Thursday, July 9, 2009

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Favorite Fuel Efficient CarsHere at About Cars, our philosophy is that a fuel-efficient car shouldn't requrie one to give up comfort, safety and enjoyment. That's why this isn't just a by-the-numbers list of cars with the best fuel economy. Instead, the About Cars test drivers and I are pleased to present our list of cars we think are the creme-de-la-creme of high-mileage cars - including hybrids, turbodiesels, and other high-MPG, fuel-efficient cars.
Least Expensive Cars of 2009Are cheap cars really all that cheap? We've driven the ten least-expensive 2009 cars on the American market, and here we share our opinions of the cars that carry the lowest sticker prices in the US.
Factory shot: 2008 Audi R8 rear view2008 Audi R8 rear view
How to live past 150,000Improvements in technology, build quality and metallurgy mean that cars are living longer and longer, even in the Rust Belt. And it's not just Japanese cars, either -- domestics and Europeans are giving reliable service up to, and well past, 150,000 miles.[p] With proper care and feeding, virtually any car can be kept running as long as the owner wants to keep it. Here are twelve guidelines to keeping your car well into six-figure territory.
2008 Audi A5 interior2008 Audi A5 interior
2007 BMW M6 convertible2007 BMW M6 convertible
Best Cars for TeensHere are ten cars that are easy to drive and affordable to buy, insure and run. Another Top Picks list from the road testers at About Cars.
My five favorite American carsAaron's Five Favorite American Cars
Factory shot: 2008 Audi R8 front view2008 Audi R8 front three-quarter view
Audi RS6 Avant dashboardAudi RS6 Avant dashboard
2009 Subaru Impreza test driveThe Subaru Impreza 2.5i is my favorite choice for new and nervous drivers, because it’s the only small, affordable car with standard all-wheel-drive (AWD). AWD gives the 2009 Subaru Impreza a stronger grip on the pavement than front- or rear-wheel-drive cars. For 2009, Subaru has made the Impreza 2.5i's safety package even better -- but does being the safest make it the best? Read on. 2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i hatchback: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Ford FusionFord Euro Fusion
Audi A4 cabriolet207 Audi A4 Cabriolet front-left view
Small Cars You Can Live WithIn years past, small fuel-efficient cars that got excellent gas mileage were limited in scope to economy cars. Today, automakers are building high-MPG cars that are more luxurious, more flexible and more sporty than ever. Check out this list of the Top 10 small cars you can live with, with links to test drives and new car reviews.
2008 Hummer H22008 Hummer H2
How DSG/twin clutch worksThe Direct Shift Gearbox (aka twin-clutch transmission) is a self-shifting transmission that overcomes many of the problems with traditional manuals and automatics, and works faster than other sequential manuals. DSG is available on cars such as the Audi TT and A3 and Volkswagen GTI, Jetta GLI, and Golf R32. How the DSG works is explained here by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2009 Nissan GT-R2009 Nissan GT-R front view LAAS07
2010 Subaru Legacy test driveSubaru's mid-size Legacy has been completely redesigned for 2010, and Subaru's goal for the new Legacy is to make it more appealing to the mainstream -- bigger back seat, larger trunk, new styling and refined powertrains. The old Legacy was a favorite of mine -- will the old Legacy keep the flame alive? Read on. 2010 Subaru Legacy: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR LAAS07
Best New Cars of 2009Best new cars of 2009
Lamborghini Reventon dash2008 Lamborghini Reventon dashboard
Mazda 3 rear view2007 Mazda 3 rear view
Lamborghini Reventon from the front2008 Lamborghini Reventon front view
CVT - What it is, how it worksWhat is a Continuously Variable Transmission (or CVT), how does it work, and what makes the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) superior to a conventional automatic transmission? This article explains, in simple terms, what the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is and how it works. By Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Chevrolet CaptivaChevrolet Captiva
2007 Volvo S602007 Volvo S60
Cars for WomenWomen's driving needs differ from men's. Herewith the Top 10 Cars for women as chosen by the automotive experts at About Cars.
