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  • N AAnniversaries galore at the New York auto show

    Car companies are always looking for a reason to throw a party. And what’s a bigger justification than patting themselves on their collective backs for a job well done… even if it was 50 or so years ago.…

  • N AFrom the archives: The 1965 Ford Mustang started a legacy

    Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang, we have reached into the archives to present our first drive from the July 1964 issue of Consumer Reports magazine (PDF), augmented with test results from the August 1964 issue of Consumer Reports magazine (PDF).…

  • N ABMW shows how an SUV can rival car-like fuel economy

    BMW has prepared its customers for its exotic i8 plug-in hybrid and pure electric i3 for several years now. But for more mainstream electric power appeal, it now plans to offer an electrically augmented SUV, the X5 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) it is about to reveal at the New York auto show.…

  • N ARecord players were the infotainment systems of the 1950s and '60s

    Today's car infotainment systems offer drivers and passengers an array of state-of-the-art features that can dazzle even the most savvy techno-geek. (Unfortunately, these same high-tech systems can be complicated to use and prone to technical problems, as we detailed in "High-Tech Automotive Headach…

  • A tale of two car recalls

    With any recall, getting the part or parts fixed is just one aspect of the event. How the customer is treated is often a concern of equal—or even greater—importance for the manufacturer. The car owner is already worried about the safety of the car and annoyed about the inconvenience of having to tak…

  • N ASuper-quiet 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon prove pricey

    We’re spending time with the newly revamped 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon XL, vehicles that seem to defy the forces of evolution. These are huge, old-school SUVs built on a full-sized pickup chassis in a world where nearly every other SUV has adopted carlike structures.…

  • N APiloting the new family-grade Ford Transit Connect

    The original Explorer was a barely disguised Ranger pickup truck with a backseat and enclosed cab bolted on, and it went on to wild popularity. This concept of civilizing a workhorse has succeeded in the past, but will it do so again? We just bought a Ford Transit Connect to find out choosing, the f…

  • Toyota mega-recall follows on heels of GM recall mess

    Toyota is rolling out a mega-recall of about 6.4 million vehicles that addresses problems that include air bags and seat rails. In a sharp contrast to how General Motors put off and mishandled corrections to an ignition switch in small cars over the last decade, Toyota appears to be far more respons…

  • Toyota mega-recall

    Toyota is rolling out a mega-recall of about 6.4 million vehicles that addresses problems that include air bags and seat rails. In a sharp contrast to how General Motors put off and mishandled corrections to an ignition switch in small cars over the last decade, Toyota is responding in a big way to …

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