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Ascent and Atlas: The New Breed of 3-Row SUVs

Ascent and Atlas: The New Breed of 3-Row SUVs

Subaru Ascent concept But does it have a third row? It’s a question that’s inevitable when families shop for an SUV. Anything less is deemed inadequate, because there’s just not enough room for two adults, three kids, and occasional friends in a traditional 2-row sedan or SUV. Three-row vehicles include the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and many more. It’s a crowded field indeed, but two automakers each see room for an additional entry. Say hello to the Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. Subaru hasn’t officially unveiled the production version of the 2018 Ascent yet, but we expect to see it sometime…Read entire story

Chevy Camaro: Better Get Used to Second Place

Chevy Camaro: Better Get Used to Second Place

Camaro versus Mustang. It’s a rivalry on the same level as Bears versus Lions, Yankees versus Red Sox, and Chicago Deep Dish versus New York pizza. The Mustang and Camaro have been trading the top sales spot for a number of years now, with the Mustang clearly in the lead for the last three years. It’s the Camaro, though, that gained the most new owners last month. Sales victories are rare for the Camaro these days, and with a refreshed Mustang on the way for 2018, Chevy might have to get used to second place. Rarely are people fans of both the Mustang and …Read entire story

The First Cars of CarGurus

The First Cars of CarGurus

It could be a Pink Cadillac or a ‘69 Chevy (with a 396, Fuelie heads, and a Hurst on the floor). Cars have long been associated with independence and the open road, and no car epitomizes newfound freedom quite like your first car. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone at CarGurus is a gearhead—although some certainly fit the description. Our team covers a wide range of responsibilities, from software engineering to business development, and recruiting to… well, somebody has to edit this blog, right? Simply put, if owning a garage filled with Pininfarina was a prerequisite for employment, we’d have a much harder time growing our staff. Our Gurus run the gamut, which means our cars do, too. And like most of…Read entire story

Kids Born Today May Never Drive a Car

Kids Born Today May Never Drive a Car

My kids have never known what it’s like to not have Internet or cell phones. It makes me feel pretty old to say things like, “When I was a kid we had to look things up in the encyclopedia and make phone calls while attached to the wall.” When my kids are parents, they’ll probably say things like, “I remember when people had to drive their own cars.” Technology advances fast and the next decade will likely bring changes we can’t even fathom right now. On the automotive side of things, self-driving cars are already shaping up to be the next revolution right alongside a shift in the traditional car ownership model. Think about …Read entire story

Volkswagen Arteon: The Next VW Nobody Buys?

Volkswagen Arteon: The Next VW Nobody Buys?

The Volkswagen Phaeton was the answer to a question nobody asked. It quietly debuted as the flagship VW sedan but came with the price of a well-equipped 7 Series. The Phaeton died an uneventful death after it became obvious that executive-level buyers prefer executive-level brands. Very few people wanted to spend upward of $80,000 and stare at a Volkswagen logo. Has Volkswagen learned from the error of its ways? Maybe. The German automaker has unveiled another premium car, this one with a not-quite-as-unpronounceable name and, we hope, a much lower price. The Volkswagen Arteon will sit atop VW’s product line. In its press release, VW says, Start with the name – a portmanteau of “art”…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

Apple Faces Lawsuit for not Preventing Texting and Driving

Apple Faces Lawsuit for not Preventing Texting and Driving

I made a promise to my family to not text while driving. Doing so is wildly dangerous and irresponsible, but also incredibly easy and tempting. On any day, in any city around the country, a driver can look into the windows of surrounding cars and see a driver typing on his or her phone. That driver will no longer be me, because I’ve decided that I control my phone instead of my phone controlling me. I won’t let it put my life, nor the lives of my loved ones, at risk. Rather than taking responsibility for their own texting habits, some drivers want to sue one …Read entire story

The Trump Effect: Will More Car Production Stay in America?

The Trump Effect: Will More Car Production Stay in America?

For all the controversy President-elect Trump has created, his impending presidency seems to be having at least one immediate effect: Car production is staying in the United States. In the last few weeks, Ford has cancelled plans for a Mexican production plant, and GM has committed to invest a billion dollars in U.S. manufacturing while adding 7,000 jobs. That news comes after Trump has publicly derided the companies for moving production out of the country. German automakers, however, have stood firm on their existing plans for production in Mexico, even in the face of Trump’s proposed 35 percent tax on foreign cars being brought into the U.S. Is this truly a…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

Faraday Unveils its Future: The FF 91

Faraday Unveils its Future: The FF 91

Even though its factory is still just a patch of Nevada desert, Faraday Future has finally unveiled its first production vehicle, the flagship FF 91. So far, the reception isn’t good. The car is being panned online for a design that is miles short of Tesla’s sexy EV lines and mocked for failing to drive itself offstage when intended after the big reveal. The FF 91 comes after a disappointing 12 months that has included reports of dysfunction from within the organization, financial problems, and key staff departures. The company still hasn’t announced how much the car will cost, but will…Read entire story

Can Sinking Hyundai Right the Ship?

Can Sinking Hyundai Right the Ship?

2017 Santa Fe An automaker can’t survive without crossovers. All the major car companies that operate in the United States have a wide assortment of crossovers and SUVs available to consumers. Some, like FCA, are even dropping slow-selling sedans in favor of increased SUV, truck, and crossover production. Others, such as General Motors, offer heavy incentives on sedans but make up for the discounts with profitable SUVs. Of the 44 automakers doing business in the U.S., only eight don’t offer a crossover, and most of those are supercar makers. (Thanks Autoblog, for doing that research.) Hyundai has an assortment of crossover SUVs available, but wasn’t prepared for the SUV boom that is currently engulfing the world’s automotive markets. …Read entire story

Gifts for Gearheads

Gifts for Gearheads

Car commercials have a very specific flavor during the holiday season. They range from humorous to overly sentimental, but they often involve the advertised car sitting in someone’s driveway with a comically large, red, tightly wrapped bow on the hood or roof. It’s the universal symbol for “This car will be on sale this holiday season, so why not surprise a loved one with a brand new car?” Well for most of us, this is a very unrealistic scenario. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who was willing and able to purchase a car for someone else without their knowledge, explicit permission, and opinion about that car. We recommend that the person receiving the car be involved in researching…Read entire story

Costco’s Christmas Corvette: A Good Deal?

Costco’s Christmas Corvette: A Good Deal?

If you’ve ever dreamt of a Corvette under the tree with a giant red bow on top, Costco may be your best bet for making it happen. The discount membership club has long offered an auto program through which members can get pre-negotiated deals on cars, but this winter, for the first time, the deal extends to America’s supercar. There’s been a mixed response on whether Costco’s deals are better than what any regular Joe can negotiate on his own, but at the very least the Costco price saves a buyer the hassle of negotiating. To be clear, buyers don’t actually purchase cars through the warehouse. They must still buy through a dealership, but typically…Read entire story