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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.
Yo-yo financing: How to avoid this common...
What to do when the dealership calls to say they want more money
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...
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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.
2015 BMW i8: The DriveWays Review
BMW's i8 is a technological tour de force, and could well be the future of sports car. Ride along with Frank Aukofer to see what it's like.
The Top 10 Cars For Teen Drivers
All-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza gets teen drivers where they want to go regardless of weather.
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 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.
10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive
Ten best cars for men
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.
How Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC Works
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
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!
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 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 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.
10 Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
10 Top Family Cars Under \$20K
Top Ten Family Cars Under $20,000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get your car ready for winter
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.
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.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned...
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Drum brake, wheel removed
Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.
Long-term 2015 Mazda3: Introduction
Meet our new long-term test car, a 2015 Mazda3 with the big 2.5 liter engine. Mazda says the 184 hp engine can deliver 40 MPG on the highway -- in fact, they say it's just as fuel efficient as the 2.0 liter SkyActivG model from just three years ago. Over the coming months, we intend to find out if that's true as we see what it's like to live with Mazda's handsome new compact sedan.
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.
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
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 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 Mazda CX-3
2016 Mazda CX-3 at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Captiva. Cars. Page 10.
Disc brake, wheel installed
Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.
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.
Thirteen cars that will scare the daylights out...
Citroen 2CV - Thirteen scariest cars
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
VW/Audi DSG/S-tronic transmission photo gallery
2015 Chevrolet Trax
2015 Chevrolet Trax at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Page 7.
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.
DSG diagram
VW/Audi DSG diagram. Cars. Page 2.
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.
Photo gallery: What's coming in 2013
What new cars are coming in 2013? This photo gallery will show you, with photos of new and redesigned 2013 and 2014 model year cars.
How to Assemble a Winter Car Emergency Kit
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.
DSG transmission cutawaqy
VW/Audi DSG transmission cutaway. Page 3.
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.
2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento at the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Page 20.
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.
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like To See In America
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like to See in America: Toyota Hiace. Page 10.
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.
Drum brake, wheel installed
Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.
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?
Can you save money by buying used?
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.
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.
Reflections on the Los Angeles Auto Show
Frank Aukofer talks about the cars at this year's LA Auto Show
2015 Dodge Challenger
2015 Dodge Challenger at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Page 8.
Fiat photo gallery
Fiat cars photo gallery - Pictures and images of Fiat cars
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma
Chevrolet Celta/Prisma. Cars. Page 11.
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.
How to keep your car from rusting
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 and can affect its performance in an accident. Follow this season-by-season schedule to fight rust and help keep your car rust-free!
Five fuel-efficient cars to ease the strain on...
Diesel cars yield much better mileage and more power than gasoline cars - Volkswagen Golf and Jetta TDI. Page 4.
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.
What is adaptive cruise control and how does it...
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.
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.
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test: Wrap-up
Looking back on six months and nearly 10,000 miles with our Mitsubishi Mirage, it's time to evaluate how well the car delivered on its promises.
Radical New Honda Odyssey Unveiled
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?
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.
6 Easy Steps to Buying a New Car
The six critical steps in choosing and buying a new car. Explained briefly and simply, they're all you really need to know. An About Cars feature article.
Ten gifts for car buffs
Best gifts for car fans -- Car cleaning supplies. Page 8.
Volkswagen's Golf has long been ignored in the...
Volkswagen's Golf is all-new for 2015 -- and if VW is right, this jazzy hatchback is a car whose time has come.
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage long-term test: Month 2
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage month 2: Budget service for our budget car
What makes the Accord Hybrid the best hybrid...
When it comes to hybrid cars, Honda has always played second fiddle to Toyota -- but with their new Earth Dreams system, Honda has come out swinging. Read on to find out why the new Accord Hybrid is one of the best hybrids you can buy.
Disc brake, wheel removed
Disc brake. Cars.
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.
DSG clutch cutaway
VW/Audi clutch cutaway. Cars. Page 4.
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.
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.
How to set a new car budget
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.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG review
Launching the CLA is about as close as you'll come to being fired from a cannon without joining the circus. It even manages a decent exhaust note.
DSG theoretical model
VW/Audi DSG theoretical model. Cars.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Cars. Page 19.
Transmission Choices Rival Engine Options
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.
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