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Should You Be Worried About Replacing a Used EV’s Batteries?

Should You Be Worried About Replacing a Used EV’s Batteries?

2017 Chevy Bolt One of the benefits of owning an electric car is not needing to buy gasoline. The cost savings add up year after year, even when you include the cost of electrons to recharge the batteries. Two of the biggest concerns since the advent of hybrid and EV technology are electric range and potential cost of replacing battery packs. Range anxiety has mostly been solved as EV range steadily increases to over 200 miles per charge. Replacing battery packs has, so far, proven to be a non-issue, but it’s bound to become one as the earliest EVs continue to age. How much should people expect to pay once the inevitable happens? About …Read entire story

Ram Readying for a Come-from-Behind Sales Victory

Ram Readying for a Come-from-Behind Sales Victory

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel I grew up with a staunch adversity to Chrysler products. It stemmed from my dad, who had a bad experience with a Chrysler Le Baron. And by “bad experience,” I mean an engine blowout before the 60,000-mile mark. Since that day, mentioning Chrysler in conversation was akin to discussing poor bathing habits or certain political parties. It was simply not to be done in polite company. I took that perspective into adulthood, but now that I’m older and considering a truck purchase, I’m re-thinking my attitude toward the company formerly known as Chrysler. So, it seems, are thousands of other…Read entire story

Apple Could Potentially Take Over Tesla

Apple Could Potentially Take Over Tesla

Would Tesla be better off under Apple ownership? Rumors of an Apple buyout of the California automotive startup have circulated for years, but conditions for a takeover have never looked as good as they do right now. In fact, Citigroup has listed Tesla as a prime target for Apple to purchase with its massive cash reserve. Apple wants to venture into the car business and has likely spent billions on research and development of a new type of automobile, but the project has yet to result in any concrete news or announcements from the company. MacWorld put together a great article listing the evidence …Read entire story

Chevy Announces Price for Raptor-Like Colorado ZR2

Chevy Announces Price for Raptor-Like Colorado ZR2

When I first saw the press release announcing a starting price of $40,995 for a new trim of the Chevy Colorado, I thought, “Well here we go, we’ve entered the era where a $40,000 midsize truck is normal.” Prices for the Toyota Tacoma can eclipse the $40K mark, and the addition of the Colorado just made the number all the more normal. Except on closer inspection, there’s nothing normal about this $41,000 Colorado. In fact, you should probably go get one. The Colorado ZR2 is on par with the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 Rebel, trucks that will cost upwards of $50,000 to drive …Read entire story

Don’t Wait for Sunday! Here Are the Super Bowl Car Ads

Don’t Wait for Sunday! Here Are the Super Bowl Car Ads

You don’t need to wait for Sunday to see the best part of the Super Bowl. Sure, the Patriots and Falcons will deliver an epic game of back-and-forth offensive warfare, but honestly the best time to get up and use the restroom is just before the next commercial break. Automakers love to showcase their creative talents and introduce new vehicles and marketing campaigns while virtually everyone in the world is tuned in to the greatest sports show on Earth. This year, ads from Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Kia, Honda, Buick, and more have already been released. A common theme this year? Activism. Click through to see the …Read entire story

Will a New Corvette Appeal to Younger Buyers?

Will a New Corvette Appeal to Younger Buyers?

Chevrolet has a problem with the Corvette. Despite efforts to appeal to a younger audience with the sleek C7 Stingray, the Corvette remains an old man’s car. The average ‘Vette buyer is a 59-year-old male, but Chevrolet would love to start sending Corvettes home with guys and gals a decade or two younger. Certainly the C7 appeals to a younger crowd, but the Corvette brand has become associated with being a mid-life crisis purchase. When was the last time you saw someone driving a Corvette who didn’t have white hair? Younger folks tend to buy the Camaro or Mustang. Part of the reason is because older buyers are usually better-equipped to buy such an…Read entire story

