| Nov 18, 2010
As the economy stumbles along in recovery, bargains continue to define the marketplace, whether it's dinner at McDonald's, refreshing a winter wardrobe at Target or buying an affordable car.
Take the new Chevrolet Cruze, a compact sedan that advances the...
| Jul 29, 2010
Cars typically force drivers to make a choice: sporty but piggish on fuel or efficient and underwhelming.
With its 2011 CR-Z, Honda Motor Co. is playing with a new concept. It's called responsible indulgence, and Honda's debuting the idea with a two-seat...
| Nov 25, 2010
You know you like a car when the only thing you would change is the hard, uncomfortable seats.
Automobiles are the amalgamation of thousands of parts designed and created by hundreds of individuals. Each piece provides an opportunity for the car to...
| Feb 3, 2011
Volkswagen recently put on sale the second generation of its mid-size sport utility vehicle, the 2011 Touareg. Sitting at the top of the Touareg line is the $61,385 Hybrid, a vehicle that is eminently capable and well-executed.
Yet, with a single...
| Jan 13, 2011
Wagons are typically a practical purchase — an investment often dictated by a change in life circumstance. In other words, babies.
As a whole, wagons represent a settling down, a resignation of youth, a reluctant embrace of responsibility as the...
| Jul 14, 2011
Shuddering in anticipation of increasing federal fuel economy standards, luxury car manufacturers that traditionally paid little attention to gas consumption are finally paying heed. Take Nissan's up-market marque, Infiniti, which for 2012 introduced...
| Jun 26, 2011
Who would take a road trip when gasoline is hovering near $4 a gallon? Well, you might, especially if you're taking the family.
Sometimes it's cheaper to drive. "Driving makes sense if you have three people traveling, heavy baggage or fragile sporting...
| Aug 25, 2011
As the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric car, the Toyota Prius has become the iPod of hybrids. More than 2 million of these automotive icons have been sold since the Prius was introduced in 1997, with mostly minor changes to its aerodynamic...
| Nov 17, 2011
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Alternative-fuel and high mileage cars hotter than ever, most major manufacturers are touting at least one eco-friendly model at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show as they try to unseat the current queen of green — the Toyota Prius.
A recent Kelley...
| Mar 2, 2011
Shopping for a compact car is typically an exercise for your left brain. This hemisphere of your mind where logic resides delights in how rational and economical cars in this segment can be.
Meanwhile, the more visually oriented right side of your...
| Feb 10, 2011
When Ford Motor Co. set out to redesign its Focus, it did so with a laserlike intensity. Improved fuel economy was the No. 1 priority in replacing its 12-year-old compact -- a car that is Ford's global bestseller, even if its U.S. popularity has been on...