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Looking for cheap cars? Here are the least-expensive 2014 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.
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.
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.
Summer is here -- and that means convertible season! Our list of the fifteen least-expensive convertibles will tell you which worth buying and which are best to avoid.
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.
Putting your teen on wheels is a difficult decision, but it's a good idea: A car can expand a high school or college student's horizons and is a great lesson in responsibility. Here are ten cars that are reliable, easy to drive, affordable, and well suited to young, inexperienced teen drivers.
The Direct Shift Gearbox is a self-shifting transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manual and automatic transmissions.
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.
Women's driving needs differ from men's. Herewith the Top 10 Cars for women as chosen by the automotive experts at About Cars.
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.
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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.
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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Volkswagen's Golf is all-new for 2015 -- and if VW is right, this jazzy hatchback is a car whose time has come.
Ten steps to follow if your car is in a flood
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Ten Family Cars Under $20,000
A technical tour of the Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC diesel system
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
How do diesel engines work? What's the difference between diesels and gasoline engines? This article will delve into the mechanics of the diesel.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Tires are vital to our cars' safety. Safety tips on tire inflation, tire balance, tire tread wear and tire maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 Audi A3 has a bargain price of just under $31,000, but can it really deliver the Audi experience on such a tight budget? Read on.
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.
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.
About.com picks the best new and redesigned cars of 2014
707 hp makes the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat the penultimate muscle car -- but is this too much power?
Now that we've been driving our 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage for four months, we have a good idea of what we like and what we don't.
The 2013 Scion FR-S is the result of what may be the strangest pairing in automotive history: Toyota, the automaker that has raised dull and conservative an art form, and Subaru, known for completely disregarding what the rest of the industry is doing. The product of this bizarre union is a car that plays to neither of their strengths: A rear-drive sports coupe, sold by Toyota as the 2013 Scion FR-S. Can such a strange union yield a good vehicle? Read on.
Few people cruise the showrooms thinking "Is this the car in which I will have a major crash?" With car
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.
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.
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?
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.
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The real muscle car era is long gone but by expanding the definition to include imports, V-6's, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, we've come up with a list of modern cars just loaded with muscle. An About Cars Top 10 Pick.
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.
A sensational new Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Is it too radical for North America?
Subaru's mid-size Legacy is all-new for 2015 -- but will anyone notice? The Legacy has always been a slow seller, and that's a shame, because it packs serious advantages over the competition.
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.
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.
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.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Volkswagen Jetta, but I have yet to spend a week with the diesel-powered TDI. I'm a big fan of diesels, so how will I get along with the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI? Read on. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Though $45,000 is a lot of money, luxury cars can cost a lot more these days. Here are 10 fine automobiles priced for less. All of them deliver a luxurious driving experience.
Driving in the rain's seldom fun and sometimes dangerous, so you need all the help you can get. Here are 10 cars that make a rainy day more pleasant.
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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.
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Visibility is of absolute importance when driving. But too many cars make life tough for shorter drivers, particularly women. Here's a list of ten cars the shorter driver can love. Comments by the editors at Edmunds.com.
The all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is a car on a mission: Please the purists while attracting new buyers to the brand. That's tough to do with any car, but its an especially tall order given the WRX's loyal fan base -- so has Subaru pulled it off? Read on. 2015 Subaru WRX: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Cars Expert at About.com.
Technically, the Mazda5 is a minivan -- but if you ask me, it deserves to be classified as a car. And a rather brilliant one.
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It's been almost five years since I reviewed a Honda Fit, and while a lot has changed in the subcompact market, the Fit hasn't -- aside from a minor update last year, the 2013 Honda Fit is pretty much the same car Honda introduced in 2009. I expected to find the Fit trailing its newer competitors, but a week with this car has convinced me that it's still the most useful and practical small car you can buy. 2013 Honda Fit: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare - Twenty worst cars sold in America
About.com takes a quick drive in Ford's updated Fiesta with the 1-liter EcoBoost engine.
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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.
The NHTSA has released its latest rollover statistics. They show SUV's are more inclined to roll in an accident, cars less so. Mazda cars took two of the top three spots. Chrysler's all-wheel-drive Pacifica scored best among SUV's. An About Cars feature article.
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.
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.
Just a year after introducing an all-new Civic, Honda completely revamped its ubiquitous compact sedan for 2013. Were the changes necessary? Read on.
The Genesis Coupe is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that Hyundai introduced in 2010, and they got it just about perfect from the start. I know a few people that bought 'em and they are all as happy as can be. I bet when they see the improved 2013 version, they ain't gonna be quite so happy. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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.
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!
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.
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We have cute Fiats, we have fast Fiats, and now we have a big Fiat -- big, at least, by Fiat standards. Can the new 2014 500L bring Fiat's distinctive Italian character to a family-friendly car? Read on. 2014 Fiat 500L: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
Step #6: Everything's done and agreed upon and now it's time to sign the papers. Here's what to watch for, what to avoid, and how to sign up or walk out. An About Cars feature article.
Plymouth Hemi Cuda - Thirteen scariest cars
Comfort, space, and convenience make for an ideal road trip combination. Throw in a little performance and you've got it all.
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With gas prices ever on the rise and a need to meet higher government fuel economy standards, Ford is wagering that the European-designed 2013 Ford C-Max will be a hit with American buyers -- and they've hedged their bets by giving the C-Max a high-MPG hybrid drivetrain. But will Americans give up their CUVs for this unusual car? Read on. 2013 Ford C-Max: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.
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.
Amercan cars used to be also-rans, but today our country produces some fantastic world-class vehicles. Here are my ten favorites.
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!