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Fiat Could Bring A Pickup To The US

This week Fiat announced its plans for the coming years with a series of concepts: a truck, a crossover, an SUV, a camper, and a city car. The truck caught our eye, largely for a single sentence in the automaker’s statement: “FIAT is the market leader in South America and the Strada pick-up is the bestselling vehicle on the Brazilian market. Moving forward, FIAT is certain that this type of vehicle can replicate its success at a global level, even in Europe.” If Fiat is indeed looking to flesh out its offerings here in North America or elsewhere, a truck seems a logical place to start.

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MotorTrend+ Shutting Down But This Streamer is Taking Over

In a noteworthy shake-up, Warner Bros. Discovery has unveiled significant shifts for MotorTrend+, the beloved automotive-focused channel that carries shows like "Top Gear America", "Wheeler Dealer", and many more. Starting on Friday, Feb. 23, the spotlight will move to Max and discovery+ in the United States and Canada. As part of this strategic move, the MotorTrend+ streaming service will bid farewell in March.

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3 Huge First Drives, Talking Trucks with Ram, Infuriating Car Features

Welcome to episode 7 of The AutoGuide Show brought to you by eBay Motors. This week we talk about three big first drives, the 2025 Ram 1500, 2025 Honda Prologue, and the 2025 Mini Countryman. Next we tackle Volvo changing the names of some of the brand's vehicles and does the color of your car factor into how likely you might crash?

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EV Range Anxiety Debunked: Actual Daily Use Revealed

Electric vehicle (EV) owners in the United States typically drive well within the range capacities of their vehicles, according to a comprehensive data analysis. The study, which examined anonymized data from over 18,850 vehicles, reveals that the average daily mileage does not surpass 45 miles, which is a fraction of the range provided by most modern EVs.

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2024 Land Rover Defender 110 P500 SE Review - Different Can Be Good

Land Rover has recently split the brand into three distinct sub-brands. There’s the posh Range Rover line, the more family-orientated Discovery duo, and of course the off-road ready Defender. Although the latter only includes a single model, the amount of choice the Defender offers is immense.

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Subaru Files 12 Trademarks For Off-Road-Y Names

Subaru has filed a total of 12 trademark applications for various names with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for use with “automobiles and structural parts and fittings therefor.” Without more information, it's tough to say what the 12 names could be for. More than likely, Subaru filed such a large number of trademarks to cover some legal ground, protecting a dozen potential names for unknown items from use by others- just in case it decides to use its trademark for “ Uncharted” as it relates to Subaru’s vehicles.

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The 2024 Fiat 500e Begins Production

The 2024 Fiat 500e, a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), has commenced production at the Mirafiori Assembly Plant in Turin, Italy. Unlike the old 500e from 10 years ago, the new model will be sold in more than two States for the North American market. The first allocation has already sold out.

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What is Mazda Skyactiv Technology?

Mazda's approach in car manufacturing is deeply rooted in its historical ties to Hiroshima. This region, known for its robust manufacturing sector, has been instrumental in Mazda's growth and innovation. The resilience and determination demonstrated by Hiroshima, especially after the devastation of World War II, have significantly influenced Mazda's ethos. This is evident in the company's unique endeavors, such as the development of the rotary engine.

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The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Is Way Cheaper Than The Last One

When it last departed the US, the Toyota Land Cruiser was a range-topping luxury barge of an SUV with a sticker price kissing six figures, at $85,815. The new Land Cruiser brings with it a new ethos and new pricing, more importantly. This one starts at $57,445 including destination.

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You're Least Likely to Crash Driving These Three Colors of Cars

Recent research has shown that the color of a car can impact its likelihood of being involved in a collision. A study from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre discovered a notable difference in crash rates between cars of different colors. Specifically, white cars were found to be about 10% less likely to be involved in an accident during daylight hours compared to cars in darker hues like black, blue, gray, green, red, and pink. This finding emerged from an extensive analysis of crash data reported to the police in two Australian states.

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Report: These Are The Most Popular Car Care Products

As Spring approaches, millions of car owners will be looking to add a little shine to their wheels, giving their pride-and-joy some much-needed TLC. And whether you’re staring at the detailing aisle at your local auto shop/big box store, or going cross-eyed looking at Amazon listings, there’s no doubt that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the increasing number of car care products available to purchase.

