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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.
Old Does Not Mean Awful
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.
Cars That Are Available in North America but Not in the USA
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.
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.
You May Have Forgotten About:
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.
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.
Leg Warmers, Perestroika and Tiananmen Square
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.
New York's biggest and best debuts of 2014
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.
Don't miss our guide to the New York Auto Show
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.
These are the announcements and debuts we're looking forward to most
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.
Protecting Your Investment
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.
Protecting Your Investment
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.
Going Fast, Go Big
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.
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.