2021 Honda Passport driving in the desert
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The Least Reliable Honda Vehicles

Most Hondas have excellent performance and reliability ratings. The HR-V and the CR-V  are exceptional, and so are its super eco-friendly sedans. But there are two models in Honda’s current lineup that are below par.  The 2021 Passport is the least reliable Honda  Honda brought back the Passport in 2019 after a 17-year hiatus. This Honda SUV is sandwiched between …

A blue 2021 Honda HR-V driving in the city
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The Most Reliable Honda Cars

Honda may have had a few less than stellar model years, but it’s still one of the most reliable brands. Overall, Hondas stand out for their engaging driving dynamics and efficiency. But you might be wondering: what are the most reliable Honda cars?  Consumer Reports recently updated its list of the most reliable carmakers, and Honda comes in at …

The 2021 Mazda Carbon Edition lineup – CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6
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Is the Mazda CX-5 Just a Taller Mazda6?

The CX-5 is the most popular Mazda for obvious reasons. This crossover promises exciting handling and surprising luxury. But if these attributes are most appealing to you, the underrated Mazda6 is also an enticing option. How does driving the 2021 Mazda CX-5 compare to driving the 2021 Mazda6? Unsurprisingly, the CX-5 and the Mazda6 have similar driving dynamics. They both stand …

The trident badge on the pillar of a 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo
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Maserati’s Relationship With Ferrari Continues To Die

Maserati is a respected automaker with origins in Italy. The manufacturer has a strong racing background and a strong consumer luxury performance vehicle background. But, for roughly 20 years, the company has been using someone else’s engines, Ferrari’s. That is why Maserati is often referred to as the poor man’s Ferrari. A buyer of the Italian trident-wearing …

A visual of an auto loan, represented by a red toy Volkswagen bug parked on four ascending stacks of silver coins
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The Average Car Payment Makes Dave Ramsey Sick

For millions of Americans, auto loans have become givens in car buying. These loans are not only for new vehicles but also used ones. They include everything from subcompacts to SUVs and luxury cars. Auto loans cost most Americans more than 5 percent in interest. Personal money management guru Dave Ramsey suggests the expense is …

Raindrops are seen on a silver and blue BMW logo of the hood of a black car on January 5, 2020.
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BMW Has Struggled to Keep Up With Mercedes-Benz Recently

There’s an old saying: Dress Italian, speak French, drive German. Let’s leave couture and language to Vogue and Vanity Fair and focus on why German cars are the worldwide standard for performance and luxury. You could argue that the Brits make the most elegant and refined luxury cars, but nobody ever accused Rolls-Royce (a division …

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Carmax Is Now Allowing For 24-Hour Test Drives

We’ve all done it before. We’ve all bought a product, brought it home, decided it wasn’t for us, and then returned it the next day. After all, that’s what 30-day return policies are for, right? Well, not so much for cars, until now. Carmax is now doing 24-hour test drives to make sure that you …

A Citroen with its fog lights on drives on a foggy British roadway
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Do Fog Lights Really Help You See Through Fog?

Whether you plan on upgrading to LED headlights or sticking with halogens, your car’s lights are vital accessories.  But as bright as they’ve gotten in modern times, trying to drive through a foggy night can still leave you blinded. Given their name, you would expect fog lights to be the perfect solution. But do they …

An SUV gets towed away on a tow truck
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What Happens if I Stop Making My Lease Payments?

You may have heard the quote by comedian Steven Wright, which states, “If you think that no one cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.” And while we don’t condone missing your car payments just to see if anyone cares about you (trust us, they do), there’s a lot of truth to that …

Ford F-150 trucks go through the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant
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Production Has Stopped On Dodge Charger, Challenger

Production has stopped on Dodge Chargers and Challengers due to a semiconductor shortage. And Dodge isn’t the only one having to halt production. The halting of car production has affected many auto manufacturers worldwide.  The reason that manufacturers are running out of computer chips and semiconductors is because of the demand for electronics faster than …

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How to Add Wireless Apple Carplay to an Older Car

Do you currently own an Apple iPhone and want to be able to connect it to your car’s audio system wirelessly? Or does your current car have Apple Carplay and you want to be able to connect it without having to plug your phone in? If you fall into either category, you’re in luck, because …

Used cars at a dealerhip
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How To Prevent Buyer’s Remorse When Buying a Used Car

Buyer’s remorse is a real thing. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, buyer’s remorse is when a consumer acquires a product or service and finds themself regretting their purchase shortly thereafter. This happens in all industries, including car sales. But, when dealing with cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, buyer’s remorse is a lot more regrettable …

The 2022 Kia Sedona, aka 2022 Kia Carnival, parked on display with a cityscape in the background
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Kia Kills Sedona Van-Introduces 2022 “Carnival”

When it comes to minivans the herd is getting thinned but the Kia Sedona ranks right at the top for many reasons. For 2021 the Sedona has received some nice added features on the precipice of being replaced. Yes, in spite of these improvements the current Sedona, including its name, is headed toward the sunset. …

A view of the world's largest Tesla supercharger station with 72 stalls at the Jing'an International Center
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There Are Several Problems With Tesla’s E-Bike

By now, you’ve probably seen a Tesla driving around your city, or at least heard of these cars. In part, Tesla vehicles have helped the average consumer see that EVs can be fast and fun to drive. In recent years, cars like the Model 3 have also become relatively affordable. But what would happen if …

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Can You Wash Your Car in Cold Weather?

Maintaining your car all year round is very important, but it can get a lot harder to do during the wintertime, especially if you live in an area where it snows. And as you probably know, when the snow hits the ground, so does the road salt, which is what can really mess up your …

A white 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport driving down a city road
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The Least Reliable Nissan Cars

Unlike some brands, including Honda and Toyota, Nissan isn’t as consistent. The Rogue is among the most well-rounded, while the Altima is still a mishmash. Likewise, some Nissans shine for predicted reliability; others don’t. Consumer Reports ranks the Nissan brand toward the middle of the pack for car reliability. A few of the carmaker’s models are average, and some are …

The 2021 Genesis GV80's white-and-brown 2-spoke steering wheel
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Why Don’t More Cars Have 2-Spoke Steering Wheels?

Until a truly self-driving vehicle finally appears, cars will continue to need steering wheels. But just because cars need steering wheels doesn’t mean they all need the same one. That’s part of the reason why aftermarket wheels are available in the first place. And yet, for all the variety in wheel design, only a handful …

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The Most Complained About DMV Experiences

No one likes going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in fact, most people would probably choose getting a root canal over waiting in one of those long lines. At the end of the day, a root canal procedure is shorter, and in some cases, less painful. Case in point, going to the DMV …

A red 2020 Chevy Sonic parked hatchback parked next to a modern gray house
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Does the 2020 Chevy Sonic Live Up to Its Speedy Name?

Historically, the Chevy Sonic sold in approximately 120 countries under various names, most notably the Aveo. Only in North America is it known as the Sonic. But as of 2020, Chevrolet ended production of this budget subcompact. Interestingly, five other automakers distributed the Aveo, including Suzuki, Ravon, Pontiac, Holden, and Daewoo (from 2002 to 2011). …