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The 2025 Mazda CX-70 Starts At $41,820

The 2025 Mazda CX-70 starts at $41,820 including $1,375 for destination charges. While the CX-70 is basically a CX-90 sans its third row, the pricing doesn’t necessarily reflect that- at least at first. But the CX-70 will only be offered in higher-spec trim levels, and as such, its base price is actually a hair higher than the CX-90’s $40,970 base price.

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3 Reasons to Splurge on the V8 in the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Full-size luxury SUVs are the ultimate, multi-passenger, premium transport. This fact was reaffirmed in our minds after spending a week with the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 4MATIC. No other segment can match the combination of towing, cargo capacity, comfort, and luxury.

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These 10 Cars Are Flying Off Dealer Lots

As dealership lots are evaluated, certain models stand out for their swift sales, showing a trend of rapid turnover and high consumer demand. Data provided by CarEdge, which aggregates listings from approximately 90% of dealership websites, gives us a closer look at these sought-after vehicles:

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What EV Owners Want in Charging Stations – More Than Just Power

A study by AutoPacific has provided valuable insights into what current and future electric vehicle (EV) owners seek in public charging facilities. It has been revealed that a majority, about 90%, of these consumers highly value having easy access to details about charging speeds and costs. This demand closely mirrors the expectations from conventional gas stations, emphasizing the need for transparent and convenient information at EV charging points.

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Volvo Changes Its Car Names For The Electric Era

In the name of “streamlining and standardizing its model names for fully electric cars,” Volvo has changed a bunch of its model names. For example, the XC40 and C40 Recharge models see new names: the EX40 and EC40, respectively. The changes only apply to electrified models, as gas ones will keep their names. Volvo has also decided to ditch the “Recharge” name from its plug-in hybrid lineup. Now, these will be denoted as T6 or T8 indicating their respective power output levels. Volvo says the move in nomenclature is supposed to make it easier for customers to figure out which models are electric and which are hybrids, as the “E” prefix implies.

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The AutoGuide Show Ep 5: CT5-V Blackwing, Forbidden Fruit, and more

Welcome to episode 6 of The AutoGuide Show brought to you by eBay Motors. We take a look at Chrysler's new crazy concept car. We drive a small Italian SUV, and drive on the side of a mountain to test out some winter tires. We look at the choices for Canadian Car of the Year and ponder if a BMW M5 Wagon could ever arrive on our shores.

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The 10 Cars Dealers Just Can't Sell Right Now

Dealerships across America are experiencing an oversupply of certain vehicle models, particularly from the Stellantis brand. Data from CarEdge, which monitors around 90% of dealership websites, highlights that models such as the Dodge Hornet, Charger, and Challenger, along with the Chrysler 300 and some Ram trucks, are in abundant supply. Here is the full list of vehicles:

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2026 Rivian R2 Teased For First Time

The R2 should arrive in the $45,000 to $50,000 range.

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Lucid Air Prices Fall $12K+ In Just A Year

This week, Lucid announced yet more price cuts to its Air sedan. The air has seen sweeping cuts over the last year as the company struggles to claw back ground lost to competitors like the Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS. With this most recent round of cuts, Lucid has seen the price of its Air Pure model fall $12,500 since last year, with the Air Touring falling a staggering $17,100 from its previous MSRP.

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Mazda's Turbo Inline-Six Will Get More Powerful

On a recent episode of The AutoGuide Show brought to you by Ebay Motors, we sat down with Jon Leverett, project manager for launch strategy at Mazda USA. The topic of discussion was the brand’s newest product, the upcoming CX-70 SUV.

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Two Main Reasons Cars are Less Dependable and More Frustrating

The 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power presents a concerning trend in the automotive industry. Marking its 35th year, the study shows an increase in the number of problems experienced by vehicle owners over three years of ownership. This trend signifies a shift from previous years, impacting nearly two-thirds of the brands evaluated. The study's findings are critical for both consumers and manufacturers, highlighting the need for improved vehicle reliability.

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Genesis and Toyota Win Big in 2024 Canadian Car of the Year Awards

Toyota locked out the gas-powered categories, while Genesis swept the all-electric ones.

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Discover 2024's Top 6 Most Negotiable New Cars

The 2024 automotive market is uniquely positioned for buyers, marked by an oversupply of vehicles and slower sales. Data obtained from CarEdge reveals that this situation is most pronounced in certain 2024 models, which are remaining on dealership lots for extended periods, some for over 200 days. This surplus offers potential buyers a chance to secure significant discounts and appealing financing options.

