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News & Features: It's a gas for son to carry on dad's pump museum

He may not self-identify as a philosopher, since he's a proud gearhead and gas-station grease monkey at heart, but Mark Mendenhall was nothing if not profound when he looked around and took stock of all he surveyed.

By Sam McManis September 2, 2014


Auto Briefs: 4 automakers invest in plants; Honda upgrades Fit bumper

Toyota plans to expand production of its Highlander SUV. (Toyota) 4 automakers reveal big plant changes A variety of automakers announced major moves and investments recently: Ford has closed its...

August 31, 2014


Autobiography: His Dodge Brothers car always draws a crowd

"I love my car because ... it's so much fun to drive. And it's unique; I've never seen another one like it." - Dean Comer, Marysville

August 31, 2014


News & Features: Why you'll look forward to adding a backup camera

Of all the tech features you can add to your car, one stands out as a real lifesaver: a backup camera.

By Linda Hughes August 31, 2014


Moving Forward: First Volvo XC90s for sale online; Duran Duran to debut Miata

(Volvo) Volvo XC90 first edition an online-only buy To get a first edition of the 2016 Volvo XC90, buyers will have to go online this week. In a nod to...

August 31, 2014


Car Talk: Sway bar not as useless as mechanic claimed

Dear Tom and Ray: My stepson recently discovered something dangling under his 1997 Ford Escort wagon. He took it to some mechanics, who looked underneath and found it to...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi August 31, 2014

Auto Briefs: Tacoma Carfest is 3 days; McConaughey in ads for Lincoln MKC

Tacoma Carfest offers 3 days of cars, music Muscle cars, low riders, classics and modified imports will be among the vehicles on display during the Tacoma Carfest, Saturday through Monday....

August 29, 2014


Auto Briefs: Renovo works 4 years in 'stealth mode' for concept

(Renovo) Renovo Coupe Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month, this concept is by Renovo. The Campbell, Calif.-based company says it's been operating in "stealth mode" for the...

August 29, 2014


Car Talk: There's no economic advantage to driving a stick shift

Dear Tom and Ray: Years ago, it was understood that manual-transmission cars had better fuel economy than the same cars with automatics. But for the past several years, as manual...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi August 29, 2014

News & Features: Lab develops innovative vehicle technology

Nestled in the rolling Tennessee hills and forests, the secretive lab that developed power for the Manhattan Project is working to change the auto industry and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign fuel.

By Mark Phelan August 29, 2014


Moving Forward: Corvette prices set; Tesla ups Model S warranty

(General Motors) GM sets Corvette prices General Motors says it will sell its 650-horsepower 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 starting at $78,995. The convertible model will begin at $83,995. For $3,000...

August 29, 2014


Sound Off: How do you decide when to change your oil?

Take our poll or leave your comments below. How do you decide when to change your oil?...

August 28, 2014

News & Features: Hyundai's top SUV is making sales gains

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe midsize sport utility vehicle stands out from the crowd for its attractive styling, comfortable ride, value pricing, surprising standard features and warranty.

By Ann M. Job August 28, 2014


News & Features: Sorry, convertible, Lexus IS 350 saves its drama for sedan

When we drove the redesigned Lexus IS 250 last year, we were impressed with the new look, but were left wanting a bit more power under the hood. The IS 350 F Sport, with more power, may be our answer.

By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek August 27, 2014


News & Features: Road Glide fans are glad Harley bike is back

Jay Johnson has been on many journeys with his Harley-Davidson Road Glide, including a 600-mile round trip to Marquette, Mich., for a Big Boy hamburger that he couldn't find any closer to home.

By Rick Barrett August 26, 2014


Auto Briefs: 10 comfy cars under $30K; site checks recall fixes

(General Motors) KBB names comfy cars below $30K Kelley Blue Book chose these as the 10 Most Comfortable New Cars Under $30,000. All are model year 2014, unless noted otherwise....

August 24, 2014


Autobiography: Three generations pitch in to work on Plymouth

OWNER: Ed Coutts (far right, pictured with his son and grandsons), Auburn OCCUPATION: Retired CAR'S MAKE AND MODEL: 1932 Plymouth PB "I LOVE MY CAR BECAUSE ... it brings...

August 24, 2014


News & Features: Performance driving can help you master 'street survival'

After buying an Audi A4 sedan, Alex Schenkar was eager to learn the proper driving techniques for his sporty new car. So he enrolled in a performance-driving class at ProFormance Racing School in Kent.

By Gene Stout August 24, 2014

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Moving Forward: Subaru leads safety awards; Ford F-150 back window is seamless

(Subaru) Subaru leads safety awards The redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback wagon (shown) recently earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus award, the highest ranking from the Insurance...

August 24, 2014


Car Talk: We smell a prank in the works

Dear Tom and Ray: If a tin of sardines is attached to the exhaust manifold of a 1993 Ford F-150 with a pair of large radiator clamps, will the heat...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi August 24, 2014


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