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Lexus RC F: F stands for fast

Halfway through my fourth of fifth fourth lap — almost time enough to sort out the braking points and apexes — I…

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Self-Driving Cadillac to Debut for 2017

Cadillac recently announced it would introduce what would essentially be a self-driving car within the next two years. This would make the luxury division of General Motors the first mainstream automaker to market with an auto that can, under certain circumstances, take control of a vehicle away from the driver. … Read more

Coming New-Car Colors

Look for tomorrow’s automotive paint treatments to reflect trends like unpretentious innovation and sustainable living, as well as the resurgence of “Rust Belt” cities, according to a report issued by BASF Coatings in Detroit, Mich. They may sound overly esoteric, but the most dramatic colors car buyers could encounter as … Read more

‘ECO’ OK?

Q: I bought a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan a while back. I just can’t seem to get a straight answer on this: activating the ECO button (on the dashboard) does save me gas, so that’s good, but I’m told by some I should not use it all the time (though … Read more

Used Buyers

Estimated number of used cars, in millions, sold in September 2014. Source: Edmunds.com Read more

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

At the risk of appearing ancient, I’ll admit that the 1971 hit song “Signs” came to mind the other…

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Cities With the Most and Least Accident-Prone Drivers

Those for whom auto safety is a priority would be advised not only to choose a model that achieves top scores in crash-test ratings and comes with a full array of the latest accident avoidance features, but to also pack up the family and move to Ft. Collins, Colo., which … Read more

Be Wary of ‘Washed’ Car Titles

Used car shoppers should beware of an emerging fraud called title washing, with consumers in New Jersey, North Carolina, Mississippi, California and Georgia said to be at particular risk. That’s according to a report issued by the title search company Carfax in Centreville, Virg., which indicates as many as 800,000 … Read more

Rise of the Gears

Q: We are car shopping and finding many vehicles are now six-speed instead of four- or five-speed, and one sales guy told us eight-speed may be coming soon. Is this a gimmick or is more actually better? A: In this case, more is usually better, and most carmakers are either … Read more

Hot Tails

Percent increase in tailgate thefts in 2013, totaling 1,090 such thefts last year. Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau Read more

Open to interpretation

Each state has formed a lengthy list of road rules, attempting to govern every driving scenario with a required course…

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Upwardly Mobile-Mobiles

It’s a sure sign that the economy is on the upswing when the so-called “entry level” segment of the luxury car market not only thrives, but expands to draw in a new crop of upwardly mobile buyers. That’s currently the case, with upscale compact cars and crossovers becoming especially popular … Read more

Where it Costs the Most and Least to Own a Car

If you’re looking to save money, head for the Hawkeye State as those living in Iowa currently enjoy the lowest overall auto ownership costs in the nation at an average $1,942 per year. On the other hand, residents of Wyoming pay the most in this regard at an average $2,705, … Read more

Subcompact Standards

Q: We just drove a BMW M325i. Like it. Can’t understand why it’s classified as a subcompact. It’s a two-door and it’s not huge. But a subcompact? Never occurred to me. How does the classification happen and how big/small does a car have to be to qualify? A: The U.S. … Read more

Hot Hondas

Number of Honda Accords reported stolen in 2013, making it the most stolen car in the U.S. Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau, Des Plaines, Ill. Read more

Exceptions to the rules

I previously recounted a reader’s episode experienced while passing a left-turning vehicle within the city limits of a small…

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Are You Ready For a $6,800 Three-Wheel Car?

We previously reported on the development of a sleekly designed three-wheeled, two-passenger vehicle planned for introduction next year from startup manufacturer Elio Motors in Troy, Mich. It¡¯s claimed to deliver up to 84 mpg on the highway and boast a sticker price starting at just $6,800. We¡¯ve since been able … Read more

The World¡¯s Worst Traffic Jams

Think your commute is punishing? Motorists in Moscow suffer an average delay of 76 minutes per hour driven during peak traffic times. That means a trip that might otherwise take 60 minutes takes well over two hours. The U.S. metropolitan area having the worst congestion in the nation – Los … Read more