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3 Things We Like About the 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, and 2 We Don't

Big SUV, big fun-in the right situation.

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4 Reasons the Meridian is the Best Mazda CX-50 Trim

The Mazda CX-50 is a stylish, well-appointed compact SUV that blurs the lines between mainstream and luxury. It also offers a whole lot of choice. Currently, there are no fewer than eight trim levels available.

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Lucid Air Now Priced From $71,400, Comes With Home Charger Allowance

Even at that entry price, buyers net 430 horsepower and 410 miles of range.

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Science Says Your Car's Air Freshener Can Make You a Better Driver

Research from Science Direct highlights the role of peppermint fragrance in promoting driver alertness. The scent has been shown to stimulate brain activity, thereby enhancing cognitive functions. This is particularly beneficial during long drives or in situations that demand high levels of concentration, as it helps keep drivers more alert, focused, and less fatigued.

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BMW M5 Touring In America: Will They, Or Won't They?

BMW has spent some time putting out fires recently after an outlet claimed that BMW’s head of design Domagoj Dukec declared the upcoming M5 Touring would be coming to North America. Following the claim, various news outlets cited the story, but according to The Drive, BMW hasn’t actually said anything of consequence regarding the M5 Touring’s arrival in North America. In an email, the company said “BMW M has confirmed the production of the BMW M5 Touring. Details related to when and in which markets this car will be offered will follow at a later date.”

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What Info Can an OBD2 Scanner Tell Me?

An OBD2 (On-Board Diagnostics II) scanner can provide information about the status and health of various vehicular systems. This information can help inform the user as to what the source of a problem may be, which can in turn help lead to what needs to be repaired or replaced. In this article, we will dig into the types of information that an OBD2 scanner can retrieve from the vehicle and provide for your interpretation.

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Bridgestone Winter Driving Academy - The Art of Driving in the Snow

What good are winter tires if someone doesn’t know how to use them? That’s a question more drivers should be asking themselves. Being able to navigate winter conditions knowledgeably is just as important as having the right tires.

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2025 Aston Martin Vantage Adds More Than 100 Horsepower

The days of the supercar horsepower arms race are largely over. Apparently, Aston Martin didn’t get the memo, because the new Vantage added 128 horsepower in its mid-cycle refresh. There are other changes, too, but the power bump means the 656-horsepower Vantage now makes more power than its biggest rival: the 911 Turbo S.

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Chemical Guys HydroBlitz Hybrid Ceramic Spray Wax Review: So Smooth

For over 20 years, I've managed to wash and detail my own cars, whether for weekly maintenance or getting them ready for a show. In my early years, I bought any and all car care products I could afford from my local Pep Boys, which made me familiar with the different brands available on the market. This trend continued into my 20s and 30s, where I began to develop brand loyalty and learned what to look for when choosing a product. Initially, it was always exciting when something new hit the market, but over time, it became clear that many products were similar in performance and price.

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10 Brands with Lowest Vehicle Reliability Ratings

The latest findings from the 2024 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study have shed light on a notable downturn in the reliability of vehicles over a three-year ownership period. This year's report sees an uptick in reported problems, with the bottom ten brands showing particular susceptibility to issues that affect their dependability ratings. The average problem incidence has risen to 190 issues per 100 vehicles, indicating an industry-wide trend toward decreased reliability.

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Mazda Confirms Both Power Levels For 2025 CX-70 Inline-Six Model

We had our suspicions, but now we know for sure.

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Rivian Cuts Prices By Adding New R1T And R1S Trim Levels

Pricing for the Rivian R1T and R1S has fallen by $3,100, per Automotive News. The R1T now starts at $71,700 including destination, and the R1S now begins at $76,700. The two qualify for the government’s $3,750 tax incentive, but lessees will benefit from the full $7,500 amount. However, Rivian’s lease program is only available in certain states at the moment.

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Here's How Much Electric Car Advertising Grew Last Year

In the rapidly evolving automotive industry, electric vehicles (EVs) have gained significant attention, as evidenced by the substantial increase in EV advertisements in the United States. Data from 2023 indicates that EV ads now constitute 7% of all automotive advertisements, a notable increase from just 1% in 2020. This trend underscores the growing emphasis automakers are placing on electric vehicles.

