Your grip on the steering wheel tightens. Your eyes fixate on the yellow line. Your brain screams about the trees just beyond the shoulder. Wait for itâŚ wait for itâŚ ok, NOW! You pounce on the clutch as your right foot stabs the accelerator. A wrist-flick completes the downshift. Feather the brake, turn into the…
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When it comes to finding cars with the best insurance rates, fuel efficiency, or even whether hybrid or diesel is best for you, youâll be able to find that information right here at the Tips and Advice page. We also aim to explain the latest car-tech and trends, so that you can be well informed for your next car purchase.
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When the need for transportation far outstrips your bank account, you end up looking at the dark-side of the classifieds: the super-cheap, almost 200,000 mile used cars. Is it ever worth it to buy one of these clunkers?
Hybrid technology is improving at an impressive rate and is continuing to find its way into more and more vehicles. A significant number of new and exciting hybrids are coming to market this year and early next. No, these arenât all Prius wannabes. There are some interesting cars on the way, like the ultra efficient…
The name Cooper might not bring up mental pictures of high-speed racing like Formula One or NASCAR, but the company certainly knows what itâs doing when it comes to a high-performance street tire.
Every week Ask AutoGuide provides iron-clad vehicle-shopping advice to distressed, confused or otherwise bewildered consumers. Whether theyâre in the market for a family-friendly crossover or something thatâs good in winter weather, the Oracles of all things automotive have been there to lend some helping hands. But this week theyâre taking a slightly different approach.
Is the manual transmission dead? Die-hard auto enthusiasts may shout out: âNo wayâ but is anyone listening? If youâre in the market for a new car, a manual transmission might be a good idea, for a few key reasons.
A five minute test drive isnât going to tell you much about a car. Likewise, a quick spin through a snow-covered slalom course isnât going to reveal all the advantages (or disadvantages) of a winter tire.
Who is to say that luxury car buyers arenât affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldnât have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury…
After the purchase of any new car, an opportunity to rust-proof arises. Should you do it, or is it just a waste of money?
The need for an international driverâs permit made headlines recently when 18 automotive journalists and six $100,000 Mercedes E63 AMGs were detained by Spanish officials for failing to have the required documents.
Nitto Tires makes its presence known in the enthusiast community, interacting with motorsport fans and weekend warriors. However, the company now feels itâs time to break ground with consumers by offering more mainstream products. Working closely with its enthusiast base, Nitto has managed to deliver a pair of new tires, the first designed to be…
Despite government mandated fuel economy improvements, overall fuel consumption is on the rise across America according to a new report.
In the market and shopping for a used car?Â Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years…
Enough is good so even more must be better, right? That may be true when it comes to dessert and lottery winnings, but itâs not the case with tires. Extra air pressure can be both dangerous and damaging.
The average motorist doesnât give them a second thought, but tires are mission-critical components. Theyâre as important to cars and trucks as spacesuits are to astronauts. Without them you literally couldnât drive anywhere.
Itâs 2013, but stereotypes of American vehicles from the â70s still linger in the automotive industry, with buyers wondering if domestic cars can ever be as reliable as imports.
If you see different colored exhaust fumes itâs time to pay attention to your car. Even if your vehicle isnât flashing any warning lights, the smoke coming from your exhaust is a signal that something might not be working properly.
Last week we explained the basics of motor oil, from viscosity to additives and everything in between. Now itâs time to tackle a much more contentious issue: synthetic versus conventional. Which lubricant should you use in your vehicle? Is the extra protection afforded by man-made oil worth the added expense?
More and more automakers are offering all-wheel-drive than in the past. This extra choice is great news for consumers but it can lead to confusion; the number of technologies on the market is practically vertigo-inducing. Each manufacturerâs system is unique, and a lot of times the underlying hardware is different. Not every all-wheel-drive setup was…
This winter season, are you worried about the driving habits of other drivers, or the weather affecting your carâs driving characteristics?
Despite advancements in hybrid power-trains and electrification technology, gasoline engines remain the predominant choice in passenger cars because of continued efficiency improvements, most recently through the increased use of direct injection technology. But are you gambling when buying a car with DI, which still has its fair share of concerns and problems?Â
Anyone thatâs ever topped off their tank or filled up a jerry can knows gasoline comes in different grades, from regular unleaded to pricey premium. Each âflavorâ has a number that corresponds to its octane level, but what does this mean? What is octane and what role does it play? AutoGuide reached out to experts…
Snow and ice on the road can make for a slippery drive home, and the snowflakes falling from the sky can limit your visibility, so itâs no wonder that thereâs a definite increase in insurance claims once winter starts.
When itâs time to top-off the tank, drivers are confronted with a dizzying variety of choices at the pump. Thereâs premium gasoline, mid-grade, regular and â depending on where you live â some even offer ultra-high octane, with a rating of 94 or above.