Are Snow Tires Really Worth It?

Are Snow Tires Really Worth It?

Published Dec 20th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

If the midwest snow storm can teach us one lesson, it's that it's never too early in the season to start thinking about winter tires."We start encouraging drivers to think about snow tires in September," says John Rastet......

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Techsplanations: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Techsplanations: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Published Jul 16th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Before every car, SUV and truck sold in America gets turned into a gas-electric hybrid or all-electric vehicle to meet stiffer fuel economy standards imposed by the government, automakers are adding more and more technol......

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Car Technology We Hate

Car Technology We Hate

Published Jul 02nd, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Here'€™s our list of the 10 most annoying technology features, things that even tech enthusiasts like us can do without....

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AOL Autos Smartest And Dumbest Hatchbacks You Can Buy Today

AOL Autos Smartest And Dumbest Hatchbacks You Can Buy Today

Published Jun 29th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Here’s are our picks for the three smartest hatchbacks on the market, along with three to avoid....

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Fifty Years Of Mini

Fifty Years Of Mini

Published Jun 25th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Mini has the kind of following that strong, iconic, emotional design creates....

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J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results: SUVs

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results: SUVs

Published Jun 23rd, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Click through the gallery to see the highest scoring SUV’s in the 2012 J.D. Power IQS....

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Techsplanations: Driving On Clean Diesel

Techsplanations: Driving On Clean Diesel

Published Jun 22nd, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

"Diesel fuel" is one of those terms that divides drivers and vehicle owners. To some, it elicits "Cool," and "Fun." To others, the term brings out "Ugh!" But it is really all about knowing the facts, and understanding ho......

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J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results: Crossovers

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results: Crossovers

Published Jun 20th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Click through the gallery to see the highest scoring Crossovers in the 2012 J.D. Power IQS....

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Carroll Shelby's Legendary Cars

Carroll Shelby's Legendary Cars

Published May 14th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Perhaps it was the effeminate name that gave Carroll Shelby the onus to overcompensate, but he was a man whose life verily defined masculinity....

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Techsplanations: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Techsplanations: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Published Apr 20th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

To scientists, running vehicles on hydrogen makes all the sense in the world. Hydrogen can be derived from so many different things, including water, and constitutes roughly 75 percent of the universe's chemical elementa......

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Five Changes You Can Make Now To Save Money On Gas

Five Changes You Can Make Now To Save Money On Gas

Published Mar 13th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Here are five ideas for how you can combat high gas prices, now and into the future....

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Five Cool Cars From Abroad We Wish Would Come To The U.S.

Five Cool Cars From Abroad We Wish Would Come To The U.S.

Published Feb 17th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Here are five of our editor’s picks for the best foreign-built autos that we think could be sold here successfully....

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Editor's Guide To This Year's Minivan Market

Editor's Guide To This Year's Minivan Market

Published Feb 16th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Here are the best minivans on the market for 2012....

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Techsplanations: Collision Avoidance Systems

Techsplanations: Collision Avoidance Systems

Published Feb 07th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

In 1989, AOL Editor-in-Chief David Kiley was in a collision that could have taken his life. He was driving a Buick Roadmaster, a heavy aircraft-carrier of a sedan. As he was stopped in a left-turn lane, he looked up at t......

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Techsplanations: Check Engine Light

Techsplanations: Check Engine Light

Published Jan 31st, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

It glows on your car's dashboard and instantly ignites terror and loathing in the hearts and wallets of drivers; the dreaded "Check Engine" warning light.For some, it is a minor irritant to be ignored. Even Public Televi......

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Techsplanations: All-Wheel Drive

Techsplanations: All-Wheel Drive

Published Jan 20th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

The Northeast, Great Lakes and even Seattle have been hit with winter storms this week. Is it time to consider whether or not you need or want an all-wheel drive-car or SUV to better handle the snow and slush?Not surpris......

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Techsplanations: Modern Automatic Transmissions

Techsplanations: Modern Automatic Transmissions

Published Jan 19th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

What is it?Automatic transmissions in today's vehicles are very different from the "slushboxes" of years past. In fact, in many new cars and trucks, automatic transmissions actually return higher fuel economy than manual......

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Techsplanations: Direct Injection

Techsplanations: Direct Injection

Published Jan 19th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

Gasoline direct injection is one of those technologies that make you think, "Why the heck didn't they figure this out sooner?" It's a simple fix to the regular old combustion engine, and it saves a lot of fuel. Instead o......

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Techsplanations: Gas-Electric Hybrid

Techsplanations: Gas-Electric Hybrid

Published Jan 18th, 2012 By Jeff Sabatini

What is it?A hybrid is a car or truck that has both an internal-combustion gasoline engine and an electric motor to drive its wheels. These two work together to power the car in the most efficient fashion possible. This ......

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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

Published Aug 30th, 2011 By Jeff Sabatini

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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