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Team Associated SC28 and MT28 RC Review: Cheap price, cheap experience

The dark of winter brings with it inevitable boredom for spring-through-fall outdoors enthusiasts, and that includes anyone from off-roaders to radio-controlled hobbyists. And so, those of us who loathe the bitter cold find ourselves turning to indoor activities to stay entertained, in particular seeking out new ways to enjoy the automotive and radio-controlled (RC) hobbies from the comfort of a couch. Team Associated’s 1/28 scale SC28 and MT28 RC vehicles are our latest foray into finding the perfect indoor toy, but we’ve come away thoroughly unsatisfied.

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2025 Ford Explorer: Hands on Preview

The 2025 Ford Explorer made its first public appearance at the Chicago Auto Show with a refreshed design, updated interior, and a new digital user experience.

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What Parents Need to Know About NHTSA's New Car Seat Regulations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has introduced new standards for child car seats, marking a significant advancement in child passenger safety. These updated regulations aim to make car seats more user-friendly for caregivers and enhance the protection provided to children in vehicles.

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Chrysler Halcyon Promises To Be an Autonomous EV Concept for Drivers

With the death of the Chrysler 300 fresh in our minds, it’s not unreasonable to ponder about the brand’s future. Currently, Chrysler only has one model on sale, the Pacifica. Luckily for the manufacturer, it’s a profitable vehicle that’s keeping the brand afloat.

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The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox Starts At $34,995 MSRP... Kinda-Sorta

For 2024, the new Chevrolet Equinox EV starts at $34,995 MSRP including $1,395 of destination charges. Kinda-sorta. See, Chevy says that the base front-wheel drive 1LT trim will cost that much, but “later in 2024.” It has also previously said there will be all-wheel drive versions of the Equinox, though pricing for those isn’t out yet either. Thankfully, the range figures are. According to EPA figures, front-drive Equinox models will do a solid 319 miles per charge. All-wheel drive models will manage a slightly lesser 285 miles per charge.

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The AutoGuide Show Ep 5 - Why the CX-70 is Based on the CX-90 and more

Welcome to episode 5 of The AutoGuide Show brought to you by eBay Motors. We recap reviews of the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, BMW i4, Genesis G70, and Mercedes GLS. In the news, one EV receives pricing, another is teased, and a third one gets 938 horsepower.

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Vincentric Awards Reveal Top Car Values

Vincentric, a notable name in automotive data research, recently announced the winners of its 20th annual Best Value in America Awards. This year, Toyota and Ford emerged as the most celebrated brands, marking a milestone in the awards' history of guiding American car buyers.

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2025 Kia Carnival MPV: Hands on Preview

Kia took the wraps off the refreshed 2025 Carnival MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) at the Chicago Auto Show, with a lineup that includes gas and, in a first for the Carnival, gas hybrid models.

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Over 750,000 Honda and Acura Models Recalled for Air Bag Issues

American Honda Motor Co. has initiated a recall for a wide range of vehicles spanning several models and years. The recall specifically addresses an issue with the air bag system in these vehicles. A defect has been identified in the front passenger seat weight sensor, which may crack and short circuit. This malfunction could result in the air bag not being suppressed as intended during a crash, thereby increasing the risk of injury due to unintentional deployment.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 4MATIC Review: Taking the Middle Ground

I didn’t plan it this way. It all just sort of lined up on its own.

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2025 Kia K5 Arrives With More Power

Kia showed off its updated K5 in October but said its full list of changes would have to wait. At the Chicago Auto Show this month, the wait ended, and the brand pulled back the curtain on the updated sedan. Changes are sweeping, including a new engine option, more standard features, and better, newer tech.

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These Are the Most Comfortable Cars to Drive

The automotive industry recognizes that the comfort of a vehicle encompasses a range of features including seat comfort, cabin noise, and overall ride quality. These elements collectively contribute to the driver and passenger experience.

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WLtoys 1/28 Scale 284131 RC Drift Truck Review: Fantastically fun

WLtoys has seemingly come out of nowhere in the space of radio-controlled (RC) vehicles that the hobbyist community is excited about, and the company’s 1/28 scale 284131 Drift Truck is another example of one such genuinely interesting machine. This $69.99 proposition comes with four-wheel-drive (4WD), a claimed top speed of 30 KM/H (~19 MPH), and full LED lighting. Surely it has to be somewhat good for the money, right?

