Automobile Information and News

The cars that came back to us
  After what will be 24 years in the wilderness, the Bronco, complete with its bucking Bronco logo, is coming back to Ford’s SUV stable. The carmaker announced a homecoming date of 2020 at the Detroit auto show last month (along with 2019 for the Ranger pickup), giving fans of the iconic off-roader plenty of time to prepare a warm welcome, and get the garage ready. It’s not the first time that ground’s been covered, of course. Here are five more comebacks that lit up the automotive world:     Dodge… Read More

The Mazda CX-5 was named Best Utility Vehicle of the Year for 2016.
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. What readers may not realize is that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs. Following are snippets of recent content, and links to the SC posts if you want to read… Read More

Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Gas mileage, cost and other key differences
  Can you drive a stick shift? Because a lot of people can’t. Americans are accustomed to the style of driving that comes with cars that have automatic transmissions, with a majority of drivers owning vehicles with automatic shifting. Interestingly enough, driving vehicles with manual transmissions is still extremely common in other countries, especially those in Europe. So we began to ask … why is this? We have found some interesting differences between the features of manual and automatic transmissions that help car buyers, wherever they may be, understand the different driving and ownership experiences associated with each. And hopefully… Read More

My first car: Red, sleek and fast, it made a lasting impression
  A 1984 Toyota Supra. It wasn’t my first car, exactly, but it’s first in my heart. The sleek, red, two-door, now-classic performance car with sun roof, distinctive black trim and what I refer to as Frogger (retractable) headlights is the one I remember the best. The Supra was my reward (from my wife and myself) for finishing graduate school. A demonstrator for a small-town Pennsylvania Toyota dealership, it sold for about $16,000, which seemed like a fortune at the time. But it’s a price I happily would pay now for a clean Supra. Sitting in the driver’s seat of… Read More

A look at the car, truck and utility of the year winners in Detroit
With all the excitement and buzz that surrounds the Detroit auto show, we found ourselves waiting in anticipation to see what the manufacturers would come up with for this year. 2017 is proving to be a big year – not only a big year of innovation, but for its strong direction towards the green life, with more and more eco-friendly models entering the car market, and as a year of technological progress. Each year we are presented with the latest and greatest tech that the world has to offer. With this year’s revelations, I can now find a car with… Read More

America’s ‘most buzzworthy’ vehicle
  For popularity, accolades and awards, the Ford F-150 keeps on rolling. Like it’s engine, it’s nothing if not reliable. Not only was the F-150 America’s top-selling vehicle in 2016, Ford’s immensely successful truck created the most social buzz last year. That’s according to a new report by Adobe Digital Insights, part of the software company, which makes the Ford F-150 its 2016 Automobile of the Year based on social media mentions, social sentiment and online visits. In second and third came the Audi A4 and the Honda Civic. Adobe’s report took an in-depth look at the auto industry through… Read More

Downtown Atlanta.
  It was sort of a last-minute idea. My husband hadn’t seen his Atlanta-based sister and nephew in quite a few years and his sister hadn’t ever met our youngest, 7-year-old Westley. So, what better way to catch up with far-away family than with an impromptu road trip? In addition to a sister, my husband’s nephew and family of four also lived near Atlanta, in the northern suburb of Alpharetta. So, we’d decided to make an event of it. It would be a holiday family… Read More

Most-loved cars, a dozen best buys and the road to Hades
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. What readers may not realize is that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs. Following are snippets of recent content, and links to the SC posts if you want to read… Read More

1982 Four-door Ford Escort hatchback, photo courtesy of HatchHeaven.com
  My dad agreed to buy both my brother and I our first cars. Any vehicles we owned beyond those, we were on our own. I was a lucky kid and I knew it. I wasn’t picky about the car I got. After all, I wasn’t paying for it, so how could I possibly afford to be picky? I only wanted three things: 1. Any color EXCEPT brown 2. No manual transmissions 3. Good gas mileage Then, we stumbled upon a used vehicle at the Ford dealership… Read More

Chevrolet Bolt EV.
  With car technology moving at such a pace the latest developments can become a blur. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up in 2017. Affordable, 200-mile EVs arrive We’ll be seeing more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road thanks in part to the entrance of the Chevrolet Bolt. General Motors’ vehicle is both affordable, starting from $29,995 after federal tax credits, and practical, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on full charge, which promises to carry the EV closer to the car-buying mainstream. The Bolt is already on sale… Read More

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