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Man using car infotainment system
  There’s plenty of choice these days, but which infotainment systems are best? Consumer Reports members can speak to that. First of all, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto trump built-in devices, although it’s close. Sixty-four and 59 percent of members said they were very satisfied with these respective options in a survey encompassing 60,000 vehicles. The same degree of satisfaction across automaker infotainment was 58 percent. For the smartphone-compatible systems, car owners highlighted the easy-to-use design of Apple CarPlay, while Google Assistant’s voice control was a particular strength of Android Auto – beating many built-in equivalents. Built-in systems, however, were… Read More

Subaru Impreza sedan and five-door parked by trees
It’s back-to-school shopping season, and one of the largest items on the list could be a car. What sort of car it is will probably vary, depending on whether you’re approaching the purchase as a student or parent. As a student, you might be relishing the prospect of your very first vehicle and envisioning the coolest new ride in which to enjoy your independence. As a parent, you may be more concerned with safety and cost. Providing a meeting place between the two are Kelley Blue Book’s 10 best for the new school year. Handpicked by the editors, these vehicles… Read More

Jeep Wrangler on mountain track
Winning an auto award is one thing. Winning time after time is another and suggests that vehicle, or brand, is seriously worth considering. Pricing and research site Kelley Blue Book is continually assessing the latest models and, as a result, has arrived at its most-awarded cars and car companies for 2019. The “best of the best” vehicles have racked up multiple accolades across categories including best buy, 10 best, 5-year cost to own, resale value and more. As such, they include a mix of car, SUV, minivan and truck options that could help you start or streamline your shopping list.… Read More

Car with driver-assist feature on highway
  Whether it’s helping to avoid a startled deer or an unseen vehicle, advanced safety features are making a real difference, according to motorists. In a Consumer Reports survey of the owners of cars with driver-assist technology, 57 percent reported at least one feature kept them from crashing. Blindspot warning was most effective, with 60 percent of these owners saying the system helped to prevent an accident. Rear cross-traffic warning, forward-collision warning and front and rear automatic emergency braking also proved valuable. Findings from the study, which gathered information on 72,000 vehicles, along with an explanation of each feature are… Read More

Kia Sorento SUV traveling on road beside trees
The art of making a great car purchase actually lies with a little science. Or a lot, according to the Automotive Science Group, which aims to help consumers make informed car-buying decisions through its objective, data-driven analysis. To that end, it has created the Automotive Performance Index, enabling shoppers to find the best new models across a range of categories. “You define the size and class of automobile that meets your needs, and we'll differentiate the best-performing model in the segment,” says the group. For 2019, the index has identified 33 best-in-class vehicles in 11 categories based on economic, environmental and all-around performance… Read More

Kia Rio sedan parked on quayside
A trio of Korean brands continues to set the standard for new-vehicle quality in an influential study. Genesis, Kia and Hyundai have widened the gap between themselves and other automakers in the 2019 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which assesses vehicles early in the ownership experience.   It’s the second year running these nameplates, all part of Hyundai Motor Group, have filled the top three positions and they account for six of the highest-ranking models within the 20 vehicle categories. Genesis, newcomer to the luxury segment, tops the list with fewest reported problems in the first 90 days of ownership,… Read More

Smiling woman looking over shoulder from front seat of car
    With countless possibilities, the road trip is a favorite way to journey through the American summer. Picking a destination isn’t always easy, however, which is when WalletHub’s 2019 list of best summer-road-trip states proves useful. All 50 states have been rated based on more than 30 criteria covering cost, safety and activities. These include factors such as the price of gas, the condition of roads and how busy they are, the state’s share of national parkland and the number of attractions you will find. While North Carolina is the best state for a summer road trip overall, other… Read More

Jeep Cherokee on highway in front of mountains
    If you are buying, or already driving, one of these 10 cars this Fourth of July holiday then you have extra reason to celebrate. They’ve been identified as the most American-made new models in a Cars.com index of more than 100 vehicles. American-made doesn’t just mean they were put together in this country, although that’s an important part. In the context of a globalized auto industry, the study also looked at the domestic parts content; where the engine and transmission come from, and how many U.S. factory workers the parent automaker directly employs relative to vehicles sales. On… Read More

Acura RLX sedan
All those drivers leasing vehicles may be doing used-car shoppers a favor. Off-lease vehicles, which typically come onto the used-car market at three years old, are offering some attention-grabbing bargains. Research from iSeeCars.com puts the headlights on price drops of up to 55 percent for such vehicles compared to same-year versions bought new – extending to 69 percent for electrics – in a market where just-leased cars are reaching record highs. If you have a liking for luxury, the news is even better. As many leased vehicles are high-end models, so too are many of these potential bargains. Listed below… Read More

GMC Arcadia SUV
There’s lots to love about SUVs. Whether it’s for ferrying family about town, enjoying a road trip in comfort or doing a spot of hauling, these vehicles have you covered. Their growing popularity is testament to their versatility, but with so many options on the market, it’s always helpful to have some reference points, especially if you’re buying used. Take a look at the 45 most popular SUVs to buy preowned, put together by CarMax, based mainly on sales data for periods of 2018. You can browse the options by different categories across the SUV segment, from AWDs and compacts… Read More