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The 15 Least Expensive Convertibles You Can Buy
The winter winds may blow cold, so what better time to dream about the sun on your head and the wind in your hair? In this guide to the fifteen least-expensive convertibles, we'll tell you which cheap drop-tops are good buys and which to avoid.
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.
Yo-yo financing: How to avoid this common...
What to do when the dealership calls to say they want more money
Best New Cars of 2015
Aaron Gold, About.com's Cars Expert, picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...
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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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Hyundai Accent GLS review
I've been a bit harsh on the Hyundai Accent because it costs more than other subcompacts, but after a few days with the updated-for-2015 Accent GLS, I'm beginning to see the error of my ways.
10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive
Ten best cars for men
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.
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.
The Top 10 Cars For Teen Drivers
Safety is a big concern for teen drivers, and the Chevrolet Spark delivers.
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.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned...
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
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.
How Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC Works
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
2016 Mazda CX-3
2016 Mazda CX-3 at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 19.
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.
Meet Volkswagen's Top-End Golf R
Volkswagen's top-end Golf R is all-new and utterly brilliant -- but as with other VW performance cars, there's a catch.
Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Captiva. Cars. Page 10.
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.
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
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.
20 Truly Terrible Cars
Worst cars of all time: Twenty truly terrible vehicles
10 Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
2015 Dodge Challenger photo tour
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat engine
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?
2015 Dodge Charger photo tour
2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. Cars.
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.
2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen review
Station wagons are few and far between -- and of those we can buy, many are not as useful as we might hope. Will the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen break that trend?
2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 20.
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.
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.
Drum brake, wheel removed
Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.
Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...
Plymouth Hemi Cuda - Thirteen scariest 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.
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 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.
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?
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma. Cars. Page 11.
Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 21.
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.
2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review
America's cheapest car is now an even better value
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.
About.com's Best New Cars of 2013
Best New Cars of 2013 - About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2013
Drum brake, wheel installed
Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.
Disc brake, wheel installed
Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.
2015 Toyota Yaris SE: The DriveWays Review
Frank Aukofer gives his opinion of the freshly-updated Toyota Yaris
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.
First pictures of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata interior. Cars.
Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy
Chevrolet Corsa/Chevy. Cars. Page 12.
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?
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.
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.
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 SXT: The DriveWays review
Frank Aukofer drives the V6 version of the 2015 Dodge Charger -- and finds that less is more.
Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV
Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 22.
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.
2015 Volkswagen Golf review
Volkswagen's Golf is all-new for 2015 -- and if VW is right, this jazzy hatchback is a car whose time has come.
Ford S-MAX
Ford S-MAX. Cars. Page 35.
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.
DSG diagram
VW/Audi DSG diagram. Cars. Page 2.

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