Factory photo: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro interior2010 Chevrolet Camaro coupe interior
Hummer HX conceptHummer HX concept at NAIAS08
Factory photo: 2009 Audi A4 Avant interior2009 Audi A4 Avant interior
Least Expensive Cars of 2008Are cheap cars really all that cheap? We've driven the ten least-expensive 2008 cars on the American market, and here we share our opinions of the cars that carry the lowest sticker prices in the US.
2007 Hyundai Tiburon2007 Hyundai Tiburon
BMW X6 Active Hybrid conceptBMW X6 Active Hybrid concept
2008 Audi S52008 Audi S5
2009 Mazda RX-8 dashboard2009 Mazda RX-8 dashboard
Audi R8 from the front2008 Audi R8 right-front view
Audi R8 interior2008 Audi R8 interior left
Most Fuel-Efficient 2009 CarsHere are the 10 most fuel efficient cars on sale in America, according to the EPA -- and what Cars Guide Aaron Gold thinks of them.
Affordable SofttopsIt isn't necessary to mortgage the farm for the pleasure of driving a convertible. Here are 10 fun-to-drive softtops that won't break your bank account.
Chevrolet SparkChevrolet Spark
Fun, fuel-efficient carsWho says "fun" and "frugal" are mutually exclusive?
Audi S8 right-front view2007 Audi S8 right-front view
Today's Charger2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee front view
Factory photo: VW R32 interior2008 Volkswagen R32 interior
Ford FiestaFord Fiesta
2008 Audi R8 cutaway drawing2008 Audi R8 Cutaway
2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
S-model interior2007 Mazda 3 interior
Fuel Saving TipsYes, your car can get better gas mileage! These Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips will help you improve your car's fuel economy and use less gasoline. Most of these tips will give you a slight increase in MPG -- but together the gas mileage improvements can really add up. Save money and use less fuel. From Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Mercury CougarMercury Cougar
M3 interior2008 BMW M3 interior
2009 Audi A4 interior2009 Audi A4 interior
Ford FocusFord Focus
2009 BMW X6 interior2009 BMW X6 interior black
Ford MondeoFord Mondeo
NISMO 350Z interior2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z interior
Ford S-MAXFord S-MAX
SRT8 Super Bee from the front2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee front view, high angle
2010 Kia Forte test drive]Meet the 2010 Kia Forte, an all-new car that replaces the Spectra as Kia's entry in the crowded compact sedan market. Kia claims the 2010 Forte represents the New Age of Kia -- top-quality cars that can hold their own against Toyota, Honda and Nissan while retaining Kia's traditional value equation. That's a pretty tall order -- can the 2010 Kia Forte really deliver? Read on. 2010 Kia Forte: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2007 Chevrolet Aveo Sedan2007 Chevrolet Aveo Sedan
Drivers wanted2007 BMW 3-series coupe interior
2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z
Chevrolet VectraChevrolet Vectra
CTS-V interior2009 Cadillac CTS-V interior
2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR - New for 2008
K&N Air FiltersK&N says their reuseable air filter can save on costs and pollution. How well does it work? The experts at Cars have the answer.
2007 Nissan Sentra2007 Nissan Sentra
2007 Hummer H3 Alpha2007 Hummer H3 Alpha
2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia2008 Ferrari F430 LAAS07
Cadillac SLSCadillac SLS
Tiburon's updated interior2007 Hyundai Tiburon interior
Driving is serious business, ja?2007 Audi A3 S-line interior
2009 Nissan Versa test driveNissan couldn't have picked a better time to introduce a cut-rate version of their Versa subcompact sedan. The 2009 Versa 1.6 Base was the cheapest car in America for a few days, until Hyundai dropped the price of its entry-level Accent. Even so, $9,990 -- actually $10,685 once you add in the Versa's $795 delivery charge -- is pretty darn cheap for a new car. But is this a car you'd actually want to buy? Read on. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Ford GalaxyFord Galaxy
2009 VW Jetta TDI reviewFor 2009, Volkswagen is re-introducing the diesel-powered Jetta TDI with an all-new "clean" turbodiesel engine that meets emissions standards in all 50 states. Diesel fans (including me) praise diesel cars for their excellent power and hybrid-like fuel economy. Detractors say diesels are smoky, smelly and slow. Will the new TDI advance the cause of diesel? Read on. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2008 BMW 5-series2008 BMW 5-series
2008 Audi R82008 Audi R8
Audi - New for 2010What's coming to the Audi lineup in 2010 and beyond. Includes changes to new 2010 and 2011 Audi cars and future cars including the A4, S4, A5, S5, A6, S6, A8, S8, TT, TTS and R8.
