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 |  Sep 20 2014, 3:43 PM

Zombie Transmissions That Just Won't Die


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It’s 2014 and there are STILL cars out there with four and five-speed gearboxes. You may be asking “What’s wrong with that?” and the answer is “Everything!”

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 |  Sep 19 2014, 9:00 AM

Piss Off!


10 Stetes with the Rudest Drivers

Aggressive maneuvering, horns blaring, center-most fingers locked in their upright positions, these are but a few hallmarks of ill-mannered motoring. Surly, rushed or otherwise incompetent drivers cause mayhem on America’s country roads and urban thoroughfares.

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 |  Sep 05 2014, 9:02 AM

Old Does Not Mean Awful


Top 10 Cars for Older Drivers

Last week we pointed out some of the most geriatric cars on the market, vehicles that are stodgy, dated or otherwise un-cool. In the process we totally lampooned senior citizens, making fun of them every chance we had.

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 |  Sep 02 2014, 4:29 PM

Cars That Are Available in North America but Not in the USA



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Think we have it good in the US when it comes to automotive selection? Think again. There are quite a few cars available to our neighbors from the North and South, but not in our dealerships. What gives?

Here’s the scoop: many of these cars might not pass our emissions or safety standards, while others don’t fit into some automakers US lineups. Other cars, like the Nissan Micra may just exist in these smaller markets to test the waters.

Despite these reasons, we still wish that the following cars could make their way to the US, even if takes black-magic or voodoo to bring them. Check out our list and let us know which Non-US, North American car you pine for.

 |  Aug 29 2014, 3:01 PM

Senior Moments


Top 10 Geriatric Vehicles

Cars like the Mercury Grand Marquis and Buick Roadmaster are quintessential examples of “old-person transportation,” if we may make a blatantly ageist statement.

Potentially offensive remarks aside, these large, rear-wheel-drive sedans were a favorite of the grandparent set; it’s hard to believe they didn’t come from the factory with wrap-around sunglasses, AAA stickers and boxes of tissues on their parcel shelves.

Even though these smooth-riding, body-on-frame cars are gone and their breed just about extinct, there are still quite a few current-production vehicles with plenty of elderly appeal. In our opinion, here’s a list of the 10 Most Geriatric Cars and Trucks on the Market Today.

 |  Aug 22 2014, 11:01 AM

You May Have Forgotten About:


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Diesel is making a comeback in North America and there are more than a few cars out there outfitted with torquey, yet fuel efficient engines.

With obvious models like the Jetta or Golf TDI, there are also plenty of others that fly below the radar. If you’re considering buying a diesel for your next car, here are ten models you may not have thought of.

 |  Jul 25 2014, 12:02 PM

Waiting in the Wings


Top 10 Spoilers

Performance is more than racing stripes, chin splitters or gigantic exhaust tips. Speed is not something you can simply apply with sticky film or push clips; it takes careful engineering and attention to detail.

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 |  Jul 21 2014, 12:00 PM

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Americans in all parts of the country are dealing with dilapidated streets. Cracked and broken thoroughfares are chattering teeth and shaking cars to their very bones.

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 |  Jul 18 2014, 8:32 AM

Stop The Teasing


 

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“Soon” is quite possibly the least satisfying answer possible, yet we hear it countless times about exciting new cars. Continue Reading…

 |  Jul 04 2014, 1:15 PM

Which American automaker makes the most torque?


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On American Independence Day, better known as the 4th of July, we celebrate everything to do with the United States of America, and where would this nation be without its cars. 

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 |  Jun 05 2014, 9:02 AM

Guilt-Free Transportation


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Thinking of going green with your daily commute? There are dozens of options available in today’s market for an eco-friendly car and if you’re curious on which ones are greenest, you’ve come to the right place.

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 |  Jun 03 2014, 3:02 PM

Tech Tuesday: Lets get Digital (Gauges)


 

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Most vehicles have some sort of screen in the gauge cluster these days, but some are better than others.

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 |  May 29 2014, 9:02 AM

Leg Warmers, Perestroika and Tiananmen Square


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The 1980s was an important decade that shaped the world we live in today. During this period Madonna surged to stardom, personal computers revolutionized how people worked, Back to the Future burst into theaters and the Berlin Wall came a-tumblin’ down. Not surprisingly the automotive world was just as eventful.

