Monday, June 20, 2016 10:35 am

automakers are working hard to build more hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles in all shapes and sizes.

 

 

With tougher emissions and fuel economy regulations on the horizon in 2025, automakers are working hard to build more hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles in all shapes and sizes. Here’s our guide to understanding some of the most popular alternative fuel technologies, and some of the popular vehicles worth considering.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:25 pm

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Six great deals on new cars for summer travel season

Summer travel season is here, and as families start planning their road trip vacations, TrueCar is collecting info on great deals on new cars. This summer’s drop in average gasoline prices from $2.80 per gallon a year ago down to $2.37 nationwide per gallon as of June 14 (according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report) has further enhanced the appeal of compact and midsize crossover utility vehicles at the expense of family sedans, triggering higher discounts on midsize cars.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:14 pm

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If you pay attention, you can save some money

It’s common for many car owners to check their owner’s manual the first month after buying or leasing the vehicle to see when the oil needs to be changed. Then, they will drive to the lube shop, and then go by that little sticker the shop puts on the windshield.

But if you pay attention, you can save some money. First, the oil change shop typically puts a sticker on the windshield that says you need to come back in 3,000 miles. The truth is that very few cars and trucks today need to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles like in the old days. Read More…

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:12 pm

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How long should tires last?

Any reputable tire retailer will have knowledgeable people behind the counter to help you when it’s time to choose new tires. They will look up your car in their database to check the wheel and tire size, then tell you what options they have in stock for your vehicle. Read More…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:43 pm

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Love them or hate them, many parents still find the minivan as indispensable as their smartphone.

Parents aren’t the only minivan devotees; 40% of the buyers of some minivan models are empty nesters.

Besides the space, storage and seating, one of the biggest benefits of minivans is the sliding side doors. Park your car or SUV in a grocery store parking lot, and getting a child in and out of a car seat without the benefit of a sliding door can be a Houdini-worthy chore. Read More…

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2016 Toyota Camry

Toyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Joe Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan.

The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years.

The Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers. Read More…

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Monday, May 16, 2016 10:27 am

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May, June, and July are important months for college graduates as they leave school and set off on their professional paths.

Getting the degree was undoubtedly expensive, so to assist recent graduates as they ease onto a new road, many manufacturers offer special incentives such as cash rebates, low down payments, and flexible leasing and financing offers that may include relaxed credit requirements, discounted percentage rates, no requirements for a co-signer, waived security deposits (on leases), and even deferred payments on their new car purchases. Read More…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:27 pm

Trends-Understanding Crash Ratings

There are two prevailing crash safety testing sources.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization funded by auto insurance companies. Read More…

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Safety is key with a keyless ignition.

Many new vehicles have smart keys that allow drivers to start their cars with the push of a button. While convenient, push button start can pose a risk to drivers and their loved ones.

With the key still in their pocket, drivers can exit the car with the engine still running. Modern engines are often so quiet that some drivers pull into the garage, forget to shut off the car and enter the house while carbon monoxide gas builds up. Read More…

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Crossovers are car-based sport utility vehicles, typically offered in front-drive with optional all-wheel drive.

With seating for five and nearly-car-like ride, handling and fuel economy, they have rapidly replaced sedans, SUVs and station wagons with many buyers. Indeed, this category is the fastest growing in the industry.

For 2016, the models below present great value, useful and attractive designs and state-of-the-art optional features. Three models are premium/luxury crossovers that are new to the market, and the other three are mass-market crossovers.

 

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