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Can You Put Seat Covers on Heated Seats and Is it Safe?

There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping inside a warm and toasty car after freezing outdoors on a cold winter day. In addition to cranking up the heater, you can turn...Read more

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Over 200,000 Ford Vehicles Recalled for Suspension Issues

Ford is recalling a total of 211,207 vehicles in the United States due to over a rear suspension fracture in the toe link. Some of the models affected by the...Read more

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How Often Do Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

A vehicle’s brake system is one of its most critical safety features. It allows you to slow down or bring the vehicle to a complete stop when necessary. But as...Read more

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How Long Do Shocks Last?

Your car’s suspension system is made up of various components that work together to keep the vehicle from bouncing around when driving over bumpy roads—and one such component is the...Read more

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Toyota Increases Truck Roll-Outs From Its Mexican Plant

Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming to increase tuck production at its new Mexican plant to 100,000 vehicles a year beginning 2021. The move is part of a major shift in...Read more

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Toyota Expands Nightshade Lineup

Toyota made a splash at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, introducing seven special-edition models that include the new Highlander XSE and Trail Editions for the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner. Rounding...Read more

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What are the Best Wheel Spacers?

There is some debate on the benefits of wheel spacers and how safe they are to use on your car or truck. For the most part, spacers provide several benefits...Read more

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U.S. Automakers Confident Coronavirus Won’t Affect Car Supply

As the world tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus that's been causing plant shutdowns in hardest-hit China, as well as South Korea and Europe, automakers in the United...Read more

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A Guide to Car Window Accessories

Car window accessories like a windshield sun shade can help protect your vehicle’s interior and your eyes from the potentially adverse effects of intense sunlight. They can make getting into...Read more

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Ford Execs Share Timeframe for Upcoming Models

2020 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford and its loyal customers with the pending arrival of the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck, the all-new Bronco, the...Read more

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Safety Experts Weigh in on GM’s Recent Brake Issue

General Motors is facing a conundrum with its 2019 pickup trucks having poorly functioning software that prompted a recall from the automaker. About 900 customers who have complained of brake...Read more

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Chevrolet Unveils 2021 Equinox—With Camaro Styling

The Chevrolet Equinox continues to follow the footsteps of its corporate sibling, the Silverado, showing strong sales performance with 30% of General Motors' small- to mid-size SUVs and second to...Read more

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Spotted: All-New Hyundai Santa Fe

The current generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe was only introduced for the 2019 model year, but the company is not holding back from riding the SUV's popularity by giving...Read more

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Toyota Reveals Special Trail Editions

Age seems to be working well for Toyota's off-roading vehicles as its aging Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner vehicles continue to maintain popularity and strong sales in the United States. As...Read more

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Reborn Hummer Could Be the First Electric Truck in the Market

The Hummer may be an old nameplate, but the upcoming GMC Hummer is still considered a rookie in the electric pickup truck segment. The highly awaited model is expected to...Read more

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2020 Nissan Frontier Gets New Engine Upgrade

Nissan is not planning to give its aging Frontier mid-size pickup a major update until the 2021 version is released next year. But this does not necessarily mean the automaker...Read more

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Hyundai Expands Warranty Coverage

Hyundai is making car ownership more convenient for its customers as the company announced it is expanding warranty coverage and adding free maintenance to its services. For all new vehicles,...Read more

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Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Get New Suspension Kits

Stiffer competition in the United States' mid-size truck segment is brewing, thanks to the recent updates on the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger. But if it looked like there is...Read more

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GM President Shares Plans for Battery-Electric Pickups

Americans love pickups, no doubt. This is shown by the constant jockeying for positions and consistent tight battles among the leading brands. The competition in the segment is so intense...Read more

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Toyota Gives RAV4 an Important Safety Update

After Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld put the new Toyota RAV4 to a Moose Test in 2019 that saw the vehicle being rated "dangerous" despite earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating...Read more

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GMC Continues Winter Tradition With Snow Tracks on Sierra

Of the many things GMC is known for, its tradition of customizing the Sierra HD pickup every winter is much applauded among the community. The automaker has done this since...Read more

