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  • The Top Pet-Friendly Rides
    The Top Pet-Friendly Rides

    Transporting your pet can be a hassle. Here are 6 cars that can make it a little bit easier....

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  • Our Man Defends His Minivan Love As He Searches For New Ride
    Our Man Defends His Minivan Love As He Searches For New Ride

    After over a decade reviewing cars, I've crunched the numbers on hundreds of "what should I buy" comparisons – both real and theoretical. The hard drive of my laptop is littered with Excel spreadsheets plotting out......

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  • Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know
    Crash Test Scores: What Parents Need to Know

    When shopping for a new family car, one of the first things many parents research are safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.NHTSA's five-star......

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  • Best Cars for First Time Buyers
    Best Cars for First Time Buyers

    Dodge Charger, Mini Cooper, Honda Fit and Chevy Equinox make list of top ten cars for first time buyers that have style, safety and performance....

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  • Franchise Lost, Car Dealership Reinvents Itself For a Tougher World
    Franchise Lost, Car Dealership Reinvents Itself For a Tougher World

    As the world seemed to be collapsing around it in 2009, Carlson Chrysler of Concord, N.H., drew on its traditions, got creative, and managed to come up with the right stuff to survive.At first, everything was lined up ag......

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  • Consumers Are Buying Bigger, More Expensive Vehicles
    Consumers Are Buying Bigger, More Expensive Vehicles

    Consumers are spending again, at least on cars. At dealerships across the country, big SUVs, luxury vehicles, and fully loaded smaller cars are flying off the lots. The trend toward expensive vehicles and models laden wi......

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  • Detroit Makes Gains Against Imports With Youth Market
    Detroit Makes Gains Against Imports With Youth Market

    At long last, Detroit seems to be getting some respect. In the most recent results of an ongoing study, domestic and foreign brands are roughly neck and neck when it comes to how they’re seen by 18- to 30-year-old ......

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  • Consumer Reports Ranks Most Reliable Vehicles
    Consumer Reports Ranks Most Reliable Vehicles

    Consumer Reports ranks just below recommendations from friends when it comes to the influence it wields in the automotive marketplace, according to a USA Today survey. So when the venerable magazine weighs in on quality ......

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  • What's The Most Popular Car Color For 2010?
    What's The Most Popular Car Color For 2010?

    Briefly noting silver's continued reign as the overall most popular car color, perhaps the most striking statistic of PPG's latest car color survey is that black -- and shades of black, which, indeed, exist -- opened a ......

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  • Are High-Dollar Hybrids The New Automotive Status Symbol?
    Are High-Dollar Hybrids The New Automotive Status Symbol?

    If bling started to go out of fashion during the credit crisis cocktail hour, it was certifiably dead when the housing bubble hangover set in. Big and flashy just seemed out of touch, with the Hummer brand becoming the ......

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  • Is Your Car Made in America?
    Is Your Car Made in America?

    It used to be pretty obvious which cars were built in the U.S. (Detroit's Big Three of Ford, GM and Chrysler) and which weren't (everything else). Then in the 1980’s the Japanese started building cars here, which m......

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  • What Your Car Says About You
    What Your Car Says About You

    Automotive experts look at popular vehicles and what they mean for your personality type....

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  • Why Hatchbacks Are Back
    Why Hatchbacks Are Back

    If Europeans had their way, America would have national healthcare, espresso on demand, legal smoking in the workplace, and the same rational love of hatchback cars and sport wagons that they have.How is all that going? ......

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  • The Top 10 Cheapest Places To Buy A Car
    The Top 10 Cheapest Places To Buy A Car

    It's just plain human nature: Every day, buyers across the country drive their shiny new vehicles off dealership lots, and immediately get the sinking feeling that they could have gotten a better deal somewhere else.But ......

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  • Crossover 101
    Crossover 101

    Crossovers, as a class, have become the most popular vehicles in the U.S. What's so surprising is that this class of vehicles didn't even exist 20 years ago, and even a decade ago nobody was using the term. According to......

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  • Future Sedans
    Future Sedans

    With the assistance of J.D. Power and Associates, weve compiled a cheat sheet of redesign plans for the top-selling mid-sized sedans....

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  • Not All Horsepower Addicts Are Men
    Not All Horsepower Addicts Are Men

    Whoever said that only men have the need for speed?Not Tracey Richardson of Lexington, Kentucky, who drives a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that rides herd over 430 ponies. And not Tamara Wong of D......

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  • Dont Buy These At Full Price, Ever
    Dont Buy These At Full Price, Ever

    It might seem a no-brainer that a list of the most overpriced vehicles would include the $1,990,000 Bugatti Veyron. Or perhaps even a $443,000 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe? But it doesn't. Truth is, they're not exactly th......

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  • Gender Wars And Car Shopping

    What do women want? Well, given that “gender war” tales have become such a fertile source of debate in recent years -- with whole books devoted to the topic -- the temptation to crack wise is a powerful one."......

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  • Are Small Cars Safer Now?
    Are Small Cars Safer Now?

    U.S. carmakers are in full-tilt-boogie mode in their efforts to add smaller, less costly, more fuel-efficient cars to their stables. Ford’s all-new 2011 Fiesta sub-compact began arriving in dealerships in late June......

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