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Harley-Davidson Unveils an Electric Motorcycle

One of the most recognized brand names in the world, Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is not exactly known for its leading-edge products. Though it has added contemporary VSRC and Street model lines in recent years, the company’s product line essentially consists of updated classics with bad boy names like Electra … Read more

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Bad Moves

Percentage of all automobile crashes that involve human error. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

Check engine light woes

Ignoring or sticking black electrical tape over your car’s lit check engine light is not an advisable course of…

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Compact Crossovers Top ‘Most Stolen” SUVs

The compact Ford Escape crossover has the dubious distinction of being the most stolen model among all SUVs from the 2011-2013 model years, with 1,421 units purloined between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013. That’s according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Des Plaines, Ill, which reports a … Read more

Text Discrepancies

Q: Is it illegal to text while driving in all 50 states? A: Not quite. I did not do this state-by-state survey myself, the Associated Press reported it in June, using some information from AAA, and I trust the results: Montana is the only state that doesn’t ban at least … Read more

Not-So-Sober Cyclists

Percentage of bicyclists who died in crashes that had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 g/dL or higher, which is the illegal level in all states. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

The quest for low miles

During a recent chat with a car dealer, the subject of used-vehicle miles came up.  As we spoke, we discussed…

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K900: Kia’s $60,000 flagship

Now and again a car comes along that challenges the established order and makes us rethink the idea of car…

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Where Comfort is King

Among those who face the most grueling rush hour commutes, we’d bet comfort trumps performance by a large margin, and with good reason. Owning a car that can make a lightning fast leap to 60 mph and careen around the corners like a go-kart is of little consolation while crawling … Read more

Baby Boomers Still Drive New-Car Sales

Despite automakers’ efforts to attract younger customers with a proliferation of smaller models infused with the latest technology, new-car buyers continue to show their age. The industry average in the U.S. stands at 51.8 years old, according to IHS Automotive in Southfield, Mich., which is up from 48 years old … Read more

Tiny Hues

Percentage of all cars that are yellow and orange. Source: iSeeCars.com CEO, Phong Ly Read more

Avoiding vehicle crashes

This summer, I’ve touted my perceptions of the positive aspects of road trips.  While currently in the midst of…

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Hyundai Tucson is a tidy package

 

By the terms of the unwritten rules of the automotive world, every car must grow larger with each succeeding generation…

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Freshman Class of 2015

Like parents sending their kids off to college for the first time, automakers ship an array of all-new models to dealers’ showrooms each fall they hope will become successful down the road. Here’s a quick look at eight never-before-seen models premiering for 2015 that are sure to garner attention among … Read more

In Memoriam

With a bevy of new models on the way this fall, it’s inevitable some cars are being discontinued to make way for them. Here’s a quick look at several models buyers won’t be seeing for 2015: • Acura ILX Hybrid. This slow-selling compact hybrid gets the axe, though the gasoline … Read more

On the Plate

Many readers wrote to support the idea of reporting to a state hotline the license plate numbers of aggressive drivers. (I mentioned the Colorado practice in a recent column - it leads to the aggressor receiving an official “someone saw you driving like a fool” letter.) Although all acknowledged this … Read more

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Number (in millions) of used cars that were listed for sale online in 2013 that were involved in an open safety recall. Source: CARFAX Read more