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Cars: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Best New Cars of 2016
From all the new and redesigned cars introduced for the 2016 model year, About.com's Cars Expert Aaron Gold picks the very best.
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.
The 20 Worst Cars Ever Sold In America
Worst cars of all time: Twenty truly terrible vehicles
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): What...
What is a Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), how does it work, and what makes it 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.
5 Trick Questions From Car Dealers and How to...
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How Disk and Drum Brakes Work
This article explains the difference between disc brakes and drum brakes and explains how they work and what advantages disc brakes have over drum brakes.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 a Twin Clutch / Direct Shift Gearbox...
The twin-clutch transmission is a self-shifting automatic transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manual and automatic transmissions.
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.
Think warm thoughts: 2016 Buick Cascada review
Meet the Cascada, the handsome new four-seat convertible from Buick—yes, that's right, Buick. Whatever you think of this brand, good, bad or indifferent, I urge you to set that aside and take a closer look, because the 2016 Buick Cascada one fantastic little convertible.
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.
Buying vs. Leasing: Should you lease your next...
Which is better, buying a new car or leasing it? This article explains how leasing works and what the advantages and disadvantages are.
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.
10 Cars That Guys Love to Drive
Ten best cars for men
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.
How the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC System Works
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
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 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.
Ten Steps to Follow if Your Car is in a Flood
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 car?
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.
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.
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!
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
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country: Winter meets its...
The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country gives you the all-weather benefits of an SUV--but it isn't an SUV.
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.
Drum brake, wheel removed
Drum brake. Cars. Page 2.
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.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned...
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
Ten 2016 Cars Worth Waiting For
Automakers have a long list of cars waiting in the wings for the 2016 model year. Here are ten of the brightest starts on the horizon.
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.
2015 Nissan Versa Sedan review
America's cheapest car is now an even better value
Six 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 six tips will put your car well ahead of the pack and help to maximize its resale value.
K&N Million-Mile Air Filter product review
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 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.
Highlights from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is considered the most important auto show in the country, as it takes place right in the Big Three's back yard. Check out the highlights from this year's Detroit Auto Show show.
Disc brake, wheel installed
Disc brake with wheel. Cars. Page 3.
Fiat photo gallery
Fiat cars photo gallery - Pictures and images of Fiat cars
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.
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.
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.
Drum brake, wheel installed
Drum brake with wheel. Cars. Page 4.
Disc brake, wheel removed
Disc brake. Cars.
Scion/Braun xB Rampvan reveiw
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.
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?
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.
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like To See In America
Ten Japanese Cars I'd Like to See in America
About.com's Best New Cars of 2013
Best New Cars of 2013 - About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2013
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.
2016 Kia Optima review
Kia has introduced an all-new Optima for 2016. Is it good? Oh, yes -- in fact, it may well be the new benchmark for the mid-size sedan segment.
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?
2016 Honda Accord Sport: The DriveWays Review
Honda's program of steady improvements shows itself in the updated 2016 Honda Accord Sport.
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.
2016 Smart Fortwo review
The Smart ForTwo is all new and improved in every way -- but does that make it a better car? Our 2016 Smart ForTwo review tells all.
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.
How to Get the Best Deal on Financing Your Next...
Shopping for a car loan: How shoping for your money can save you thousands on car financing
Is the new Nissan Altima the right family car...
I'm a big fan of the Nissan Altima; in the crowded mid-size market, I think it gives the best blend of comfort, space and fuel economy. In this review, Frank Aukofer provides a second opinion on the Nissan Altima.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu review
Chevrolet has taken another stab at redesigning the Malibu, and this time they've poured money and resource into it -- so is that enough to lift the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu out of mediocrity and up to the head of the mid-size class?
2016 Chevrolet Camaro review
2016 sees the introduction of an all-new Chevrolet Camaro--lighter, trimmer, and mroe agile than the outgoing car.. and, like the Camaro that preceded it, not for everyone.
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.
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.
UPDATED: The Volkswagen diesel emissions...
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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.
What is a turbocharger, how does it work, and...
What is a turbocharger and how does it work? This article explains the inner workings of the turbocharger and its real-world benefits.
Tire Safety Tips - Inflation, Balance and Tread...
Tires are vital to our cars' safety. Safety tips on tire inflation, tire balance, tire tread wear and tire maintenance.
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?
American world cars
American world cars photo gallery
What Wheel Drive?
Front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive – which is best for you? This article explains how each system works, lays out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and helps you decide which is best for you.
So-long, old friend: A last look at the...
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.
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 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.
2013 Honda Civic review
Just a year after introducing an all-new Civic, Honda completely revamped its ubiquitous compact sedan for 2013. Were the changes necessary? Read on.
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 Honda Civic Coupe review
Two-door coupes are a vanishing breed, but the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe continues the tradition. Is this a coupe you can live with? Read on. 2014 Honda Civic Coupe review by Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
How to assemble a winter car emergency kit
An accident or breakdown is never a good thing, even when it's nice out, but harsh winter weather brings additional problems and perils. Carry these lightweight and inexpensive items in your car to increase safety and relieve misery.
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.

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