IS250 interior2007 Lexus IS250 interior
Audi RS6 Avant interiorAudi RS6 Avant interior
G6 dash2006 Pontiac G6 GT convertible dashboard
Azera interior2007 Hyundai Azera interior
Chevrolet Montana/TornadoChevrolet Montana/Tornado
Chevrolet Camaro concept rear end detailChevrolet Camaro concept rear end detail
2009 Honda FitFor 2009, Honda is introducing an all-new Fit, and -- wait, what? Didn't the Fit just go on sale in, like, 2007? Yes it did, but while the 2007 Honda Fit was new to North America, it was old hat to the rest of the world. Rather than make us wait, Honda is already launching the new Fit for 2009 here -- so is it an improvement? Read on. 2009 Honda Fit: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Nissan QashqaiNissan Qashqai interior
Chevrolet Astra (new)Chevrolet New Astra
Interior2007 Ford Mustang GT interior
Mazda 3 on the move2007 Mazda 3 driving
2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG2007 Mercedes E-Class E63 AMG
2007 Jaguar XK Convertible2007 Jaguar XK Convertible
E63 AMG interior2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon interior
Modern MuscleThe real muscle car era is long gone but by expanding the definition to include imports, V-6's, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, we've come up with a list of modern cars just loaded with muscle. An About Cars Top 10 Pick.
High-lux accomodations in the 3.62007 VW Passat Wagon 3.6 interior
Merkur XR4TiFord Sierra Cosworth
9-3 interior2007 Saab 9-3 interior
Lancer GTS interior2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS interior
One more look at the CSX2007 Acura CSX Type S left-front
2008 BMW M3 Coupe2008 BMW M3 Coupe LAAS07
Corolla S interior2009 Toyota Corolla S interior
Audi A4 Cabriolet interior2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet interior
Best cars for momsWho says motherhood demands a minivan or big SUV? Here are ten cars that are perfect for moms, with lots of family-friendly features that mothers everywhere will approve of.
2008 Ford FocusThe Ford Focus has been redesigned for 2008, and owners of 2007 and older Focii will barely recognize the new car. New styling inside and out, a new model lineup, and a new two-door coupe are hallmarks of the 2008 Ford Focus. But what made the old Focus so appealing was its European-bred road manners. Does the new Focus measure up to its predecessor? Read on. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Factory photo: VW R32 from the rear2008 Volkswagen R32
Chevrolet Camaro concept with a classic CamaroChevrolet Camaro concept with a classic Camaro
SX4 dashboard2007 Suzuki SX4 dashboard
2009 Pontiac VibePontiac's Vibe is all-new for 2009. Though the wedge-shaped roofline and 5-door "wagonette" body style hark back to the first-generation Vibe, the new Vibe is an up-to-date package that's strong on safety, practicality and versatility. As you can tell, I really liked this car -- read on to find out why. Price range(including options) $15,895 to $23,230, EPA fuel economy estimates 20-26 city, 26-32 highway. 2009 Pontiac Vibe: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2010 Mazda3 test driveSince its introduction in 2004, the Mazda3 has earned a reputation for being economical, fun to drive, and well outside of the mainstream. Mazda's goal for the redesigned 2010 Mazda3 was to make a car that would bring new buyers into the fold without abandoning the factors and features that current Mazda3 owners hold so dear. Have they done it? Read on. 2010 Mazda 3: Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2009 Volkswagen TiguanVolskwagen Tiguan rear view LAAS07
2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet left-front high angle
Lamborghini Reventon detail2008 Lamborghini Reventon engine cover
2010 Lincoln MKZ test driveIf you told me Lincoln was going to build a car that would nip at Lexus' heels, I'd tell you that I'll believe it when I see it. Well, now I've seen it, and I'm starting to believe it. Meet the new and improved 2010 Lincoln MKZ. Can the 2010 Lincoln MKZ really be as good as a Lexus? Read on and decide for yourself. 2010 Lincoln MKZ: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Toyota - New for 2009What's new in the Toyota car lineup for 2009. Includes changes, updates and redesigns to the 2009 Toyota, Camry, Solara, Avalon, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, and Yaris.