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Nissan Gives Free Truck to Owner of Million-Mile Frontier

Nissan is rewarding a loyal customer in Chicago with a new truck after logging in more than one million miles with his reliable pickup. Brian Murphy, a courier based in...Read more

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Ford Gives New Bronco Stellar Off-Road Credentials

As the highly anticipated arrival of Ford’s new Bronco draws closer, more information is being released about the model. And among this slew of reports, there seems to be one...Read more

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Kia to Launch All-New Sedona for 2021

Back in 2018, Kia revealed a refreshed version of the Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show. The vehicles featured a more spacious cabin, updated styling, and new technology....Read more

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Radiator Fluid Colors Vary and How To Pick the Right One

Radiator fluid, also known as engine coolant or antifreeze, was first used in military vehicles during World War I. Ethylene glycol was initially used as an alternative to glycerol to...Read more

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How to Close Car Hood Properly

Exercising care when closing the hood of your car is important in keeping it in good working condition. The hood protects the most essential components of your vehicle, which includes...Read more

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How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

The braking system is one of the most hardworking components of your car. And because it takes a lot of abuse, certain parts of the brake assembly will need to...Read more

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GM Shares Preview of New Chevy and GMC Electric Pickups

General Motors is investing no less than $2.2 billion in the retooling of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the company's first new electric pickups will be built by the end of...Read more

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New Photos Show Off-Road Kit of Upcoming Ford Bronco

It looks like Ford is trying to go head-to-head against the Jeep Wrangler as a prototype of its new Bronco was spotted sporting off-road-focused features. In recent photos showing the...Read more

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This Chevy Silverado Gets More Camouflage Than Other Models

From the point of view of automakers, buyers like it better if a vehicle matches their personality, which explains why Chevrolet is making a variety of Silverado 1500 special editions...Read more

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New Wrangler Rubicon Joins Jeep Lineup

Just a little over a week after details of the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition spread online, the model quietly made its entrance into the lineup for the 2020...Read more

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Toyota, Honda Recall Millions of Vehicles

Toyota and Honda, two of the biggest automakers in Japan, are recalling millions of cars due to safety issues in their respective models. According to a statement released by Toyota,...Read more

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EPA Ratings for 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Turbo Now Out

Chevrolet just introduced the all-new Blazer in 2019, but the automaker is wasting no time in improving the mid-size crossover. For the 2020 model year, Chevrolet is adding a new...Read more

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Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Engine Won’t Be Coming to America—Yet

From the moment Mazda announced its plan to launch the SkyActiv-X in the United States, interested buyers have waited eagerly for its arrival. The SkyActiv-X is deemed to be a...Read more

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Ford Unveils New Limited Edition Roush F-150

When Ford introduced the Roush tuning packages for its best-selling F-150, it gave customers more package options in further boosting the performance of the truck like the 650-horsepower Nightmare Edition....Read more

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A Tale of Two V-Day Car Catastrophes (Plus One Happy Ending)

A Perfect Disaster Courtesy of Erin We met at a local Cars ‘n’ Coffee show just a few weeks before Valentine’s Day. He drove a Subaru WRX STI while I...Read more

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5 Car Date Ideas (and How To Prep Your Car for a Sweet Getaway)

Love is in the air this month—and if you’re looking for romantic date ideas that won’t break the bank and allow you to avoid the crowds this Valentine’s day, here...Read more

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Land Rover Discovery Gets Long-Awaited Update

With the interest of most customers currently fixed on EVs, off-roaders, and trucks as of late, it's no surprise why attention has largely been on Land Rover's Range Rover lineup...Read more

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Ford Owner Complains About F-150’s 10-Speed Automatic

There is a looming problem among owners of the well-loved Ford F-150. At least one owner reported experiencing serious problems with the shifting gears of the vehicle and now he...Read more

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How to Get Moisture Out of Headlights

Condensation is a natural occurrence that happens when water vapor condenses into a liquid. In regard to your car’s headlights, the phenomenon takes place when the outside air is cooler...Read more

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My Car Accelerates on its Own: What’s the Issue?

