New vehicles showing ‘significant improvements’ in quality – J.D. Power

The Cadenza was one of five Kia models recognized by J.D. Power.

Quality apparently is spelled with a K. “Kia” to be more exact as owners of vehicles produced by the South Korean automaker report fewer problems with their new vehicles than any other, according to J.D. Power. JDP’s Initial Quality Study said that Kia owners report just 72 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first […]

Time to pack up for your own grand – and affordable – vacation?

Time to pack up for your own grand – and affordable – vacation?

Summer vacation doesn’t get any grander than this. At least according to U.S. News list of the best affordable vacation spots in the country, which ranked the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona at No. 1 on a list of 17 destinations. Sure, it’ll be hot for the next couple months, when many Americans take vacation, […]

Will you be among millions of drivers who need roadside rescues this summer?

Will you be among millions of drivers who need roadside rescues this summer?

Americans are unprepared for summer driving. Well, that’s true of about 88 million of the country’s 220 million licensed drivers, anyway. It’s easy arithmetic, based on results of a recent AAA survey revealing that four of 10 American drivers are “unprepared for emergency breakdown situations” because they don’t carry an emergency kit. But it also […]

Why you may find used-car bargains during summer buyer’s market

Why you may find used-car bargains during summer buyer’s market

Hot fun in the summertime. It’s what car shoppers can expect, whether they’re looking for new or used cars, according to Edmunds’ first-quarter Used Vehicle Market report. “Both sides [of the business] are feeling the pressure of increasing inventories, so buyers are in a strong position to take advantage of real pricing and model availability,” […]

Trending vehicles, buying out of state, inspiration from ‘Cars 3’ and more

Trending vehicles, buying out of state, inspiration from ‘Cars 3’ and more

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Cars we want for Father’s Day but probably won’t get

Cars we want for Father’s Day but probably won’t get

Vehicle: Aston Martin DB11   I’m no James Bond. And I would never expect to drive his car. But given a Father’s Day pick of any car in the world, I probably would choose the Aston Martin DB11. It’s the car I always look for – and photograph – at the DFW Auto Show. (This year […]

Cars, trucks and SUVs we keep longest after buying them new

Toyota Land Cruiser owners hold onto their new vehicles longer than anyone.

Buy a Toyota Land Cruiser and chances are you’re keeping it for a while. The large sports utility vehicle tops the list of the 10 new vehicles that owners keep the longest, at an average of 10.6 years, according to a study by iSeeCars.com, an automotive data and research website. That’s more than eight months […]

American ‘muscle cars’ still favored by collectors – ClassicCars.com

American ‘muscle cars’ still favored by collectors – ClassicCars.com

Searching for a 1964 Dodge Polara? There’s a good chance you live in Alaska, suggests a survey by ClassicCars.com. In a state-by-state report issued by the website, which specializes in researching and purchase of classic automobiles and trucks, more Alaska residents searched for the Polara than any other collector car. Alaska was one of four […]

How much Americans are willing to pay for self-driving vehicles

Google is expanding its self-driving test program with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Would you pay $10,000 more for a self-driving vehicle? How about $4,900? Zero? Researchers from Cornell University found a big difference in what consumers would be willing to pay for vehicle automation, ranging from more than $10,000 to nothing at all. But the average came in around $4,900 for self-driving technology and $3,500 for crash […]