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259 posts categorized "Car and Truck Reviews"

December 12, 2014

5 Tips to Bring Home a Fresh Holiday Tree

Cars-to-Bring-Home-A-Christmas-Tree-Thinkstock_87795586No matter which winter celebration you enjoy -- or what you call that conifer that so often adorns homes during this time of year -- the lots are open on every corner, which means you’re likely to be bringing one of them home for the holidays.

According to Wikipedia, the American origins of the Christmas Tree vary, but ever since German settlers first introduced them to the U.S. in the early 1800s, the evergreen spruce, pine, or fir (three of the most popular holiday choices) have come to symbolize the spirit of the season. 

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November 17, 2014

Deja Fuel Multi-Gas Tech from the 80s Makes a Comeback in Chevy Impala

2015_Chevrolet_Impala-Bi-Fuel-001-frontviewBy Derek Handova

Those of us who were children of the 1980s and had a Midwestern experience at some point might remember multi-fuel-capable GM trucks. The one summer that I spent working a seasonal job in Colorado, there was another employee from Nebraska who had a Chevy pickup modified to run on gasoline and propane. The details of how the air-fuel mix was adjusted for switchover escape me, but the concept was to save money at the pump and extend overall range. In the Eighties, it was a long way between service stations in western Nebraska.

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November 04, 2014

Volkswagen e-Golf Auction raises $41k for Global Green USA

Volkswagen_e-Golf_auctionLong-time EV driver and Volkswagen  fan Bruce Oberg placed a $41,400 winning bid to end last week's online auction at CharityBuzz.com,  and become the owner of America’s first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.

Proceeds from the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.

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November 03, 2014

Women Will Appreciate the “Just Right” 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup

2015-Chevrolet-ColoradoZ71-123-front_viewAn adventuresome woman very likely needs flexible transportation to haul her toys and young family. She may find a traditional sedan is "too small," but may not want the "too large" cost, fuel economy, and dimensions of a full-size truck or SUV. Consider the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado as “just right.”

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September 29, 2014

Cupholder Counts from Toyota on National Coffee Day

Toyota_National_coffee_DayWhat comes from beans and offers an aroma more addictive than new car smell? Yes, coffee. It’s National Coffee Day, and Toyota is honoring this pleasing beverage by celebrating the king of all coffee cup holders – the car.

What’s the level of “caffeination” one can achieve?

Well, if you're driving (or shopping for) a Toyota, here are your options:

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August 26, 2014

AskPatty Celebrates “National Dog Day” with Car Tips for Dog Lovers

Road_trip_dog-thinkstock-179046481-1200x600If you’re one of those who travels with your pooch, we know you’ve got your canine’s comfort in mind when you’re shopping for a car. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association, more than 56 million American households own a dog, and these furry family members factor in when it’s time to put a new car into the driveway.

In a recent survey of AutoTrader.com visitors who have a dog, 75 percent take them in the car once per month or more, and 53 percent take their dog in the car at least once a week.

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August 25, 2014

A New Breed of Sexy Girl Hamsters Introduces the All-New 2015 Kia Soul EV

9207_KIA_MOTORS_ICONIC_HAMSTERS_TURN_SCIENCE_LAB_INTO_HOTBED_OF_INNOVATION_INScheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the all-electric, zero-emissions Soul EV is the centerpiece of Kia’s Clean Mobility program and the brand’s first-ever mass-marketed electric vehicle.

Since bursting on the scene in 2009 as “a new way to roll,” the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle – and an accompanying trio of music-loving hamsters – has become a genuine phenomenon, with U.S. sales of the iconic people mover increasing every year.

Now, with “geek chic” newly added to the dictionary, the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) award-winning ad campaign finds the hamsters inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create the most innovative and eco-friendly Soul yet -- and a herd of sexy female hamsters as well. BUT: Are these Kia Girl Hamsters just way too sexy? We want your opinion!

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August 20, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Fuel efficient carsYou don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. Thanks to Toyota for sharing this animated infographic that shows all the ways driving a Toyota Prius has benefitted the environment.

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August 01, 2014

The Truth About the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014_Mitsubishi-Mirage-sh2967_1200x600It’s a fact that the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive, super fuel-efficient subcompact five-door hatchback.

It’s a fact that in base DE trim with a manual transmission and no extras, the Mirage has an MSRP that starts at $12,995, though it can price as high as $17,920 in ES trim with a CVT transmission and additional options. (Note that these figures do not include $810 destination and delivery fees.)

It’s also a fact that based on EPA ratings the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car currently for sale in the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower, and promises fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, with 40 mpg combined.

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July 28, 2014

How Hill-Hold or Hill-Start Assist Technology Makes Steep-Road Starts Safer for Drivers

2014_Mitsubishi_MIrage_Hill_Start_Assist-Scott_Harris-3733_1200x800It's a scary moment for any driver when you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator on an incline and the car begins to roll backwards: Nobody likes the anxiety of that panicked glance in the rearview mirror to see "just how close is that car behind me?" And wondering "How fast can I pull away on this steep hill?" isn't much fun either.

While sturdy torque converters used to keep automatic-transmission-equipped cars in place on an incline, today's newer automatic transmissions are more fuel-efficient and tend to rev lower, which means they can slip more. And so these days, we're often experiencing that anxious rollback moment, even in automatic-equipped cars.

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