Having complete control over your vehicle is essential to your safety on the road, so it can certainly be jarring (and frightening) when your car suddenly accelerates by itself while...Read more

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Spy Shots: The 2021 Kia Sorento

Ahead of its official debut and just shortly after images were leaked, spy shots of the 2021 Kia Sorento started making the rounds online sans camouflage to cover its body....Read more

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The 2021 Kia Seltos Is Here!

Kia is ready to complete its SUV lineup with the pending arrival of its newest model—the 2021 Seltos. It will mark the automaker's official entry into the subcompact crossover segment....Read more

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Better Together: A Guide to Buying Parts in Pairs

Is your car looking a little worse for wear? Or do you know someone who’s been saving up for ages to fix their ride? Show them some love this Valentine’s...Read more

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Chevrolet Tahoe Gets Price Markdowns for 2021

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is set to go on sale later this year, with reports claiming it is likely arriving in the summer or early fall. Apparently, before the new...Read more

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Chevrolet Blazer Gets Important Changes for 2020

Just a little over a year since General Motors revived the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate in the form of a new mid-size crossover, the automaker is already making a few changes...Read more

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2020 Nissan Titan Gets Price Hike by as Much as $5,000

The Nissan Titan had mediocre sales in 2019 as shown by the 38% decline in numbers, which is why it's understandable the automaker has decided to simplify the lineup for...Read more

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2021 Kia Sorento Images Leaked Ahead of Debut

Some images of the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento are circulating on social media ahead of the model's official debut in South Korea. The mid-size SUV was shown with an exposed...Read more

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Growing Demand for Toyota Tacoma Gives Birth to Changes

Toyota recently made a big announcement with regard to the production of several of its highest-selling models. First on the list is the Toyota Tacoma, which has been enjoying immense...Read more

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Mazda Dealers Offer Discounts on Poor-Selling CX-5 Diesel

When Mazda introduced the new CX-5 Signature Diesel crossover in 2019, the automaker found it hard to convince buyers that the substandard fuel economy is worth the $42,000 price tag....Read more

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Win a $500 Shopping Spree & More in CarParts.com’s Write-a-Review Sweepstakes

Reviews and ratings are a fundamental part of the shopping experience—which is why your feedback is important to us. If you’re a CarParts.com customer and you’d like to review your...Read more

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How to Remove Scratches from Your Car Bumper

Getting scratches out of your car bumper can be costly if you get it done at an auto body shop. But if the scratches aren’t too bad, you can opt...Read more

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Game Changers: A Rundown on the 2020 Super Bowl Car Commercials

Innovation. Progress. Resilience. These were three of the biggest themes that drove this year’s line-up of Super Bowl commercials, especially when it came to the automotive spots. Featuring brilliant storytelling...Read more

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Is it Illegal to Drive Without a Side Mirror?

Side mirrors are typically more prone to accidental damage due to their location and the fact that they stick out from the body of the car. Some accidents can cause...Read more

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2021 Ford Bronco to Arrive Sooner Than Expected

When Ford published a teaser video of the all-new Bronco late last year, the automaker confirmed the off-roader will make its official debut in the spring of 2020. Spring this...Read more

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Subaru Wants Full-EV Lineup by Mid-2030

Subaru is giving the "EV revolution" a whole new meaning as the Japanese automaker announced it is aiming to sell nothing but electric vehicles by mid-2030. The company only has...Read more

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Road Test

Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a highway flyer I thought a hot rod Jeep Grand Cherokee would be a bit like the Dodge Ram SRT10 power overkill just for the heck...Read more

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2020 Honda Passport Is Back with a New Price Tag

When Honda decided to revive the Honda Passport after a 17-year hiatus, people hoped that the automaker won't just come up with a vehicle that's only suitable as a family...Read more

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FCA Brings North Edition Trims to Jeep Models

After Ram introduced the 1500 North Edition a while back to aid consumers in tackling the rough winter months, its sibling brand is following suit as Jeep recently announced it...Read more

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Kia Vows 11 New Electric Cars by 2025

Kia is one of several automakers actively pushing for the electrification of their respective lineups in the coming years. It is currently working on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric cars...Read more

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Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride Get Price Bump for 2020

The Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride are two of the most popular models in the three-row SUV segment at the moment. Both crossovers from the two largest car companies in...Read more

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GMC Gives 2021 Yukon New Spin Feature

Customers were wowed when startup electric carmaker Rivian recently announced a "Tank Turn" function for its R1T pickup and R1s SUV models. This feature enables the left-side wheels of the...Read more

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Next-Gen Toyota Land Cruiser Reportedly Going Hybrid

A new generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser is on the way and is scheduled for an August debut, according to Japan's Best Car Web. But here's the bigger news:...Read more

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What We Know About the Redesigned Nissan Frontier

After years of neglect, the Nissan Frontier is finally getting a new generation planned for release in 2021. The model is now being marketed by the automaker as a cheaper...Read more

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Top 8 Radical Ford F-150 Raptor Builds

The Ford F-150 has no shortage of die-hard fans. Known for its performance, durability, and heritage, it is without a doubt one of the best-selling trucks in America. Since its...Read more

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Kia Shares What to Expect from 2021 Stinger

The Kia Stinger is being updated for the 2021 model year and rumor has it that the changes will be notable but not too radical. The Korean automaker's performance sedan...Read more

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Mitsubishi Outlander Finally Gets a Redesign

The current generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander has not had a redesign since it was launched in 2012. Though the model had a few minor updates over the last few...Read more

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GMC Dealers to Offer New Electric Hummer Pickup Trucks

A report by The Wall Street Journal claims the Hummer name is set to return to the market under the General Motors umbrella and will be applied to an electric...Read more

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Toyota Venza Rumored to Return as Hybrid in 2021

For the last three months, rumors have been going around that Toyota would be bringing back the Venza in 2021 as a five-seater hybrid. The first to make a report...Read more

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2021 GMC Canyon to Offer Off-Road AT4 Model

Expect the off-road midsize pickup segment to be a tougher market for companies as GMC just announced it will be releasing a new rugged AT4 trim level for one of...Read more

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700,000 Toyota, Lexus Models Recalled Over Fuel Pump Issues

A total of 696,000 vehicles from the Toyota and Lexus lineups are being recalled due to defective fuel pumps that could stop working and cause the vehicle to stall. The...Read more

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How to Pass an Emissions Test: 7 Tips That May Help

Note: Please check your local and state laws regarding exemptions and coverage of car emissions testing in your area. [caption id="attachment_6826" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Emission testing, or smog check, ensures your...Read more

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Is the Mazda Rotary Engine Worthy of a Comeback?

Internal combustion engines have been powering cars since the mid-1800s. The inherent reliability, efficiency, and power are what made them the standard for car manufacturers. The automotive industry has had...Read more

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America’s Best-Selling Ford F-150 Is Not a Favorite in Some States

The Ford F-150 truck may be the best-selling truck in America for several decades now, but there are still states where the truck is not the favorite--19 to be exact....Read more

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Ford Goes Back to Basics With 2020 F-150 Cattleman Edition

Pickup trucks have gone a long way from having the bare necessities to now being offered with a plethora of features, trim levels, and options to cater to all customers....Read more

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New Recon Edition Coming to 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Another special edition is on the way for the Jeep Wrangler, but this time it's for the Rubicon trim level. JL Wrangler Forums was the first to report about the...Read more

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Why Do Cadillac’s Badges Sit High on the Grille?

How a car performs on the market highly depends on its overall appearance. A lot of customers place heavy consideration in the overall design while the technical specifications only come...Read more

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How to Get Dog Hair Out of Your Car

Driving with your dog, whether on a short jaunt or on a long road trip to the beach, is always special. But having a furry companion in the car isn’t...Read more

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Is Learning How to Drive a Stick Shift Still Necessary?