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Electric vs. Gasoline Cars: Emission Realities

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining attention for their role in reducing emissions, particularly in the context of combating climate change. Unlike gasoline cars, EVs do not emit pollutants from their tailpipes. However, they do require electricity to charge their batteries, and the generation of this electricity can involve the release of carbon dioxide (CO2). The extent of CO2 emissions depends largely on the methods used for electricity generation in a specific area. For instance, electricity produced from coal or natural gas results in higher carbon emissions compared to renewable sources like wind or solar power.

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Why the RS is a Big Deal for the Subaru Impreza

With the new 2024 Subaru Impreza, a choice of engines has returned to the lineup, including a more potent 2.5-liter unit in the RS trim. To emphasize why this is important, here’s a quick history lesson on the compact car.

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2025 Kia Carnival Debuts With Efficient New Hybrid Powertrain

For 2025, the Kia Carnival will get more efficient and comes with a fresh face. A new hybrid variant arrives for four of the Carnival’s five available trim levels: the LXS, ES, SX, and SX-Prestige will all see the optional powertrain. The new hybrid powertrain pairs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a 72-horsepower electric motor for a combined 242 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Unfortunately, EPA fuel economy estimates aren’t in yet. The Carnival’s standard 3.5-liter V6 is still part of the equation and will be the only powertrain option on the entry-level LX trim. Speaking of the V6, it produces 287 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, down 3 hp and 2 lb-ft from last year.

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Vehicle Dependability Slumps, But One Brand Stands Tall

Recent findings indicate a notable decrease in vehicle dependability after three years of ownership. This decline, outlined by the J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, reveals a significant rise in the number of problems faced by vehicle owners. The industry average has escalated by 4 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), marking a change to 190 PP100 from the previous year. This shift demonstrates a 17% increase in problems from the initial 90 days to three years of vehicle ownership, a 5% rise from last year.

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What are Locking Differentials and What New 4x4s Have Them?

Locking differentials are a type of differential used in vehicles to improve traction and handling, especially in off-road or challenging terrain conditions. The purpose of a locking differential is to ensure that both drive wheels opposite one another across an axle receive equal power, even if one of them is slipping. This is extremely beneficial when a suspension system is articulated and when one tire begins to lose traction, as is common in mud, steep rocky climbs, snow, and many trail wheeling circumstances. Luckily, many vehicles have these straight from the factory, though they can be added in the aftermarket as well.

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Surprising Leaders: Top Automotive Brands Captivating Customers 2024

Further expanding on yesterday's story, understanding customer satisfaction is crucial in the automotive industry. It's not just about the quality of the car, but how well it meets the expectations of its owners. The latest insights from Consumer Reports highlight the top automotive brands that have excelled in meeting these expectations. These brands are not only preferred by their current owners but also have a high likelihood of repeat purchase. Let’s explore the brands that are leading the way.

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2025 Porsche Taycan Arrives With 938 HP And A Price Tag To Match

For 2025, Porsche took aim at the Tayan’s Achilles Heel: its range.

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How the Toyota Corolla Hatchback Carries the Fun-Commuter Torch

It wasn’t that long ago that hatchback cars ruled the weekly commute. Small, efficient, and relatively inexpensive, these were the top choice for those enduring mundane drives to work.

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Axial AX24 RC Review: Hobby-Grade Performance Meets Toy-Grade Quality

“Fast, cheap, good: Pick two.” That’s the saying in the world of full-size performance cars. Repurposed for the radio-controlled (RC) rock crawler space, it could be changed to picking two of the “Price, quality, and performance” options. Axial’s AX24 has a lot going for it on the performance side, what with its long-travel suspension, four-wheel-steer (4WS), and reasonably priced on Amazon, but the quality leaves something to be desired.

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These Are the Most Loved Car Brands, According to Consumer Reports

The 2023 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Surveys, encompassing over 330,000 vehicles, provide an insightful look into owner satisfaction across various brands. This survey considered vehicles from the model years 2021 to 2023, and in some instances, models from 2024. Averaging was applied to data from models that did not undergo significant changes during these years. Owner satisfaction scores were derived from the percentage of owners who would repurchase their vehicle, considering factors like price, performance, reliability, comfort, and enjoyment.

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