You Might Buy Your Next Car at Walmart

You Might Buy Your Next Car at Walmart

One of the many services that has made Costco famous is its car buying program. The program has its supporters and detractors, but overall the company sees its partnership with dealerships as a value-added service for club members. Walmart wants in, too. The nation’s largest retailer has announced a partnership with dealers, a financial institution, and an online car retail platform to launch an in-store car buying program. Before you laugh at the idea of buying a car at Walmart, here’s why it could actually work. It does come with a warning, though. Walmart has teamed up with AutoNation, Ally Financial, and CarSaver to offer a kiosk…Read entire story

2017: The Year the Future Arrives

2017: The Year the Future Arrives

Think back five years. The year was 2012. It wasn’t that long ago, but in terms of advancements in the auto industry, it was an eternity. After doing a quick Google search for “car trends 2012,” I found a quaint little article from January of that year in the USA Today with the headline “Five auto trends that will shake up 2012.” The article mentioned things like stop/start engine technology, multiple air bags, smaller gas-powered engines, and simple infotainment controls. Earth-shattering stuff, right? Compare that list to what to expect for 2017 and you’d think we jumped ahead 20 years, not just five. Here’s where we are…Read entire story

The Boston Auto Show: Where You Can See Cars You Can Actually Buy (from a Dealer)

The Boston Auto Show: Where You Can See Cars You Can Actually Buy (from a Dealer)

Last night kicked off the 2017 New England International Auto Show, held right here in Boston, Massachusetts. While the big event in Detroit earns the majority of attention around this time of year, New England’s exhibition this year is all about cars you can actually find for sale on dealer lots—cars you and I could actually go out and purchase, rather than a slew of concepts and debuting vehicles unavailable for months to come. CarGurus went down to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center yesterday to take an early look at what the various attendees had on display. From a Passion Berry …Read entire story

Concepts, Gadgets, and Self-Driving at CES 2017

Concepts, Gadgets, and Self-Driving at CES 2017

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ If there was any doubt in your mind that autonomous driving features would arrive quickly in consumer vehicles, maybe you should pay attention to CES this year. With the Detroit Auto Show mere days away, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas provides a good opportunity for automakers to show off what their research and development teams are capable of pulling off with some of their more outlandish ideas. Of course, CES is a day of concepts and thematics more than actual car reveals, but it can be a great way to gauge how the automotive industry feels it will evolve given its current trajectory. The concepts…Read entire story

Toyota Corolla Could Gain a BMW Heart

Toyota Corolla Could Gain a BMW Heart

Let’s think of ways the Toyota Corolla could be made more exciting. The compact sedan is one of the most reliable and practical little cars money can buy, but it’s also one of the least exciting. The Corolla lacks performance and handles about as well as a dishwasher around corners, but people buy it because they appreciate its value and long-term reliability. To make it more exciting, maybe Toyota could throw in a turbocharger or upgrade the exhaust system. Or maybe the company could drop in a new engine. Maybe even a BMW motor. But that would never happen, right? Citing reports out of Japan, Indian…Read entire story

2018 Honda Odyssey Teased… and It’s Remarkable

2018 Honda Odyssey Teased… and It’s Remarkable

Honda just gave us one of the coolest automotive teasers we’ve ever seen for the upcoming 2018 Odyssey. The Odyssey, of course, is one of the most popular minivans in the world and is much loved by the under-35 crowd, making it about as cool as minivans can get. Since the essential purpose of a minivan is the transport of kids and kid-related gear, Honda felt it appropriate to delineate teaser duties to children. And the results are remarkable. The new iteration of the Odyssey will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month, but the completely redesigned family hauler is already generating a fair share of hype. To find the actual teaser, pictured above, we had to sort through a wide assortment of children&#…Read entire story

The 2018 Regal: Hottest Buick Ever?

The 2018 Regal: Hottest Buick Ever?

When was the last time you heard the words, “Whoa, that Buick is hot!” The answer is probably never, because those words are rarely assembled together in an English sentence. That’s likely to change as Buick continues to build cars that look nothing like the Buicks of the past. Truth be told, though, Buick’s design has been surprising auto journalists and car buyers for the last five years or so. In fact, millennial car buyers may not even remember when Buicks were exclusively for grandpas. With the new Regal, spotted ahead of the Geneva Motor Show and based …Read entire story