Learning how to drive a stick shift used to be a rite of passage for most young drivers. At a time when families had at least one manual transmission vehicle,...Read more

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Chrysler to Change Name Following PSA Groupe Merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could be making some changes in its official name following the recent FCA-PSA Groupe merger, according to a report published by Mopar Insiders. The decision does seem...Read more

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Jeep to Preview New Plug-In Hybrid Models at CES 2020

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles previously announced its plans for electrification in the future, including the release of electrified versions of all Jeep models by 2022. Ahead of the official release of...Read more

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Mazda Reveals Why MX-30 Has Small Battery

Mazda is one of the automakers that have joined the growing list of companies venturing into the production of electric vehicles. And with the lack of research and available resources...Read more

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Hyundai Aims to Launch 23 Hybrid Cars by 2025

South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group is ringing in the new decade with plans to dominate the electric vehicle segment with no less than 23 electric models planned for release by...Read more

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls 745,000 Cars for Detaching Sunroofs

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a total of 744,852 vehicles in the United States over problems with panoramic sunroofs where the glass could detach from the vehicle. The recall affects a wide...Read more

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Ford Launches Snow Plow Prep Package for 2020 Super Duty Trucks

For Americans living in places where it snows, Ford is offering a special package to ease the road burdens brought about by the winter months. The automaker is releasing 2020...Read more

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Jeep Launches New Badge for Upcoming Plug-In Hybrid Models

At least three Jeep models will have plug-in hybrid versions coming this year and the automaker just announced what the lineup will be called—4xe.. The new 4xe badge will include...Read more

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Is Ford Reviving Supercar Technology in F-Series?

Despite holding onto the title of as the manufacturer of the best-selling vehicle in the United States, Ford is refusing to relax as it continues to come up with new...Read more

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Ford Baby Bronco Wows With Leaked Grille Photo

Just hours after a leaked photo of the 2020 Ford Bronco made its rounds online, customers found another model to feast on when a photo of the Escape-based SUV circulated...Read more

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Kia Confirms Electric Crossover in the Works

A new electric Kia crossover is in the works and it's no other than the Kia Sorento. Following the release of the battery-electric version of the subcompact Niro in 2019...Read more

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Iridium vs. Platinum Spark Plugs

Over 90% of cars on the road are equipped with internal combustion engines, and a vast majority run on gasoline. Some of the most critical components of a gasoline engine...Read more

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When is the Best Time to Buy a Car?

Summary: Car models are released almost yearly, this would mean that keeping up with one or two would be economically improbable and inefficient. However, there will be times when it...Read more

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BMW Introduces New Plug-In Hybrid

BMW is launching a new plug-in hybrid version of its well-loved X3 SUV next spring and it's already starting to turn heads this early. The hybrid will feature a 12-kilowatt-hour...Read more

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Ford’s Defective Transmission Still Causing Owners Problems

It looks like Ford's problems with its faulty dual-clutch six-speed transmission won't be going anywhere as the automaker is once again in hot water after an owner of a Ford...Read more

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Subaru Recalls Almost 500,000 Vehicles for Defective Airbags

Subaru has issued a recall on 497,922 vehicles to replace front passenger airbag inflators. The same vehicles were also part of a recall involving defective Takata airbag inflators. The airbag...Read more

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Takata Airbag Recall Might Be Coming to a Close

Takata first issued a recall for defective airbags in 2001, which was then followed by a series of recalls involving millions of vehicles from various automakers and eventually led to...Read more

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Jeep’s New President Pushes for Electrified Future

When Jeep's new global president Christian Meunier took over the position, he made it clear that he is steering the brand to a new direction—focusing less on interior features and...Read more

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Ford’s New Feature Helps Off-Roaders Navigate Their Way Home

Taking inspiration from a 207-year-old German fairy tale, Ford wants to make sure off-roaders will never get lost again with the help of its newest feature--the Breadcrumbs. Just as breadcrumbs...Read more

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Sneak Peek: 2020 Honda Civic Type R

Following the updates on the regular Civic and its Si variant for the 2020 model year, Honda announced it will also be giving the revised Type R a refresh. The...Read more

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Toyota Land Cruiser Thrives Amid Growing Demand for Hybrid Cars

Hybrids may have drawn a lot of attention in 2019, but Toyota's iconic rides are not going anywhere. The Japanese automaker was revealed to be plotting a massive product launch...Read more

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Braking Issue Prompts Ford to Recall 600,000 Sedans

A total of 600,166 units of older-model Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles are being recalled over problems that could affect braking and increase the risk of a crash. The safety...Read more