A yellow 2016 Porsche Boxster S
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Your Car’s Color Says About You

Ever notice you’re drawn to certain car colors but not others? Popularity, trends, and availability can influence your choice of car features. But your preference for car color can also reveal a great deal about your personal experiences and personality. Does your car match your personality? And do your tastes fit with the biggest and …

A man's reflection is seen a car touchscreen
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The First Car With a Touchscreen Came Out in the ’80s

In-car technology, displays, and controls have come a long way over the years. And today’s tech-savvy rides sit in stark contrast to yesterday’s vehicles. But when you look at your dashboard touchscreen — brimming with features such as navigation, mobile device pairing, and even climate controls — you’re not experiencing something entirely new. In fact, …

A car power inverter can charge your phone, computer, TV, or any other low-power AC electrical device.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Top 4 Power Inverters for Your Car

Before buying your dream car, you probably pore over reviews, peruse specs, test-drive your favorites to find the model that gives you everything you want. Features — from engine size to trim level to USB ports — can make a car special. But not all features are enough, and sometimes you need a bit more. …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can You Install a Remote Starter on Your Car Yourself?

Topping many holiday gift lists this year, remote starters are convenient to have this time of year. They’re popular car features, especially among drivers living in more extreme climates. Do remote starter kits cost a lot? And can you install them yourself? We’ll point you in the right direction. Remote start kits are popular Being able to start …

A blue 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata parked on display
Sedans & Coupes

How Safe Is the 2020 Mazda Miata?

This two-seater roadster has certainly made a name for itself as an engaging car that’s fun to drive. It’s easy to imagine that a tiny car like this isn’t exactly the safest car on the road. But Mazda as a brand earned for IIHS top safety picks than any other brand this year. So how …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 Annoying Features on the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF is easily one of the most engaging and fun cars in the market today and its definitely one of the best cars that we have driven to date. It currently stands alone in its segment as being the most venerable two-seat convertible, unless you count the Fiat 124, but that’s …

2020 Palisade is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Is Luxurious but Still Not Flexing

The Hyundai Palisade crossover is a smooth and feature-happy family SUV. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade SUV brings a new Calligraphy trim level that is draped in luxury. But overall, this people and stuff mover feels like it’s trying to fit in rather than stand out. This three-row hauler boasts safety features and user-friendly tech that …

Red 2019 Honda Pilot

One of the Honda Pilot’s Biggest Weaknesses Is the Mazda CX-9

The Honda Pilot SUV and the Mazda CX-9 SUV. Both of these three-row crossovers are set up for moving families and their stuff from one place to the next. Both are created by Japanese carmakers. They are easily two of the SUVs consumers are choosing between when it comes to buying a good family toter. …

burgundy 2020 Honda Odyssey driving along a shoreside roadway
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can You Guess the Best Base Model 2020 Minivan?

There is a multitude of minivans on the market. Not an overwhelming list like that of the SUV and crossover SUV segments, which never cease in growing popularity. However, there are enough new minivans out there––such as the Honda Odyssey or the Kia Sedona––to make the choice a little complicated. Many minivan shoppers may wonder …

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Trucks & SUVs

The Most Luxurious Compact Pickup Trucks of 2020

The best compact pickup trucks of 2020 can all be had with a bit of luxury. The US News and World Report ranking of the best compact pickup trucks includes three trucks up in the top four that also boast some sweet luxury in their highest trim level. These 3 small pickup trucks are capable …

The backup camera display of a 2014 Toyota Prius, showing passing pedestrians
Tips, Tricks & Trends

A Backup Camera Doesn’t Automatically Improve Safety

Cameras are increasingly being used in many aspects of car safety. In fact, in addition to airbags and seat belts, one key mandatory safety feature is the backup camera. However, as with other safety features, simply having a backup camera installed doesn’t automatically make you safer. Why backup cameras are mandatory Although backup cameras, aka …

blue 1955 Pontiac
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Cool Car Features We No Longer See

Technology and styling of cars has been changing and adapting with each and every generation. Fads, necessities and cool features have grown throughout the years, but some have become obsolete and have no place in modern cars. Whatever the reason, there are some older features that used to be highly desirable in cars that we …

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Cars

5 New Cars That Sound Surprisingly Great

It’s truly astonishing how cars can produce such melodious music through the internal combustion process. You’d expect that the banshee wail of a Ferrari V12 would make every hair stand on end. Or the primal roar of a potent pushrod V8 would send a series of shivers down your spine. What you wouldn’t expect is …

The Nissan Murano at the Annual Chicago Auto Show
Crossover & Midsize

What Features Come Standard on the Nissan Murano?

U.S. News gives the 2020 Nissan Murano a four out of five-star rating, while Edmunds has ranked it No. 7 among midsize SUVs. Those high accolades have many people wanting to know more about this crossover. In case you too are wondering, here is some information about the Murano’s standard features. The Nissan Murano’s appearance …

2019 GMC Sierra with MultiPro Tailgate
Trucks & SUVs

Truck Features & Accessories for Hauling Motorcycles

Pickup trucks are a common vehicle of choice when it comes to hauling motorcycles. Whether you’re transporting sportbikes for a track day or taking a dirt bike to the trails, trucks can handle it. There are quite a few built-in truck features, and aftermarket accessories, that can make it a cinch. Here are a few …