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VW Beetle vs. Mini Cooper: Compare Cars

The Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper are both perky, fun-to-drive small cars that have far more of a focus on the design statement—and the suggested lifestyle that goes with it, perhaps—than other models in such an affordable price range. Both of these models were born out of the retro-revival movement that swept across the auto
Posted: December 12, 2016, 5:30 pm
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In new IIHS headlight ratings, only 7 cars excel

Only seven new cars that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested have lights that meet the independent agency's demanding criteria. That's a pitifully low number, the insurance-funded group based in Virginia says. The mere seven vehicles rated as "good" in its new testing include 2017 versions of the following: Chevrolet Volt Honda
Posted: December 10, 2016, 4:31 am
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Thieves could use "mystery device" to steal cars with push-button start

Car thieves want your wheels, and they will find a way to take them away from you. Automakers attempt to combat them in a number of ways but the car thieves are crafty and they evolve alongside the vehicles. It seems there's a new means for the baddies to pinch your ride if it's one that's equipped with push-button start. According to a report b
Posted: December 10, 2016, 4:30 am
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What engine blow-by looks like

Earlier in the year, our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained taught us all about engine blow-by. Today we're getting to see what it looks like with a real world example. A 2016 Chevrolet Malibu with the turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and just under 20,000 miles on its odometer is having engine problems. The mechanic uses this car a
Posted: December 10, 2016, 4:06 am
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Is Cadillac making a smart play by returning to endurance racing? Poll results

Cadillac made headlines recently with the surprise announcement it plans to return to endurance racing for the first time since 2002. The question on our minds is whether Cadillac is making a smart play by heading back into endurance racing. We asked you this very question in a recent Twitter poll. The results? A landslide with 53 percent of you
Posted: December 10, 2016, 2:30 am
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Own a car with push-button ignition? Thieves might be able to nab it with this gadget (video)

If you're the sort of person who's worried about hackers stealing your car, please skip to the next article. This isn't going to make you sleep any easier. That's because the National Insurance Crime Bureau has gotten its hands on a handheld "mystery device" that can unlock and start vehicles. The gadget works without setting off any alarms
Posted: December 10, 2016, 2:06 am
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Porsche-powered Volkswagen Bus 'Race Taxi' hits the track

The Volkswagen Microbus is a beloved motoring icon that has fans all over the globe. It's a classic machine with a dash of perennial cool attached. It's also incredibly slow. You're never in a rush when you're driving a VW Bus. Unless, of course you're talking about the T1 Race Taxi created by a mad Swiss gentleman named Fred Bernhard. Instead o
Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:30 am
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2017 Chevrolet Impala

The Chevy Impala of today is the inverse of the last car to wear the badge. Today's Impala is sexy, engaging to drive, easy on gas, very comfortable, and well-connected—everything its predecessor was not. We give the 2017 Impala a 6.5 out of 10. It's good-looking and has ample room for five people and their stuff, but safety gear and
Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:27 am
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Entering its third model year, the Chevrolet Colorado has proven to be a formidable effort in the mid-size pickup segment. For the new year, the truck, which is a near-twin of the GMC Canyon, gains a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that's the same size as last year's model but promises to be more fuel efficient and refined. The Colorado is available in
Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:17 am
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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe marks the dividing line between full-size SUVs and the biggest of crossovers. It can seat up to nine passengers, sports standard V-8 power, and can tow up to 8,300 pounds. None of its car-based lookalikes can do that. With rivals like the Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada, the Tahoe doesn't have it easy. It still works its way to
Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:08 am
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