July 2012 archive

Jul 24

Five Common Stick Shift Myths

Although stick shift cars are nowhere near as popular as they once were, accounting for less than 7% of new cars sold this year, plenty of diehard fans still exist, eager to defend manuals as superior and more desirable than their automatic counterparts.  Unfortunately, many of the reasons devoted drivers use to support stick shifts …

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Jul 12

What Consumers Need to Know About Automotive Quality Reports

Many factors should be considered when researching a car purchase including fuel efficiency, size, and available features but quality is generally the most significant element drivers use to make their final decision.  Recently, J.D. Power and Associates released their 26th annual Initial Quality Study (IQS), a quantitative report on vehicle quality and reliability using data …

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Jul 05

Driving Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Hybrid

Excellent fuel economy is the cornerstone of hybrid vehicles but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve those figures even more.  By following a few simple tips, hybrid owners can truly maximize their cars efficiency. First, hybrid drivers should understand the benefits of a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and how to use it to their advantage.  …

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