mazda3 review
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.
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.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392: Ruminations on...
There's a lot of talk about the 707 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat -- but if you're seeking an authentic muscle car experience (but without scary authentic muscle car handling and braking), the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is the one to get, and Frank Aukofer explains why.
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.
Disc brake, wheel removed
Disc brake. Cars.
About.com's Best New Cars of 2013
Best New Cars of 2013 - About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2013
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test: Month 3
This month, we compare our long-term Mitsubishi Mirage ES to inexpensive rivals from Toyota and Nissan.
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
2016 Nissan Maxima: The DriveWays Review
Nissan's redesigned Maxima offers stunning performance and lots of nice-to-have features... but what about that face?
Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?
A Look Inside (and Outside) at the updated 2014...
2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 photo tour
Scion-Braun xB Rampvan Test Drive
The Scion - Braun xB Rampvan is the smallest wheelchair-accessible car on the US market, and for individualists sick of accessible vans it's a dream come true. The Scion - Braun xB Rampvan's small size limits its scope, but if you can fit inside its an absolutely wonderful alternative. The Scion- Braun xB Rampvan: Tested and analyzed by Aaron Gold, one of the experts at About.com Cars.
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.
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.

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