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 |  Sep 08 2014, 7:32 AM


Volkswagen plans on updating its models more frequently in the U.S.

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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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 |  Jul 21 2014, 8:02 AM

It's OK to be cheap!



Midsize sedans are a big deal; this segment is one of the most important in the automotive industry. Corporate fortunes are won or lost on the backs of these versatile, hard-working cars.

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 |  Jul 03 2014, 4:36 PM


You won’t have to wait until the Paris Motor Show to check out the all-new Volkswagen Passat.

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 |  Apr 22 2014, 2:37 PM


Some may have been underwhelmed by the refreshed Volkswagen Jetta that was recently unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but the next product overhaul will take things much further.

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 |  Apr 17 2014, 4:20 PM


Volkswagen has recalled over 26,000 vehicles for a possible fire hazard.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 9:20 PM


Volkswagen has requested its dealerships to stop selling four vehicles starting immediately.

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 |  Mar 17 2014, 2:47 PM


Next time you close the hood on your car, you might want to think twice about letting it slam down. 

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 |  Mar 15 2014, 10:01 AM


Volkswagen wants to rejuvenate its sales in North America, but is a mid-size sedan its saving grace?

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 |  Mar 14 2014, 1:31 PM

Ask AutoGuide No. 39

Ask AutoGuide No. 39

Midsize sedans represent a massive slice of the automotive pie. These four-door cars almost single handedly (or wheely?) form the backbone of America’s personal transportation network, shuttling people practically everywhere they need and want to go. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal, and as a salute to these hard-working automobiles they’re the subject of this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide.

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 |  Dec 20 2013, 12:02 PM

Ask-AutoGuide-No-28-Main-ArtWhat do Abraham Lincoln, Shaquille O’Neal and Chewbacca have in common? Truth be told, not a whole lot. Honest Abe got capped, Shaq can’t shoot free throws and Chewie is hairier than a herd of yaks… or the filter in a Econo Lodge hot tub. This trio’s differences abound, but one thing they all share is height.

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 |  Nov 09 2013, 9:00 AM


Before trucks and utility vehicles became all the rage, large sedans used to be the heart of the American car market. They dominated thoroughfares and back roads of this country for decades. Big Buicks, mighty Mopars and forceful Fords were a way of life for drivers just half a lifetime ago.

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 |  Nov 08 2013, 4:21 PM


Volkswagen has released pricing information on a host of Passat models, all of which get their power from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 

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 |  Jul 28 2013, 10:47 AM


The Volkswagen Passat is turning 40 with the first delivery of the original B1 Passat happening on July 25, way back in 1973.

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 |  Jun 08 2013, 9:01 AM


Volkswagen of America is setting out to challenge the existing Guinness World Records achievement for the lowest fuel consumption around the lower 48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car.

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 |  Jan 29 2013, 9:48 AM

Top 10 Large Sedans With the Greatest Range

There’s something magical about going on a road trip. Whether it’s the allure of visiting a far-flung destination or just the call of the highway, piling into a car and eating up miles satiates mankind’s wanderlust.

Of course some vehicles are better for long-distance drives than others. A quiet interior, comfortable seats and smooth ride are prerequisites, but plentiful cup holders and storage spaces for snacks can’t hurt, either.

In a lot of ways large sedans were tailor-made for cross-country trips. They’re roomy, relatively efficient and don’t beat you up like a race-prepared Miata. Last week we examined 10 such cars, ranking them based on trunk space. This week we’re comparing those same four-doors but focusing on driving range.

We took each car’s EPA highway fuel-economy rating and multiplied it by the total gallons of fuel in their respective tanks to arrive at a maximum possible range. So, which of these full-figured cars is the ultimate bladder-buster? Click ahead to find out!

 |  Jan 22 2013, 4:03 PM

Top 10 Large Sedans With The Biggest Trunks

America is the land of the free and the home of large sedans. With miles and miles of miles and miles, drivers don’t have to contend with congested urban parking or dreadful highway traffic like their European counterparts. We’re free to relax and stretch our legs clear across the continent if we so desire.

U.S. Interstates and two-lane back roads were the breeding ground for a unique automotive species: the large sedan. Spacious, comfortable and smooth, Detroit’s Big Three created the original recipe for these highway cruisers, but foreign automakers have a thing or two to say about how to prepare them.

