Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Used Cars

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Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Used Cars
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Fuel economy is a major purchase consideration for new-vehicle shoppers; in fact it’s the No. 1 thing they look for in a car or truck. Consumers continue to demand ever greater mileage, and so does the federal government. Washington keeps turning up the wick on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. In response to… Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?

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Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?
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Automakers are always looking for an edge over the competition. Any spec-sheet advantage, no matter how insignificant, is fair game. Engine output is often something they brag about. One vehicle may have more horsepower but a competing car could offer more torque. What’s the difference between these two measurements? What do they mean? Surprisingly these… Continue Reading...

2015 VW Golf Announced with Three Engines

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2015 VW Golf Announced with Three Engines
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Grab your three wood and don your Tam o’Shanter because Volkswagen just revealed the North American version of its 7th generation Golf. This 2015 model is larger and roomier inside than its predecessor but lighter and more fuel efficient at the same time. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

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Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys
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Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working… Continue Reading...

2013 Mercedes M-Class Latest in Armored Vehicle Lineup

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2013 Mercedes M-Class Latest in Armored Vehicle Lineup
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Attention foreign diplomats, drug lords and anyone living in Bogotá, Colombia: your new ride is ready. Mercedes-Benz is introducing an armored version of its M-Class SUV, the latest addition to its Guard family of vehicles. Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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This Week’s Five-Point Inspection takes a look at the soon-to-be-overhauled Mercedes-Benz E-Class, what we love about it and what we’d like to see changed. About to become redundant, there is a mid-cycle refresh coming for the 2014 model year which will put the current E-Class out to pasture. This doesn’t mean the E-Class is necessarily… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Praised for Biodiesel Capability

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Praised for Biodiesel Capability
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The National Biodiesel Board is commending Chevrolet for offering the its new diesel-powered Cruze compact sedan with an engine capable of burning B20 blended biodiesel fuel. Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Motor Oil?

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Under the Hood: What is Motor Oil?
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It’s a cliché analogy, but oil really is the lifeblood of a vehicle’s powertrain. Without its friction-cutting properties engines would literally grind to a halt, failing in spectacular fashion. Connecting rods would punch holes in blocks, camshafts would pulverize themselves and bearing inserts would spin like the blades of a jet turbine. Continue Reading...

2014 Mercedes E-Class Family Revealed in Detroit

2014 Mercedes E-Class Family Revealed in Detroit
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They don’t call it the Motor City for nothin’! The whole industry is on display this week as automakers from across the country and around the world descend on Detroit. Looking to steal some of the limelight, Mercedes-Benz just revealed its latest E-Class lineup. Continue Reading...