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Into new-car country at the 2017 DFW Auto Show
More than 650 cars, trucks and SUVs, including all-new 2017 and 2018 models, have spread out over half a million square feet for the DFW Auto Show this week. One of the largest auto shows in the United States, it’s seen as an event that kicks off the spring car-buying season in North Texas as shoppers size up the latest models, check out their features and styling, and take the opportunity for a ride and drive in downtown Dallas. Here are just a few of the very latest cars you can get more familiar with:     2018 Toyota Camry… Read More

2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. Credit: Subaru/Newspress USA
  Some of the best new cars for safety-conscious drivers have been revealed in a 2017 list of crash test winners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2017-year models that top its criteria for crash tests, crash avoidance and crash mitigation, including 43 Top Safety Pick and 44 Top Safety Pick+ award winners in 12 vehicle categories. Among them is the Subaru Impreza, when equipped with EyeSight safety features and adaptive LED headlights, which claimed a Top Safety Pick+ rating in the small cars category… Read More

Toyota the most dependable mainstream car brand, says J.D. Power
    Luxury brands Lexus and Porsche lead the way for vehicle dependability but if you’re interested in mainstream nameplates, Toyota is best pick, J.D. Power ratings reveal. The auto research firm’s 2017 vehicle dependability study examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2014 model-year) vehicles. It generates an overall dependability score of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in order to compare vehicle brands and models. While Lexus and Porsche topped the list on 110 PP100 each, Toyota scored 123 PP100 and Toyota Motor Corporation as a whole, including both Toyota and Lexus marques,… Read More

The 2017 Honda HR-V, winner of KBB’s best subcompact/crossover category. Credit: Honda/Newspress USA
    Look beyond the price of a new vehicle and you begin to see all the other costs associated with ownership. Add up the years and you might even view that car or truck in a new light. The Kelley Blue Book cost-to-own awards help buyers grasp the outlay associated with different vehicles over five years, to make useful comparisons in their car-shopping process. Specifically, the awards identify the vehicles that are projected to be least expensive to own in their individual… Read More

When is spring break? Dates, destinations and details to help plan your trip
  For many college students, spring break, that American academic tradition and much anticipated vacation, is the first opportunity in the year to plan a memorable getaway. Checking your spring break dates is the important first step in planning your own special trip, and we’ve included an extensive list of dates for universities and colleges across the United States at the end of this article. Scroll through to find your school, and start thinking about destinations.   Spring break month  In general, spring break month is February, March or April, depending on where you are in the country, and the… Read More

What does your car mean for your dating life? Here are the signs
Perhaps your choice of vehicle is carefully image-oriented, or maybe it’s just down to price and practicality. But if your car is an expression of you, what message is it sending exactly? And what does it mean for your dating life? With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’ve compiled the results of an online survey of drivers and a study by university researchers to give you an idea.               Read More

How to have a winning weekend in Houston
  If you’re on your way to Houston for Super Bowl LI, you can safely put a tick next to “attend the biggest event in town,” if not the country. There might even be a selfie in the offing. But whatever the result on the field, here are five other things to do while you’re there to ensure it’s a great weekend. Space Center Houston Whether your team puts in a star performance or encounters an almighty “Houston, we’ve had a problem” moment, a trip to the space center provides plenty of fascination and fun. Space Center Houston offers a… Read More

A Toyota Corolla Tercel similar to Andy's first car. Tercel means male hawk, by the way. Credit: ToyotaReference.com
I was the third person in my family to have the same first car. My father bought my mother a brand new 1981 Toyota Corolla Tercel to haul my sister and me around town. It was a solid car, dependable, easy to work on, great gas mileage, but pretty basic. My sister got her learner’s permit right around the time my father decided it was time to get my mother another new car, so the Toyota became my sister’s first car. She drove it for a few years and, while she took good care of it, it was showing its… Read More

The 10 best Hollywood chase scenes you really must catch
Some of the most memorable scenes on screen involve chases. Agents pursuing hit men through a busy city. Imperial troops on the heels of rebels and smugglers in a galaxy far, far away. Whatever the scenario, they captivate us with elements of surprise, stress, sometimes comedy, and always top-notch action. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best chase scenes in Hollywood history you’ll probably want to check out, and the fun trivia behind the epic action.   Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)   Pursued by four TIE fighters, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca… Read More

Ready to shop? The ‘best time’ to find used-car deals is almost here
  Chances are you’ve heard the advertising fanfare heralding the arrival of Black Friday car deals. It’s that time of year when automakers jump at the chance to offer deep discounts and savings on shiny new models. But did you know it’s the best day of the year to find a deal on a pre-owned vehicle? That’s according to research that shows Black Friday has 33.1 percent more deals on used cars than average. The day after Thanksgiving tops the 2016 list of best times to buy a used vehicle put together by iSeeCars.com, an online search engine for cars.… Read More

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