Trunk space is one of the most important metrics to examine when comparing big four-door cars. How many golf bags can be crammed into a cargo hold? What about suitcases for a weekend road trip to Atlantic City? People need to know! Here’s a list of the Top 10 large sedans ranked in order of trunk volume.

 |  Jan 03 2013, 8:31 AM

After several announcements of various models that were awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, the IIHS has released its full list of its safest cars for 2013.

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 |  Jul 21 2012, 9:01 AM

It’s Saturday morning and that means it’s time for the AutoGuide most shopped new cars of the week list.

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 |  Jul 07 2012, 9:01 AM

Shopping for a new car and curious what’s popular? There are the usual choices like the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic, but if you want to know what other car shoppers just like you are looking at we’ve compiled a list of the five most researched new cars on AutoGuide this week.

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 4:31 PM

10. Toyota Avalon

Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and seeing which ones suffered the least breakdowns.

Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family cars by Direct Buy Warranty in order to determine this top 10 list of most reliable family cars, listed in no particular order. It’s worth noting that not a single American vehicle made it onto the list.

The first on the list is the Toyota Avalon, the Japanese automaker’s flagship sedan in the United States. According to the data, the Avalon was one of the cheapest vehicles to maintain over the past five years with typical Toyota dependability and safety ratings. Larger than the Camry, the Avalon is a perfect fit for those looking for size and dependability.

 |  May 08 2012, 8:59 PM

Volkswagen continues to flex just how efficient its diesel models are, with a 2012 Passat TDI SE claiming a new world record by traveling 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel.

The record was previously held by another Passat, – a 1.6 BlueMotion diesel model out in Europe – at 1,526.6 miles. John and Helen Taylor were the two drivers behind the wheel of the world record-setting journey traveling from Houston to Sterling on May 3rd to the 5th. The couple added 120 pounds of luggage to the vehicle in order to replicate normal driving situations and each took turns driving but never more than 14 hours per day.

Doing the math, the six-speed manually equipped diesel Passat averaged an astonishing 84.1 miles per gallon. The Taylors claimed they traveled exactly 60-mph on the highway in order to hit the mark. But don’t bother trying this yourself, the Taylors are self-proclaimed driving efficiency experts and have over 90 fuel economy and driving records around the world. In fact, they make a living conducting fuel-efficient driving workshops.

“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel. The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record,” said a jubilant John Taylor.

GALLERY: World Record Setting VW Passat Diesel


 |  Apr 24 2012, 1:01 PM

The Volkswagen Jetta will see a new top-of-the-line trim level called the SEL Plus later this year, though the more exciting news is that Volkswagen plans to replace its 2.5-liter inline-four with a 1.8-liter turbo-four next year.

The new high-end SEL Plus trim will see softer-touch materials in the interior, and like the GLI model, the American counterpart will more closely resemble all the upgrades and refinements seen in the European version, including electric power steering.

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 |  Mar 14 2012, 5:31 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it closed the investigations surrounding possible fires on the Volkswagen Passat and cracked cooling fans on various GM trucks without issuing a recall or fines to either automaker.

Originally the 2002-03 model year Passats were under investigation for possible ignition coil fires in July 2010 but things didn’t stop there. In January 2011, the investigation was upgraded to include 2001-07 VW Passat models with the four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. There were 135 unique fire engine reports attributed to the coil-on plugs, but after a thorough investigation there was no safety-related defect identified, so the investigation closed.

Unfortunately the investigation closure alone doesn’t ensure the absence of a defect. NHTSA will continue to monitor the issue to see if further action needs to be taken. None of the fires reached beyond the engine bay and no reports of crashes or injury were related to the 135 incidents.

GM on the other hand, got a thumbs-up after NHTSA looked into the cracked cooling fans on GMT-560 series of trucks. Those trucks span models from Chevrolet, GMC and Isuzu including the 4500 and 5000 medium-duty trucks. Even though NHTSA said that it “remains concerned about the potential for injury,” at the current time it can’t find the cause for the issue and that the complaints are “small and diminishing.”

Not exactly comforting, but we also know NHTSA would issue a recall if the organization saw fit to do so.