12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

Road trips are as much a part of holiday activities for millions of Americans as turkey and presents – and in some places, making snowmen and sledding. But planning ahead for your road trip can make a big difference in whether you merely endure hours in a cramped vehicle or actually enjoy the ride and […]

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What are our favorite – and least favorite – pickup truck colors of 2017?

Red is the fourth most-popular color for trucks such as this 2017 Ram.

Nearly three million trucks. That’s about how many pickups Americans will have purchased by the end of this model year. Led by the Ford F-Series, GM Silverado and Ram pickup, which account for about 70 percent of truck purchases, pickup sales appear to be headed for another record in 2017. But there’s one question that […]

More Lamborghini Dreams: A super SUV offering ‘ferocious’ performance

This isn’t an ordinary SUV.

We just couldn’t resist. But this oxymoron of seemingly epic proportions was too good to pass up, even for a blog that generally focuses on new and used vehicles most people can buy. If two words seem like they would not go together, they are Lamborghini and SUV. But that’s what we get with the […]

SC volunteers benefit Humanity through home-building project

SC volunteers at Habitat for Humanity project.

Inspiring. Habitat for Humanity’s recent build in one south Dallas neighborhood fit the description. Volunteers from Santander Consumer USA (SC) were part of a Habitat group erecting one of more than a dozen homes over several days in a part of town known as Joppa. “Some worked on the homes; framing, installing windows, roofing, cleaning […]

Here’s what stresses out parents on holiday road trips with family

Here’s what stresses out parents on holiday road trips with family

Holiday road trip. Those three words can cause both joy and stress. Joy for the things we celebrate during the holiday season. Stress for millions of Americans who will be getting into their vehicles for the traditional holiday adventure. RELATED 12 steps to preparing for a happy holiday season road trip A survey conducted by […]

Dig a little deeper than best-buy awards for possible used-car winners

Subaru Legacy was The Car Connection winner for 2015.

It’s awards season. The time of year many websites and publications name their best cars of the year. The Car Connection and Kelley Blue Book, for example, separately named the Honda Accord midsize sedan their top model from among seven and 12 nominees, respectively. The Car Connection went a bit further and named its top […]

Winner of 2018 Green Car award couldn’t be clearer

The 2018 Honda Clarity – winner of Green Car of the Year award.

An event at the Los Angeles Auto Show was all about bringing Clarity to the 2018 Green Car of the Year competition. Specifically, the Honda Clarity, which rose above four other finalists for the win. Green Car Journal, which awards the prize annually, presented the Clarity series the top honor for its appealing design and […]

Five tips to help you stay on the road despite season’s hazards

Five tips to help you stay on the road despite season’s hazards

It’s coming. That time of year when coats and long-sleeved shirts move into the clothing rotation; culinary tastes lean toward soups and stews; and folks fire up the hearth. While many consider it the most wonderful, the months ahead can bring some seasonal driving hazards. We’re speaking of wintertime, and, depending on where you’re driving […]

Six steps to avoiding buyer’s remorse for a car purchase during the holidays

Six steps to avoiding buyer’s remorse for a car purchase during the holidays

Buyer’s remorse. It’s awful any time of the year. But regretting a vehicle purchased during the holidays can be just about the worst-case scenario. Especially when regifting is not really an option. So don’t let enthusiasm over a yearend deal make you do something you shouldn’t. That’s particularly true on big shopping days such as […]

These two resources make it easier to find the best used cars to buy

This is what a top-rated used car looks like when it’s new.

Best used cars to buy. It’s what some 40 million Americans a year seek. But the number of choices goes, literally, into the thousands, making it a daunting task unless you have some way to narrow the possibilities. Fortunately, resources are available online to help you do that fairly quickly. “Picking out a good used […]