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 |  May 08 2014, 2:49 PM

Long Drive Ahead?


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The winter was a real bastard. If you reside in or even just passed through the northern part of America at some point during the last four months you know exactly what I’m talking about. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 21 2014, 2:02 PM

New York's biggest and best debuts of 2014


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The 2014 New York Auto Show certainly had quite a few rumors swirling around it last week.

Rumblings of Dodge’s long-anticipated “Hellcat” V8, hope of Mazda’s next MX-5 and so much more had a big buzz built up before the show. While there were plenty of important product debuts, very little earth-shattering news broke during the press preview.

Still, there are plenty of interesting vehicles to look at in the Javits Center this year. These are the top 10 vehicle debuts of the 2014 New York Auto Show.

 |  Apr 18 2014, 2:08 PM

Don't miss our guide to the New York Auto Show


 

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It’s the Easter long weekend and if you’re a car junkie living in or around the New York City area, there’s probably a good chance you’re planning to visit the Javits Center.

If that isn’t already nestled somewhere between chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts, you should really make the time. After all, this is also a once-a-year affair that is never the same twice.

In any case, these are the 10 things you need to see and do even if there isn’t time for anything else at the show.

 |  Apr 12 2014, 12:57 PM

These are the announcements and debuts we're looking forward to most


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The New York Auto Show kicks off Tuesday night with a series of pre-show events followed by the press days on Wednesday and Thursday.

There are certainly surprises coming, but even some of the already-announced debuts are exciting. Here’s what AutoGuide.com is looking forward to most next week.

 |  Mar 31 2014, 3:32 PM

Don't Worry, Be App-y


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Along with playing Angry Birds and taking pictures of your cat, smartphones are incredibly useful for car owners, offering free apps that can help save both time and money.

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 |  Mar 17 2014, 2:02 PM

Maximizing Fuel Efficiency on a Budget


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Would you believe that you could get a vehicle with a 50-mpg combined rating for under $25,000?

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 |  Mar 03 2014, 12:31 PM

Protecting Your Investment


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Owning your dream car isn’t just all about making the payments. The cost of insuring some of the world’s most extravagant sports cars could punch another hole in your wallet each month.

A study conducted by Insure.com that calculated averages from six large insurance carriers (Allstate, Geico, Farmers, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm) to determine the most expensive cars to insure. Unfortunately, data wasn’t available for some of the more high-end exotics, such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, which is why they’re noticeably missing from this list.

The averages for the yearly premiums are based on full coverage for a 40-year-old male with a clean driving record and good credit while commuting 12 miles to work daily. The rates are based on $100,000 injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $50,000 for property damage with a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage.

 |  Mar 01 2014, 10:05 AM

Protecting Your Investment


top-10-cheapest-cars-to-insure Need a car to get you from Point A to Point B without costing you a fortune each month in insurance premiums? AutoGuide has compiled a list of the Top 10 cheapest cars to insure. The estimated annual premiums for the vehicles on this list are based on a study conducted by Insure.com, which calculated averages from Allstate, Geico, Farmers, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm. The insurance prices are based on full coverage for a 40-year-old male with a clean driving record and good credit and a 12-mile commute to work each day. Rates are based on $100,000 injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $50,000 for property damage with a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage.

 |  Feb 19 2014, 3:45 PM

Going Fast, Go Big


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An SUV doesn’t have to be a boring vehicle reserved exclusively for trips to and from soccer practice. And thanks to automakers like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, they aren’t.

We can’t blame you for wanting to go fast even if an SUV is what you need, so here’s AutoGuide‘s Top 10 Fastest SUVs based on their 0-60 acceleration times.

 |  Feb 14 2014, 10:01 AM

Northern Exposure


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Canadian readers will be happy to know that the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show is opening this weekend in Toronto. World premieres may be few (or entirely nonexistent) but there’s still plenty to see and do – and a lot of first time Canadian reveals. Here’s our take on the most important and interesting items at the show this year.

 |  Feb 08 2014, 2:02 PM

AutoGuide.com's Must-See List


 

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Chicago typically hosts the most heavily visited auto show in North America, so there’s a better chance you’re going to visit it than any other AutoGuide.com reports on.

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