Phil Berg

Phil Berg

Phil Berg

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Phil Berg is a freelance journalist whose automotive articles have appeared in the U.S. in The New York Times, Maxim, The Detroit News, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Parade, Sports Car International, Edmunds.com, and Autoweek. He served as a senior editor at Car and Driver for 10 years and eight years at Autoweek. Despite having to list his profession as "automotive industry analyst" to get a Libyan visa while covering the Paris-Dakar rally, he considers himself a full-time journalist covering the world of autos.

How Dealers Are Adapting To

How Dealers Are Adapting To "Online-Only" Car Shoppers

Published Jun 09th, 2014 By Phil Berg

It's no surprise that almost everyone is doing research on the Internet before buying a car, but according to international research firm Capgemini, around a third of shoppers would prefer to make the entire purchase onl......

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Smartphones Reduce Accident Headaches

Smartphones Reduce Accident Headaches

Published Apr 08th, 2014 By Phil Berg

As insurance costs rise with car prices, ways to reduce costs seem to diminish. One Chicago-based company called Snapsheet, however, is poised to reverse some of that trend, by helping streamline the fender-bender repair......

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Terrain Control Explained

Terrain Control Explained

Published Mar 31st, 2011 By Phil Berg

The joke that's followed Ford's terrifically popular Explorer (six million have been sold) since day-one twenty years ago has been that owners never actually drive the off-road-equipped SUVs off the pavement. Marketers h......

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Do Red Light Cameras Make Green (Money) Or Red (Blood)?

Do Red Light Cameras Make Green (Money) Or Red (Blood)?

Published Mar 17th, 2011 By Phil Berg

Television images of cars being T-boned at intersections are impossible for viewers to ignore. That's great news for shows such as ABC's Good Morning America, which aired such video a few weeks ago in a story about the a......

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Tracking Your Teen Driver

Tracking Your Teen Driver

Published Dec 22nd, 2010 By Phil Berg

There are dozens of devices that can track the whereabouts of your car, and we recently spent time testing a simple and inexpensive unit called the Safe Driver from Lemur Vehicle Monitors. Safe Driver is intended as a ta......

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What Happens When Your Hybrid Runs Out Of Gas?

What Happens When Your Hybrid Runs Out Of Gas?

Published Nov 11th, 2010 By Phil Berg

Ask the mother of a teenage driver what piece of emergency equipmentthey want their kid to have with them in the car and mom will answer"cell phone." Indeed, the days of carrying tools, jumper cables, and ajerrycan of ga......

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First Drive: 2011 Mazda2

First Drive: 2011 Mazda2

Published Sep 24th, 2010 By Phil Berg

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New Car Apps Will Save You Money, Time While Driving

Published Jul 15th, 2010 By Phil Berg

Taking a road trip without a smartphone these days is like driving naked. While old school road trippers used CB's, weatherband radios and maps, these have been obsoleted by smartphones like the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, which can do those tasks an...

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Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Published Jul 11th, 2010 By Phil Berg

Off-road people do things differently than on-road people. Off-roaders measure their tires by overall diameter; on-roaders measure theirs by wheel diameter and sidewall height. Off-roaders go slow, favor long-travel acc......

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Favorite Roads Of The Car Testers

Favorite Roads Of The Car Testers

Published Jun 19th, 2010 By Phil Berg

Sometimes small changes in chassis tuning can make the same car either a delight or a disaster to drive. That’s why automotive engineers tick off tens of thousands of miles in cars before things are finalized for s......

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Driven: 2011 Buick Regal

Driven: 2011 Buick Regal

Published Jun 03rd, 2010 By Phil Berg

The easy way to explain the 2011 Buick Regal is to compare it to cars badged as Buicks in the 1990s. This was a decade of anemic V6-powered machines with mushy suspensions, cars altogether so similar to their corporate b......

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Driven: 2011 Ford Fiesta

Driven: 2011 Ford Fiesta

Published May 16th, 2010 By Phil Berg

For over a year, Europeans have been driving Ford's new Fiesta and falling in love with it. The car became the best-selling vehicle across the continent in the first quarter of 2010 and all signs point to it continuing t......

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Driving Inside a Tornado: How Stormchasers Live To Tell About It

Driving Inside a Tornado: How Stormchasers Live To Tell About It

Published Sep 01st, 2009 By Phil Berg

"You really want us to look for a tornado?" yelled Will Gray, a journalist for London's The Independent newspaper, over the pounding din of golfball-sized hailstones pummeling our Hummer H3T storm chase truck. Riding in ......

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