Because there’s no easy cure for the summer driving blues

Because there’s no easy cure for the summer driving blues

Summer is on the way. So, it’s about time to take action – or not – on all the car maintenance that should be done before the hot weather and heading out for weekends, road trips or vacations, or the usual driving around town. We could have provided some sensible advice, but what’s the fun […]

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Going places: How the Interstate has paved the way for American drivers

Interstate highways paved the way for American travelers.

The Interstate. Two words that require almost no explanation. Officially the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, the nearly 48,000-mile, limited-access system has defined long-distance highway travel in America. Now it’s 60 years old. And showing its age, according to some. The U.S. Department of Transportation has concluded that the nation […]

13 sure-fire ideas that will make you think about your next vehicle

13 sure-fire ideas that will make you think about your next vehicle

We know what you’re thinking. Shopping for your next vehicle – whether it’s new or used – requires a lot of effort to identify the best possible fit for your budget and your lifestyle. Indeed, a large majority of shoppers spend time researching vehicles before setting foot in a dealership. And our most popular blog […]

Fastest-selling used vehicles probably aren’t what you think

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sells faster than any other used vehicle.

Quick. Name the fastest-selling used vehicles in America. Your short list must include the Toyota Corolla and/or Camry, right? Or a Honda Civic or Accord? Nissan Altima? Ford F-Series pickup? Chevrolet Malibu? Kia Soul? All gasoline-powered vehicles. Surprise. The three fastest-selling used models of more than 400 ranked by average days on the market are […]

How you can drive a cool, new car for less than $18,000

The epitome of cool: 2016 Mazda3.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a cool new vehicle. In fact, Kelley Blue Book has identified 10 new cars under $18,000 that meet their definition of “cool.” Atop the list for the third consecutive year is the Mazda3, which has made the KBB.com annual affordable cool-cars list every year […]

New vehicles among ‘highest quality’ ever seen – J.D. Power

The 2016 Soul helped boost Kia’s results with a category win.

When consumers speak, carmakers listen. That’s the conclusion of J.D. Power from results of its latest Initial Quality Study. “Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen,” said JDP’s Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive quality. Quality improved across all eight problem categories measured in the study, according to […]

Eight vehicles named to Cars.com’s made-in-America list

2016 Toyota Camry captures second consecutive made-in-America crown.

The most American car in America is … the Toyota Camry. That’s according to Cars.com, which compiles an annual American Made Index (AMI), setting a standard of 75 percent or more U.S.-made parts to be considered for the designation. The Camry was one of only eight vehicles – one more than last year – that […]

These 24 vehicles provide the most owner satisfaction – survey

Cadillac Escalade sits atop AutoPacific’s list of most satisfying vehicles.

Vehicle owners have spoken. And the results are 11 cars and 13 trucks or utility vehicles that score highest in vehicle satisfaction, based on a survey of 65,000 owners of 2015 and 2016 models by AutoPacific research company. The big winners were Cadillac Escalade, which received the President’s Award for the highest vehicle satisfaction score […]

American-made vehicles win ‘close, but significant’ quality competition

A Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup comes down the company’s assembly line in Avon Lake, Ohio.

American quality is great again. At least that’s what Strategic Vision automotive marketing research company believes, based on its 2016 Total Quality Impact awards. Vehicles from Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tesla combined for 16 winning vehicles out of a total of 31 winners of this year’s awards, according to Strategic […]

How customers can steer their own course with Santander

How customers can steer their own course with Santander

Nearly five million people. That’s how many visitors the Santander Consumer USA website attracted in the past year, according to Google Analytics (GA). On average, they made about 2.3 visits during the year, April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, generating almost 17 million page views on the site. So what’s it to you? The […]

Cost of driving: Where it’s most, least expensive to insure your car

Cost of driving: Where it’s most, least expensive to insure your car

How much you pay for car insurance depends a lot on where you reside. And the difference can be significant. About four monthly car payments’ worth at the approximate average of $500 per month, according to data from Insure.com and Edmunds.com. The most expensive state is Michigan with a $2,738 average annual premium, more than […]