Suzuki SX4 rear view2007 Suzuki SX4 rear view
Ford KaFord Ka
2009 Honda Civic Sedan reviewThe Honda Civic is the car I most often recommend to people who want simple, economical and reliable transportation. A week with a mid-range 2009 Honda Civic reminded me why it's such a sensible buy -- but it also reminded me that the 2009 Honda Civic is not the perfect car, and that buyers should consider its imperfections carefully before signing on the dotted line. 2009 Honda Civic LX-S sedan: Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2007 Toyota PriusThe 2007 Toyota Hybrid Prius Touring Edition is the first variant of Toyota's popular Prius Hybrid; it gets fancier wheels and a "European-tuned" suspension. Does the Touring Edition make the Toytoa Prius more fun to drive - and more importantly, does it affect the Prius Hybrid's stellar mileage? Read on to find out. Tested and reviewed by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Chevrolet Optra HatchbackChevrolet Optra Hatchback
2009 SLK interior2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK interior
Audi S6 interior2007 Audi S6 interior
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTSSeems we just finished reviewing the all-new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, and already they've introduced an improved 2009 version. The changes affect the Lancer GTS, the racy top-of-the-line model, which gets a bigger engine -- 2.4 liters versus 2.0 for DE and ES models and last year's GTS. Outside, the boy-racer mini-Evo theme continues with a body kit and big trunk spoiler. Does the new engine make the Lancer GTS a true sportser? Read on. Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
Cool gauges2007 Mazda 3 gauges
2009 Mazda6The Mazda6 has always been the automotive equivalent of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant: Small and cramped, lousy location, but the food is out of this freakin' world. Now, imagine that the guy who owns the place has decided to build an addition, paint the walls, hire a couple more waitresses and clean the place up a bit. That what Mazda has done with the 2009 Mazda6. The ambiance is better, but is the food still any good? Read on. Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2009 Toyota CorollaNow in its 10th iteration, the Toyota Corolla has become an icon on American roads, a symbol of simplicity and practicality. While other compact sedans have sought to differentiate themselves, the new 2009 Toyota Corolla treads in the footsteps of its predecessors. Did Toyota make the right move by giving us more of the same? Read on. Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2009 Challenger SRT8Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT8 for 2008; this year they followed up with the entry-level Challenger SE and the mid-level Challenger R/T. The SRT8 remains the big dog of the Challenger lineup, with its 6.1 liter 425 horsepower HEMI V8, but this year the dog has a new trick: It now offers a six-speed manual transmission. Does the six-speed stick make for a better Challenger? Read on. 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8: Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at
2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5iMention the Subaru Impreza to your average car buff, and he or she will probably assume you mean the high-performance WRX or STi versions. That's something Subaru wants to see changed with the newly-redesigned 2008 Impreza -- Subaru wants the 2008 Impreza 2.5i, to have its time in the sun. Can the Subaru Impreza 2.5i take on powerhouses like the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla? Guide to Cars Aaron Gold spent a week with a 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i sedan to find out.
2008 Honda CivicWhy does one by a Honda Civic? Let me count the ways. You buy a Honda Civic because it's smart. You buy a Honda Civic because it's economical. You buy a Honda Civic because it's... luxurious? That's the idea behind the new-for-2008 Honda Civic EX-L, which adds leather upholstery and heated front seats to the top-of-the-line Civic EX. Is this the mini-luxury-car you've been looking for? Read on. 2008 Honda Civic: Tested by Aaron Gold, your Guide to cars at
Which Car is Best for You?Choosing the best car for your needs can be a chore. This brief checklist makes it relatively painless.
Lamborghini Reventon center console2008 Lamborghini Reventon center console

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